Film is part of my life!
Without film, there wouldn’t be me!
Andrew Lau Wai-keung was born in 1960 in Hong Kong. He developed a love for photography at an early age and, after graduating from Lingnan Secondary School, joined Shaw Brothers Studio to work for cinematographer Peter Ngor Chi-kwan. The first production he worked on was Lau Kar-leung’s Lengendary Weapons of China. After five years as an assistant, he eventually became a cinematographer, his first job Where’s Officer Tuba (1986), directed by Ricky Lau Koon-wai. His work for Ringo Lam’s City on Fire (1987) and Wong Kar-wai’s As Tears Go By (1988) showcases his techniques, which enhance the films with a vigorous visual style—a quality that earned him a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s top cinematographers.
His impressive work behind the camera led to a chance at the helm – the 1990 work Against All, a film that boldly utilizes young new actors. In 1995, he formed BoB and Partners Company with Manfred Wong and Wong Jing. Their first release was the Lau-directed Young and Dangerous (1996), an adaptation of a popular comic book series that injects youth-film elements into the familiar triad genre. The film’s success turned Young and Dangerous into one of the most popular franchises in the late 1990s. The advancement of computer technology in filmmaking played an important role in Lau’s film adaptations of the comic books The Storm Riders (1998) and A Man Called Hero (1999).
Later, Lau founded Basic Pictures and co-directed Infernal Affairs with Alan Mak. The film not only rekindled the popularity of the police procedure genre but also swept the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival. The legend of Infernal Affairs grew even further when Martin Scorsese adapted it into the Academy Award-winning The Departed (2006). Another notable film by Lau is Initial D, an adaptation of the Japanese comic book of the same title, which impressively translates the drifting techniques of street racing from the pages of the comics to the silver screen. He then directed Daisy (2006) in South Korea and The Flock (2007) in the United States, before shooting Legend of the Fist- The Return of Chen Zhen (2010), A Beautiful Life (2010) and The Guillotines (2012) in Mainland China. Despite his success as a director, Lau never left cinematography behind and continued to serve as his own director of photography. He was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in As Tears Go By (1988), Lee Rock (1991), Chungking Express (1994), I’m Your Birthday Cake (1995), The Storm Riders (1998), Infernal Affairs (2002), Infernal Affairs III (2003), Initial D (2005), Confession of Pain (2006) and The Last Tycoon (2012)—a total of ten times and winning once with Confession of Pain.
In 2013, Lau was selected as “Filmmaker in Focus” by the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. He was lauded for his ability to balance between the commercial and the artistic. His craft and professionalism is well respected in the field.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||A Beautiful Life|
||Legend of the Fist - The Return of Chen Zhen|
||Look for a Star|
||Confession of Pain||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Initial D||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||1:99||CHEUNG Mabel LAW Alex TSUI Hark CHAN Gordon CHEN Teddy CHAN Peter MA Joe CHOW Sing Chi Stephen CHAN Fruit MAK Shiu Fai Alan LAM Dante|
||Infernal Affairs II||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Infernal Affairs III||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||The Wesley's Mysterious File|
||Woman From Man||YIP Wai Man Raymond|
||Infernal Affairs||MAK Shiu Fai Alan|
||Bullets of Love|
||The Avenging Fist||YUEN Corey|
||Dance of a Dream|
||Born to Be King|
||A Man Called Hero|
||The Legend of Speed|
||Young and Dangerous V|
||Young and Dangerous : The Prequel|
||The Storm Riders|
||Young And Dangerous IV|
||Young and Dangerous|
||Young and Dangerous 2|
||Young and Dangerous 3|
||Best of the Best|
||Lover of the Last Empress|
||The Mean Street Story|
||Modern Romance||WONG Jing LEE Lik Chee LAM Wai Lun|
||To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui||WONG Jing|
||Rape by an Angel|
||Rhythm of Destiny|
||The Ultimate Vampire|