In 1981, the television series The Legendary Fok, on which I served as producer, director, action choreographer and actor, was launched successfully in the Mainland, becoming the first TV series imported from Hong Kong to China and scoring top national ratings. The next year, I became one of the first directors to make films in China. My film Holy Robe of the Shaolin Temple established the record for the most copies distributed in China but I was pressured by Taiwan to sign a letter of repentance. Many colleagues had to comply in those years but I held to my principles and refused. As a result, myself and my work were banned from Taiwan for six years, but I have no regrets up to this date. At the time, people asked me: China has no money, no talents, no equipment – three no’s – why did I took China and gave up Taiwan? Because there was something in my heart. Now, many colleagues are seeking development in China and I am proud to be a trailblazer!
Tsui Siuming was born in Hong Kong in 1953 to parents who were Cantonese opera actors. He grew up in an opera environment, receiving training at age five, later entering film as a child actor, appearing in over a dozen films. Tsui also trained in martial arts starting at age eight, enabling him to join Rediffusion Television (later ATV) as actor, stuntman and martial arts choreographer, working with the likes of Jackie Chan and Corey Yuen Kwai.
Tsui had produced and directed many popular and influential television dramas, such as Chameleon and The Legendary Fok, the latter making a huge splash when it was shown in Mainland China.
He was in fact one of the first Hong Kong filmmakers to develop a career in China, venturing north in the early 1980s. He produced and directed a successful slate of films, such as Holy Robe of the Shaolin Temple (1984) and Miarge (1986), both of which setting box-office records in the Mainland. Centre Stage (1990, aka The Actress), which he produced, won the Best Actress award at the Berlin International Film Festival (for Maggie Cheung).
Between 2005 and 2009, Tsui produced and directed over a dozen films, including such award-winning films as Sai Chiu (2006), A Battle of Wits (2006) and Eye in the Sky (2007).
Tsui has a Master’s degree from Jinan University and had taught at Communication University of China. He is also on the board of several companies in the television and entertainment industries.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Miracle 90 Days|
||Bury Me High|
||Holy Robe of the Shaolin Temple|
||The Fung Shui Master|