John Shum

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John Shum
Background information
Chinese name 岑建勳 (traditional)
Chinese name 岑建勋 (simplified)
Pinyin Cén Jiànxūn (Mandarin)
Jyutping sam4 gin3 fan1 (Cantonese)
Born John Shum Kin-Fun
1952 (age 65–66)
Hong Kong
Other names John Sham
Sham Kein
Occupation actor, producer
Years active 1980 - present
Spouse(s) Au Yim-cheung (m. 1970–75)
Tina Lau (m. 1984–88)
Shallin Tse (m. 1991–2005)
Ancestry Enping, Guangdong
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Film
1987 An Autumn's Tale

John Shum Kin-Fun (born 1952) is a Hong Kong actor and film producer. His English name is sometimes written as John Sham. Whilst known primarily for his comedic acting roles in Hong Kong cinema, he also spent time as a political activist.


Shum graduated from the University of Hong Kong, and subsequently undertook further study in the UK and US. Upon his return to Hong Kong, he co-founded "City Magazine" with John Chan, and worked as its editor. At the same time, he began working in television and radio.

He was also a student activist in the 1970s back in his youth and was a member of a Trotskyist vanguard party the Revolutionary Marxist League.

In 1983, he set up the film production company D&B Films, along with Sammo Hung and Dickson Poon. He later founded another film company with John Chan, Maverick Films Ltd.[1]

Shum's most prolific period working as an actor was during the 1980s. Of the 45 films he has appeared in, 33 were during this period. Notable appearances include Sammo Hung's Lucky Stars films Winners and Sinners (1983) and Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985), and starring roles alongside comedy partner Richard Ng in the Pom Pom series (1984–1986).

Shum is credited as a producer on over 20 films including Hong Kong 1941 (1984), Legacy of Rage (1986) and The Banquet (1991). He worked as assistant director on the 1987 Michelle Yeoh film Magnificent Warriors and also has credits on a number of other films, with roles such as planning, executive production and presentation.

In 1992, Shum co-hosted the Hong Kong Film Awards ceremony.

Throughout much of the 1990s, films took a back seat as Shum was heavily involved with the Pro-Democracy movement in Hong Kong.[2]

In 2005, he was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, by the government-sponsored Film Development Committee (FDC).[3] In December 2007, he was enrolled as an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild.[4]

His latest role is as executive producer, alongside Jackie Chan, for the film Wushu (2008), which was directed by Antony Szeto and starred Sammo Hung.


  1. ^ "HKMDb entry". John Shum Kin-Fun. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Hong Kong Cinemagic entry". John Sham Kein. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ "The Film Services Office". Appointments to Film Development Committee. Archived from the original on 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  4. ^ "HAF (Hong Kong Asian Film Financing)" (PDF). Kingdom of Fire - Tiantang Meirongshi. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2008-04-23. 

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