Driving Ambition

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2006, 12:00am

THERE IS A FEELING of anticipation as Stephen Fung emerges from the changing room wearing Louis Vuitton's latest creations. The studio is silent as he settles down in front of a $170,000 Ducati PL 1001 motorcycle, the searing gaze in his eyes matching the powerful machine behind him.

Fung owns a Ducati as well. But when our editor offers to let him take the bike out for a spin, he politely declines. 'Mine is the 600 Monster Dark - it's not a racing model. I don't like fast ones. I like to cruise.'

So what about his taste in cars? 'When I buy a car, I look at the interior more than the exterior. I don't buy flashy cars. I like to drive SUVs because I like to travel comfortably,' Fung says.

The Hong Kong-born actor and director has been driving since he was 18. And it was while he was studying for a degree in graphic design at the University of Michigan that he bought his first car - with not much luck.

Fung paid US$700 for a 1980 Saab from a widow - money he had saved working as a part-time waiter. It wasn't until he had acquired a licence for the car and taken it for a drive that he realised something was very wrong with it.

'The exhaust pipe fell off and the speedometer didn't work. I was so angry. Later, I left the car on the campus parking lot and put it up for sale with a sign that said, 'Needs fixing'. I ended up making US$300,' he laughs.

Fung exudes a quiet confidence characteristic of people who know exactly what they want. And after a career in music and acting, the 31-year-old has found his vocation - directing.

After making Enter the Phoenix (2004) and House of Fury (2005) , Fung turned his attention to television. Stephen's Diary, an improvised comedy on TVB Jade, the first series of which has just ended, depicted moments in Fung's daily life with a dry humour.

'I like to be spontaneous. With both movies and music, I like to improvise.

I don't like to use storyboards and the show is not scripted. I don't think it's necessary to have a theme. A sitcom could be about nothing. I want it to be about the little things that happen to all Hong Kong people.'

Fung started his career as a singer and song-writer, but, he says, singing is pretty much off the agenda now.

'I don't think I'll go back to singing,' he says. 'There are lots of side things - too many non-music things you have to do, such as promotion. I don't miss that.'

Photographer Wing Shya

Stylist Sean K

Hair Carr Cheng

Make up Hetty Kwong

Production Shyalala Production

Wardrobe by Louis Vuitton

Special thanks to Bentley, Ducati Hong Kong, Italian Motors (Ferrari)



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