Born in Hong Kong in 1956, Cha Chuen-yee is the son of the Mandarin film scriptwriter Chou Ren (Cha Leung-king) .
Cha started his career as a camera assistant at TVB, then joining CTV as cameraman and later as director. After CTV’s closing, he worked for Rediffusion TV (later renamed ATV) as director and producer of drama series, such as The Conqueror, No Surrender and Drunken Fist. In 1984, he went to Taiwan to work for China Television, directing TV series.
Cha made his debut as a director with Journey of the Doomed (1985). He joined D&B in 1988, directing Mr. Fortune (1989).
In 1991, Cha formed Concept Link Productions with scriptwriter Chung Kai-cheong. Its first film, the erotic film Take Me (1991), was a huge hit, grossing over HK$13 million, spawning the sequel Basic Impulse (1992). Cha also directed the crime film Legal Innocence (1993), for which he was nominated for Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards. After a successful run through much the 1990s, Cha and Chung closed Concept Link after releasing Theft Under the Sun (1997).
1996 was a good year for Cha, when both Once Upon a Time in Triad Society and its sequel Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2 were released. Both films were commercial and critical successes, leading to a double nomination for Cha by the Hong Kong Film Awards, both films for Best Screenplay.
In the 2000's, Cha turned to working in China, directing television serials. In 2012, he came back to big screen with Kill the Boss in Mainland.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Kill the Boss|
||Theft Under The Sun|
||Once Upon a Time in Triad Society|
||Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2|
||Our Neighbour Detective|
||Journey Of The Doomed|