Tom Lau Moon-tong, born in Hong Kong on 1948, worked in the 1970s as camera assistant at Salon Films and studied photography under Australian cinematographer Ross Blake. He became a cinematographer in 1978, lensing The Contract (1978), directed by and starring the comedy superstar Michael Hui. He then photographed director Peter Yung’s The System (1979), a key work of the fabled Hong Kong New Wave, and later teamed up with Hui again on Security Unlimited (1981).
In 1984, Lau directed his first film, The Rape After (1984), a horror film for which he also scripted, lensed and edited.
He continued to focus on cinematography, working on over 60 films. He was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Hong Kong Film Awards for A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), sharing the honor with Poon Hang-sang, Sander Lee and Horace Wong. For Dragon Inn (1992), he was nominated, along with Arthur Wong, by the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. Other noted works include Swordsman II (1992), The Heroic Trio (1993) and Hero (1997).
After a career of over 20 years , Lau withdrew from the film industry and concentrated on running an antique business.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Battle Department Store|
||City Without Baseball||SCUD LAU Lawrence (Ah Mon)|
||Tactical Unit – No Way Out|
||Tactical Unit – Partners|
||The Rape After|