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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Wai Man Raymond LEE
李惠民 | LEE Wai Man Raymond

I loved to read wuxia novels during childhood. Working in television after I grew up, I worked on wuxia dramas from the time I was an assistant director. Therefore, I prefer wuxia films. The wuxia films I directed are not only focused on action but also tend to be romantic. I fancy the romanticism of the wuxia world, which is not only about fighting and killing. In my heart, the fighting is only one part of many. The romantic feelings and the affection between people are very important, not just the action.

(Extracted from http://arts.ifensi.com/article-428537.html 30th July, 2011)


Born in Hong Kong in 1950, Raymond Lee Wai-man developed an interest in photography at an early age. He entered the film and television business in 1972, working in camera crews, later joining Rediffusion Television (RTV) in 1978, directing drama series such as It Takes a Thief (1979) and Dynasty (1980). His promotion to producer in 1981 led to his involvement with other series like Tai Chi Mater II (1981). He then joined Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) and produced youth-oriented series such as The Roller Coaster (1982), starring Felix Wong Yatwah; My Way (1983), starring Andy Lau; and Beyond the Rose Garden, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai. His focus turned to the wuxia genre later, including the Andy Lau-vehicle The Other Side of the Horizon (1984), which won the Silver World Medal at the 28th New York Festivals Awards.

Lee left television for film after directing the television films The Last Conflict (1988), starring Donnie Yen and Stephen Chow, and Tour of Revenge (1989), featuring Norman Chui. He served as executive director for the feature film School on Fire (1988), before producing his own directorial debut, Set Me Free! (1988). He then directed The Killer’s Blues (1990), Rebel from China (1990) and Blue Lightning (1991). Rebel from China is best remembered for featuring director John Woo as actor, playing second lead. In 1992, Lee was named director of production at Film Workshop, for which he directed the martial arts films Dragon Inn (1992) and The East is Red (1993). He was also a producer for The Wicked City (1992), Once Upon a Time in China II (1992) and The Magic Crane (1993). After leaving Film Workshop in 1993, he directed a variety of films, such as Fatal Obsession (1994), The Other Side of the Sea (1994), I Want to Go on Living (1995), Police Confidential (1995) and To Be No. 1 (1996).

In 1994, he started directing television martial arts series in mainland China for the Taiwan company Young Pei Pei Production House, including Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre (1994), The New Longmen Roadhouse (1996), The Return of the Condor Heroes (1998), Flying Daggers (2002) and The Storm Riders 2 (2005). Continuing to work in China on television dramas, his latest work is the fantasy drama, The Story of a Woodcutter and His Fox Wife, which premiered in January 2014.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1996 《金榜題名》
To Be No.1
1995 《我要活下去》
I Want to Go on Living
1995 《震撼性醜聞》
Police Confidential
1994 《入魔》
Fatal Obsession
1994 《海角危情》
The Other Side of the Sea
1993 《東方不敗風雲再起》
The East is Red CHING Siu Tung Tony
1992 《新龍門客棧》
Dragon Inn
1991 《藍色霹靂火》
Blue Lightning
1990 《邊緣歲月》
The Killer's Blues
1990 《勇闖天下》
Rebel from China
1988 《我要逃亡》
Set Me Free!