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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Tim Sing LEE
李添勝 | LEE Tim Sing

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Lee Tim-sing was born in Hong Kong in 1948 and grew up in a shantytown. He quit school after Form 2 and worked for Radio Vilaverde LDA in Macau as laborer while also doubling as voice actor. He completed secondary school with money he earned at the station, after which he found work at the props department at TVB, in 1969, later becoming production assistant on the popular variety show Enjoy Yourself Tonight. He started acting in the show and soon found fame portraying the title character of the comedy sketch Elmo as a wisecracking street cleaner. So popular was the sketch that two feature films were made, Country Man and the Scavenger (1976) and Elmo Takes a Bride (1976), recreating the character on big screen and turning Lee into a leading man.

He became a director in 1975 and was responsible for such longrunning TVB series as Hotel (1976) and A House is Not a Home (1977). He was promoted to producer in 1978, responsible for such long-running series as Vanity Fair (1978), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1979), The Brothers (1980) several series adapted from martial-arts novelist Louis Cha’s work, such as The Duke of Mount Deer (1984), Legend of the Book and the Sword (1987), The Legend of Condor Heroes (1994) and The Condor Heroes 95 (1995). In recent years, he specialized in productions set in the Republican period, such as Rosy Business (2009), Sweetness in Salt (2009), No Regrets (2010) and No Reserve (2014).

In 2009, Rosy Business won the Best Drama prize at the TVB Anniversary Awards, while Lee himself received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lee had also ventured into film directing, making his only feature to date in 1987 with the comedy Happy Go Lucky.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1987 《心快活人》
Happy Go Lucky