KAI WONG is a Producer and Actor.
He cut his teeth in Hollywood motion pictures at Merchant Ivory (Howards End, Remains of the Day), assisting James Ivory and late Academy Award winner producer Ismail Merchant. Films worked on include pre-production and post-production of Le Divorce (starring Naomi Watts, Kate Hudson, Glenn Close), Mystic Masseur, The White Countess (starring Ralph Fiennes, the late Natasha Richardson), The City of Your Final Destination (starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney), as well as catalog management of all Merchant Ivory Films. In 2001, he participated in the 1st Ivy League Film Festival hosting Oliver Stone, and in 2003, was an active member of New York French Institute-Alliance Française Cinéma which hosted late French director Claude Berri, and from 2002-2004, at Asian Cinevision at Asia Society which hosted Chinese director Zhang Yimou.
Literary studies at Dartmouth, Sorbonne and London led Kai to New College, an Oxford programme. At Dartmouth College, he was coached in acting by visiting fellows Sean Penn and by Ang Lee in motion pictures. He also trained in Method Acting at Lee Strasberg Institute and Meisner Technique at Neighborhood Playhouse. In Europe, he was invited to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSAD - Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique), alma mater of Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche. He was guided by late Comédie Française director Claude Stratz, collaborator of Patrice Chéreau, Bernard Sobel (Théâtre de Gennevilliers) and Frédéric Fonteyne (Le Pornographe). He started his entertainment career on television pilots and sitcoms such as Queens Supreme, The Sopranos, Law and Order, Jerry Sadowitz versus The People of New York and then into Hollywood productions such as Spike Lee's She Hate Me. Wong was shortlisted for a co-starring lead as a demented physicist-turned-gunman in Dark Matter by Shizheng Chen (Monkey with Blur's Gorillaz), and seen for Jackie Chan's Rush Hour 3 as Assassin. Wong stalled involvement in both in view of racial sensitivities after the lynchings of Asian-American victims during the Virginia Tech Massacre controversy. In the theatre, he is committed to global peace. During the 2004 U.S. Elections, he performed in War and Pieces, an anti-war musical revival directed by Mimi Stern Wolfe at St Mark's Danspace, East Village. In 2003, he performed Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde at the Marilyn Monroe Theatre. In 2005, he participated in Sobel's French version of Shakespeare's King Lear, and subsequently performed Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas in Europe.
Kai was also involved in placing minority artists on Broadway for The King and I, Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and in motion pictures for Memoirs of a Geisha, Pink Panther, Meet the Fockers, and Saving Face. In 2003-4, he was also involved in placing dancers for Madonna's Re-invention World Tour. He attended the Lincoln Center's Asian Excellence Awards (AXA) 2004, as protégé to award honoree Jadin Wong, legendary dancer and Manhattan socialite, wife of late Broadway producer Edward Duryea Dowling (Ziegfeld Follies).
Besides acting, casting and producing for Broadway and Hollywood, he is also Founder and Director at Preachy Films where he is currently developing The Pipa Girls, a lesbian WWII romance, and Final Chapter in The Bible of Romance, a sci-fi pic for Generation XYZ.