Ex-Financial Secretary goes to cinema with family to watch ‘Warriors of Future’ in support of his good friend, Hong Kong actor Louis Koo

    John Tsang (left) and Louis Koo (right)

    11th September 2022 – (Hong Kong) Warriors of Future is a 2022 Hong Kong science fiction action film directed by visual effects artist Ng Yuen-fai in his directorial debut and starring Louis KooSean Lau, and Carina Lau.

    Warriors of Future has grossed 310 million CNY (HK$356 million, US$45 million) in mainland China as of 14th August 2022, and HK$6.2 million in Hong Kong preview screenings between 19th and 21st August 2022. The film earned a three-day gross US$9.8 million during the weekend of 26–28 August 2022 and was placed at No. 7 at the global box office of the weekend. Some box office analysts estimated the film would need to make HK$1.2 billion (US$153 million) globally to break even. In Hong Kong, the film debuted at No. 1 on its opening weekend with HK$19,703,177 during its first four days of release and a total gross of HK$21,784,237 (US$2,511,463) at the end of the week including preview showings.[19] It also became the biggest opening for a local film at the Hong Kong box office since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film remained at No. 1 in its second weekend grossing HK$22,266,042 and has exceeded HK$50 million at the box office recently.

    The film began production on 12th February 2017 and was originally set for release in 2019. After a long delay, the film opened the 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival on 15th August 2022 and released theatrically on 25th August 2022 in Hong Kong. The film has polarised critics, as the visual effects, action scenes and performances receiving praise with criticism directed towards its plot and script.

    John Tsang, the former Financial Secretary posted on Facebook today that he went to watch the movie to support his best friend, Hong Kong actor Louis Koo. He said that both of them have known each other for a long time and he is very proud of him to have produced this latest locally produced blockbuster. Tsang said that he watched the movie with his wife and daughter and he is startled by the milestone achieved by Hong Kong film industry. He also revealed that his wife is a fan of Louis Koo. In addition, it took ten years from preparation to shooting of this blockbuster and it took four years for post-production alone. Koo’s persistence has impressed him deeply. He added that he has known Koo since he was working in the government. Koo has been very generous and contributed a lot to the community but he never wants in the limelight. He often works quietly behind the scenes for the society. Tsang also said that Koo is a very loyal and good person, especially when the Hong Kong film industry was at its lowest, he contributed money and efforts to help the development of the film industry, which is worthy of everyone’s respect.

    In 2021, Koo served as executive producer for two Hollywood animation films, The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Vivo, with the former being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 94th Academy Awards. After 2001, he fully focused on film career and became one of the stalwarts of the Hong Kong film industry.

    John Tsang Chun-wah is a Hong Kong former senior civil servant and government official who was the longest-serving Financial Secretary in the Special Administrative Region period to date. Born in Hong Kong and raised and educated in the United States, Tsang worked in the Hong Kong government for more than thirty years. He was the private secretary to the last colonial governor Chris Patten and was promoted to Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology in 2003.  He worked as director of the Office of the Chief Executive under Donald Tsang administration from 2006 to 2007.

    In July 2007, he was appointed Financial Secretary by Donald Tsang. 

    In March 2018, John Tsang announced plans to establish a fund to help young entrepreneurs in Hong Kong. He wants to match his experienced and knowledgeable network of contact with aspiring entrepreneurs. He also joined a fintech-focused merchant bank Ion Pacific as its vice-chairman and Benefit Vantage Limited (BVL) as a chairman and investor in June 2018. BVL’s main focus is cybersecurity and they are currently taking their authentication solution IPification to the market.

    In 2020, Tsang co-founded middle-of-the-road politcal group “Hope for Hong Kong“, signaling his change of political stance from pro-Beijing to centrism. He also appeared in “In Geek We Trust”, a drama of ViuTV in 2022.

    John Tsang flanked by his wife, daughter and Louis Koo.
    John Tsang even wore a T-shirt of the movie to go for fencing practice.