Derek started his career as an actor back in 1975. Between 1975 and 1986, he has played the leading man role in more than 40 movies. He ventured into directing in 1986 with his first film THE LUNATICS which won 2 awards at the Hong Kong Film Festival. Derek has a track record of directing movies that are not only commercially successful but artistically acclaimed. Since his first movie, he has progressively established himself as one of the more prolific filmmaker in Hong Kong. THAT'S LIFE MY DARLING swept the Hong Kong Film awards in 1993, winning 6 major awards including Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress. It is also one of the top grossers of 1993 in Hong Kong. His subsequent movies FULL THROTTLE with Andy Lau and VIVA EROTICA with Leslie Chung and Shu Qi have also been top grossers. VIVA EROTICA is a final selection at the Berlin Film Festival.
Interestingly, Derek has demonstrated an uncanny ability to make stars out of fresh faces, especially his female leads. He is credited with the meteoric rise to fame of Hong Kong actress Anita Yuen and Shu Qi, who have both won awards for roles in his movies. Derek has won recognition as a director in Asia and Europe and continues to create films with the highest standards.
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