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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Shiu Fai Alan MAK
麥兆輝 | MAK Shiu Fai Alan

When I graduated from the Academy for Performing Arts, I never thought I would become a director. I just wanted to find a job as quickly as possible and be independent, because I felt I had been in school too long and used up too much of my mother's money.

It was a matter of luck and circumstance that I found a job in the film industry, working as an assistant director for eight years. I was fortunate to be able to catch the tail end of the golden age of the Hong Kong film industry. I am thankful to Leo Heung Lap-hang, Benny Chan, Johnnie To and Joe Ma for leading me onto this fast train to the land of dreams. This train has not stopped, but merely slowed down, only to continue in a more steady way. I hope I can take aspiring young people along on this train.

Making films was never an easy task, but when I saw people laughing and being moved by my films, and earning my mother’s praise in the process, I thought everything was worth it.

As our film industry struggles to survive, it needs people to move it forward, to innovate and take risks.


Alan Mak Shiu-fai was born in Hong Kong in 1965. He attended the Academy for Performing Arts and studied acting. Upon graduation in 1990, he entered the film industry to work behind the camera, and over the next few years, served successively as assistant director to Johnnie To, Benny Chan and Joe Ma and accumulated a wealth of production experience. He made his directorial debut in 1998 with Nude Fear, followed by such works as Rave Fever (1999) and The War Named Desired (2000). Mak’s career breakthrough came with the 2002 work Infernal Affairs, which he co-directed with Andrew Lau, with a screenplay written by Mak and Felix Chong Man-keung. The film won over ten awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, including Best Director and Best Screenplay. Not only was Infernal Affairs a box office hit, its rights was sold to Hollywood and remade into The Departed (2006), directed by Martin Scorsese, which won 4 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Film, the first work adapted from a foreign film to win this honor.

Mak formed a production company in 2007 with long-time partner Felix Chong to develop their own projects. The company’s film was Lady Cop and Papa Crook, which he co-directed with Chong. The pair was also responsible for Overheard and the two sequels that followed. Overheard was nominated for numerous awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards, including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Film. The latest installment in the series, Overheard 3 (2014), starred Louis Koo, Sean Lau Ching-wan and Daniel Wu.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2012 《聽風者》
The Silent War CHONG Man Keung Felix
2011 《竊聽風雲2》
Overheard 2 CHONG Man Keung Felix
2011 《關雲長》
The Lost Bladesman CHONG Man Keung Felix
2009 《竊聽風雲》
Overheard CHONG Man Keung Felix
2009 《大搜查之女》
Lady Cop and Papa Crook CHONG Man Keung Felix
2008 《大搜查之女》
Lady Cop & Papa Crook CHONG Man Keung Felix
2006 《傷城》
Confession of Pain LAU Andrew
2006 《情義我心知》
Moonlight in Tokyo
2005 《情義我心知》
Moonlight in Tokyo CHONG Man Keung Felix
2005 《頭文字D》
Initial D LAU Andrew
2003 《1:99 電影行動》
1:99 CHEUNG Mabel LAW Alex TSUI Hark CHAN Gordon CHEN Teddy LAU Andrew CHAN Peter MA Joe CHOW Sing Chi Stephen CHAN Fruit LAM Dante
2003 《無間道II》
Infernal Affairs II LAU Andrew
2003 《無間道III 終極無間》
Infernal Affairs III LAU Andrew
2002 《無間道》
Infernal Affairs LAU Andrew
2001 《別戀》
Stolen Love
2001 《願望樹》
Final Romance
2000 《愛與誠》
The War Named Desired
1999 《週末狂熱》
Rave Fever
1998 《追兇20 年》
Nude Fear