Bill Yip Kim-fung was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. He joined the film industry in 1988 and worked closely with Lawrence Lau, as assistant director and scriptwriter on Queen of Temple Street (1990), Dreams of Glory, A Boxer’s Story (1991) and Even Mountains Meet (1993), as well as assistant director and scriptwriter on Three Summers (1993). In addition, Yip served as assistant director on Ruthless Family (1988), directed by Max Lee Chiu-chun; Hearts No Flowers (1989), directed by Paul Cheung Wing-hung; Shanghai 1920, directed by Leong Po-chih; Mary From Beijing (1992), directed by Sylvia Chang and Crazy Hong Kong (1993), directed by Wellson Chin. He was also the producer of The Tigers (1991), directed by Eric Tsang, and the scriptwriter on The Meaning of Life, directed by Roddy Wong Yat-ping.
In 1997, Yip became the creative director for a public relations and advertising company. He formed his own productions company, Ox Workshop, in 2004, which produced commercials, TV features, documentaries and stage productions. Bus 44, a short written and directed by Dayyan Eng and executive produced by Yip in 2001, won the Special Jury Award at the 58th Venice International Film Festival and Jury Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival.
Yip has made numerous TV series for RTHK, among which 10 Letters (2005) was awarded the Certificate of Merit at the 41st Intercom in Chicago, while Legends of Kung Fu (2011) won the Award of Excellence (Documentary Program/Series) at The Accolade Competition 2011. His documentary Peeking Through Chungking Mansions (2008) won the Best Director of Documentary Award at the Asian First Films Festival.
Yip ventured to Thailand to direct his first feature film, Cure (2010), which was nominated for Best New Director at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards and was shown in the competition section at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.
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