| ||Bill Kong was an Academy Award nominee, and won BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards, as producer of Ang Lee's martial arts epic, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won 4 Academy Awards (Best Foreign-Language Film, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Original Score, and Best Cinematography) and 2 Golden Globe Awards (Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Director). The film was also a blockbuster hit, and became the most popular foreign-language film ever in the U.S. |
Mr. Kong is the Executive Director of Edko Films Ltd., one of Hong Kong's longest-standing independent film companies. His inaugural production in 1993, The Blue Kite (directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang), was named Best Film at the Hawaii and Tokyo International Film Festivals.
In 2002, Mr. Kong produced an ambitious and acclaimed slate of feature films. They included Sun Zhou's Zhou Yu's Train, starring Gong Li; Tian Zhuangzhuang's remake of Springtime in a Small Town, which won prizes at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals; and Zhang Yimou's Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated martial arts drama, Hero. The latter film Hero, Mr. Kong's first collaboration with superstar Jet Li, smashed box-office records when it opened in China before continuing on to blockbuster success worldwide.
Mr. Kong's subsequent projects include Kwak Jae-young's Windstruck, the first Korean film ever to open day-and-date in Korea, Hong Kong and China; Secret, written, directed and starring by Jay Chou; a second successful collaboration with Jet Li, Fearless, directed by Ronny Yu; and Zhang Yimou's Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated House of Flying Daggers and Academy Award-nominated Curse of the Golden Flower; and Ang Lee's Lust, Caution. More recently, Mr. Kong executive produced Claustrophobia, Warrior and the Wolf, Ocean Heaven, Crossing Hennessy, Love for Live, Nightfall, First Time, Cold War, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons and Finding Mr. Right. (from http://www.irresistiblefilms.com.hk)