El Chino tells the true story of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who left his engineering career in Berkeley CA in the late 1950s, to become a bullfighter in Spain. Bill was introduced to bullfighting when he borrowed a book from his older brother, Jack, about the renowned bullfighter, Juan Belmonte. Inspired by what he read, he drove to Mexico City to see a live bullfight. After seeing the matadors in action, Bill thought, “I can do that.” Shortly thereafter and seemingly on a whim, Bill decided that he was going to Spain to become a bullfighter. His mother wrote monthly pleas for him to come home, while the rest of his siblings helped fund his wild, unlikely dream.
Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather.
Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.
Bill’s history is important because of his compelling adventures, athletic gifts, and undeniable courage. His willingness to embrace a foreign culture and to pursue a career so exotic, so unexpected and so incredibly dangerous makes him an inspiration in our book. He is an inspiration, not only for Asians… for anyone who dares to pursue their dreams.
Producer/Director/Editor: Vincent Pun
Producer/Writer/Editor: Erika Hart
Director of Photography: Tony Garcia
Camera Operator: Loretta Conley
Vincent Pun is a writer, producer, director and editor like his wife, Erika. He wrote and directed several short films on 16mm and 35mm film and has since directed and produced dozens of HD corporate videos for Ad Agencies in LA. As a direct relative of Bill Wong’s and a fellow Asian (North) American – he can bring the requisite insight into Bill’s incredible journey.
Erika Hart is a writer, producer, director, and editor on a mission to make “El Chino” a great movie. With an eye for the quirks in everyday life, she wrote and directed a number of colorful, darkly comic short films. Her film production experience and jack-of-all-trades technical skills are perfectly suited for small, independent projects with modest bugets. Erika has a Bachelor of Arts in Filmmaking from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, NC.
Tony Garcia graduated from East Leyden High School he then went on to study photography and art at the American Academy Of Art in downtown Chicago. After graduating he assisted for 8 years. Tony moved to Los Angeles in 1981. In 1984 he established Tony Garcia Photography. Tony photographs lifestyle people and products in studio and on location. He has a full service photography studio utilizing all formats with complete high-resolution computer enhancement and compositing capabilities. Tony Garcia has over 25 years experience working with Agencies & Clients in the US and abroad.
Loretta Conley handles public relations, aerial photography and marketing communications for Robinson Helicopter Company, the world’s largest helicopter company. An accomplished product photographer, her photographs appear in leading trade publications throughout the world. Loretta’s film studies include television drama writing and script supervising. Loretta holds Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Latin American History from the Pennsylvania State University.