I was in fact a gang member in my youth, up to all sorts of shenanigans such as fights, stealing and robbery. I even served jail time for the crimes. However, I want people to know that I had completely reformed myself. I incorporated my gang experience into films, hoping they can serve as warning for today’s youths.
(Excerpted from Chinese Business View, 20 January 2008)
Keith Lee Siu-kay was born in Hong Kong in 1955. Involved in youth gangs in his early life, with criminal records in drug use, street fights and robbery, Lee successfully rehabilitated himself, kicking his drug habits and joining TVB as an assistant, occasionally appearing in bit parts in television dramas. He entered film in the 1990s, working as production manager and also acted in supporting roles, often as gangsters because of his tough, ruffian looks. His acting tenure took a turn later as he started to make an impression with the audience for his comedic touches in such films as Stephen Chow’s The God of Cookery (1996).
Lee started working as producer in 1994, his output including Sex and the Emperor (1994) and Street of Fury (1996). He also turned his life experience into film, contributing to the story of Those Were the Days… (1995), which was based on his gangster past. In 1997, he wrote the script to the prison drama Chinese Midnight Express, and followed with scriptwriting efforts such as Operation Billionaires (1998) and The Legendary ‘’Tai Fei’’ (1999).
In 1999 he wrote and directed Indecent Woman and collaborated with director-writer-producer Wong Jing on the ATV television series Flaming Brothers (1999) and Showbiz Tycoon (2000), serving as producer and actor. In recent years, he has cut down on his film involvement, an appearance in the Mainland Chinese film Death Zone (2012) a rare exception.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Holy Terror in the Village|
||The Young Ones|