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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Andrew LAU
劉偉強 | LAU Andrew

Film is part of my life!

Without film, there wouldn’t be me!


Andrew Lau Wai-keung was born in 1960 in Hong Kong. He developed a love for photography at an early age and, after graduating from Lingnan Secondary School, joined Shaw Brothers Studio to work for cinematographer Peter Ngor Chi-kwan. The first production he worked on was Lau Kar-leung’s Lengendary Weapons of China. After five years as an assistant, he eventually became a cinematographer, his first job Where’s Officer Tuba (1986), directed by Ricky Lau Koon-wai. His work for Ringo Lam’s City on Fire (1987) and Wong Kar-wai’s As Tears Go By (1988) showcases his techniques, which enhance the films with a vigorous visual style—a quality that earned him a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s top cinematographers.

His impressive work behind the camera led to a chance at the helm – the 1990 work Against All, a film that boldly utilizes young new actors. In 1995, he formed BoB and Partners Company with Manfred Wong and Wong Jing. Their first release was the Lau-directed Young and Dangerous (1996), an adaptation of a popular comic book series that injects youth-film elements into the familiar triad genre. The film’s success turned Young and Dangerous into one of the most popular franchises in the late 1990s. The advancement of computer technology in filmmaking played an important role in Lau’s film adaptations of the comic books The Storm Riders (1998) and A Man Called Hero (1999).

Later, Lau founded Basic Pictures and co-directed Infernal Affairs with Alan Mak. The film not only rekindled the popularity of the police procedure genre but also swept the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival. The legend of Infernal Affairs grew even further when Martin Scorsese adapted it into the Academy Award-winning The Departed (2006). Another notable film by Lau is Initial D, an adaptation of the Japanese comic book of the same title, which impressively translates the drifting techniques of street racing from the pages of the comics to the silver screen. He then directed Daisy (2006) in South Korea and The Flock (2007) in the United States, before shooting Legend of the Fist- The Return of Chen Zhen (2010), A Beautiful Life (2010) and The Guillotines (2012) in Mainland China. Despite his success as a director, Lau never left cinematography behind and continued to serve as his own director of photography. He was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his work in As Tears Go By (1988), Lee Rock (1991), Chungking Express (1994), I’m Your Birthday Cake (1995), The Storm Riders (1998), Infernal Affairs (2002), Infernal Affairs III (2003), Initial D (2005), Confession of Pain (2006) and The Last Tycoon (2012)—a total of ten times and winning once with Confession of Pain.

In 2013, Lau was selected as “Filmmaker in Focus” by the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. He was lauded for his ability to balance between the commercial and the artistic. His craft and professionalism is well respected in the field.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2012 《血滴子》
The Guillotines
2011 《不再讓你孤單》
A Beautiful Life
2010 《精武風雲‧陳真》
Legend of the Fist - The Return of Chen Zhen
2009 《游龍戲鳳》
Look for a Star
2007 《強捕犯》
The Flock
2006 《雛菊》
2006 《傷城》
Confession of Pain MAK Shiu Fai Alan
2005 《頭文字D》
Initial D MAK Shiu Fai Alan
2003 《1:99 電影行動》
1:99 CHEUNG Mabel LAW Alex TSUI Hark CHAN Gordon CHEN Teddy CHAN Peter MA Joe CHOW Sing Chi Stephen CHAN Fruit MAK Shiu Fai Alan LAM Dante
2003 《無間道II》
Infernal Affairs II MAK Shiu Fai Alan
2003 《咒樂園》
The Park
2003 《無間道III 終極無間》
Infernal Affairs III MAK Shiu Fai Alan
2002 《衛斯理藍血人》
The Wesley's Mysterious File
2002 《當男人變成女人》
Woman From Man YIP Wai Man Raymond
2002 《無間道》
Infernal Affairs MAK Shiu Fai Alan
2001 《不死情謎》
Bullets of Love
2001 《拳神》
The Avenging Fist YUEN Corey
2001 《愛君如夢》
Dance of a Dream
2000 《決戰紫禁之巔》
The Duel
2000 《一見鍾情》
2000 《勝者為王》
Born to Be King
1999 《中華英雄》
A Man Called Hero
1999 《烈火戰車2 極速傳說》
The Legend of Speed
1998 《98 古惑仔之龍爭虎鬥》
Young and Dangerous V
1998 《新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇》
Young and Dangerous : The Prequel
1998 《風雲雄霸天下》
The Storm Riders
1997 《97 古惑仔戰無不勝》
Young And Dangerous IV
1996 《古惑仔之人在江湖》
Young and Dangerous
1996 《古惑仔2 之猛龍過江》
Young and Dangerous 2
1996 《古惑仔3 之隻手遮天》
Young and Dangerous 3
1996 《飛虎雄心2 之傲氣比天高》
Best of the Best
1995 《慈禧秘密生活》
Lover of the Last Empress
1995 《廟街故事》
The Mean Street Story
1994 《戀愛的天空》
Modern Romance WONG Jing LEE Lik Chee LAM Wai Lun
1994 《新邊緣人》
To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui WONG Jing
1993 《香港奇案之強姦》
Rape by an Angel
1993 《人皮燈籠》
Ghost Lantern
1992 《伴我縱橫》
Rhythm of Destiny
1991 《殭屍至尊》
The Ultimate Vampire
1990 《朋黨》
Against All