Up to this day I’m still wondering: Do I understand film?
Born in Hong Kong in 1955, Lawrence Cheng Tan-shui studied at the Communications Department of Baptist College (now Hong Kong Baptist University) while working part-time at Commercial Radio writing broadcast dramas. Upon graduation, he entered Rediffusion Television as a writer, penning the series Love Story (1980). He joined Radio Hong Kong in 1983, producing and hosting programs. In 1986, he teamed with writer Chan Hing-kai to create the radio drama series Yuppie Fantasia, serving also as lead actor, his character quickly becoming a representative figure of the yuppie generation. In 1987, he switched to Commercial Radio II, and was promoted to the post of programme controller in 1988.
While in radio, Cheng also worked in film, writing screenplays and acting since1980. Scripts include Encore (1980), My Darling Genie (1984) and Behind the Yellow Line (1984). He became a full-time filmmaker in 1989, producing and acting in the film version of Yuppie Fantasia (1989). In 1990, he banded with director Gordon Chan and writer Chan Hing-kai to establish People’s Productions, producing and appearing in Brief Encounter in Shinjuku (1990), a sequel to Yuppie Fantasia, and Inspector Pink Dragon (1991).
Cheng started directing with Never Ending Summer (1992), followed by She Starts the Fire (1992), both romantic comedies. He then directed, wrote and acted in Murder (1993), a crime thriller, and He & She (1994), a romantic drama. After that, he went into semi-retreat from film, only making occasional cameos.
In 2002, Cheng resume active participation in film, teaming with Peter Chan to produce the The Eye series and joining Filmko Entertainment, producing a series of films for the new director Barbara Wong, including Truth or Dare: 6th Floor Rear Flat (2003) and its sequel Happy Funeral (2008) as well as Mob Sister (2005) and Home Sweet Home (2005). For Wong's Breakup Club (20010), Perfect Wedding (2010) and The Allure of Tears (2011), Cheng not only produced but also contributed to the scripts.
Cheng was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Hong Kong Film Awards for his performance in Tom, Dick and Hairy (1993). He had also served as master of ceremony for beauty pageants and award shows, acted in television dramas, published novels and collection of his writings and released an album.
He had announced plans to direct again in 2014.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||He & She|
||Never Ending Summer|
||She Starts the Fire|