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Tsui Hark is one of the most highly acclaimed filmmakers in Hong Kong, with over fifty feature films to his credit. Born in Vietnam in 1950, Hark began making 8mm experimental films at the age of 13. Relocating to Hong Kong when he was 16, Hark began working in commercial television. After directing the popular Gold Dagger Romance series, Hark was approached to direct his first period piece Butterfly Murders.

On track as a director, Hark's fourth film, All the Wrong Clues... For the Right Solution won him the Best Director Award at the Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards in 1981. His next film, Aces Go Places III set the record as Hong Kong's top-grossing film of 1984. 1984 also brought the founding of Hark's production company, The Film Workshop Company. The company's debut release, Shanghai Blues, was named one of the ten best films of 1984 at the Hong Kong Film Festival.

A producer and actor as well as a director, Hark has appeared in such films as Run, Tiger, Run, Working Class, In the Line of Duty -- The Super Cops and The Final Victory for which he received a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Producing credits include 1986's A Better Tomorrow, a gangland thriller which set the Hong Kong box office record.

An incredibly prolific filmmaker, Tsui Hark went on to direct A Better Tomorrow III, Swordsman, A Chinese Ghost Story II and was named Director of the Year by the Screen Group Awards in 1990. He also produced the highly successful The Killer, which acquired North American distribution.

More recently, the producer has made a departure from his famous martial arts and action films by producing such love stories as The Lovers and Love in the time of Twilight as well as the comedy The Chinese Feast. Hark created his first film for an American studio The Colony in 1996 for Columbia Pictures.

updated 01-Jan-2000