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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Nai Hoi YAU
游乃海 | YAU Nai Hoi

Friends and colleagues often asked me when I would direct again. But for me, directing or scriptwriting makes no difference. I just love the creative aspect of film. Then again, the pay for Hong Kong scriptwriters are a little… Well, to play it safe and to plan for the future, I chose to be a director after all!


Yau Nai-hoi was born in 1968 in Hong Kong. He joined TVB in 1989 as a scriptwriter and was responsible for the series The Big Family (1991). He was later invited by director and producer Johnnie To to join his company, Cosmopolitan Film Productions. After To and his frequent collaborator Wai Kar-fai established Milkyway Image in 1996, Yau became an integral part of the company and an important creative partner in scriptwriting for Wai and To. Often collaborating with other writers like Szeto Kam-yuen, Yip Tin-shing and Au Kin-yee, Yau had a part in a number of popular and critically acclaimed films, including Lifeline (1997), The Longest Nite (1998), Running Out of Time (1999), The Mission (1999), Needing You...(2000), Love on a Diet (2001), My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002), Running on Karma (2003), PTU (2003), Election (2005), Election 2 (2006), Triangle (2007), Life Without Principle (2011), Drug War (2013) and Blind Detective (2013).

Yau’s longstanding relationship with To earned him the reputation of being the latter’s most trusted writer. He won the Best Scriptwriter Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards twice, for Running on Karma and Election. He also won the Best Original Script Award at the Golden Horse Awards for Life Without Principle (2011).

Yau made his directorial debut with the crime drama Eye in the Sky (2007), which was co-written with Au Kin-yee. The film received favorable critical response and was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2007 《跟蹤》
Eye in the Sky