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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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,