|Chinese name 楊凡 (traditional)|
Role Film director
Name Yonfan Yonfan
Chinese name 杨凡 (simplified)
|Born 14 October 1947 (age 68)Wuhan, Hubei, China (1947-10-14) |
Awards Hong Kong Film Award for Best Costume and Make Up Design
Nominations Golden Lion, Asian Film Award for Best Director, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Art Direction
Movies Beauty, Prince of Tears, Colour Blossoms, Peony Pavilion, Bugis Street
Similar People Zhu Xuan, Teresa Cheung, Cherie Chung, Daniel Wu, Kenneth Tsang
Production designed Prince of Tears
Diff09 yonfan director prince of tears
- Diff09 yonfan director prince of tears
- Yonfan the 4th afa nominee in best director
Yonfan the 4th afa nominee in best director
He was born in Wuhan, Hubei, Republic of China. As the Yang family emigrated from mainland China, they lived first in Hong Kong for 3 years, and then moved to Taiwan when Yonfan was 5 years old. He spent most of his childhood and adolescence in Taichung, Taiwan, and returned to Hong Kong in 1964 as a 17-year-old man to work as a photographer, but left for the United States in 1968 to study film. After a couple of years travelling through the United States, France and Britain, he returned to Hong Kong in 1973, and became a famous photographer noted for his celebrity portraits.
In 1984, he made his box office debut as a director with A Certain Romance. Two years later, Yonfan adapted the much-loved romantic novel The Story of Rose by Yi Shu. Starring an up-and-coming Maggie Cheung, the passionate Lost Romance was a huge commercial success starring a young Chow Yun-fat.
After In Between (1994), Yonfan started to steer away from the mainstream market and began to introduced characters from the marginalised section of the society. With 1998 came another milestone, Bishonen, best known for its romantic cinematography and explicit portrayal of homosexual onscreen passion. Inspired by a real-life scandal in which a Hong Kong playboy was found to possess more than a thousand nude photographs of local police officers, this melodramatic tale of redemption polarized film critics in Hong Kong, but was very well received at film festivals around the globe. It also launched the acting career of heartthrob Daniel Wu.
In 2011, Yonfan headed the New Currents jury at the 16th Busan International Film Festival in October. The Festival also hosted a retrospective of the director's films, featuring seven of his restored and re-mastered films from the 1980s through 2000s.