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I still remember 1997 when I made the movie 'Storm Riders;' that moment, a lot of American producers want to hire me to make movies in the States.

I still remember 1997 when I made the movie 'Storm Riders;' that moment, a lot of American producers want to hire me to make movies in the States.

We need to look to the future. You can't come up with new things unless you constantly forget the past. There's no reason to keep wearing the same pair of pants. ---->>>

When I go on the set, I'm so rushed. When I see the actors at rehearsal, when I love it, I want to keep the mood - my mood and the actors' mood also. So I have to push the crew faster. I don't want to lose the mood. ---->>>

Everybody want famous, like me to be a famous director. ---->>>

When I on set as a director I crazy. My temper is not that good. ---->>>

You need to make certain decisions to expand your market. ---->>>

In primary school when I was 6-7 years old, I always go to theater with my uncle, and I don't know why I like the atmosphere, dark only. The screen has some lighting, that kind of things, you can see the movie star and so that's why I like movies. ---->>>

After 'Chen Zhen,' I wanted to make an emotional, touching story. ---->>>

Audiences in mainland China know how to discuss movies. ---->>>

Beijing is my favorite city in China. ---->>>

I don't care about the critics. ---->>>

I don't want to repeat myself. I don't want to shoot 10 installments of 'Infernal Affairs.' ---->>>

I want to put elements from movies into TV to raise the quality of TV. ---->>>

I was able to make many different kinds of movies. They enriched me on many different levels. ---->>>

In Hong Kong, the directors are the idea men. ---->>>

When I have a chance to make some movies, I am 200 percent to concentrate about my works. ---->>>

You don't want a movie to have a lot of awards and no audience. ---->>>

After making a movie, maybe you weren't able to shoot many of your ideas, because a movie is only 1 1/2 or two hours long, but TV gives you space to film a lot of things. ---->>>

In mainland China, there are many good theaters - sometimes better than Hong Kong. ---->>>

Media Asia has great partners in China, Japan and Hollywood. ---->>>

My visuals are typically very powerful. The rhythm is fast. The cuts are fast. ---->>>

Shooting in Hong Kong, you can do whatever you want, even change the script every day. In Hollywood, you have to have a lot of meetings. ---->>>

So many people ask me, 'Do you like 'Departed?' I say, '50/50.' ---->>>

There are lots of good producers out there. ---->>>

With every movie, I try to do something different, whether it's action, comedy or drama. ---->>>

I go to universities to talk to the students and teach them how to watch movies. Movies have so many elements - acting, music, art direction, costumes. I also tell them not to watch pirated movies. At the cinema, they can enjoy the big screen and the surround sound. ---->>>

I still remember 2002. It's a very hard time for Hong Kong industry, no movies in Hong Kong, and also at this moment I start my new company, so many people said, 'You're crazy.' ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Chinese
Born: 04-04, 1960
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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Occupation: Director
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Andrew Lau Wai-Keung (born 4 April 1960) is a Hong Kong film director, producer, and cinematographer. Lau began his career in the 1980s and 1990s, serving as a cinematographer to filmmakers such as Ringo Lam, Wong Jing and Wong Kar-wai. In the 1990s, Lau decided to have more creative freedom as a cinematographer by becoming a film director and producer (wikipedia)