Since I was little, because of films, I became curious:
What is life all about?
What are human beings all about?
What is happiness all about?
What is being touched all about?
Even today, I still believe films embody this quality.
Many people call this industry a “dream factory”, but to me, I take films as a “ lens that sees through life”.
Samson Chiu Liang-ching was born in Shanghai and came to Hong Kong with his family when he was five years old. After graduating secondary school, he worked in a variety of jobs before joining the film industry. He served as continuity person on From Riches to Rags (1980), directed by John Woo, and Security Unlimited (1981), directed by Michael Hui. Chiu then went to Canada to study film, and upon returning to Hong Kong, continued to work in the film industry, serving as assistant director for Yonfan, Sylvia Chang and John Woo. Chiu made his directorial debut in 1989 with News Attack, which was the winner of Taiwan Government Information Office’s Outstanding Film Award. He subsequently immigrated to Canada, but returned to Hong Kong two years later. In 1993, he wrote and directed Yesteryou, Yesterme, Yesterday, which received wide-spread acclaim. In 1994, he followed up with another film about youth, Lost Boys in Wonderland (1995). His 2000 work When I Fall In Love ... With Both received a Golden Horse Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Chiu’s most celebrated film was Golden Chicken (2002), starring Sandra Ng, about a happy-go-lucky prostitute whose positive attitude to life was one that the director shared. The film was nominated for Best Film at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards, and Ng won the Best Actress Award for her performance. In 2007, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s reunification with China, Chiu directed Mr. Cinema, about a leftist cinema projectionist who experienced various changes in Hong Kong society over the years. The film was awarded the Best Co- Production Film Award at the 12th China Huabiao Film Awards. In addition to narrative films, he also directed the documentaries Days of Flying - Farewell to Kai Tak Airport (1998) and Farewell to Star Ferry Pier (2006).
Chiu served on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Director’s Guild between 1996-1998, 1998-2000 and 2002- 2004. He also served as the vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Screenwriter’s Guild from 2001-2003, as well as its executive committee member between 1999-2001 and 2003-2005.
In addition to film work, Chiu was a photographer and traveler whose travel writing and photography appeared in Ming Pao Weekly, a collection of which was published in 2002. His other published works included travel books on Macau and China.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||McDull, The Alumni|
||Perhaps Love||CHAN Peter|
||Golden Chicken 2|
||When I Fall In Love ... With Both|
||What a Wonderful World.|
||Lost Boys in Wonderland|
||In Between||CHANG Ai Chia Sylvia YONFAN|
||Yesteryou, Yesterme, Yesterday|