Wu Sau-yee was born in 1935. He became a film fan at an early age, when he spent much of his youth in his hometown theater. In 1949, he began to work on comic books in Hong Kong. His love for film never subsided, he vowed to produce Hong Kong’s own animated film one day. In the mid-1970s, He partnered with Lo Kai-muk and produced several films together. Their first project was the James Wong-directed The Paradise (1974).
Wu then became co-directors with Wong for Let’s Rock (1975), starring the pop band the Wynners. In 1979, Wu produced the King Hu-directed Raining in the Mountain and Ann Hui On-wah’s first film The Secret. The following year, he and Lo financed the Leung Po-chih directed No Big Deal (1980).
In 1981, Wu finally achieved his dream with Old Master Cute— the first Hong Kong-produced animated film in color, for which he was the director, screenwriter and producer. The film won Best Animated Feature at Tapei’s Golden Horse Film Festival. A veteran in the advertising industry, Wu founded his own advertisement production company in Taiwan in 1987 and expanded his company’s reach to China in 1997. While in Taiwan, he trained many aspiring talents in the advertising field. Wu closed his Taiwan-based business in 2000 and turned his professional focus on Hong Kong and China.
Many of Wu’s television commercials had received acclaim over the years, winning awards such in the U.S., Cannes and Hong Kong. Wu also had a lifelong dedication to the television medium. He was instrumental in the success of Taiwan’s cable television and had won awards for his excellence in management.
On June 7, 2009, Wu died in Hong Kong.
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