Being a novice, I’m not experienced enough to offer any insight. I can only advise that like everything else in life, perseverance is the only way. The path to directing is very difficult and humiliating. It’s fraught with hardship, unpleasant surprises and disappointments. It’s truly a test of will. My limited experiences also taught me to be humble and keep an open mind: many times, things will turn out for the better if you’re willing to consider other ideas and possibilities. You’ll improve and learn a lot about yourself that way.
Born in Hong Kong in 1963, Peter Lee Kui-yuen immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 and studied film at New York University from 1982 through 1984. In 1983, Lee worked as assistant director and also played a role in Mabel Cheung’s Illegal Immigrant (1985), which was shot in New York. He later returned to Hong Kong, serving as assistant director on Alfred Cheung’s Carry On Doctors and Nurses (1985), Anthony Chan’s Strange Bedfellows (1985) and Sammo Hung’s Mail Order Bride (1986). Lee had also worked in various capacities with Ang Lee, whom he knew as fellow students at New York University, first playing a role in the latter’s directorial debut Pushing Hands (1992) and on the production teams of Lee’s later projects .
Between 1995 and 1999, Lee worked in Taiwan television, serving as writer, director, producer or program host on such TVBS programs as Hollywood Stories and the comedy show Fool at Night and on the Rock TV channel. He also served as writer and director on the CTV program The Stupid Puppets and as writer for the Super TV program Butterfly Cat.
Lee directed his first film in 1998, the political satire The Candidate (1998, co-directed with Neil Peng), which was shown in the Hawaii International Film Festival. His second film is My Fair Gentleman (2009).
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