Dean Shek was born in Beijing in 1950. He later came to Hong Kong and attended Shung Tak Catholic English College. He learned filmmaking, acting and voice acting at the actors training program at the Shaw Brothers Studio in 1968. After completing the program, Shek acted in films such as Dark Semester (1969), Facets of Love (1973) and The Delinquent (1973). After 1973, he found roles in films produced by Golden Harvest, Hui’s Film Production and Chang’s Film Company. In 1978, his supporting roles in the groundbreaking kung-fu comedies Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master established his reputation as a comedic actor. In 1979, he married Taiwanese actress Lau Chun-yue.
In 1980, Shek co-founded Warriors Film Company with Raymond Wong Pak-ming and Karl Maka. Together they produced Crazy Crooks (1980) and By Hook or By Crook (1980). Under new financial backing, the company was reorganized into Cinema City, which quickly became one of Hong Kong’s most important film companies of the 1980s. In a career of 25 years, Shek had acted in over 100 films, including hits such as Chasing Girls (1981), Aces Go Places (1982), It Takes Two (1982), Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985), A Better Tomorrow II (1987) and The Raid (1991).
Shek also ventured onto the director’s chair in the 1980s, beginning with the Chinese New Year comedy The Perfect Wife (1983), produced by Cinema City. He later directed three more New Year releases, A Family Affair (1984), Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985) and The Family Strikes Back (1986), all of them box-office winners.
He had produced a number of films, including Esprit D’amour (1983), All the Wrong Spies (1983), Pom Pom (1984), Aces Go Places – Our Man from Bond Street (1984), The Happy Ghost (1984) and Taiwanese films such as Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing (1983), Send in the Clowns (1983), Kidnapped (1983), Super Citizen (1985).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Family Strikes Back|
||Kung Hei Fat Choy|
||A Family Affair|
||The Perfect Wife|