Friday, October 3, 2008

Ng See-Yuen

Ng See-Yuen , born 1944 in Shanghai, is a director of independent film in Hong Kong. He has worked in the since 1970, particularly in Hong Kong action cinema, with roles including film director, and screenwriter.


His career in the industry began at Shaw Brothers Studio, where his official title was "Executive". The first film he was involved in was ''The Chinese Boxer'' , on which he worked as assistant director to film director Jimmy Wang Yu.

In 1975, he founded Seasonal Films Corporation. The first film produced by the company was ''Secret Rivals'' in 1976, which Ng also directed.

Ng produced and co-wrote ''Snake in the Eagle's Shadow'' and ''Drunken Master'', which were both the first films directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and Jackie Chan's first real successes at the domestic box office.

In 1985, Ng was the first Hong Kong producer to make a film in the USA that successfully showed the Hong Kong style of action, when he worked with Corey Yuen on ''No Retreat, No Surrender'', which starred then unknowns Kurt McKinney and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Other notable films that Ng See-Yuen worked on include ''Ninja in the Dragon's Den'' and ''Legend of a Fighter'' , both in 1982. He also co-produced Jackie Chan's 1992 film ''Twin Dragons'', and four of the ''.

Still working in the industry, his latest film was Alfred Cheung's romantic comedy ''Contract Lover'', which he produced in 2007.

Ng See-Yuen is also the founder of "UME International Cineplex," which is one of the largest cinema chains in China, with five-star cineplexes in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Beijing. "UME" is an acronym for Ultimate Movie Experience. He is also chairman of the Federation Of Hong Kong Filmmakers.

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