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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Shing Hon LAU
劉成漢 | LAU Shing Hon

Directing is only one aspect of my work in film. Writing and promoting film culture, and film education are equally important to me. I started writing on film in 1973, publishing reviews and essays on film history and theory in publications like The Perspective Monthly, The Close-up, Influence and Film Biweekly. I was also involved in the establishment of the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong Film Development Fund, and the Film and Media Committee of the Arts Development Council. In 1987, I convened the "Forum for the Promotion of Hong Kong Film Culture", promoting public film culture and development policies. Since 1976 I have been teaching film, and still is devoted to film education, having taught at the Hong Kong Film Culture Centre, Chinese University, HKAPA, Baptist University, Film Academies and Media Universities in China and Taiwan. Good film cultural policies, high standard of film studies and film education, and strong film production and distribution industries are all essential to our society.


Born in Macau on July 4, 1945, Lau Shing-hon went to school in Hong Kong, graduating from La Salle College, after which he studied in the U.S., obtaining a bachelor’s degree in film from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He returned to Hong Kong in 1975, working in the film/TV sector in various capacities, from directing drama programs for TVB and Commercial TV to serving as Manager of the Production Department in Shaw Brothers Studio,to serving as video-matrix producer for the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. In the 1980s, Lau worked in Redifussion TV as Assistant Manager of the Programming Department, and at ICAC, directing the ICAC Vanguard series and the ICAC Investigators series, working with such noted actors as Tony Leung Kar-fai and Cheung Kar-fai.

Making his directorial debut in 1979, Lau directed House of the Lute, a key work of the fabled Hong Kong New Wave that was shown in film festivals all over the world. He also directed The Head Hunter (1982), starring Chow Yun-fat and Rosamund Kwan; Horatio I.P.I. (1983), one of Hong Kong’s first English-speaking feature films, and The Final Night of the Royal Hong Kong Police, Part 1 and Part 2 (1999 and 2002, Part 2 co-directed with Stephen Cheung).

Lau also played a role in pioneering the study of Hong Kong films, writing on various aspects of cinema since 1973 and, in 1977 and 1978, programmed retrospectives on, respectively, kung fu cinema and martial arts cinema for the Hong Kong International Film Festival, serving also as editors for both programs’ catalogues. In 1980, he developed a theory of film based on the Chinese poetic modes of fu, bi and xing. From 1994 to 2006, he was head of the Production-Scriptwriting-Directing Department of Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. Since 2007, he has been guest professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and United International College of Zhu Hai. He is also the author of The Fu, Bi and Xing of Film.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2002 《皇家香港警察的最後一夜之 第五交響曲》
The Final Night of the Royal Hong Kong Police Part 2
1999 《皇家香港警察的最後一夜之 一體兩旗》
The Final Night of the Royal Hong Kong Police Part 1
1984 《Horatio I.P.I.》
1982 《獵頭》
The Head-Hunter
1979 《慾火焚琴》
House of the Lute