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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Ankie LAU
劉香萍 | LAU Ankie

How to turn words into images, and transform lines on the page to lively dialogue? How to select good actors to bring the characters in a script to life? A director must also have technical know-how, such as how to select the right camera, equipment and lighting, as well as picking the right crew. Everyone on the crew from make-up, costume to craft services, post production, even the drivers must be on the same team so as to ensure a film’s success, and the use of sound effects and color are also crucial. The choice of locations, be they indoors or outdoors, must be well suited to the needs of the story in order to turn the story into reality. A professional director must also finish the film on time and on budget, and tell a story using the most economical means. Every day, every take could be the last and only one; therefore one must have the most thorough planning and preparation, because regretting things afterwards is already too late.


Ankie Lau Heung-ping was born in 1958 in Hong Kong. Upon graduating from Mu Kuang English School, she joined the actor’s training course at Rediffusion TV before appearing in various series including Splendour in the Sand (1977), Operation Manhunt (1977), The Seven Weapons (1977) and TV Man (1977). In 1978, she played the female lead in the feature film Enter the Fat Dragon, starring Sammo Hung. She switched to TVB in 1979, and was involved in many popular series including The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1979) and Bloodline (1981).

In 1980, Lau left her thriving career and moved to Germany to start a family. After getting married and giving birth to her daughter, Ankie Beilke, she resumed acting in TV and movies in Germany, and took up film production and distribution work as well. In 1996, she produced, directed, wrote and acted in Last Chance Love (1997), playing a mother alongside her then 14 year-old daughter. In 2012, she and Beilke again portrayed a pair of mother and daughter in the TVB series Brother’s Keeper (2013).

In recent years, Lau has been active in promoting the interchange of film culture between Hong Kong, Mainland China and Germany. Between 1993 and 2005, she acted as the official representative of the Shanghai International Film Festival to select European films for screening, as well as inviting jury members and organizing official delegations to the festival.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1997 《最後情緣》
Last Chance Love