Hong Kong director Wong Jing (王晶) and comedian-turned-director Stephen Chow (周星驰) are engaged in a war of words.
The two worked together for 13 years producing hit movies, including God of Gamblers 2 (赌俠).
But their friendship turned sour in 1999 after cooperating on The Tricky Master (千王之王2000).
Wong commented that Stephen loves money more than movies.
Stephen fought back by saying, “I do love money, but as for movies, I believe you need to make good movies to make money. You can’t just churn them out and expect to earn money” — which was seen as criticism of Wong’s film production skills.
Wong then ridiculed Stephen for making more money in the housing market than in films.
Several days ago, Wong raised the stakes again and hinted on his microblog post, which was later deleted: “If I could make big bucks by pulling all my confidante’s strings and then treat her like a stranger, use up all my business partners’ funds and exclusively enjoy the benefits and awards, and drain my production team’s creative ideas and kick them out to claim all the achievements as mine, then I would make much much more money! Sigh! This is only a dream. It’s not gonna happen…”
It is widely accepted that he was talking about his arch rival, Stephen, who dumped the heiress of a Hong Kong construction empire Yu Man-fung (于文凤) in early 2010 after a marathon relationship of 13 years.
Wong is not the only one who harbors grudges against the talented Stephen.
Actress Kitty Zhang (張雨綺), Eva Huang (黄圣依) and his ex-girlfriend Athena Chu (朱茵) have all lashed out against him.