This leading Hong Kong action filmmaker has kept a lower profile than some of his contemporaries as far as publicity is concerned. Nevertheless, he has helmed some of the key films of the "heroic bloo...
Spent six months working as an actor; decided not to pursue it (date approximate)
Directorial debut, "Espirit D'Amour"
Began career as a TV director; decided he did not like it
Worked as a production assistant
Spent a year in an actor's training course in Hong Kong; same class as Chow Yun-fat
Returned to HK to direct "Full Alert"
US directorial debut, "Maximum Risk", starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
Produced, directed and wrote story for breakthrough feature, "City on Fire"; first collaboration with Chow Yun-fat
Became a Canadian citizen; returned to Hong Kong
Reunited with Van Damme for "Replicant"
Studied filmmaking at Toronto's York University; did not graduate
This leading Hong Kong action filmmaker has kept a lower profile than some of his contemporaries as far as publicity is concerned. Nevertheless, he has helmed some of the key films of the "heroic bloodshed" cycle of HK action movies. The hard-hitting heist film, "City on Fire" (1987)--best known stateside as the unacknowledged but indisputable inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's 1991 debut "Reservoir Dogs"--gave Lam his first major hit and inaugurated a series of features ("Prison on Fire" 1987; "School on Fire" 1988).
wrote "Prison on Fire" directed by Ringo Lam
"I like editing because you feel like God. If I don't like this guy, I can cut him away; if I don't like this shot I can throw it out, You don't need to communicate with too many people. You only tell the editor what you want." --Ringo Lam to Rolanda Chu in Hong Kong Film Magazine, Number 4