Mr. Wu Pang
(1909 - 2000)
Film director Wu Pang was born in Shanghai and began his film career after moving to Hong Kong in 1936. In 1938 he directed his first film "Farewell on a Winter Night "(1939). Later, he made “The Tolling Bell” (1940), a film scripted by Tong Tik-sang, and “The Sentimental Swallow Returns” (1941) starring Siu Ming-sing. Other memorable titles include "Fishing Village in the War" (1948) and "A Woman’s Heart" (1948), both scripted by Chun Kim. Wu also made "Parting unto Sky’s End” (1951), which is based on the life of Siu Ming-sing, a beloved Cantonese opera singer. In his forty years career Wu directed near 200 films, of which 58 belong to the "Wong Fei-hung" series, starting with “The Story of Wong Fei-hung, Part One” (1949). He also directed comedies like “Everyone Loves Grandpa” (1955) and Cantonese opera films like “The Festive Lantern” (1960). In 1993, Wu published a book titled "Wong Fei Hung and I", in which he recounts his experience in the filming of the "Wong Fei-hung" series and other movies that he had made. The Hong Kong Film Critics' Association presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.