He first met Ang Lee as a student in Taipei and went on to produce his debut film as well as their magnum opus, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, in 2000. And now, veteran producer Hsu-Li Kong wants to make a film set in India, which he says is a treasure trove of stories.
On his maiden visit to the country, the Taiwanese producer said that the gods of India, as well as the mundane details of the Indian way of life fascinate him. “There is a story in every nook and cranny of this country... like the tiffin box system. These are stories waiting to be told,” said the 67-year-old who was in India to inaugurate a three-day retrospective of his protégé’s films. “I would definitely like to produce a film in India, this country is a filmmaker’s dream,” said Kong.
Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan’s popularity is soaring in his country, says Kong, with Om Shanti Om (2008), which was released in Taiwan on New Year’s Eve, having become a hit.