羅維 | LO Wei

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Lo Wei was born in 1918 in Jiangsu. During the Sino- Japanese War, he traveled to Chongqing and Shanghai to perform in stage plays and movies. Lo came to Hong Kong after the war and joined Yong Hwa Film. He played Yuan Shikai in the Zhu Shilin-directed Sorrows of the Forbidden City, a role that attracted much attention. He became a star and appeared in many films, including Notorious Woman (1953 co-directed by Tang Huang and Yi Wen) and Rose, Rose I Love You (1954), directed by Tu Kuang Chi.

He also ventured behind the camera, co-directing Diary of a Husband (1953) with Tang Huang, while starring in the film.

Lo formed Swank Motion Picture in 1957 with Lau Leung-wa, and the first film produced by the company, River of Romance (1957), also marked Lo’s first solo outing as a director. He followed with Romance on Lake Emerald (1958) and The Golden Phoenix (1958), doubling as director and star. Romance on Lake Emerald became a box office hit because of its daring sexuality, establishing Lo as a bankable director. He joined Motion Picture & General Investment in 1961, and his best-known work during this period was Song Without Words (1961). At the same time, Lo also appeared as an actor in movies by other companies, such as Diau Charn (1958) and Empress Wu (1963), both Shaw Brothers projects by the noted director Li Han-hsiang.

Lo switched to Shaw Brothers in 1965 and the first film he made for there was Crocodile River (1965). In his five years at Shaws, Lo directed 17 films. The initial ones were mostly spy films like The Golden Buddha (1965) and Angel with the Iron Fists (1967). Later he ventured into martial arts films, directing such works as Raw Courage (1969), Dragon Swamp (1969), Brothers Five (1970), The Shadow Whip (1971) and Vengeance of a Snowgirl (1971), many of which starring Cheng Pei-pei. Most of the films Lo directed for Shaws were commercial hits. Of the five Mandarin films that exceeded HK$1 million at the box office in 1969, Lo was responsible for three.

When Raymond Chow established Golden Harvest in 1970, he recruited Lo, making him one of the studio’s top directors. Lo was responsible for The Invincible Eight (1971), the studio’s first release. He then directed The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972), which broke the all-time box office records two years in a row and made Bruce Lee a superstar, not to mention inaugurating a world-wide kung-fu craze. Lo went on to make numerous king-fu films for Golden Harvest, including the Jimmy Wang Yu vehicles A Man Called Tiger (1973), Back Alley Princess (1973), Chinatown Capers (1974) and Naughty! Naughty! (1974), all hits with receipts that went over the HK$1 million benchmark.

After completing Yellow Faced Tiger (1974) and The Bedevilled (1975), Lo left Golden Harvest to form his own company, Lo Wei Motion Picture. The company’s projects were however not very popular, relying on overseas sales to break even. Lo helped engineered Jackie Chan’s change in Chinese name, from Chan Kong Sang to Sing Lung, intending to turn Chan into another Bruce Lee. But the films he made with Chan, such as New Fist of Fury (1976), Shaolin Wooden Men (1976), To Kill with Intrigue (1977) and Magnificent Bodyguards (1978), were not commercially successful. Yet when he loaned Jackie Chan to Ng See-yuen, the resulting films, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978) and Drunken Master (1978), were hugely popular and made Chan a star.

Lo stopped directing in the 1980s, concentrating instead on producing. His final film as a producer was Blade of Fury (1993). Lo passed away in Hong Kong in 1996. A year after his death, he received, along with King Hu and Li Han-hsiang, the lifetime achievemeant award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1979 《百戰保山河》
Immortal Warriors WONG Sing Loy
1979 《龍拳》
Dragon Fist
1978 《百戰保山河》
Immortal Warriors CHENG Kang CHANG Tseng Chai WONG Sing Loy KUO Joseph
1978 《飛渡捲雲山》
Magnificient Bodyguards
1978 《拳精》
Spiritual Kung Fu
1977 《劍花煙雨江南》
To Kill with Intrigue
1977 《鐵拳小子》
The Kung Fu Kid
1976 《少林木人巷》
Shaolin Wooden Men CHEN Chih hwa
1976 《新精武門》
New Fist of Fury
1976 《風雨雙流星》
The Killer Meteors
1975 《小山東到香港》
Shantung Man in Hong Kong
1975 《金粉神仙手》
The Girl with the Dexterous Touch
1975 《心魔》
The Bedevilled
1974 《黃面老虎》
Yellow Faced Tiger
1974 《綽頭狀元》
Naughty! Naughty!
1974 《小英雄大鬧唐人街》
Chinatown Capers
1973 《海員七號》
Seaman No. 7
1973 《馬路小英雄》
Back Alley Princess
1973 《鐵娃》
None But The Brave
1973 《冷面虎》
A Man Called Tiger
1973 《龍虎金剛》
The Tattooed Dragon
1972 《金旋風》
The Hurricane
1972 《精武門》
Fist of Fury
1971 《唐山大兄》
The Big Boss
1971 《天龍八將》
The Invincible Eight
1971 《冰天俠女》
Vengeance of a Snowgirl
1971 《鬼流星》
The Comet Strikes
1971 《影子神鞭》
The Shadow Whip
1970 《五虎屠龍》
Brothers Five
1969 《龍門金劍》
The Golden Sword
1969 《虎膽》
Raw Courage
1969 《毒龍潭》
Dragon Swamp
1968 《斷魂谷》
Death Valley
1968 《鐵觀音勇破爆炸黨》
The Angel Strikes Again
1968 《女俠黑蝴蝶》
Black Butterfly
1968 《金石情》
Forever and Ever
1967 《催命符》
Summons to Death
1967 《慾海情魔》
Madame Slender Plum
1967 《鐵觀音》
Angel with the Iron Fists
1966 《金菩薩》
The Golden Buddha
1965 《鱷魚河》
Crocodile River
1965 《怒海情仇》
Call of the Sea
1964 《情天長恨》
An Affair to Remember
1964 《鶯鳳和鳴》
The Better Halves
1964 《寶蓮燈》
The Magic Lamp WONG Tin Lam
1963 《金箭盟》
The Golden Arrow
1961 《猿女孟麗絲》
Meng Lisi, Maid of the Jungle
1961 《無語問蒼天》
Song Without Words
1960 《黑蝴蝶》
Black Butterfly
1960 《脂粉間諜網》
The Tender Trap of Espionage
1960 《桃花淚》
Tragic Melody
1959 《野花香》
The Sweet Wild Flower
1958 《金鳳凰》
The Golden Phoenix
1958 《願嫁金龜婿》
How to Marry a Millionaire
1958 《翡翠湖》
Jade-Green Lake
1957 《多情河》
River of Romance
1954 《碧血黃花》
Blood-Stained Flowers WONG Tin Lam
1953 《丈夫日記》
Diary of a Husband
1953 《蕩婦情痴》
A Woman of Throbbing Passions