Johnny Lee Kwing-kai was born in Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Hong Kong, he started working for the Dutch shipping company KNSM as assistant manager. In 1979 and 1980, Lee served as coordinator of the Asian Arts Festival and Hong Kong International Film Festival. From 1980 to 1981, he worked at Rediffusion Television as associate producer and script supervisor, taking part in such series as Make a Wish (1980), Four Couples (1981) and Agency 24 (1981), featuring the rising star Leslie Cheung. He joined the film industry in 1981, working as a script supervisor at Shaw Brothers while also serving as assistant director, on such films as The Siamese Twins (1984). He later worked for Golden Harvest as scriptwriter and for D & B Films as line producer. His output as a scriptwriter includes the Jackie Chan-Sammo Hung-Yuen Biao vehicle Wheels on Meals (1984), Proud and Confident (1989) and the gangster saga Legend of the Brothers (1991).
In 1993, Lee directed his first film, A Day without Policeman, a violent action thriller. In 1995, he helmed two Triad films, From the Same Family and Born to Be Wild. Since then, except for co-directing Legend of the Dragon (2005, co-directed with Kong Gang), he had been working mostly as line producer or scriptwriter. His most recent work as executive producer and scriptwriter was the anti-drug film Demon 2 (2011).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Legend of the Dragon|
||From the Same Family|
||Born to Be Wild|
||A Day Without Policeman|