李保樟 | LEE Po Cheung
 Introduction

I am a Hong Konger born and bred. I remember when I was young, my father used to take me by the hand and travel all over Hong Kong. I was especially fond of riding the tram, listening to ringing of the tram’s bell and watching the scenery and observing the way people lived. Every neighborhood in Hong Kong had its own unique energy. I also liked eating various snacks at street stalls, such as fish meat soup, shark fin soup, red beans on ice, and particularly the roasted cuttlefish sold only outside theaters, which were always delicious. At that time, I would watch three films a day at different theaters, laughing and crying with my cinephile father in the dark auditoriums. Those were unforgettable times.

Time goes by so fast, and I have now been part of the film industry for many years. I had taken part in numerous largescale productions involving hundreds of actors, with bullets whizzing by every which way. However, the films that most move me are those that feature our distinctive Hong Kong sentiments and wit. I believe that whatever is worth preserving should be preserved. I hope Hong Kong cinema will survive in the increasingly challenging environment. However difficult the circumstances, Hong Kong films will continue to be made. I offer these words as encouragement to my colleagues.

In 2013, I am fully ready to forge ahead and will devote all my attention to making preparations for my third feature.

 Biography

Lee Po-cheung was born in Hong Kong and joined the film industry in 1988, working as a continuity person at Shaw Brothers. Wong Jing gave him the nickname “Ah Chai” (Little Son), which he uses to this day. Since 1989, Lee has participated in over 20 films comprising various genres such as period action, comedy, romance, etc. He served as an assistant director on Encounter of the Spooky Kind 2 (1990), directed by Ricky Lau Koon-wai; With or Without You (1992), directed by Taylor Wong, Now You See Love, Now You Don’t, directed by Mabel Cheung and Once Upon a Time in China 3 (1993), directed by Tsui Hark, among others.

Starting in 1995, Lee turned to scriptwriting and has penned such features as Extreme Crisis (1998), Frugal Game (2002) and My Dream Girl (2003). Having started his career as a continuity person, he gradually worked his way up the career ladder as assistant director, script writer, line producer, and finally became a director in 1998.

His first feature is You Light up My Life (1998). In 2005, he wrote and directed episodes of Channel A, a television series produced by Manfred Wong. In 2007, Lee directed his sophomore feature Single Blog.

 Filmography
Year Chinese name English name Directors
2007 《單身部落》
Single Blog
1998 《想見妳》
You Light Up My Life