The second film in Hui’s politically charged trilogy, The Story of Woo Viet features the star pairing of Chow Yun Fat and Cherie Chung in her film debut, seven years before they traded wistful looks in An Autumn’s Tale. Chow, in one of his earliest and meatiest film roles, plays the title role of Woo Viet, a Vietnamese refugee who hopes to immigrate to the United States. While biding his time in a detention camp in Hong Kong, he witnesses a crime that places his life in danger. Woo Viet arranges for illegal passage to US, and ends up in Philippines with fellow refugee Cham Thanh (Cherie Chung) with whom he develops a romance. Stranded in Manila, he becomes a hitman to make ends meet. The Story of Woo Viet also co-stars Cora Miao and Shaw Brothers star Lo Lieh, and features action choreography from Ching Siu Tung. —yesasia.com
Ann Hui On-Wah (simplified Chinese: 许鞍华; traditional Chinese: 許鞍華; pinyin: Xǔ Ānhuá; Hepburn: Kyo Anka; born 23 May 1947 to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother) is a Hong Kong film director, film producer and occasional screenwriter, one of the most critically acclaimed amongst the Hong Kong New Wave. She has a reputation for balancing commercial appeal with artistry.
Hui was born in Anshan, Liaoning, China and she moved to Macau, then to Hong Kong when she was five. She studied in St. Paul’s Convent School. She studied English language and literature and comparative literary studies in the University of Hong Kong until 1972, when she received her Masters, before spending two years in the London International Film School. Returning to Hong Kong in 1975, she entered TVB as a director, making many serials and documentaries on 16mm. During this time she in particular helped King Hu as an assistant on television. The most notable featurette she made during this period was Boy… read more