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FILMMAKER IN FOCUS - ANDREW LAU WAI-KEUNG

Andrew LAU Wai-keung began his career in the film industry in 1981, working under cinematographer Peter NGOR at Shaw Brothers Studio. He first gained attention with his exceptional and unique cinematic technique, contributing to the vivid and unique visual style of Ringo LAM’s City on Fire (1987) and WONG Kar Wai’s As Tears Go By (1988) as cinematographer. After years of extensive cinematographic experience under his belt, Lau made his directorial debut Against All in 1990. Lau reached a new peak in his career in 1996 with the film Young and Dangerous, which reinvented the gangster genre by increasing its youth appeal and casting pop idols. Building on the success of the Young and Dangerous series, he continued to adapt local comics and directed megahits The Stormriders (1998) and A Man Called Hero (1999) which featured stunning computer graphics.

In 2002 Lau founded his own company and thrilled moviegoers with what would become a landmark of Hong Kong cinema, Infernal Affairs (co-directing with Alan MAK). The film won him a deluge of accolades including Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards, giving a major boost for the stagnant industry at the time. Infernal Affairs was remade by Martin Scorsese in 2006 as The Departed, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. But even before that Lau had found fame overseas with Initial D (2005), a film adaptation of a popular Japanese manga and anime series, grossing over HKD33 million at the local box office and near HKD200 million in Asia. It catapulted him to international recognition, and later he directed the South Korean film Daisy (2006) and Hollywood debut The Flock (2006). Recent years saw Lau reaching yet another peak of his career in China as a versatile filmmaker, helming Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010), A Beautiful Life (2011) and The Guillotines (2012), and producing The Last Tycoon (2012).