I love listening to stories and I love telling stories. And I like making films of stories I like. My initial motivation to make films was to share with others the stories I like, which is still true today. But making films bring me even more. Without my knowing, it guided me to think deeper into life and truth. I can only use the word “thanks” to describe my filmmaking journey.
Carol Lai Miu-suet was born in Hong Kong and studied at Chinese University of Hong Kong, obtaining a degree in Marketing. She then entered the film industry, working as assistant director. Her short piece Father’s Toy (1999) won Best Short Film at the Cinemanilla International Film Festival in Manila and was shown at the Pusan International Film Festival.
Lai finished her first feature Glass Tears (2001) two years later, immediately establishing herself as a new director to watch and a key figure in Hong Kong’s independent cinema. The film was shown in film festivals all over the world, including the 54th Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Special Jury prize at the Young Fantastic Competition of the 2002 Yubari International Fantastic Adventure Film Festival of Japan.
Her next work Floating Landscape (2003) competed at the Venice International Film Festival and Pusan International Film Festival. It won the SIGNIS award at the Open Doek Film Festival of Belgium and Best Cinematography at the Hong Kong Film Awards. She ventured into genre films with her third and fourth project, the thrillers The Third Eye (2005), shot on HD, and Naraka 19 (2007). The Second Woman (2012), a suspense drama, competed at the Osaka Asian Film Festival.
Lai’s project Ocean of Love won the CJ Award at the Asian Project Market of the 2011 Pusan Film Festival.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Second Woman|
||The Third Eye|