Ringo Lam Ling-tung

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1954 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Director (21)

Cupid One (Oi San Yat Ho) 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Esprit d'Amour 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

School on Fire (Xue Xiao Feng Yun) 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Touch and Go (Yi Chu Ji Fa) 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Triangle 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

In Hell 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Replicant 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Twin Dragons 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Muk lo hung kwong 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Full Alert (Ko Dou Gai Bei) 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Maximum Risk 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventurers (Da Mao Xian Jia) 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Burning Paradise 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Full Contact (Xia Dao Gao Fei) 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Prison on Fire II 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Undeclared War (Sheng Zhan Feng Yun) 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Search 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Long Hu Feng Yun 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Prison on Fire (Gaam Yuk Fung Wan) 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Aces Go Places IV: Mad Mission 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Other Side of a Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (9)

School on Fire (Xue Xiao Feng Yun) 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Triangle 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Simon Sez 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Full Alert (Ko Dou Gai Bei) 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Full Contact (Xia Dao Gao Fei) 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undeclared War (Sheng Zhan Feng Yun) 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild Search 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Long Hu Feng Yun 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prison on Fire (Gaam Yuk Fung Wan) 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (7)

Muk lo hung kwong 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Full Alert (Ko Dou Gai Bei) 1996 (Movie)

(Story By)

Full Alert (Ko Dou Gai Bei) 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventurers (Da Mao Xian Jia) 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Long Hu Feng Yun 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

Long Hu Feng Yun 1987 (Movie)

(Story By)

Aces Go Places IV: Mad Mission 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

Twin Dragons 1999 (Movie)

Card Player No 1 at Test Centre (Actor)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Nam Yin

Brother
wrote "Prison on Fire" directed by Ringo Lam

EDUCATION

York University

Toronto , Ontario
studied filmmaking for three-and-a-half years; did not graduate

Milestones

2001

Reunited with Van Damme for "Replicant"

1999

Served as producer of "Simon Sez"

1997

Returned to HK to direct "Full Alert"

1996

US directorial debut, "Maximum Risk", starring Jean-Claude Van Damme

1987

Produced, directed and wrote story for breakthrough feature, "City on Fire"; first collaboration with Chow Yun-fat

1981

Directorial debut, "Espirit D'Amour"

1981

Became a Canadian citizen; returned to Hong Kong

1974

Spent six months working as an actor; decided not to pursue it (date approximate)

1974

Worked as a production assistant

1973

Spent a year in an actor's training course in Hong Kong; same class as Chow Yun-fat

Began career as a TV director; decided he did not like it

Studied filmmaking at Toronto's York University; did not graduate

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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