Keith Li Pak-ling was born in Hong Kong and worked in several fields after finishing secondary school in 1970. Driven by his love of movies, he joined the film industry in 1973, starting as continuity person at Shaw Brothers, working on The 72 Tenants (1973), made by the renowned director Chor Yuen. Li became Chor’s protégé, serving as his assistant director on more than 20 films and learning about filmmaking in the process. Li had also worked under other directors such as Chang Cheh and Li Hanh siang.
In 1982, Li formed a production company with broadcast actor Chan Chu-kwang, which produced Li’s directorial debut Centipede Horror (1982), lauded as one of the top ten voodoo films of the 1980s. In 1983, Li partnered with the screenwriting department at Shaw Brothers to produce an innovative martial arts feature, The Supreme Swordman (1983), in which he used three cinematographers and five martial arts instructors to create breathtaking action sequences. However, it was not until 1985 that the film was released in Taiwan, while the film’s release in Hong Kong was delayed until 2007, when it came out on DVD. After directing The Supreme Swordman, Li became manager of the production department at Shaws and participated in the planning and coordination of numerous films. During this period, he also wrote the screenplay of Kid from Kwangtung (1982) and Men from the Gutter (1983).
He left Shaw Brothers in 1985 to work for Golden Harvest and other companies. In 1987, Li wrote the screenplay of People’s Hero, the sophomore directorial work by actor Derek Yee. His last involvement with film to date is kung-fu maestro Lau Kar-leung’s Drunken Monkey (2003), on which he served as screenwriter and line producer.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Vampire Kids||HA Sau Hin|
||The Supreme Swords|