films seen
44
average score
2.77*
nationality
Hong Kong - 62 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A true Hong Kong director. Proficient in almost every genre, Lau can handle big budgets and lofty star power, but he rarely rises above himself to make a true stand-out masterpiece. Even so, many of his films are guaranteed fun.

The good stuff

The Legend of Chen Zhen

by Wai-Keung Lau
Jing Wu Feng Yun: Chen Zhen
2010 / 105m - China
Romance, Fantasy
4.0*/5.0*
The Legend of Chen Zhen poster

Great production values, some slick action scenes and a nice cast turn this film into an enjoyable little blockbuster, which can be refreshing in itself from time to time.

Infernal Affairs 3: End Inferno

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Mou Gaan Dou III: Jung Gik Mou Gaan
2003 / 118m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
4.0*/5.0*
Infernal Affairs 3: End Inferno poster

Solid pieces

The Founding of an Army

by Wai-Keung Lau
Jian Jun Da Ye
2017 / 133m - China
3.5*/5.0*
The Founding of an Army poster

Revenge of the Green Dragons

by Wai-Keung Lau, Andrew Loo
2014 / 94m - USA
Drama, Action, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Revenge of the Green Dragons poster

The Guillotines

by Wai-Keung Lau
Xue Di Zi
2012 / 112m - China
Action
3.5*/5.0*
The Guillotines poster

Initial D

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Tau Man Ji D
2005 / 107m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Romance, Action
3.5*/5.0*
Initial D poster

Infernal Affairs II

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Mou Gaan Dou II
2003 / 119m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Infernal Affairs II poster

Born to Be King

by Wai-Keung Lau
Sheng Zhe Wei Wang
2000 / 118m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Born to Be King poster

The Duel

by Wai-Keung Lau
Kuet Chin Chi Gam Ji Din
2000 / 106m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Action
3.5*/5.0*
The Duel poster

A Man Called Hero

by Wai-Keung Lau
Zhong Hua Ying Xiong
1999 / 116m - Hong Kong
Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
A Man Called Hero poster

The Storm Riders

by Wai-Keung Lau
Fung Wan: Hung Ba Tin Ha
1998 / 128m - Hong Kong
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
The Storm Riders poster

Young and Dangerous - The Prequel

by Wai-Keung Lau
San Goo Waak Chai Ji Siu Nin Gik Dau Pin
1998 / 117m - Hong Kong
Drama, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Young and Dangerous - The Prequel poster

Young and Dangerous V

by Wai-Keung Lau
98 Goo Waak Chai Ji Lung Chang Foo Dau
1998 / 114m - Hong Kong
Action
3.5*/5.0*
Young and Dangerous V poster

Young and Dangerous 2

by Wai-Keung Lau
Goo Waak Jai 2: Ji Maang Lung Gwoh Gong
1996 / 101m - Hong Kong
Action, Crime
3.5*/5.0*
Young and Dangerous 2 poster

The inoffensive

Kung Fu Monster

by Wai-Keung Lau
Wu Lin Guai Shou
2018 / 104m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Fantasy
3.0*/5.0*
Kung Fu Monster poster

Low on kung fu and monsters. Lau's latest is a historic fantasy epic with strong comedy beats. The kung fu is inevitable but low-key, it's mostly big budget fantasy combined with a cuddly but deadly monster. Expensive blockbuster entertainment, not high quality cinema. It's perfectly acceptable filler though, just don't expect too much from it.

A Beautiful Life

by Wai-Keung Lau
Mei Li Ren Sheng
2011 / 122m - Hong Kong
Drama, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
A Beautiful Life poster

Confession of Pain

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Seung Sing
2006 / 110m - Hong Kong
Drama, Thriller, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Confession of Pain poster

1:99 Shorts

by Fruit Chan, Teddy Chan, Stephen Chow, Wai-Keung Lau, Joe Ma, Alan Mak, Johnnie To, Brian Tse, Hark Tsui, Ka-Fai Wai, Mabel Cheung, Alex Law, Dante Lam, Adam Wong, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Gordon Chan
2003 / 70m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama, Animation
3.0*/5.0*
1:99 Shorts poster

Commissioned anthology that was made to lift the spirit of Hong Kong during the SARS epidemic. The who's who of Hong Kong cinema participated, but the result is a little uneven. Not too surprising considering the exterior motives behind this anthology, and there are a couple of worthwhile entries, but overall it's probably best to lower your expectations when watching this.

Infernal Affairs

by Wai-Keung Lau, Alan Mak
Mou Gaan Dou
2002 / 101m - Hong Kong
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Infernal Affairs poster

Bullets of Love

by Wai-Keung Lau
Bat Sei Ching Mai
2001 / 107m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Bullets of Love poster

The Avenging Fist

by Wai-Keung Lau, Corey Yuen
Kuen Sun
2001 / 92m - Hong Kong
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action
3.0*/5.0*
The Avenging Fist poster

Young and Dangerous IV

by Wai-Keung Lau
97 Goo Waak Jai Jin Mo Bat Sing
1997 / 106m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Young and Dangerous IV poster

Young and Dangerous

by Wai-Keung Lau
Gu Huo Zi: Zhi Ren Zai Jiang Hu
1996 / 97m - Hong Kong
Action, Thriller, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
Young and Dangerous poster

Young and Dangerous 3

by Wai-Keung Lau
Gu Huo Zi 3: Zhi Zhi Shou Zhe Tian
1996 / 98m - Hong Kong
Drama, Action
3.0*/5.0*
Young and Dangerous 3 poster

Lover of the Last Empress

by Wai-Keung Lau
Ci Xi Mi Mi Sheng Huo
1995 / 100m - Hong Kong
Drama, Western
3.0*/5.0*
Lover of the Last Empress poster

Mean Street Story

by Wai-Keung Lau
Miao Jie Gu Shi
1995 / 100m - Hong Kong
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Mean Street Story poster

Ghost Lantern

by Wai-Keung Lau
Yun Pei Dung Lung
1993 / 92m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
3.0*/5.0*
Ghost Lantern poster

The Ultimate Vampire

by Wai-Keung Lau
Jiang Shi Zhi Zun 
1991 / 88m - Hong Kong
Comedy, Horror
3.0*/5.0*
The Ultimate Vampire poster

Worthy but flawed

Look for a Star

by Wai-Keung Lau
Yau Lung Hei Fung
2009 / 117m - Hong Kong
Romance
2.5*/5.0*
Look for a Star poster

The Triangle

by Wai-Keung Lau
Daisy
2006 / 110m - South Korea
Drama, Romance
2.5*/5.0*
The Triangle poster

The Park

by Wai-Keung Lau
Chow Lok Yuen
2003 / 91m - Hong Kong
Horror
2.5*/5.0*
The Park poster

Women from Mars

by Wai-Keung Lau, Wai Man Yip
Dong Laam Yan Bin Shing Lui Yan
2002 / 100m - Hong Kong
Comedy
2.5*/5.0*
Women from Mars poster

The Legend of Speed

by Wai-Keung Lau
Lit Feng Chin Che 2 Gik Chuk Chuen Suet
1999 / 109m - Hong Kong
Action, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
The Legend of Speed poster

Best of the Best

by Wai-Keung Lau
Fei Hu Xiong Xin 2 Zhi Ao Qi Bi Tian Gao
1996 / 107m - Hong Kong
Action
2.5*/5.0*
Best of the Best poster

Straightforward sequel to Gordon Chan's Final Option. Lau delivers a decent but unremarkable Hong Kong police thriller that should feel very familiar to fans of the genre. The action is solid, the drama not so much, the overall finish mediocre. This is decent filler, but only for those who've already seen the myriad of better options.

Dubious filler

The Flock

by Wai-Keung Lau
2007 / 96m - USA
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
The Flock poster

Sausalito

by Wai-Keung Lau
Yi Jian Zhong Qing
2000 / 98m - Hong Kong
Romance
2.0*/5.0*
Sausalito poster

To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui

by Wai-Keung Lau, Jing Wong
Xin Bian Yuan Ren
1994 / 100m - Hong Kong
Action, Thriller, Crime
2.0*/5.0*
To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui poster

Jing Wong introducing Andrew Lau. Say about Wong what you will, he helped a lot of important people in Hong Kong make inroads into the movie industry. Wong rarely did it with good films, then again it is quite normal in Hong Kong to learn the trade director some simple genre work.

That's pretty much what you're getting here. A very plain story about an undercover cop who starts to doubt his loyalty to his job. It's all pretty cliché, Jacky Cheung isn't really the man for the job either, but it goes through all the motions and it's clear that Lau took a few pointers from this film.

There are a few decent action scenes and some moody moments, I'm pretty sure core genre fans probably won't be disappointed by this film either, it's just that Hong Kong/Andrew Lau made way better action thrillers. To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui is decent but generic genre work, nothing more, nothing less.

Plain forgettable

The Captain

by Wai-Keung Lau
Zhong Guo Ji Zhang
2019 / 111m - China
Thriller
1.5*/5.0*
The Captain poster

A very classic, bombastic and overly sentimental thriller about a captain steering his airplane to safety. There are a few scenes that are effective in raising the tension, but they are few and far between. The rest is way too overdone and cheesy to make any kind of positive impression. A very disappointing Lau film, he can do so much better.

Dance of a Dream

by Wai-Keung Lau
Oi Gwan Yue Mung
2001 / 94m - Hong Kong
Romance
1.5*/5.0*
Dance of a Dream poster

Rhythm of Destiny

by Wai-Keung Lau
Ban Wo Zong Heng
1992 / 90m - Hong Kong
Drama, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
Rhythm of Destiny poster

Against All

by Wai-Keung Lau
Peng Dang
1990 / 89m - Hong Kong
Drama, Crime
1.5*/5.0*
Against All poster

Big nopes

Chinese Doctors

by Wai-Keung Lau
Zhong Guo Yi Sheng
2021 / 129m - China
Drama
1.0*/5.0*
Chinese Doctors poster

Poor Lau. He used to be one of the leading figures in Hong Kong's sprawling blockbuster scene, nowadays, he's putting out unseemly and schmaltzy propaganda that's rivaling even the worst of Hollywood cinema. Chinese Doctors is barely a film, instead you get a ridiculously colored retelling of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past two years, you're probably already familiar with the plot, even when this film isn't very interested in giving a proper, historically correct recount of the events. Early 2020 the corona virus suddenly hits Wuhan, a state of emergency is declared, and the hospitals do their very best to get a grip on the pandemic.

There's hardly a coherent plot, characters merely exist to symbolize the Chinese spirit, the way China handled the beginning of the pandemic is described as some kind of incredible success story and there's not a single ounce of critique or self-reflection. A film like this is really in bad taste, I generally don't care too much about a little extra heroism in films, but this was just utterly insane and completely tone-deaf.

The Wesley's Mysterious File

by Wai-Keung Lau
Wai See Lee Ji Lam Huet Yan
2002 / 88m - Hong Kong
Sci-fi, Romance, Action
1.0*/5.0*
The Wesley's Mysterious File poster

Raped by an Angel

by Wai-Keung Lau
Xiang Gang Qi An: Zhi Qiang Jian
1993 / 97m - Hong Kong
Thriller, Crime
1.0*/5.0*
Raped by an Angel poster