HK’s Wong loses Affluence suit

Breach of contract action settled

HONG KONG — Notorious Hong Kong multi-hyphenate Wong Jing has hit local headlines again, losing a breach of contract action brought against his shingle, Affluence Pictures.

Wong, who has 89 directing credits and 128 writing credits, was identified as a party to the suit, brought by mainland media firm Beijing Xinhua Universal.

The legal action alleged that Affluence Pictures breached contractual obligations when it released Wong Jing film “My Kung Fu Sweetheart” to the home entertainment market on the mainland a week after its theatrical release in January 2006.

Beijing Xinhua, which invested 1.5 million yuan ($219,000) in the film, argued that the contract provided a 15-day window between theatrical and video release.

Affluence Pictures will now have to comply with the winding-up order issued Thursday by the Hong Kong Court of First Instance.

Apart from Affluence, Wong has interests in nine film production and artist-management companies in the territory, in addition to serving as managing director for Hong Kong entertainment mini-conglom See Corp.

Wong, who is producing the Andy Lau starrer “Future Cop,” is no stranger to entanglements.

The colorful helmer of “My Wife Is a Gambling God” and “Kung Fu Mahjong” has long been a staple of local tabloid headlines for his alleged Triad connections as well as his verbal gaffes.

Wong most famously said of director Ann Hui’s “Song of the Exile” that no one “wants to see the autobiography of a fat woman.” Despite that, he produced Hui’s “The Way We Are,” which was released in July.

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