I admire your courage in including your early short films in the DVD box set. Not that they're bad, but nearly every artist is embarrassed by his early work. What do you think of these films today?
I am proud of my early films because I was working with nothing. They were my first film school and I made mistakes that I have learned from - hopefully. Almost all of my early works were edited in-camera, so they were very economically produced.
The Internet Movie Database has you credited as the director of "The Making of Jackie Chan's Mr. Nice Guy." Is that correct? What are those jobs like? Do you re-invest the money into your own features?
I did direct a Mr. Nice Guy making-of for Golden Harvest. It was a 90-minute warts-and-all documentary on Jackie and the film that was cut down to a short promo piece. I have heard that the long version is available, but I don't have a copy. I did use the money I earned on the Jackie project to partially finance The Masturbating Gunman, a black comedy I did for the Japanese market.
The Jackie job was an interesting one. I shadowed Jackie for almost six months and was privy to a lot of the star's private life. I spent a lot of time with one of my heroes, Sammo Hung, and formed a friendship with one of the co-producers, Dick Tso, and exec producer Chua Lam, a wonderful guy. I have also directed more than a hundred commercials, some rock videos, and mountains of industrial films early in my career. It has been an exciting ride so far.
Bookmark/Search this post with: