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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Nai Choi NAM
藍乃才 | NAM Nai Choi

Between 1982 and 1992, Sino-British talks on the future of Hong Kong took place leading to the signing of the Joint Declaration. My role as film director coincided with this historical time.

Being promoted to one of three first camera assistants from 28 lighting assistants was a milestone of my career. My master, the late Mr. Tadashi Nishimoto, said to me, “If you’re promoted to first assistant, I’ll teach you with all my best.”

From assistant to cinematographer, then my first film in 1982, followed by a series of joint productions with Japanese studios since Peacock King (1988), I had participated in both entertainment films and works of realism. My favorite piece is the most discussed, Brothers from Walled City (1982). Films of originality stand the test of time.


Born in 1952, Nam Nai-choi started in film as lighting assistant in Shaw Brothers and was promoted to cinematographer in 1975.

Making his directorial debut in 1982, Nam directed Brothers from Walled City (1982), gaining notice with its tough realism and acute sense of its time. Later, Nam pioneered the collaboration with Japanese Film Studios on sci-fi movies featuring special effects with such works as Peacock King (1989) and Saga of the Phoenix (1990).

Nam withdrew from film in 1992, taking up travel photography. He also devoted himself to philanthropic work on the welfare of orphans and underprivileged children in China.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1992 《衛斯理之老貓》
The Cat
1991 《力王》
The Story of Ricky O
1990 《阿修羅》
Saga of the Phoenix LAU Sze Yue
1990 《聊齋艷譚》
Erotic Ghost Story
1989 《孔雀王子》
Peacock King
1989 《帝都大戰》
Battle in the Capital
1988 《血玫瑰》
Her Vengeance
1987 《不夜天》
Killer's Nocturne
1986 《原振俠與衛斯理》
The Seventh Curse
1986 《俾鬼捉》
The Ghost Snatchers
1984 《癲鳳狂龍》
Three Stooges Go Undercover
1983 《暗渠》
Men From the Gutter
1982 《城寨出來者》
Brothers From Walled City
1981 《單程路》
One Way Only LEE Sau Yin Danny