Lam Kwok-cheung was one of the best known cinematographers in Hong Kong. He began his career after the Second World War, starting out as a camera assistant before becoming a cinematographer in 1950, when he shot his first film, the Cantonese costume picture The Gardener’s Daughter (1950, co-directed by Chu Kea and Wong Tin-lam), with which Lam shared cinematography duties with Chui Yam-yuk and Ng Keung. The same year, Lam served as the sole cinematographer for director Chow Sze-luk on A Good Mother and a Hooker (1950). During his four decade-plus career in the film industry, Lam shot over 100 films. In the early years, he worked mostly on Cantonese opera films while in the 1960s, he shot many Mandarin films produced by Shaw Brothers. His body of work as a cinematographer includes A Buddhist Recluse for Fourteen Years (1953), How Leung Hung-yuk's War Drum Caused the Jin troops to Retreat (1956), Prostituting to Raise the Orphan (1957), The Story of a Chaste Woman (1958) and The First Prize (1964), as well as the Mandarin films The Mid-Nightmare (1962), Susanna (1967), Killer Darts (1968), Vengeance Is a Golden Blade (1969) and Lady of Steel (1970).
In 1974, he worked as Cheng Kang’s cinematographer on Kidnap. That same year, he directed a segment of The Two Faces of Love. He went solo in 1977 with Ironside 426, starring Michelle Yim and Jason Pai Piao. Lam’s final work as a cinematographer was Evil Black Magic (1992), directed by Ho Meng-hua.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Bruce vs Bill|
||The Prohibited Area||LEE Wing Cheung|
||Prohibited Area||LEE Wing Cheung|
||The Hellfire Angel|
||Enter the Game of Death||KONG Hung Joseph|
||The Two Faces of Love|