Since joining the film industry in 1968, my passion for cinema remained undiminished. I started out working behind the camera as an assistant director, then I became an actor and starred in dozens of films before finally becoming a director. Now I have gone from being the leading man to playing the lead character’s father, yet my passion for the profession burns just as intensely.
Anthony Lau Wing was born in Hong Kong in 1951, the son of famed character actress Lai Man. After studying at St. Paul College, Lau joined Golden Harvest in 1970. He served as Lo Wei’s assistant director and continuity person on the Invincible Eight (1971) and also worked on The Blade Spares None (1971), both filmed in Taiwan. Lau was trained in martial arts from an early age, and started working in front of the camera in the 1970s, and took part in three Bruce Lee films:The Big Boss (1971) and Fist of Fury (1972), directed by Lo Wei and Way of the Dragon (1972), directed by Bruce Lee.
Lau joined Shaw Brothers in 1975, and starred in the Wong Fungdirected Emperor Chien Lung (1976). His portrayal of the title character proved highly popular, and Lau went on to play similar characters in a series of films featuring the Qing dynasty emperor by Li Han-hsiang. His other notable works included The Duel of the Century (1981), directed by Chor Yuen, and Invincible Enforce (1979), directed by Cheng Kang. Lau joined ATV in 1984, and his portrayal of Emperor Qin (Ying Zheng) in the historical epic series The Rise of the Great Wall-Emperor Qin Shi Huang (1986) was highly lauded.
In 1995, Lau directed and starred in Dragon Killer, which was produced by Stanley Kwan, with a cast that also comprised Simon Yam, Shala Chang and Conan Li. He again directed and starred in Baroness (2000), produced by Wealth Mill Film Production, which co-starred Anthony Wong Chau-sang and Chin Ka-lok and was filmed on location in Shenzhen and the Philippines. In 2011, Lau received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Horse Awards for his role in Revenge: A Love Story.
On the occasion of Hong Kong’s Reunification with China in 1997, Lau’s company, Wealth Mill Film Production, organized a charity event, hosted by Eric Tsang, Natalis Chan and Nicholas Tse to benefit Project Hope, which raised over HK$5.7 million to help up to 10,000 children in China get an education.
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