Considered to be the Steven Spielberg of Hong Kong cinema, he brought action, comedy and dazzling visual effects to the films of the 1980s. He has produced and directed many staple Hong Kong films such as A Chinese Ghost Story, A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Iron Monkey. He’s produced for “Gun-Fu” Director John Woo (both of which famously had a falling out) and famed Action coordinator Yuen Woo-Ping.
His directing efforts has been few compared to other prolific Hong Kong filmmakers. The ‘Once Upon a Time in China’ series was his showcase to the world that he is a serious action director. Made in a time where Hong Kong was still occupied by the British and national identity seemed to be at a crisis. ‘Peking Opera Blues’ is a kind of Charlie’s Angels set in early 20th century China, ‘Twin Dragons’ was his first project with Jackie Chan and ‘Seven Swords’ was Tsui Hark’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ big adaptation.
To check out some the trailers for these films, read my extended blog entry here: