KENNETH BI


Kenneth Bi graduated with Honors in Theatre/Film from Brock University in Canada. He returned to his native Hong Kong in 1994 and began his film career on Teddy Robin’s 1995 feature, Hong Kong Graffiti. In 1998, he line-produced Slow Fade and garnered a Hong Kong Film Awards nomination for Best Original Film Score for Fruit Chan’s The Longest Summer.


A Small Miracle (2000), a micro-budget DV project, gave Bi the chance to write, direct, edit and compose original music all by himself. The DV film premiered at the inaugural TOKYO FILMeX and won Best Foreign Film at Digital Visions in Chicago.


In 2002, Bi served double duty as story co-creator and actor on The Runaway Pistol, a Best Film nominee at the 39th Golden Horse Awards.


Rice Rhapsody (2004), Bi’s 35mm feature film directorial debut, won Outstanding Screenplay from Taiwan’s GIO and was an Official Project at PPP 2000. The film was selected for competition by the Tokyo International Film Festival and went on to win the Platinum Award fot Best Theatrical Feature at the 2005 Houston Worldfest, Jury Award for Best Actress (Sylvia Chang) at the Newport Beach Film Festival, Best New Director at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards, as well as being named Top Ten Chinese Language Films of 2005 by the Chinese Film Critics Association.


His second 35mm feature, The Drummer (2007), starring international action star Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, was a co-production between Hong Kong, Taiwan and Germany. It made history as the first Chinese-language film funded by Germany’s Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, as well as the first film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was named Critic’s Pick by the Hollywood Reporter. The film has won Audience Awards for Favorite Film at Locarno, Seattle and Toronto Reel Asian, Best Supporting Actor (Tony Leung) at the Golden Horse Awards, and has so far been licensed to over 50 territories.


In 2010, Bi followed up with GIRL$, a topical social drama which premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.


Venturing into mainstream cinema with his first Chinese co-production in 2013, Bi crafted the neo-noir suspense thriller CONTROL with striking visual effects and assembled top acting talent Daniel Wu, Simon Yam, Yao Chen and Leon Dai to lead the stellar cast.


Bi is currently in development on his first English language film - an edgy erotic thriller, as well as an action epic based on important historical events and a biopic set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s greatest era.