H.K.’s Wong loses ‘Sweetheart’ suit

Affluence has to comply with winding-up order

Hong Kong multi-hyphenate Wong Jing’s shingle, Affluence Pictures, has lost a breach of contract action. 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 suit alleged that Affluence Pictures breached contractual obligations when the Hong Kong company released VCD copies of the Wong Jing film “My Kung Fu Sweetheart” on the mainland a week after its theatrical release in January 2006.

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

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

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

Wong, who is currently in production on the Andy Lau-starrer “Future Cop,” is no stranger to entanglements. The colorful helmer of “My Wife Is a Gambling God” and “Forbidden Legend: Sex and Chopsticks” has long been a staple of local tabloid headlines.

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