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Eddie Fong Ling Ching

 
 
 
 
Other names : 方令正
Eddie Fong
Fong Ling Ching
 
Birthdate : 2/1/1954
Nationality : Hong Kong
Workplace : Australia, Hong Kong
Activities : Director (6), Producer (4), Executive producer (1), Writer (19), Editor (1), Actor (1), Original Story (2), Planning (2)

Biography

Eddie Fong Ling Ching was born and bred in Hong Kong. He is the partner of director Clara Law and he’s best known for writing and producing her films although he has directed four excellent movies. Fong relocated in Australia in 1994.

In 1979, Fong graduated in communications at the Hong Kong Baptist College. While studying, he also wrote television dramas for Rediffusion Television Ltd (RTV). At the same time, he developed a keen interest in experimental short films and won with The Painter the Best Film Award at the 1978 Hong Kong Independent Short Film Festival. Fong was recruited by HK Television Broadcasts Ltd (HKTVB) as a senior scriptwriter in late 1979. He scripted a total of one hundred hours of television drama and three feature films before leaving a year later to travel to Europe and the United Kingdom. He stayed in London self-studying for a year.

Upon returning to Hong Kong in late 1981, he was appointed the Assistant Creative Director for Century Motion Picture Co.Ltd. He wrote two feature films for this company (Nomad, 1982; The Coolie Killer, 1982) before setting up his very own production company in 1983. He co-wrote a film produced by the Shaw Brothers studio, An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty (1984), which was also his directorial debut. The beautiful and breathtaking film is rather erotic (Category III) and stars Pat Ha and Alex Man. The film won two Best Production Design Awards at the prestigious Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards in 1984. His second writing and directorial effort soon followed: Cherry Blossoms starring Chow Yun Fat was completed late 1985 and was selected for competition at the 1989 Torino International Film Festival. Kawashima Yoshiko - The Last Princess Of Manchuria, Fong’s third directorial effort starring Andy Lau and Anita Mui, was completed in 1990 and was screened at the Venice Film Festival the same year. Fong directed his fourth feature film in 1994, The Private Eye Blues, starring Jacky Cheung as a PI. The film won the Hong Kong Film Critics Society’s Film of Merit Award in 1995.

Since 1987, Fong has started a long collaboration with director Clara Law, who is also his partner. Fong usually writes and produces the films Law directs.
In 1987, Fong wrote The Other Half and The Other Half. The film received three nominations at the 1988 Hong Kong Films Awards, including the Best Screenplay nomination.
In 1988, he worked on The Reincarnation of Golden Lotus, which was commercially released in the U.S. early 1990.
In 1989, he wrote Farewell China, which was nominated eight times at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards in 1990 and nine times at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1991, including a nomination for Best Screenplay in both award ceremonies. The film won the Special Jury Award at the Torino Film Festival in 1990.
In 1991, Fong produced, wrote and edited Autumn Moon. The film won the Golden Leopard Award at the Locarno Film Festival, the European Art Theatres Association Best Picture Award, the Youth Special Jury Award in Switzerland (in 1992), and the Best Screenplay Award in Valencia in 1994. It was also selected for the official screening at the 1992 New York Film Festival.
In 1993, he wrote Temptation of a Monk, which was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival in 1993. The film won the Grand Prix at the Créteil International Film Festival in 1994.
In 1993, Fong worked with Law on Wonton Soup, one of the instalments of an omnibus film called Erotique. The other three segments were directed by three female directors from the U.S., Germany and Brazil. (Lizzie Borden, Monika Treut and Ana Maria Magalhães).

In 1994, Fong immigrated to Australia and settled down in Melbourne with Clara Law.

Floating Life is Clara Law’s and Eddie Fong’s first feature film made after they immigrated to Australia. The film was co-written by Fong and Law and was completed in 1996. Floating Life won the Silver Leopard Award at the 1996 Locarno Film Festival, the Best Film and Best Director Awards at the Gijon International Film Festival in Spain, and the Grand Prix at the Créteil International Film Festival in France. It was nominated for three awards at the Australian Film Institute Awards including Best Director and Best Screenplay, and received nine nominations at the Golden Horse International Film Festival in Taiwan, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It was also Australia's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 69th Academy Awards.

The Goddess of 1967 is Fong’s and Law’s second feature in Australia. It was completed in 2000. It was the continuation of their producing/writing/directing relationship. The film was in competition at the Venice film festival in 2000 where it won the Best Actress Award (Rose Byrne). It also was nominated for the Golden Lion in Venice. The Goddess of 1967 also pocketed the Best Director Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Best Director Award at the Teplice Art Film Festival in Slovakia and the FIPRESCI Critics' Award for Best Film at the Tromso Film Festival in Norway. The film was also selected for official screenings at the Toronto, London, Pusan, Hof, Vancouver, Hawaii, Taipei, Rotterdam, Jerusalem, Karlovy Vary and Oslo film festivals.

In 2004, Law directed her first documentary on digital video, Letters to Ali. Eddie Fong co-produced, shot and edited the film. Made in response to the dire situation of asylum seekers in Australia, the documentary was a totally self-funded non-profit film, made with the support of the local film community by way of sponsorship, donations and a pro bono work force. The film tells the story of a young Afghan boy seeking asylum in Australia. As a refugee claimant he is incarcerate in a remote detention centre. A local family, who exchange letters with the boy for 18 months, embarks on a cross-country journey across the Australian outback to visit and help the teenager. The film was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival and for official screenings in Toronto, Pusan, Gothenburg and Melbourne film festivals. Letters to Ali was hailed by critics as one of the 100 greatest films in Australian cinema.

Like a Dream is Law’s and Fong’s most recent long feature film. In continuation with their producing/writing/directing relationship, it marked their return to Asia. Completed in 2009, the film is a contemporary love story that focuses on a dream with the male protagonist (Daniel Wu) sacrificing everything in his quest for pure love. Like a Dream was produced by Peggy Chiao and Eddie Fong and stars Daniel Wu and Yolanda Yuan Quan. What’s more, it was shot on location in Taipei, Shanghai and New York. The film was nominated in nine categories at the 2009 Golden Horse Awards. It also opened the 2010 Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Red Earth is a short film written and produced by Fong and Law. It was commissioned by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and was screened in the Horizon category at the 2010 Venice film festival.

Thomas Podvin (September 2010)

Source: Eddie Fong, Clara Law (31/08/2010)

 
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Filmography
 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 - 1980 - 1970 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
 
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 Unbearable Lightness Of Inspector Fan, The 2015 Director, Writer
 Red Earth 2010 Producer
 Like A Dream 2009 Producer, Writer
 Letters To Ali 2004 Writer
 Goddess Of 1967, The 2000 Producer, Writer
 Floating Life 1996 Writer
 Private Eye Blues, The 1994 Director
 Wonton Soup - Erotique 1994 Writer
 Temptation Of A Monk 1993 Writer
 Autumn Moon 1992 Producer, Writer, Editor
 Farewell China 1990 Writer, Planning
 Kawashima Yoshiko - The Last Princess Of Manchuria 1990 Director
 Fishy Story, A 1989 Writer
 Cherry Blossoms 1988 Director, Writer, Actor
 Lai Shi, China's Last Eunuch 1988 Writer, Original Story
 Love Ma And Dad 1988 Writer
 Other 1/2 & The Other 1/2, The 1988 Writer, Planning
 Amorous Woman Of Tang Dynasty, An 1984 Director, Writer
 Double Decker 1984 Writer
 Coolie Killer 1982 Writer
 Nomad 1982 Writer
 Beasts, The 1980 Writer
 Dangerous Encounter - 1st Kind 1980 Executive producer, Original Story
 Leaving Home 1976 Director
 

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 Interview Clara Law, Eddie Fong: Chinese Diaspora & Global Dream (preview)
HK talents > Film directors > Other directors
Author(s) : Gina Marchetti
Date : 26/8/2010
Type(s) : Interview
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