Chang named to HKIFFS board

Taiwan actress joins fest as vice chairperson

HONG KONG – Hong Kong International Film Festival Society named award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Chang as vice chairperson on its board of directors, HKIFFS announced on Wednesday.

Chang, one of the most prominent multi-hyphenates in the Hong Kong and Taiwan film industry, began her career as an actress in Taiwan in the 1970s, and became one of the most in-demand stars in Hong Kong in the following decade, starring in the 1980s blockbuster “Aces Go Places” series, director Edward Yang’s “That Day, on the Beach” (1983) and Tsui Hark’s “Shanghai Blues” (1984).  She has won best actress awards at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Bauhinia Awards for such films as Raymond To’s “Forever and Ever” (2001) and her own “Passion” (1986).

Chang took up directing in 1981 with “Once Upon a Time," and subsequently wrote, produced and directed more than a dozen films that garnered accolades across Asia, including “Passion," “Siao Yu” (1995) and “20 30 40” (2004).

HKIFFS also appointed three new members to its board of directors: Vincent Chow, Chow Sang Sang Holdings International Ltd. director & group GM; former special adviser at Cathay Pacific Airways Alan Wong; and Alexander Mak, managing director of Mazars Tax Services Ltd. as the new honorary treasurer.

HKIFFS executive director Soo-Wei Shaw could not be reached for comment on the new appointments.