Wong Hei Becomes Director
Many artistes broadened their career opportunities after leaving TVB. After leaving TVB in 2011 due to conflict with the station’s upper management, Wong Hei (王喜) spent time filming movies, traveling, and pursuing his interests in directing. The short film, Unfinished Conversations <說話未曾講> will be Wong Hei’s first directorial debut.
Unfinished Words is about a loving husband who is devoted to finding his lost wife. The concept of the movie loosely stems from Leon Lai’s 1996 hit single, “Unfinished Love Words” <情深說話未曾講>.
Wong Hei singlehandedly financed the movie, spending a six-figure sum to have the scenes shot in Beijing. However, his first directorial project was met with a bump when he decided that the lead actor was a miscast. Not afraid of challenges, he personally decided to recast a less experienced actor. When filming, Wong Hei often stopped the camera to go help the actor with the angles and positioning.
Taking the project very seriously, Wong Hei appeared at the production studios bright and early to ensure that the equipment was in place and ready to go. And appearing highly concentrated while filming, not a single smile was seen on Wong Hei’s face.
Confident that his movie will become a success, Wong Hei submitted his project to be included in the Taipei Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, as well as large film festivals across Europe. Speaking about his first-time directing experience, Wong Hei expressed, “The film gave me a very clear direction – if there are people you want to see and things you want to accomplish, don’t hesitate and don’t waste time.”
Source: East Week
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.