Hong Kong has selected mental-illness drama "Mad World" as its contender for the foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards. The selection was made by the Federation of Motion Film Producers.Directed by Wong Chun, “Mad World” tells the story of a truck driver who cares for his bipolar adult son.Despite its difficult subject matter and raw approach, it became a surprise hit on the indie circuit. It won the top prize at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in March. The...
A leading producer from Hong Kong, Bill Kong is one of a handful of Asian filmmakers who had been nominated for an Academy Award and won BAFTA and Independent Spirit Awards.
Since his first production “The Blue Kite” in 1993, Kong has produced numerous internationally acclaimed features including Ang Lee’s martial arts epic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000), which won four Academy Awards including best foreign language film and two Golden Globe Awards, becoming the most successful Chinese-language film internationally. He also produced the Academy Award-nominated “House of Flying Daggers” (2004) and “Curse of the Golden Flower” (2006), both directed by Zhang Yimou. Kong’s 2007 production “Lust, Caution”, directed by Lee, claimed the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.
Recent years saw Kong breaking box office records in China and Hong Kong. His 2015 action comedy fantasy “Monster Hunt” was the highest-grossing film of all time in China, and “Cold War 2” broke the box office record in Hong Kong in 2016. Kong is the executive director Edko Films Ltd., one of the longest-standing independent film companies based in Hong Kong. It is also a premier film distributor in Asia, which has distributed more than 1,500 titles in Hong Kong and China, as well as a cinema circuits operator.