Jing Wong

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Real Name: Wong Yat Cheong
Occupation: Writer, Producer, Director

Jing Wong Biography


Wong Jing is one of Hong Kong's most prolific, talented and controversial filmmakers. His directorial style, at best, manages to combine commercial appeal and artistic aspects. His films have not only achieved bankable box office success but have broken ground on an artistic and financial level. His films were among the biggest box office hit, partly due to possessing an amazing sense of what would play well.His films are so popular that in the mid to late '90s, Wong's movies accounted for as much as thirty percent of the total box office take in Hong Kong. Genre-wise, he's done comedy, drama, romance, action (including martial arts) and even erotica. He often combines various genres. His screen-writing portfolio is impressive as there is so much scope in terms of plot, historical setting and quality.Even his credentials in the action movie genre are accomplished from films set in period China to a futuristic setting, whether it be a Chinese equivalent to Lord of the Rings, a Sci-Fi adventure that manages to be an adaptation of the famous computer game Street Fighter or a scathing satire on action films that also manages to pay tribute to films such as Reservoir Dogs, Invasion U.S.A. and Raw Deal.Ironically, regardless of his impressive list of credentials, there came a time when the one genre Wong Jing was most famous for (in the eyes of Western fans of Hong Kong cinema) was the erotic thriller. It became commonly associated with him due to him being the producer and screenwriter for Naked Killer - an exploitation film well known for combining scenes of action, dark humor, shocking violence and lesbianism.Naked Killer concerns the misadventures and exploits of a would-be female assassin. It was perceived as a twist on the popular assassin genre, made famous by Luc Besson's Nikita. It gave audiences the ultra-violence they had grown accustomed to in such films but then upped the ante with a high dose of sex. The film was successful enough in the East that it ushered in a wave of Category III (the Hong Kong equivalent of the NC-17 rating) "femme fatale" films, most of which were produced, written or directed by Wong himself.His true niche, however, can be found in the gambling genre (his favorite genre). He has, quite frankly created some of the best gambling scenes ever depicted on celluloid. His highest-grossing film in Hong Kong theaters was a gambling-themed genre-mixer (God of Gamblers 4: The Return) starring Chow Yun-Fat (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fame).Also known as God of Gamblers Returns (and The Return of the God of Gamblers), the film is still one of Hong Kong's top ten highest-grossing films. It had even made a lot more money than Jackie Chan's Drunken Master 2 (which was released in the same year - 1994). This is saying a lot since Drunken Master 2 is constantly referred to as Jackie's best film (the quality of the fight scenes have rarely been rivaled). It had people cheering and giving standing ovations in cinemas throughout Asia which led many to suggest that Drunken Master 2 is the pinnacle of his decorated and illustrious career.However, that didn't stop Jing from delivering a larger crowd-pleaser. It was due to making gambling movies, that he had earned another prestigious title. For his film Conman in Vegas, he became the first director to shoot inside the famous Caesar's Palace Casino based in Las Vegas.His directorial debut was a gambling film. A multi-layered caper set in the early part of the twentieth century, Challenge of the Gamesters is a prequel to the popular Hong Kong TV mini-series The Shell Game (which Wong himself wrote, with his father Wong Tin-Lam handling the directing duties).Which brings us to Wong Jing's roots, he got his start in the entertainment industry early, since his father Wong Tin-Lam was a TV drama director and a renowned film producer/director from the 1950s and throughout the '80s. It seemed inevitable that Jing would follow in his father's footsteps, but first Wong attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong, majoring in Chinese Literature.He was becoming disenchanted with college and was more interested in media art so he asked his father for permission to study film in England but his father said "just observe and you will learn the craft" and that is what he proceeded to do so he became a screenwriter by writing scripts for TV. In fact, he skipped class a lot to the extent that some of his professors said that they never saw him at all during the four years it took to earn his degree.He later said that the degree was worthless to him. Jing believed that he learned more about making movies and (perhaps more importantly) making money by cutting classes and hanging around studios, where he would get work as a director's assistant (basically a glorified errand boy) and writing scripts for his father's shows.For a long time, a devout fan of classical Cantonese cinema, Jing impressed many of the old-timers around the studios with his knowledge of movie trivia. Combined with his high work ethic and the ability to change scripts on the fly (a necessary skill in the fast-paced world of Hong Kong's entertainment industry), Wong had found his niche.By 1978 he made his entrance into the world of movies with his script Cunning Tendency before directing Challenge of the Gamesters in 1981. Both films were made for the Shaw Brothers' film studio and were big hits but it wasn't until the late 80s where he began to show his commercial genius with Casino Raiders which was a smash hit that actually began the gambling craze that Wong was to capitalize on with the extremely popular God of Gamblers films.The one thing that Jing likes about making this genre of film is being able to direct the gambling duels at the end. Besides possessing a genuine interest in gambling, his main motivation for making gambling movies was because Wong saw there was a large audience for gambling films. This revelation was found after working on two films with his father: King of Gamblers (1980) and Return of King of Gamblers (1981).Wong Jing is also a highly influential filmmaker. Hong Kong's most popular film star - Stephen Chow - had become what he is today due to Wong. Stephen Chow has often been described as the Cantonese equivalent to Jim Carrey. He had starred in a film, which was a parody/cash-in of God of Gamblers entitled All for the Winner which became the highest-grossing film in Hong Kong and made Stephen a huge star in the process (virtually overnight).Wong went out of his way to not only adapt this new star in his own franchise but to add more comedy to the proceedings. This resulted in making an even more groundbreaking success with God of Gamblers II (which was also a sequel to All for the Winner).Chow's collaborations with Wong, which included yet another God of Gamblers movie had confirmed the basic template for Chow's films - a slightly dimwitted but talented man gets thrown into strange circumstances, where he ultimately finds redemption (and resolution) through love.In regards to Jing's influence, there came a point when nearly one third of the films coming out of Hong Kong yearly had Wong's touch on them in some way, either as a screenwriter, producer, director or actor. The script Wong Jing helped to write for the early 80s traditional Kung Fu film Dreadnaught (directed by Yuen Woo Ping - martial arts choreographer of The Matrix trilogy) had proven to be the inspiration for one scene in the Hollywood blockbuster Batman Forever which had Chris O'Donnell doing laundry chores with the aid of his martial arts skills.Wong Jing's New Legend of Shaolin had proven to be one of the main influences for Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon via the use of a female duo of thieves dressed in black (one of whom is much older and proves to be an expert in poison darts) who try to steal a valuable object before confronting someone who's trying to stop them.Like many other auteurs of cinema such as Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and John Woo; Wong Jing has trademarks. Besides making a slew of films referencing or based on computer games, he likes using creative POV shots.Sometimes, Jing likes to trick the audience into thinking the film is over when it's not as a way of making things less predictable e.g. the endings of two of his films (i.e. City Hunter and Return to a Better Tomorrow) feature shots where the camera is being pulled further into the distance away from the action into an aerial shot (a shot which is accomplished either a crane or a helicopter) before concluding with an additional scene.Another Wong Jing trademark (or Jingism) is the vertigo shot (a shot that is accomplished by zooming the lens forward whilst physically moving the camera backwards). The way he uses it is either during a revelation of a plot point or a startled reaction from one of the main characters. He has used this shot in The Big Score, The Last Blood, Royal Tramp, City Hunter, God of Gamblers 3: Back to Shanghai, Kung Fu Cult Master, Return to a Better Tomorrow, God of Gamblers 4: The Return and High Risk.Like fellow directors Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, Jing's films have plenty of pop culture references from a subtle reference to The Beatles to the famous '70s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.Another Jingism is to lampoon (as opposed to just referencing) other Chinese filmmakers such as Tsui Hark, John Woo and Wong Kar Wai. Jing's Last Hero in China is a parody of Hark's Once Upon a Time in China film series (which dealt with the nineteenth century Chinese hero, Wong Fei-Hung). Woo has been well known for making action films that deal with male bonding so Jing had lampooned John Woo's macho male bonding in Boys are Easy with a sequence that parodies Woo's A Better Tomorrow. Arthouse favorite Wong Kar Wai is mocked in Jing's Those Were the Days via a character called Wong Jing Wai.Unlike his fellow contemporaries, Jing chooses not to make films in Hollywood as he feels that most other American films directed by Hong Kong directors fail to live up to standards considering the amount of money and time that go into these films. Hence why he allegedly rejected Tom Cruise's offer to direct Mission: Impossible II. Coincidentally, Jing referenced Tom in The Big Score. Additionally, God of Gamblers has been described as a Chinese take on Rain Man. Also, he feels that he won't gain the same amount of control as he would in his Hong Kong productions - not to mention the same level of artistic success.Perhaps that is the key to Wong's continued success - while many directors craft overly 'arty' films or overly 'commercial' movies, Wong Jing's films hit a nice middle ground. Yes, there is a good deal of bloodshed and talk of sexual-related things such as bodily functions, but the films themselves are technically sound and well-written. It is quite a testament to Wong's talent that his first film, made over 20 years ago, can stand up to (and surpass) much of today's output. Those wanting to get a bit of a HK film industry lesson while having fun doing it would be well-advised to check out Challenge of the Gamesters.

Jing Wong Movies / TV-Shows


Chasing the Dragon (2017)
Gekijouban Shimajirou no wao!: Shimajirou to niji no oashisu (2017)
Sing (2016)
Du cheng feng yun II (2015)
Hei se xi ju (2014)
Du cheng feng yun (2014)
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014)
Goo waat jai: Gong wu sun dit jui (2013)
Princess & Seven Gongfu Masters (2013)
Lan gun fu dou lan gun qi (2013)
Jue se wu qi (2012)
Jia Ge Yi Bai Fen Nan Ren (2012)
Da Shang Hai (2012)
Jia Ge Yi Bai Fen Nan Ren (2012)
Lan Du Fu Dou Lan Du Qi (2012)
Treasure Hunt (2011)
Mang gwai oi ching goo si (2011)
Chiu sing ban gung sut (2011)
Love is the Only Answer (2011)
Men Suddenly in Love (2011)
Treasure Inn (2011)
Mei lai muk ling (2010)
Fun chin see oi (2010)
Mei loi ging chaat (2010)
See piu fung wan (2010)
Duk haan chau faan (2010)
Mong kok gaam yuk (2009)
Dai noi muk taam 009 (2009)
Gam chin dai gwok (2009)
Tin shui wai dik ye yu mo (2009)
Hak sai lik (2008)
Ngor lo paw hai dou sing (2008)
Tin shui wai dik yat yu ye (2008)
Yau chat guen see um leun nei (2008)
Ying han (2008)
Qi qin qi zong qi se lang (2007)
Mei nui sik sung (2007)
Jeuk sing 3 gi ji mor saam bak faan (2007)
Tim sum fun si wong (2007)
Ye maan bei kup (2006)
Gwai aan ying ging (2006)
Ngor fu (2006)
Tai fong lo chin (2006)
Oi seun si sun leung (2006)
Shou shen (2005)
Jeuk sing 2 gi ji mor tin hau (2005)
San jaat si hing (2005)
Set Up (2005)
Hak bak jin cheung (2005)
Jeuk sing (2005)
Cheng chong chui lui chai 2004 (2004)
Chuet chung tit gam gong (2003)
Yau yen faan jiu (2003)
Hak bak sam lam (2003)
Lou she oi sheung mao (2003)
Chuet chung ho nam yun (2003)
Wo de po po Huang Fei Hong (2003)
Zhu ba da lian meng (2002)
Wai See Lee ji lam huet yan (2002)
Fei fu hung si (2002)
Chek law dak gung (2002)
Yau leng ching shu (2001)
Ching lui cha goon (2001)
Yau ching yam shui baau (2001)
Ching mai daai wa wong (2001)
Chuet sik san tau (2001)
Yat goh laan diy dik chuen suet (2001)
Wo de Ye man Tong xue (2001)
Kuen sun (2001)
Kuet chin chi gam ji din (2000)
Hap gwat yan sam (2000)
Du sheng wu ming xiao zi (2000)
Chung wa diy hap (2000)
Ban siu haai (2000)
Yi jian zhong qing (2000)
Sang sei kuen chuk (2000)
Long zai bian yuan (1999)
Hei ma wang zi (1999)
O Ji san he hui dang an (1999)
Du xia da zhan Lasi Weijiasi (1999)
Chin wong ji wong 2000 (1999)
Yuen chi mo hei (1999)
Ang wan nyn mung (1999)
Goo waak chai ching yee pin ji hung hing sap saam mooi (1998)
Keung gaan 3: Ol yau waak (1998)
Long zai jiang hu (1998)
Yeh boon mo yan see yue si (1998)
Maang gwai jeung yan toi (1998)
Pau mui (1998)
Yue doh laai yue ying hung (1998)
Chao ji zheng gu ba wang (1998)
Hung wan yat tew loong (1998)
San luen oi sai gei (1998)
Yuk po tuen III goon yan ngoh yiu (1998)
Keung gaan 2 chai fook yau waak (1998)
Du xia 1999 (1998)
San goo waak chai ji siu nin gik dau pin (1998)
Do san 3: Chi siu nin do san (1997)
Meng gui tong xiao pei zhu ni (1997)
Ai shang 100% ying xiong (1997)
Courage Brothers (1997)
Yu pu tuan II: Yu nu xin jing (1996)
666 Mo gwai fuk wut (1996)
Yun cai zhi li xing (1996)
Xong xing zi: Zhi jiang hu da feng bao (1996)
Gu huo nu zhi jue zhan jiang hu (1996)
Gu huo zi: Zhi ren zai jiang hu (1996)
Dai lap mat tam 008 (1996)
Yi boh lai beng duk (1996)
Shu dan long wei (1995)
Xiang Gang lun xian (1995)
Zheng gu wang (1995)
Sun ying hong boon sik (1995)
Miao jie gu shi (1995)
Xin za shi xiong zhu nu zi (1995)
Bu dao de de li wu (1995)
Ci Xi mi mi sheng huo (1995)
Baak bin sing gwan (1995)
Ye xing de xie hou (1995)
Hong Xi Guan: Zhi Shao Lin wu zu (1994)
Du shen 2 (1994)
Jiu pin zhi ma guan: Bai mian Bao Qing Tian (1994)
Xin bian yuan ren (1994)
Yu long gong wu (1994)
Zhu guang bao qi (1994)
Poh waai ji wong (1994)
Wong Fei Hung: Chi tit gai dau neung gung (1993)
Shen Jing Dao yu Fei Tian Mao (1993)
Yao guai du shi (1993)
Zhui nan zi (1993)
Tao xue wei long zhi long guo ji nian (1993)
Yun pei dung lung (1993)
Ji jun sam sap lok gai ji Tau tin wun yat (1993)
Te yi nu peng you (1993)
Hu hua qing kuang (1993)
Siu hap Cho Lau Heung (1993)
Wei lu jing qing (1993)
Chao ji xue xiao ba wang (1993)
Yi tian tu long ji: Zhi mo jiao jiao zhu (1993)
Sing si lip yan (1993)
Wu xia qi gong zhu (1993)
Xiang Gang qi an: Zhi qiang jian (1993)
Chik loh go yeung (1992)
Qian mian tian wang (1992)
Do sing dai hang san goh chuen kei (1992)
Nu hei xia huang ying (1992)
Lu ding ji (1992)
Tao xue ying xiong zhuan (1992)
Do sing daai hang II ji ji juen mo dik (1992)
Lu ding ji II: Zhi shen long jiao (1992)
Mo gui qing ren (1992)
Shuang long hui (1992)
Ye sheng huo nu wang - Ba jie chuan qi (1991)
Jing gu jyun ga (1991)
Wu yi tan zhang: Lei Luo zhuan (1991)
Dou hap (1991)
Ying qian zhuan jia (1991)
Tao xue wei long (1991)
Jing tian shi er xiao shi (1991)
Du xia II: Shang Hai tan du sheng (1991)
Zhi zun ji zhuang yuan cai (1990)
Tin joek jau cing (1990)
Jian yu bu she fang (1990)
Jing zu 100 fen (1990)
Jue qiao zhi duo xing (1990)
Hua gui zhu zheng ge li (1990)
Ji dong ji xia (1989)
Zhi zun wu shang (1989)
Shen yong shuang mei mai (1989)
Juen diu daai ngok (1989)
Fu gui bing tuan (1989)
Fu xing chuang jiang hu (1989)
Zui jie nan peng you (1989)
Gui gou ren (1989)
Lang zhi yi zu (1989)
Fatal Bet (1989)
Du shen (1989)
Huo wu feng yun (1988)
Tao xue wai zhuan (1988)
Jing zhuong zhui nu zi zhi er (1988)
Qiu ai gan si dui (1988)
Heunggong dai 1 hung chak (1988)
Chuang xie xian sheng (1988)
Ai de tao bing (1988)
Zui jia sun you (1988)
Qun ying luan wu (1988)
Zui jia sun you chuang qing guan (1988)
Gong zi duo qing (1988)
Yong ai zhuo yi ren (1987)
Heng cai san qian wan (1987)
Kai xin wu yu (1987)
Lan du ying xiong (1987)
Cheng chong chui lui chai (1987)
Sha qi er ren zu (1986)
Yuan Zhen-Xia yu Wei Si-Li (1986)
Bi gui zhuo (1986)
Liu mang ying xiong (1986)
Mo fei cui (1986)
Zui jia fu xing (1986)
Mo deng xian lu qi yuan (1985)
Wo ai Luo Landu (1985)
Gui ma fei ren (1985)
Hua xin hong xing (1985)
Nan dou guan san dou bei shao ye (1984)
Ching wa wong ji (1984)
Lian ai de tian kong (1984)
Hua xin da shao (1983)
Biu choh chat yat ching (1983)
Lie mo zhe (1982)
Chak wong ji wong (1982)
Chin wong dau chin baa (1981)

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