Joey's Taiwanese film debut - It Will be Cold by the
Lake This Year (1981)
In his Joey
Wong essay in The Essential Guide to Deadly China Dolls, author
Rick Baker writes:
"Joey Wong (aka Joey Wang, Wong Tsu Hsien) was born in
Taiwan on January 31, 1967. she cut her teeth in her first movie,
The Lakeside is Cold that same year."
that Joey made her film debut as a mere babe (versus the real
babe she would grow up to be <GRIN>) has appeared
in other reports of Joey's film career. However what seems to
be definitive proof of the actual production and release year
of The Lakeside is Cold (literal translation from the
original Chinese: It Will be Cold by the Lake This Year provided
by deadmead) has been found.
Universe DVD: Picture of A Nymph
in Taiwan on 30 January, 1967, raise and received secondary school
education in Taiwan. She has enrolled in the drama course of Kuo
Kwan Arts School.
father is a basketball player thus made her a professional basketball
player when she was fourteen, She shot a TV commercial of sport
shoes and drew the attention of a film producer and made her the
leading lady of “It’ll Be Very Cold by the Lakeside
comments from the alt.asian-movies newgroup archive:
"PeterDMc" <email@example.comNOSPAM> ¼¶¼g©ó¶l¥ó
> Is there anything even remotely like HKMDb for Taiwanese
films? Many HK stars
> are from Taiwan and when they make the occasional film in
Taiwan, it gets hard
> to find information on it. 98% of the time it won't get added
to HKMDb, and
> most websites for the stars are, well, generally not that
(this directs you to the Englsih version
of this site). It's "Chinese movie database." If you
put together what you
see on HKMBD and what you find out here, you get more complete
(not necessarily "complete") information.
This site is easier to search if you know Chinese. Use Joey Wong
an example, if you type in "Joey Wong" you're not going
to find her
information because she is "Joy Wong" here. Another
thing is that
there aren't many details about movies on this site; its biggest
probably is helping you to spot those "occasional films in
(such as Joey Wong's IT WILL BE COLD BY THE LAKE THIS
YEAR; BTW, this is actually Joey Wong's movie debut, but it
wasn't released until Jeoy Wong made herself known to
Taiwanese audience through, mainly, A CHINESE GHOST
> What is Joey Wong's first movie? Hkmdb is confused on this
point, Imdb is
> innaccurate, and there are no big Joey Wong websites with
> Her film debut seems to have been in 1984, and is possibly
a mythical fim that
> no one knows anything about or has seen called Life After
Dead. Or it could be,
> as many filmographies claim An Eternal Combat...Other sources
claim her first
> film was Working Class, Let's Make Laugh 2, or The Legend
of Wisely. All of
> those are credited as 1985, but maybe they were made earlier...?
> Does anyone know for absolute certainty what Joey Wong's
film debut is?
certain that Joey Wong made her film debut at the age
of 14: IT WILL BE COLD BY THE LAKE THIS YEAR. A made
in Taiwan movie. Just like Brigette Lin, Joey Wong is from Taiwan,
and HK "picked" her up later on (the difference is that
the time when
Joey Wong got recognized in Taiwan, the Taiwanese film industry
was in dire strait...while Brigette Lin got up in the most glourious
days of Taiwanese cinema [popularity-wise rather than the quality
wasn't released in HK until 1987 after HK
audience got a bit familiar with her.
Date: 2002-09-12 06:00:41 PST
"Darin N" <firstname.lastname@example.org> ¼¶¼g©ó¶l¥ó
> Hi All...
> Thanks to DeadMead for the info and Peter for asking the
> wondered about this for a long time myself. BTW, DeadMead...it
> you saw "It Will Be Cold By The Lake This Year"
in the theatre. How would
> you rate Joey's performance and the movie overall? Also,
do you know if
> this has ever been released on video?
"performance"? well...she's just there,
incredibly beautiful as a 14 years old; the movie
is overtly pretenious (trying too hard to be stylish).
Joey didn't really need to "act" (she probably
couldn't act very well at that time anyway...) in
the movie, what is important is the kind
of "aura" evoked by the appearance of Joey.
AFAIK, there is no video release of this movie ~_~
> Now, just to add a bit of info and maybe a bit of confusion.
> 1) I have a Japanese filmbook that lists "Let's Make
Laugh II" as a 1985
> release, before "Working Class".
her HK movie debut could be either LAUGH II or
WORKING CLASS, both relreased in 1985, but which movie
was made first is difficult to tell.
> 2) That same filmbook lists another film as a 1984 release,
but oddly it
> doesn't have an English title translation (I've posted a
scan of the listing
> here: http://www.zeroichi.com/darin/joey.htm. DeadMead perhaps
> kindly translate the title and confirm if it is "It
Will Be Cold...." BTW,
> this is just a temporary link for this reply post. There
aren't any other
> visitor accessible pages at zeroichi.com.
It is. The
movie itself probably doesn't have an English title for
"It Will be Cold by the Lake This Year" is a literal
the original Chinese title. and so there's no English title provided
in that Japanese film book.
"Darin N" <email@example.com> ¼¶¼g©ó¶l¥ó
> A bit of confusion though. "It Will Be Cold..."
has a release date of 1984,
> but Joey's age is stated to be 14 at the time of the movie.
If Joey was born
> in 1967, this would make her 17 in 1984. So was this movie
actually made in
> 1981 and not released until 1984? As confirmation of this
might be a bit of
> trivia that I got from a DVD bio on Joey. According to to
bio, Joey made a
> Taiwanese TV commercial at age 14 and was subsequently cast
in "It Will Be
> Cold" right after.
release date 1984 may indicate its Japanese
release date. I forgot when it was released in Taiwan,
but the film was definitely finished before 1984 (as
you mentioned, right after the TV commercial).
also, even it was first released in Taiwan in 1984, it's
quite normal since "It Will Be Cold...," just like all
other more independent productions at the time, would
need to fight for (or beg?) being released in theaters...
it wasn't unusual taking couple of years for a movie
to be released in theater in Taiwan ~_*