Born in 1952, David Lai Tai-wai joined Rediffusion Television after finishing secondary school. By the age of 26, he had already been involved with the productions of over 60 television dramas. In 1982, Rediffusion’s famed producer Johnny Mak switched from television to film and his first production was the Lai-directed Lonely Fifteen. The use of live sound recording on location enhanced the film’s sense of realism and urgency. Besides breaking the HK$10 million mark, the teen drama was also a starmaking turn for Irene Wan Pik-ha and Becky Lam Bik-kei, the latter winning the Best Actress prize at the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards while Lai was honored with a Best Director nomination.
In the 1980s and 90s, Lai became a prominent director and producer. In 1991, he became the director of Teamwork Production House. His most notable directorial efforts are Tian Di (1994) and Timeless Romance (1998). Some of the film he produced are Saviour of the Soul (1991), Women on the Run (1993) and Thanks for Your Love (1996). In 2002 and 2005, Lai was an associated producer, along with producer Luc Besson, for the Jason Statham vehicles The Transporter and The Transporter 2, the former directed by his friend and colleague Corey Yuen and the latter by Louis Leterrier.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Mahjong Dragon||LAU Jeff YUEN Corey|
||Women On The Run||YUEN Corey|
||Saviour Of The Soul II||YUEN Corey|
||Saviour Of The Soul||LAU Jeff YUEN Corey|
||Midnight Whispers||MAK Dong Kit Michael|
||Spiritual Love||WONG Taylor|
||The Body is Willing|