Mr. Chun Kim
(1926 - 1969)
Original name Chan Kin, aka Chan Zhi-yee, Chun Kim adopted pen names Chan Ching or Sima Choi-wah in script writing. Chun was introduced into the film industry by Sek Kin and first served as continuity for director Wu Pang. He started to write scripts at the age of 20, and was considered as “Whiz Kid of Cinema” by his peer. His first script being filmed was “Two Dragons Chase after a Pearl” (1948) and soon he co-directed “Separated Too Soon” (1948) with Ng Wui. At age 23, he directed “For My Country”(1949) and gained fame by the film “Fishermen's Song of the South Sea" (1950). When he directed “A Son is Born” (1953) for Union Film Enterprise Limited, his directorial potential was obvious and well received by the audience. Chun was a key founder of Union Film Enterprise Ltd, he directed numerous films including “A Mother Remembers” (1953) and “Parents’ Heart” (1955). In 1955, Chun founded Kong Ngee Company together with Chan Man, which paved way to a batch of new stars and directors - Patrick Tse Yin, Kar Ling, Nam Hung, Kong Suet, Keung Chung-ping, Chor Yuen, Lung Kong etc. Chun directed over 60 Cantonese and Mandarin films of many different genres. He wrote and directed most of his films. Among his most well known Cantonese films are "Dragnet" (1956), "The Whispering Palms” (1957), “My Intimate Partners” (1960) and “How to Catch a Wife" (1961), while best known Mandarin films included "Till the End of Time" (1966), “The Long Voyage Home” (1966) and “Farewell My Love" (1969). He committed suicide in 1969.