Hong Kong Women Filmmakers

Wong, Chun-chun Barbara

Critical Biography    Filmography    Reviews    Bibliography

Wong, Chun-chun Barbara – Critical Biography  Top

Wong, Chun-chun Barbara

Wong, Chun-chun Barbara

Barbara Wong studied filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her feature film debut – the aptly-titled Women’s Private Parts (2000) – was a low-budget documentary shot on digital video in which Wong interviewed a range of Hong Kong women from all walks of life about their attitudes towards sex. There was a somewhat sensationalistic aspect to Wong’s documentary, but it won her a fair degree of fame and notoriety for dealing so frankly and provocatively with the still somewhat taboo subject of female sexuality within the context of a conservative and patriarchal Hong Kong society.

Wong began a long-standing collaboration with industry veteran Lawrence Cheng (The Yuppie Fantasia, 1989) on her second feature, Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat (2003). Working from a story by Cheng (who also served as the film’s producer), Wong crafted an entertaining comedy about an assorted group of youthful residents who enter into a wager with their landlady whereby they must realize their dreams in life within a year in order to win. The film was a breakout success, and Wong would continue to collaborate with Cheng on many of her subsequent works.

In the wake of Truth or Dare’s box-office success, Wong made a host of comedies in a commercial vein. Protégé de la Rose Noire (2004), a jokey pastiche starring pop duo Twins that pays homage to the camp action heroines of 1960s Hong Kong cinema, was co-directed by Wong and the film’s action choreographer, Donnie Yen. Six Strong Guys (2004), a male-bonding comedy about a group of men undergoing various forms of mid-life crises, was another collaboration with writer-producer Lawrence Cheng. Cheng and Wong also teamed up for a sequel to Truth or Dare (Happy Funeral [2008], about a group of youngsters who come up with the business idea of staging happy funerals), as well as a romantic comedy about wedding planners (Perfect Wedding [2010] starring Miriam Yeung, Raymond Lam, and model Chrissie Chau).

Aside from her interest in comedy, Wong has also specialized in directing relationship films as well as melodramas. Wonder Women (2007) – made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR – was a melodrama and an empowerment narrative starring Gigi Leung as a career woman who overcomes all manner of obstacles in order to find her way in life. Break Up Club (2010), co-written again with producer and collaborator Lawrence Cheng, has the fantastic premise of a website whereby users can reconnect with their exes if they pledge in turn to break up a happy couple. Aimed mainly at the mainland Chinese market, The Allure of Tears (2011) was a tearjerker featuring a trio of love stories and starring, among others, Aarif Lee. Wong’s most recent films are The Stolen Years (2013), a romance drama in which Bai Baihe’s protagonist loses her memory in an accident and tries to reconstruct why she ended up divorced from her once-loving husband; and the Hong Kong/China co-production Girls (2014), a romance-drama featuring a group of friends played by a mixed ensemble of Hong Kong and mainland Chinese performers.

Filmography   Top

Feature Films:

Role
Title (English)
Title (Chinese)
Year
Director
Co-Writer
Producer
The Secret (Trailer) 消失的愛人 2016
Director
Writer
Girls (Trailer) 閨密 2014
Director
Writer
The Stolen Years (Trailer) 被偷走的那五年 2013
Director
Writer
The Allure of Tears (Trailer) 傾城之淚 2011
Director
Story
Perfect Wedding (Trailer) 抱抱俏佳人 2010
Director
Writer
Producer
Break Up Club (Trailer) 分手說愛你 2010
Director
Writer
Happy Funeral (Trailer) 六樓后座2家屬謝禮 2008
Director
Writer
Wonder Women (Trailer) 女人本色 2007
Director
Story
6 Strong Guys 六壯士 2004
Director Protege de la Rose Noire (Trailer) 見習黑玫瑰 2004
Director Women’s Private Parts 2 女人那話兒:男人這東西 2004
Director
Writer
Truth or Dare : 6th Floor Rear Flat (Trailer) 六樓后座 2003
Director Women’s Private Parts (Trailer) 女人那話兒 2001

Reviews   Top

Girls (2014) Reviews:

Global Times:
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/859711.shtml
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/girls
Personal blog – Vanessa Blaylock:
http://vanessablaylock.com/girls-hong-kong-2014/
SCMP:
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1567446/film-review-barbara-wongs-girls-shows-its-female-protagonists-bad
Inmedia (In Chinese):
http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1025172

The Stolen Years (2013) Reviews:

Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/the-stolen-years
Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/stolen-years-bei-tou-zou-628503
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/stolen-years
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/stolen_years.html
SCMP:
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1304945/film-review-stolen-years

The Allure of Tears (2011) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-allure-of-tears-2011-movie-review/
Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/the-allure-of-tears
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/allure_of_tears.html

Perfect Wedding (2010) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/break-up-club-2010-movie-review/
Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/perfect-wedding
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/break-club
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/perfect_wedding.html
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/perfectwedding/perfectwedding.html

Happy Funeral (2008) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/happy_funeral.html 

6 Strong Guys (2004) Reviews:

City Weekend:
http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/blog/Movies_CW19Cinema/
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/six_strong_guys.htm
HK Film:
http://www.hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/sixstrongguys.htm

Protege de la Rose Noire (2004) Reviews:

Kung Fu Cinema:
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/protege-de-la-rose-noire-2004
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/protege_de_la_rose_noire.htm

Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat (2003) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/truth_or_dare.htm
So Good Reviews:
http://www.sogoodreviews.com/reviews/truthordare6thfloorrearflat.htm
Time Out Hong Kong:
http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/11675/wong-chun-chun-the-accidental-feminist.html

Women’s Private Parts (2001) Reviews:

Hong Kong Film Critics Society:
http://www.filmcritics.org.hk/%E9%9B%BB%E5%BD%B1%E8%A9%95%E8%AB%96/%E6%9C%83%E5%93%A1%E5%BD%B1%E8%A9%95/feature-july-bobo-nature-under-feminism-%E2%80%93-film-wong-chen-chen

Others:

Baccarat Magazine – Interview – Barbara Wong X Heiward Mak

HK Magazine – Interview with Barbara Wong

Hong Kong Cinemagic – INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA WONG CHUN CHUN

Bibliography   Top

  1. Wong, Angela Wai-ching . “Our Bodies, Our Stories : Narrating Female Sexuality in Hong Kong.” Mainstreaming Gender in Hong Kong Society. Ed. Fanny M. Cheung and Eleanor Holroyd. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2009. 257-290.

(Last Update: 9 June, 2017)

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