Wing Jing: No, actually I started my career without teaming up with my father. I started my career as a variety show writer
and a comedy writer on TV. After that I wrote for serial drama of all kinds, TV dramas. Then after a lot of popular TV shows, I started in the film business and direct films in 1980.
In the beginning I was a screenwriter, I then directly became a director. I didn’t have any time to be assistant director (AD). Normally in HK, you become a director after being an AD
for a while. But sometimes a famous actor or choreographer can become director.
Wong Tin Lam (with Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Lam Suet)
My first film was The Challenge of the Gamesters [produced] by the Shaw Brothers. After that I have directed almost 90 films and produced more than 150 titles, and I wrote a lot.
Actually I am not my father’s student. I’ve never learnt anything from him. I learnt by myself and other director. I learnt a lot from films by other directors like Chu Yuan. But I am not his student. I watched his films and sometimes asked questions, like” why are you doing this?” “What is your purpose?” “How do you do it?” Stuff like that.