Mr. Wong Tin Lam
Born in Shanghai, Wong Tin-lam came to Hong Kong in 1935 and started his film career at age 19. As his uncle Wong Pang-yik was a co-founder of Nanyue Film Company, he entered the film industry as early as 1947. He had worked as a film processor, a recordist, a log keeper before becoming an assistant director. In 1950 he directed his first film “The Flying Sword Hero from Mount Emei, Part One and Two” (1950). From 1952 onwards, he started directing Mandarin movies, and got famous with “Songs of the Peach Blossom River” (1956). In 1958, he met MP & GI’s production executive Stephen Soong in Thailand, and was invited to join MP & GI. His "All in the Family" (1959) won him the Best Director Award at the 7th Asian Film Festival. His other popular MP & GI titles include “The Wild, Wild Rose” (1960), “The Greatest Civil War on Earth” (1961) and “Father Takes a Bride” (1963). During his film career, he had directed over 120 films, including melodrama, action, opera, comedy and tragedy in Cantonese, Mandarin, Chao Zhou and Amoy dialects. In 1973, he joined Television Broadcast as producer from 1973 onwards and churned out many memorable TV drama serials like “Twins” (1974), “The Legend of the Book and Sword” (1976), “The Romantic Swordsman” (1978), “Chor Lau Heung” (1979), “The Shell Game” (1980) and “Love and Passion” (1982). In his later years, he still performs occasionally in movies or TV series. In 2002 he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Hong Kong Film Critics' Association.