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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Yan Yan MAK
麥婉欣 | MAK Yan Yan

Forever Young (borrowed from Bob Dylan & Joan Baez)

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

And may your song always be sung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.


Mak Yan-yan was born in Hong Kong in 1973. She spent time in Canada studying anthropology and enrolled in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1993 to study film and television. While still in school, Mak took part in film, television and TV commercial productions, taking up roles ranging from floor manager and assistant director to production manager, art director and editor.

Mak earned her first recognitions with the short films 100%G (1983) and Snapshots (1998) at the first and fourth Hong Kong Independent Film & Video Awards (IFVA, now known as Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia), respectively. Upon graduation in 1998, Mak formed the production house Hua Lian Zhan Dui (later retitled Dragonfly J Co.), working on local independent film, video and multimedia productions.

In 2001, she produced and directed her first independent feature Brother, using amateur actors to keep production costs down. The film won the 25th FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the POVEGLIA Award for Best Director at the International Week of Film Critics during the 58th Venice Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival’s Woosuk Award and Ecumenical Jury Awards at Bratislava International Film Festival and Fribourg International Film Festival, while being featured in a number of film festivals around the world.

Mak’s second feature, Butterfly (2004), which evolves around homosexuality, was featured in the International Week of Film Critics at the 61st Venice Film Festival and was selected as the opening film for Creteil International Women’s Film Festival. The film was screened at more than 50 film festivals around the world and the film’s star Tian Yuan was awarded Best Newcomer at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Mak took a nostalgic path in her third feature Merry-Go-Round (2010), which she co-directed with Clement Cheng. The film was voted Best Chinese Language Film by Film Critics China, a group comprising critics from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Actors Teddy Robin and Ella Koon won Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, at Golden Koala Film Festival of Australia.

Besides feature films, Mak has also directed the documentaries The Decameron (2008) and The Great War (2013). The former traces the musical journey of Canto-pop singer Denise Ho while the latter chronicles the concert of Grasshopper x Softhard. She has also produced more than 40 music videos and short films since 2005.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2013 《大戰》
The Great War
2010 《東風破》
Merry-Go-Round CHENG Clement
2008 《十日談》
The Decameron
2006 《八月的故事》
August Story
2004 《蝴蝶》
2001 《哥哥》