34 Facts About Ann Hui


Ann Hui On-wah, is a film director, producer, screenwriter and actress from Hong Kong who is one of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers of the Hong Kong New Wave.


Ann Hui is known for her films about social issues in Hong Kong which include: literary adaptations, martial arts, semi-autobiographical works, women's issues, social phenomena, political changes, and thrillers.


Ann Hui served as the president of the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild from 2004 to 2006.


Ann Hui won Best Director at the Golden Horse Awards three times ; Best Film at the Asia Pacific Film Festival; and Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards six times.


Ann Hui was honored for her lifetime accomplishments at the 2012 Asian Film Awards.


In 2017, the US based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited Hui to become a member.


On 23 May 1947, Ann Hui was born in Anshan, a Chinese iron-mining city in Liaoning Province.

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In 1952, Ann Hui moved to Macau, then Hong Kong at the age of five.


Since her grandfather and father both love classical literature, Ann Hui learned to recite many ancient Chinese poems.


When she was in college, Ann Hui worked in the student theater troupe performing as an extra, doing busywork and designing posters.


In 1972, Ann Hui earned a master's in English and comparative literature from the University of Hong Kong.


Ann Hui studied at the London Film School for two years.


Ann Hui wrote her thesis on the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet, a French writer and filmmaker.


Ann Hui then began working for Television Broadcasts Limited as a scriptwriter-director and produced documentaries such as Wonderful, four episodes of CID, two of Social Worker, and one of the Dragon, Tiger, Panther series.


The most recognized episode of Ann Hui's is Boy from Vietnam, which is the start of her Vietnam Trilogy.


Ann Hui explores the characters' reactions to new environments and their responses to their return home.


Ann Hui served as the president of the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild in 2004.


Ann Hui directed fewer films herself, as she focused on behind-the-scenes work for other filmmakers.


Ann Hui said in an interview that she wants to do more socially conscious projects.


Ann Hui is known for making controversial films; the interview, in particular, described the horrors of increased crime and unemployment rates in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong.


Ann Hui is one of the six veteran Hong Kong filmmakers who directed Johnnie To Kei-Fung's highly anticipated anthology film: Septet: The Story of Hong Kong.


Ann Hui gets a pen pal from Hong Kong to help him start over in the United States.


Six months before filming was set to start, and after the film crew was already on location in Hainan, a cameraman suggested that Ann Hui give the role to Andy Lau.


Ann Hui gave Lau the role and flew him to Hainan before a proper audition or even seeing what he looked like.


Ann Hui left television in 1979, making her first feature, The Secret, a mystery thriller based on real life murder case and starring Taiwanese star Sylvia Chang.

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Ann Hui experimented with special effects and daring angles; her preoccupation with sensitive political and social issues is a recurrent feature in most of her subsequent films.


In 2008, Ann Hui directed the highly acclaimed domestic drama, The Way We Are.


Ann Hui invested 30 million yuan before Yu Dong joined.


In 2022, Ann Hui was invited to be the Jury President of the 59th Golden Horse Awards.


Ann Hui starts with the female perspective, depicting the hearts of women.


Ann Hui's films are always full of a sense of drama, but they do not make the audience feel hopeless.


Ann Hui gives more attention and sympathy to such women, and such films permeate her deep thinking on female destiny.


Ann Hui revealed her attitudes on her intention of constructing the stories by reflecting the conditions in social reality:.


Ann Hui has appeared mostly in cameo roles in several films:.