Albert Yu Chik-lim was born in 1939 in Guangdong Province, coming to Hong Kong at age 15 and entering film at age 17. He first worked in the Mandarin cinema, learning from such established directors as Li Han-hsiang, Chang Cheh and King Hu, in positions such as laborer, lighting technician to camera assistant. He eventually worked his way up to cinematographer in 1969.
In 1973, he directed his first film, the martial arts flick Duel of the Dragons, which he also scripted. He followed that with several low-budget action films while continuing to perform cinematography duties, lensing Your Smiling Face (1979), Mismatched Couples (1985), The Good, the Bad & the Beauty (1988) and Bloody Brotherhood (1989).
Yu later founded We Yick Film, under which he directed the action films Mega Force from Highland (1992), Combat at Heaven Gate (1993) and A Step to Heaven (1995). The latter, which he wrote, directed and performed in under the pseudonym Lung Shan-boon, opened during the Hong Kong film industry’s downturn, resulting in a loss of over HK$1 million.
After working in Hong Kong and Taiwan for over 30 years, Yu left the industry in 1998, moving to China with his wife Jiang Xuemei and ran a noodle shop at her native Chongqing. Yet the fire of filmmaking continued to burn and he wrote a television series based on the Hollywood film On the Waterfront (1954) in 2004. When financial backing was unavailable, he mortgaged his home and raised RMB 2 million to make the digital feature Searching for Plum Blossoms in the Snow (2013), using a cast of newcomers. He is currently working on releasing the film.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Searching for Plum Blossoms in the Snow|
||A Step to Heaven|
||Combat at Heaven Gate|
||A Ghost Romance|
||Mega Force From Highland|
||Return of the Kung Fu Dragon|
||The Invincible Space Streaker|
||Bruka Queen of Evil|
||The Escaped Convict||LO Mar John|
||Duel of the Dragons|