李鐵 | LEE Tit
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 Biography

Lee Tit was born in Hong Kong and attended secondary school in Guangzhou. He developed interests in theater and classical literature while in school and, at age 17, joined the actor’s training school run by the United Photoplay Studio in Hong Kong. While there, Lee’s talents were recognized by Hong Kong cinema pioneer Lai Buk-hoi, who encouraged the young man to study writing and directing. After performing his first film role in Gunshoot at Midnight (1932), Lee started to study scriptwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, music and lab processing. He then served as assistant director for Moon Kwan Man-ching, another important early filmmaker, on Lifeline (1935).

Lee became a director in 1936 with the crime thriller House Number 66 and made a name for himself the following year with Song of Life when the star of the film, Ng Chor Fan, was coined “King of Film” as a result of his role. Lee quickly earned a reputation as a dedicated and versatile director who excelled in different genres. One of the founders of the influential Union Motion Picture Enterprise, he was also a key director of the company.

Lee is also a key figure in Cantonese opera films. He was good friends with noted opera playwright Tong Dick-sang and served as the technical advisor on Tong’s directorial efforts Tung Hsiao Wan (1950) and Mysterious Murder (1951) as well as adapting seven of Tong’s operas to the big screen. A couple of those adaptations, The Legend of Purple Hairpin (1959) and Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom (1959), are considered the best opera films ever made. Both were produced by the company Lee formed in 1959, which also released Love at First Sight (1967).

In addition to directing, Lee also penned the screenplays to many of his films, including Belle in Penang (1954), The Love Thief (1958), Murderer in Town (1958) and Snow in June (1959).

Over a long career of more than four decades, Lee directed over 100 Cantonese films, ten Mandarin films, several films in the Chaozhou or Amoy dialects. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild in 1994. Lee passed away in 1996.

 Filmography
Year Chinese name English name Directors
1980 《包青天》
The Impartial Judge
1977 《紫釵記》
The Legend of Purple Hairpin
1977 《滾女搵老襯》
The Modern Secretaries
1975 《蠱惑佬尋春》
The Running Mob
1975 《三笑姻緣》
Laugh in the Sleeve
1975 《老夫子》
Old Master Q
1971 《重逢》
When Will It Rotate?
1969 《君子劍》
The Gentlemen Sword
1969 《小武士》
The Young Guard
1969 《成家立室》
Let's Build a Family NG Wui WU Pang YEUNG Kuen
1967 《金面俠》
Golden-Masked Heroes
1967 《一見痴情》
Love at First Sight
1966 《肉搏明月灣》
Duel in Moonlight Bay
1966 《碧海青天夜夜心》
The Long Voyage Home
1966 《法網情絲》
Between Justice and Love
1966 《七彩胡不歸》
Eternal Love
1965 《滄海遺珠》
The Lost Pearl
1964 《男男女女》
Men and Women HU Siao Fung TANG Lung
1964 《錦綉天堂》
(Segment: only )
Beautiful Heaven
1964 《苦戀》
Painstaking Lovers
1964 《血紙人》
The Bloody Paper-man
1964 《錦繡天堂》
Beautiful Heaven NG Wui WU Pang
1964 《錦繡天堂》
The Beautiful Heaven NG Wui WU Pang
1963 《千金之女》
The Millionaire's Daughter
1963 《卿何薄命》
The Ill-fated Girl
1963 《龍女三娘》
The Dragon's Daughter
1962 《暴雨紅蓮》
A Lily in the Storm
1962 《女駙馬金殿鳴冤》
The Princess Presents Her Petition
1962 《薛剛反唐》
The Sit Family
1962 《吸血婦》
Vampire Woman
1961 《火窟幽蘭》
Father Is Back
1960 《血屋驚魂》
Blood Terror
1960 《我要活下去》
We Want to Live
1959 《六月雪》
Snow in June
1959 《蝶影紅梨記》
Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom
1959 《豪門夜宴》
Feast of a Rich Family NG Wui
1959 《紫釵記》
The Legend of Purple Hairpin
1959 《一命三兇手》
The Three Murderers
1958 《梁祝恨史》
The Tragic Story of Leung Shan-pak and Chuk Ying-toi
1958 《橫刀奪愛》
The Love Thie
1958 《香城兇影》
Murderer in Town
1956 《霸王妖姬》
The Warlord and the Beauty
1956 《朱門怨》
The House of Sorrows
1956 《碧血恩仇萬古情》
The Feud
1956 《森林之女》
Maiden of the Forest
1955 《紅粉飄雲未了情》
Her Unrequited Love
1955 《天長地久》
Eternal Love
1955 《愛上集》
(Segment: Mutual Love )
Love, Part 1
1955 《愛下集》
(Segment: Mutual Love )
Love, Part 2
1954 《程大嫂》
A Forsaken Woman
1954 《檳城艷》
Belle in Penang
1954 《錦繡人生》
(Segment: The Necklace )
This Wonderful Life
1954 《漢武帝夢會衛夫人》
The Dream Encounter Between Emperor Wu of Han
1953 《危樓春曉》
In the Face of Demolition
1953 《落霞孤鶩》
Runaway Lovers
1952 《一丈紅》
Girl in Red
1952 《一彎眉月伴寒衾》
Lonely Moon on a Lonely Bed
1952 《玉女凡心》
A Sweet Girl's Fancies
1952 《黃金美人》
The Gold and the Beauty
1952 《燭影照魂歸》
Return of the Soul
1951 《憐我憐卿》
Mutual Affections
1951 《一帆風順》
Sail before the Wind
1951 《大刀王五浴血殲仇記》
Big Blade Wong Fifth's Revenge
1951 《孽債》
Love's Misgivings
1950 《人海萬花筒》
(Segment: Land Is Precious )
Kaleidoscope NG Wui
1950 《願郎重吻妾朱唇》
Kiss Me Again
1950 《大刀王五血戰小霸王》
The Bloody Fight Between Big Blade Wong Fifth and the Invincible Kid
1948 《阿女》
My Daughter
1948 《衣冠禽獸》
The Villain
1948 《朱門怨》
The Remorseful Rich
1947 《何處是儂家》
Where Is the Lady's Home?
1947 《第一號戰犯》
War Criminal Number One
1947 《牛精良大鬧香港》
Hot Tempered Leung's Adventure in Hong Kong
1941 《千金之子》
The Dandy
1940 《銷魂柳》
The Seductive Woman
1940 《人海淚痕》
Poor Souls
1939 《斷鴻零雁記》
The Lone Swan
1939 《大良阿斗宮》
The Wastrel
1937 《人生曲》
Song of Life
1936 《六十六號屋》
House Number 66