About a decade ago, the to­tal box of­fice of the Chi­nese main­land was only a few hun­dred mil­lion yuan per year. In 2014, the box of­fice on the main­land was some 30 bil­lion yuan.”

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to have to­tal con­trol of the new la­bel which be­came Gold La­bel En­ter­tain­ment.

EMI Mu­sic Hong Kong de­cided to del­e­gate its lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to Gold La­bel, leav­ing EMI to con­cen­trate on in­ter­na­tional artists. Gold La­bel also took over EMI Hong Kong’s lo­cal artist ros­ter, which in­cluded Kary Ng, Stephy Tang, the now dis­banded Cook­ies and Ping Pung, and Ed­mond Le­ung.

Es­tab­lished in early 2011, Sun En­ter­tain­ment Cul­ture aims to bring top-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment to au­di­ences. Wong joined the com­pany as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in 2012.

“With our pas­sion, am­bi­tion and cre­ativ­ity, we pro­duce and dis­trib­ute TV and film pro­duc­tions, or­ga­nize live con­certs of the lead ac­tors in SPL II. Wong said that he has known Wu for al­most 10 years.

“I al­ways knew he would be a big movie star some­day, ever since I met him the first time. Wu has al­ways worked very hard, he has a strong char­ac­ter. I know that Wu has played many roles as a mil­i­tary man in main­land TV se­ries. The heroic roles he played re­ally helped him por­tray his char­ac­ters on screen,” said Wong.

Wong also spoke about Zhang Jin, aka Max Zhang, a for­mer wushu ath­lete and another lead ac­tor in SPL II. Zhang has be­come very pop­u­lar among the main­land au­di­ence thanks to his turn in SPL II.

“Main­land au­di­ences didn’t know and cre­ate strate­gic mar­ket­ing plans and events. We strive in build­ing an enor­mous en­ter­tain­ment em­pire in Asia in or­der to bring the ori­en­tal en­ter­tain­ment cul­ture to world­wide au­di­ences,” the com­pany says on its web­site.

Movies that Sun En­ter­tain­ment has in­vested in and pro­duced in­clude the hugely pop­u­lar SPL II, Aberdeen and Vul­garia.

Sun En­ter­tain­ment or­ga­nizes con­certs and other per­for­mances in Hong Kong, Ma­cao and the main­land, like ma­gi­cian Lu Chen’s “Daz­zle” tour in the two SARs in 2012.

Stars man­aged by Sun En­ter­tain­ment in­clude Fiona Sit, Andy Hui, Alex Fong, Zo­lar Wind, Sharco Kang and Jan­ice Man. Zhang Jin that well a few years ago, he used to be known just as the hus­band of the fa­mous ac­tress Ada Choi Siu-fun, but I knew he had po­ten­tial,” said Wong.

“Do you know that when Zhang won Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards (in 2014) for his role in The Grand­mas­ter, I was thrilled. I think I was much hap­pier than even ( The Grand­mas­ter) di­rec­tor Wong Kar-wai, as by then I had al­ready signed Zhang for SPL II.”

Wong knows that many am­bi­tious Hong Kong boys and girls har­bor dreams of be­com­ing a movie star or singer some­day, but ful­fill­ing that dream could be ex­tremely dif­fi­cult, he warns.

“Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to their dreams, but my ad­vice to these Hong Kong young peo­ple who want to be­come stars is that don’t waste too much time on it.”

Be­sides hav­ing the “right look”, peo­ple also need great op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come a movie star or pop­u­lar singer.

Wong said that girls with po­ten­tial to be stars need to be very good look­ing, while for boys, though good looks are also im­por­tant, he be­lieves that the “right look” should be some­where be­tween tougher than Zhang Jin but softer than Wu Jing. Con­tact the writer at so­phiehe@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

Ac­tion flicks and gang­ster capers are the core strengths of Hong Kong film­mak­ers and ac­tors, who should take the op­por­tu­nity to cash in on their ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity among au­di­ences on the Chi­nese main­land, says Paco Wong Pak-ko (left), man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sun En­ter­tain­ment Cul­ture Ltd.

Paco Wong Pak-ko,

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