There is no end to the directing profession. One has to continue changing and growing. Finishing a good film doesn’t mean it’s the end, one has to continue growing in many different aspects. The profession can be compared to practicing martial arts – there is no end, and one can never stop improving.
Born in Hong Kong, Simon Chui Yi-ngau was the son of Cantonese opera actors. He practiced martial arts at an early age and started performing on the opera stage at age nine. Entering film at age 15 as actor, he also worked under action choreographer Han Ying Chieh, performing martial arts stunts. He later became choreographer himself, working on many films, including Mad, Mad, Mad Sword (1969), The Twelve Gold Medallions (1970), The Shadow Whip (1971), Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972) and The Flying Guillotine (1975).
Chui started directing by collaborating with Cheung Sum on Mantis Fists & Tiger Claws of Shaolin (1977) and teaming up with Cheung again on By Hook & by Crook (1978). He then went solo, directing The Kung Fu Warrior (1980) and The Crane (1980).
In 1980, Chui was invited to join Rediffusion TV by his younger brother Tsui Siuming, a producer intent on developing martial arts serials for the station. Chui served as action choreographer and actor, contributing to such programs as The Undercover Agents (1984), Condor in September (1986), Who’s The Winner II (1992), Heroic Legend of the Yang’s Family (1994) and Interpol (1997).
In recently years, he had served as choreographer in The Death Curse (2003) and appeared in Let’s Go! (2011). Since retirement, he sometimes perform Cantonese opera on stage, releasing an album in 2012.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Kung Fu Warrior|
||By Hook & by Crook||CHEUNG Sum|
||Mantis Fists and Tiger Claws of Shaolin||CHEUNG Sum|
||Mantis Fists & Tiger Claws of Shaolin||CHEUNG Sum|