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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Sau Ming Tommy FAN
范秀明 | FAN Sau Ming Tommy

After Hong Kong was reunified with China in 1997, I went back to China to direct film and television. By now, I’m getting accustomed to life in China. At the same time, the Chinese film and television industries had become more mature. I wish to make contributions in China with my passion and experience in film and television.


Tommy Fan Sau-ming was born in Hong Kong in 1955. Influenced by his father, an official of the Nationalist Party, he went to college in Taiwan, studying drama at the National Institute of the Arts. After graduation, he returned to Hong Kong after spending a year in Europe, entering Rediffusion Television in 1978 as production assistant. He became director a year later, directing martial arts series like Reincarnated (1979), Dynasty (1980) and Princess Cheung Ping (1981). He later joined TVB, directing many series during the 1980s, including The Demi-Gods & Semi-Devils (1982), The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung (1984), Genghis Khan (1987), Twilight of a Nation (1988) and The God and the Demons of Zu Mountain (1990).

With the support of actor David Lau Chi-wing, Fan directed his first film The Gang of Five (1982). He continued to direct films while working at TVB, making Superstar (1983), The Big Brother (1987) and The Last Duel (1989).

In 1990, he went to China to direct the television series The Legend of Qianlong (1991) and Dowager Cixi (1993) for the Taiwan Company Fee Tan Production, both shows generating considerable ratings. Since 1998, Fan had been working in China, directing historical dramas and martial arts series for television, He also directed film, such as Sword Master (2002) and Juhuatai (2013).

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2013 《菊花台》
2002 《劍少爺》
Sword Master
2000 《燕子盜》
Swallow the Robber
1989 《再起風雲》
The Last Duel
1987 《1 哥》
The Big Brother
1983 《天皇巨星》
1982 《野狼幫》
The Gang of Five