Mr. Lai Pak Hoi
A pioneer of Hong Kong cinema, Lai Pak-hoi made the first Hong Kong movie “Zhuang Zi Tests His Wife” (1914) and later directed “Rouge” (1925). He was active as producer, director, script-writer and actor already in the silent era. In 1921-1923, he set up New World Cinema and China Sun Motion Picture Co. with his brothers Lai Hoi-shan and Lai Man-wai. After the general strike that hard hit Hong Kong in the mid-20s, he founded the Hong Kong Film Company with the backup of business tycoon Hysan Lee. In 1930, he joined the United Photoplay Service Limited (Shanghai) and headed the Hong Kong branch office. Through the training school under United Photoplay, he had groomed the first batch of film talents, including Ng Cho-fan and Lee Tit. In the 30s, he founded China Sound and Silent Movies Production Company and filmed “The Idiot’s Wedding Night” (1933), an important film that marked the turning point from silent to sound film production.