Mr. Lo Duen
(1911 - 2000)
Director, playwright and actor. Lo Duen studied theatre in Guangzhou and established a theatre group in 1931 together with classmates Ng Wui and Lee Sun-fung. As early as the silent film period, he already took part in the films "Shelling in Mountain Five Fingers" (1933) and “The Glittering Prison of the Jade Palace” (1934). He then went to Shanghai in 1935 to learn film production before landing in Hong Kong in 1936 where he made his debut in films, making films like “Follow Your Dream” (1941). After the war, he rejoined the film industry to direct and script many memorable films. His on-screen performance was also outstanding, often acting out nasty characters like the rotten Tai Pan in “In the Face of Demolition” (1953) or the stubborn old matriarch in “Family” (1953). These figures stand in stark contrast to the films he directed: war time tragedy “Everlasting Regret” (1948) and “Old Memorie of Canton” (1951), realistic social drama “Typhoon Signal No 10” (1959), all had strong concern for the poor and the deprived. Lo was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Critics' Association in 1998.