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Born in Hong Kong in 1949, Ricky Lau Koon-wai grew up on the Diamond Hill studio, his father a member of the film industry. He entered the industry himself as a mechanic in a film equipment company, later serving as assistant to cinematographer Cheng Yung and following the latter to Taiwan. He became a cinematographer on a 1971 Taiwan film.
When the Taiwan film industry was hit by recession, Lau returned to Hong Kong, starting again as camera assistant and resuming cinematographer duties with The Awaken Punch (1973).
Through director Billy Chan Fu-yee, Lau came to know director and producer Sammo Hung. He served as Hung’s cinematographer on Enter the Fat Dragon (1978), the first work in a long collaboration.
Listening to Hung’s discussions with other directors and scriptwriters, Lau became interested in directing. He made his debut with Crazy Couple (1979), followed by Two Toothless Tigers (1980) the next year. Realizing that he was not prepared to direct, Lau went back to serve as Hung’s cinematographer.
Then, with the support of Hung and Golden Harvest’s Leonard Ho, Lau directed Mr. Vampire (1985), which became a huge hit, grossing HK$20 million and giving rise to the popular genre of vampire comedies.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||The Love of Three Smile|
||I am Chinese|
||Super Car Criminals|
||Life In Last Hour|
||The Hunted Hunter|
||Now You See Me, Now You Don't|
||The Romance of the Vampires|
||Mr. Vampire 1992|
||Ghost Punting||TSANG Chi Wai Eric YUEN Corey HUNG Sammo|
||Till Death Shall We Start|
||The Nocturnal Demon|
||Mr. Vampire saga 4|
||Mr. Vampire III|
||Where's Officer Bubba?||CHAN Philip|
||Where's Officer Tuba||CHAN Philip|
||Mr. Vampire II|
||Two Toothless Tigers|