Yuen Tai-Yung is a Chinese artist known for his creation of iconic Hong Kong movie posters that include notable films of Bruce Lee, the Hui Brothers, Karl Maka, Stephen Chow, Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.
Born in Zhejiang in 1941 and raised in Shanghai, Yuen moved to Hong Kong as a teenager. He was working in advertising agencies when, in 1975, he chanced upon a commission to design the poster for The Last Message, the second film of the Hui Brothers (Michael, along with Sam and Ricky).
Yuen would go on to create posters for more than 200 films, including 17 by the Hui Brothers, before he retired and migrated to New Zealand in 1992. The self-taught painter is revered for his cartoonish illustrations, which manage to both portray an uncanny likeness of the film’s stars and an ingenious ability to distill a movie’s plot down to its essence.
The Posterist is a passion project of first-time documentary filmmaker Hui See-Wai, who is the son of comedy legend Michael Hui Koon-Man. Many of the film posters for Michael Hui Koon- Man’s biggest hits were painted by Yuen Tai-Yung.
Hui See-Wai 許思維 (in attendance)
Hui See-Wai was born and raised in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1995. From 2000 to 2013, he owned and operated an internet company in Hong Kong and a restaurant chain in Beijing. He joined Hui’s Film and began film conservation and digital restoration in 2014.
In 2015, he produced Inside Hui’s Comedy, a documentary about the Hui Brothers.
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2017
Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2017