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Crystal Kwok Kam Yan

Other names : Crystal Kwok
Crystal Kwok Gam Yan
Kwok Gam Yan
Kwok Kam Yan
Birthdate : 13/5/1966
Nationality : USA
Workplace : Hong Kong
Activities : Director (1), Assistant Director (1), Producer (1), Writer (1), Actress (14), Cameo (1)


Born in San Francisco, Crystal Kwok studied both in Los Angeles and in Hong Kong. After wining a beauty pageant contest in the former British colony, she quickly got started in cinema. She appeared, for instance, in Police Story 2 and Dragon Forever with Jackie Chan. Kwok had, however, a strong personality and a willpower to succeed, so she couldn't carry on playing dull characters for years like many other actresses. She decided to go back to studies in the USA, where she found a great opportunity to play with Jet Li in a movie directed by Tsui Hark, The Master.

Even if Crystal Kwok made short appearances in films such as Will Of Iron (1991) or Ah Kam (1996), her first interest wasn't the art of acting. She became a radio DJ, then a TV presenter. She hosted a talk show that dealt with taboo subjects, in particular with sex life in HK. In addition to that, she got to learn how to direct features. She became director-assistant on Mary From Beijing in 1992. In 1993, she directed Little One for cable TV, then she made, in 1994, a documentary about Jackie Chan for French TV Channel Canal +.

We would have to wait 1999, however, for the release of her first movie The Mistress. Five years have been necessary to produce this project. The theme of the movie, HK women sexuality, was enough to scared cautious investors. The film provoked a polemic and was rated category 3, a category usually dedicated to sexy or gore movies in HK. In spite of the scandal, the film didn't make much at the box office. The movie was, however, critically acclaimed, and it should help Crystal Kwok to carry on her directorial career.

Hopefully, her next project won't be as controversial as The Mistress. " I hope to tell a simple and interesting story " she explained. Judging from The Mistress qualities, it will be interesting to follow Crystal Kwok career as a unique and original female director from HK.

Written by Laurent Henry, April 2000
Freely translated by Thomas, September 2002.

 [ 2000 - 1990 - 1980 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 Explosive City 2004 Actress
 Mistress, The 1999 Director, Producer, Writer, Cameo
 Ah Kam 1996 Actress
 Home Again 1995 Actress
 Shanghai Fever 1994 Actress
 Once Upon A Time In 2040 1993 Actress
 92 Legendary La Rose Noire 1992 Actress
 Mary From Beijing 1992 Assistant Director
 Bamboo In Winter 1991 Actress
 Will Of Iron 1991 Actress
 Doctor Vampire 1990 Actress
 All Night Long 1989 Actress
 Four Loves 1989 Actress
 Master, The 1989 Actress
 Dragons Forever 1988 Actress
 Police Story 2 1988 Actress

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 Crystal Kwok Kam Yan pictures :  (Hide)
Ah Kam
Will Of Iron
Four Loves
The Master
Dragons Forever
Dragons Forever
Police Story 2
 Other Crystal Kwok Kam Yan pictures :  (Hide)
Will Of Iron (3)
Doctor Vampire (1)
Four Loves (6)
The Master (2)
Dragons Forever (1)
Other pictures (1)

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 Interview with Crystal Kwok (preview)
HK talents > Film directors > Other directors
Author(s) : Laurent Henry, Grégory Auguste Dormeuil
Date : 1/3/2001
Type(s) : Interview
Page(s) : 1  - index

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