Wei Han-tao began working as an assistant director at TVB in the 1980s and was promoted to director in 1986. His first outing as a TV director was the series Destined to Rebel (1986), starring Sean Lau Ching-wan, which was never aired on TVB Jade, broadcasted only 20 years later on TVB Classics channel in 2006. Wei’s other series include The Grand Canal (1987), A Time of Taste (1990), The Breaking Point (1991), The File of Justice (1992) and Fate of the Clairvoyant (1994), among others. In 1994, Wei served as the second unit director on The Great Conqueror’s Concubine (1994), directed by Stephen Shin Kei-yin. That same year he directed the action film One Arm Hero, executive produced by Shin.
In the 1990s, Wai followed in the trend of Hong Kong directors seeking work in Mainland China. Many of the TV series he directed there are in the period martial arts or historical genre, including The Legendary Siblings (1999), Legendary Fighter–Yang’s Heroine (2001), The Stories of Han Dynasty (2003), Empress Feng of the Northern Wei Dynasty (2006), An Express Train (2012) and The Story of Mulan (2013), the last of which was chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Beloved TV Series at the 8th China (Zhejiang) Audience Festival. Wei’s latest work is the historical drama Shangguan Wan-er (2014), completed in the beginning of 2014.
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