Hua Shan was born in 1942 in Shanghai and studied cinematography there. He came to Hong Kong in 1962, joining Shaw Brothers in 1963 and serving as the assistant for the Japanese cinematographer Nishimoto Tadashi (Ho Lan-shan). He became cinematographer in 1968 and had lensed more than a dozen films, including director Hsin Chiang’s Winged Tiger (1970), Chang Tseng-chai’s The Casino (1972) and actor Jimmy Wang Yu’s directorial debut The Chinese Boxer (1970).
Hua made his own directorial debut with From the Underworld (1974), for the company Fook Sing Film. Returning to Shaw Brothers in 1975, he directed The Super Inframan (1975) and one episode each for the omnibus films The Criminals (1976), The Criminals 2: Homicides (1976) and The Criminals 3: Arson (1977).
A prolific director, Hua made over a dozen films between 1975 and 1983, while directing eight more films with the pseudonym Hua Yi-hung. His work covers a variety of genres, including gangster films, crime movies, sword-fight films and kung-fu films. He had a penchant for crimes stories or sensational dramas inspired by headlines, such as Killing Does Not Pay (1979) and Struggle to Survive (1980), about illegal immigrants from Mainland China.
In the 1980s, he ventured to Mainland to make Disciples of Shaolin (1985) and retired after directing Angel Force (1991).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Prince of the Sun||CHIN Wellson|
||Disciples of Shaolin|
||Portrait in Crystal|
||Tales of an Eunuch|
||Usurper Emperor's Power|
||Little Dragon Maiden|
||Kung Fu Zombie|
||Struggle to Survive|
||Killing Does Not Pay|
||Hello, Sexy Late Homecomers||HSIA Tsu Hui WONG Fung HO Fan LI Han Hsiang SUEN Chung|
||Gang of Four|
||Soul of the Sword|
||Island of Virgins|
||Hello Sexy Late Homecomers||WONG Fung HO Fan HSIA Tsu Hui LI Han Hsiang SUEN Chung|
||To Kill a Jaguar|
(Segment: Gun Snatchers )
|The Criminals Part III: Arson|
||The Last Strike|
||Flying Guillotine Part II||CHENG Kang|
(Segment: Valley of the Hanged )
|The Criminals||CHENG Kang HO Meng Hwa|
(Segment: Mama-San )
|The Criminals 2 - Homicides|
||The Super Inframan|
||From the Underworld|