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November 17, 2010

November 17, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 4:58 pm

FBA: Wong Tin-lam (1927-2010)

Wong Tin-Lam and Leung Suk-Man married in 1954.

With a young Wong Jing, Kitty Ting Hao (right)(Thanks, Dave!)

In 1958, Wong Tin-Lam joined MP&GI (Cathay) after meeting Stephen Soong while filming in Thailand. He was signed because he was willing to shoot films in Cantonese for the Chinese overseas market even though the predominate films at the time were in Mandarin dialect. So Wong began in the Cantonese film group which had less than half the budget of the Mandarin films.

Still from All in the Family (1959)

1960, All in the Family won 3 awards at the Asian Film Festival

Best Director, Best Actress (Lucilla Yu Ming), Best Screenplay

Wong Tin-Lam’s self-admitted life masterpiece Wild Wild Rose (1960) was awarded then disqualifed from the Asian Film Festival after Shaw’s complained that it was plagiarized from Bizet’s Carmen.

With Liza Wang

Wong Tin-Lam switched to televsion after a brief stint in Taiwan. He joined TVB in the ’70s and even cowrote one of the earliest serial theme songs. Writing gags for 8 dollars a joke, he worked on the program Enjoy Yourself Tonight. Wong produced, directed and wrote for some of TVB’s most popular series during the TVB’s golden age often collaborating with his son Wong Jing (e.g., Shell Game, Book and Sword, Legend of Condor Heroes). Wong Tin-Lam began under a 3 year contract with a six month probation period earning 2500 yuan per month. 5 years later,  his salary rose to 40,000 per month.

Still from series Dark Heroine Hua Mulan, a Johnnie To collaboration

In 1990, Wong Tin-Lam announced his official retirement. His disciples decided to pay tribute to their mentor. This became the classic A Moment of Romance. The lineup included producer Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Wong Jing planning, Andy Lau, Wu Chien-lien, and next generation director Benny Chan. (Wong executive produced Benny Chan’s 1985 TVB Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain.) Johnnie To explained the significance of the film: “The aim was to recognize Wong Tin-Lam but they couldn’t make it the Wong Tin-Lam story. So, instead, the idea was to just make money and donate all of the profits to Wong Tin-Lam as a retirement gift. So story had nothing to do with Wong Tin-Lam just as long as it made money.” Still considered a ‘rivers and lakes’ romantic classic, that’s the story behind A Moment of Romance.

After retiring in the ’90s, Wong Tin-Lam appeared in many of Johnnie To’s films to avoid the boredom of retirement.

Photo with Ringo Lam, Johnnie To

Wong Kar-Wai invited Wong Tin-Lam to appear in ‘2046′ but because it took so long to film and his wife’s recent death he had to decline.


An aged Wong attended the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 with the cast of  ’Election’. Despite the 12 hour flight, Wong said, ‘I held up, it was fun.’ Also, Simon Yam cursed out a young reporter for not knowing who Wong Tin-Lam was.

2002 Golden Bauhinia Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Association


Variety: Let the Wind Carry Me

Documentary on cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing

FBA: HHH calculates 10+10=100

Director Hou Hsiao-hsien announced 10+10=100, a new omnibus project initiated by the affiliated Golden Horse Film Festival.

FBA: Unstoppable begins China BO train wreck

At number three in the charts last week, Gao Qunshu’s Chinese westernWind Blast added RMB9 million ($1.4 million) for a current box office gross of RMB61 million ($9.2 million) after 18 days on release.

Two new entries from China performed poorly on release, Alexi Tan’s romantic comedy Color Me Love starring Yao Chen and Liu Ye and Love Tactics , a star vehicle for popular comedian Liu Hua.

Poster outlines the cast of characters in Let the Bullets Fly


CRI:  Sun Li Named Best Actress at Canadian TV Awards

Sun won the award for best leading actress in a dramatic program or miniseries for her performance in the film “Iron Road”, a 2008 Sino-Canadian co-production that aired in Canada as a television miniseries.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Peter O’Toole also starred in the film.

MSN: Jack Neo returns to the big screen with D-cups

After being plagued by his extra-marital affairs earlier this year, Singapore director Jack Neo is back as a woman in his latest Lunar New Year film Homecoming.

The Hong Kong veteran actress is rumoured to be pregnant again as she rushes filming for new movie I Love Hong Kong.

CRI: Barbie Hsu Registers for Marriage: Report

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