Tomson (HK) Films

Tomson (HK) Films Co. Ltd. was founded by the famous actress Hsu Feng in Taiwan in 1984. Hsu has been acclaimed for her exquisite performance in a number of King Hu's films, which included A Touch of Zen (1969), The Valliant Ones (1974), Raining in the Mountain (1979) and Legend of the Mountain (1979).

The early eighties saw the emergence of the New Taiwanese Cinema, comprised by such young and ambitious filmmakers as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang and Ko I-ching. Tomson contributed to the movement by producing A Woman of Wrath, directed by Zhen Zhuangxiang. Adapted from a controversial and award-winning novel based on a real-life incident in which the young wife of a butcher in southern Taiwan murdered her husband in the same manner as he had slaughtered animals, the film was well-received and immediately established Tomson as one of the most important and active independent film companies in Taiwan.

To date, Tomson has produced twenty-four films, including the megahit series The Kung-Fu Kids, Part 1-7. Other films include Ann Hui's Starry is the Night (1987), Yim Ho's Red Dust (1990), Yeh Hung-wei's Five Girls and a Rope (1991), which garnered five international awards at different film festivals, and Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine (1992), which won the coveted Palme D'Or Award at Cannes Film Festival, as well as the Golden Globe's Best Foreign Lanuage Film Award.

Tomson is currently in preparation for several projects, which include a new film by Chen Kaige, tentatively titled Dancing with Eternity, the screen adaptation of Nien Cheng's acclaimed biography, Life and Death in Shanghai, and the story of Jiang Qing, otherwise known as Madame Mao.