Bill Kong
Courtesy of Edko Films
Hong Kong
2021

Edko Films Ltd.

Bill
Kong

Executive Director

Kong cut a deal with Imax in March 2021 to open four of its large-format theaters in Shanghai, further expanding the reach of his Edko Films distribution and exhibition group, which already had 436 screens in 52 locations in China. He continued his prolific ways as a producer with “Anita,” a biopic of beloved Canto-pop diva Anita Mui, who died of cervical cancer in 2003, directed by her friend Longman Leung. Launched by his father with a string of Hong Kong thea­ters in 1960s, Edko branched out into distribution in the 1970s and production in 1997. As a producer, Kong has earned recognition in the U.S. for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2002), which garnered him an Oscar nomination for best picture, and Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” (2020).

Career

  • CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON
  • MONSTER HUNT
  • RISE OF THE LEGEND

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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AFM: Producer Bill Kong Has 'Monster' Year

AFM: Producer Bill Kong Has 'Monster' Year

The scion of a theater-owning family, Bill Kong has long had a reputation for being a shrewd businessman who carefully watches the pennies, but never loses sight of the big picture.Deeply rooted in the commercial — sometimes brutal — Hong Kong industry, Kong has also been a pioneer in China, as producer, distributor and exhibitor.With these strengths and his publicity-shy, down-to-business approach, Kong has been a key go-between for the U.S. and Chinese industries for a couple of decades.He sealed...

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