The seeds of dreams
So many times, I had been moved by the allure of cinema.
A well-made film is not simply entertainment. It can enter the hearts of audiences, lead them into another world and involve them emotionally. When a film ends, audiences are touched and start to view their lives in new ways. That is why I feel honored to be a film director. I sincerely and humbly hope that the allure and goodness of cinema can be realized in my works.
Working creatively on my first film Christmas Rose, I had felt a deep sense of gratitude every day.
I truly feel that a film is born of strong dedication and the support of teamwork. I enjoyed every moment of working hard together.
The seeds of yesterday’s dreams became today’s reality. I will remember all those who have helped me realize this dream. I hope we can continue to nurture the tree of better films to come.
Charlie Young was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1974 and grew up in Hong Kong. After studying at Good Hope School, she continued her studies in the United States when she was 15 years old and returned to Hong Kong three years later. Young gained notice after appearing in commercials and music videos. She signed a record contract with EMI Music in 1992 and became a singer. The following year she started acting in films, and made her on-screen debut in Wong Jing’s Future Cops (1993). After appearing with other top stars in Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time (1994) and playing the leading role in Tsui Hark’s The Lovers (1994), Young became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hong Kong. After starring in more than a dozen films including Fallen Angels (1995), directed by Wong Kar-wai, Love in the Time of Twilight (1995), directed by Tsui Hark, Task Force (1997), directed by Patrick Leung Pak-kin, Intimates (1997), directed by Jacob Cheung Chi-leung and Downtown Torpedoes, directed by Teddy Chen, Young decided to withdraw from the film world to concentrate on her image consulting business. She returned to acting in 2003, and have since starred in many films including New Police Story (2004), directed by Benny Chan, Seven Swords (2005), directed by Tsui Hark, After This Our Exile, directed by Patrick Tam, Floating City, directed by Yim Ho, Cold War, directed by Sunny Luk Kim-chung and Longmond Leung Lok-man, as well as appearing in the U.S. production of Bangkok Dangerous, directed by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang, and the Mainland Chinese film Wind Blast (2010), directed by Gao Qunshu.
Christmas Rose (2013) marks Young’s debut as a scriptwriter and director and stars Kwei Lun-mei, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen and Xia Yu in a story about sexual harassment. The film was executive produced by Tsui Hark and Jacob Cheung. More recently, Young was featured in Kung Fu Jungle (2013), directed by Teddy Chen.
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