Biography

Herman Yau Lai-To (Chinese: 邱禮濤), born 1961 in Hong Kong is a film director, actor, cinematographer, scriptwriter and film producer.

A Chiuchow by origin, Yau studied film at The Department of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist College from 1981 to 1984 where he spent much of his early days hanging out with music lovers and making independent films.

Upon leaving school, Yau devoted most of his time working in the film industry, and writing for a number of magazine and newspapers as a columnist and freelance writer. Yau has also participated in a number of productions including music videos for Chang Kuan, Jie Cheng-jiang, Anthony Wong, Jacky Cheung, Andy Hui and the American jazz player Eric Marienthal. He has also produced TV commercials and promos for the Hong Kong Film Awards.

From 1997 to 1998, Yau participated in the filming of a TV series produced by Radio Television Hong Kong. In 2003, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independent Committee Against Corruption, the ICAC produced a television drama series and invited Yau to direct one of the episodes.

Yau is also one of the founders of the cultural newspaper, Chinese Youth Weekly, and two movie magazines (these three periodicals have stopped releasing). Yau has also published two books of his own.

Yau has produced and directed over 70 movies, which include The Untold Story, The Untold Story III, War of the Underworld, Walk In, Ebola Syndrome, Master Q 2001, From the Queen to the Chief Executive and the Troublesome Night series.

Yau’s films have also been shown in the Hong Kong International Film Festival and film festivals in Europe and the United States. The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome were praised as “cult classics” (Yau himself considers Ebola Syndrome as his most achieved work). From the Queen to the Chief Executive was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual.

In 1997, together with a group of people coming from different fields who share the same belief in writing and the power of words, Herman founded Step Forward which specializes in publication.

In 1999, Hong Kong Polytechnic University invited Herman as their first “Artist-in-Residence”. For seven years, from 1996 to 2002, the Hong Kong Art Centre invited Herman to be a member of the jury for the “Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards”. In 2002 and 2003, Herman was invited as a consultant for the “Master Degree Programme in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology” and Art Consultant for the Hong Kong Art Development Board. —Wikipédia

Herman Yau Lai-To (Chinese: 邱禮濤), born 1961 in Hong Kong is a film director, actor, cinematographer, scriptwriter and film producer.

A Chiuchow by origin, Yau studied film at The Department of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist College from 1981 to 1984 where he spent much of his early days hanging out with music lovers and making independent films.

Upon leaving school, Yau devoted most of his time working in the film industry, and writing for a number of magazine and newspapers as a columnist and freelance writer. Yau has also participated in a number of productions including music videos for Chang Kuan, Jie Cheng-jiang, Anthony Wong, Jacky Cheung, Andy Hui and the American jazz player Eric Marienthal. He has also produced TV commercials and promos for the Hong Kong Film Awards.

From 1997 to 1998, Yau participated in the filming of a TV series produced by Radio Television Hong Kong. In 2003, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independent Committee Against Corruption, the ICAC produced a television drama series and invited Yau to direct one of the episodes.

Yau is also one of the founders of the cultural newspaper, Chinese Youth Weekly, and two movie magazines (these three periodicals have stopped releasing). Yau has also published two books of his own.

Yau has produced and directed over 70 movies, which include The Untold Story, The Untold Story III, War of the Underworld, Walk In, Ebola Syndrome, Master Q 2001, From the Queen to the Chief Executive and the Troublesome Night series.

Yau’s films have also been shown in the Hong Kong International Film Festival and film festivals in Europe and the United States. The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome were praised as “cult classics” (Yau himself considers Ebola Syndrome as his most achieved work). From the Queen to the Chief Executive was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual.

In 1997, together with a group of people coming from different fields who share the same belief in writing and the power of words, Herman founded Step Forward which specializes in publication.

In 1999, Hong Kong Polytechnic University invited Herman as their first “Artist-in-Residence”. For seven years, from 1996 to 2002, the Hong Kong Art Centre invited Herman to be a member of the jury for the “Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards”. In 2002 and 2003, Herman was invited as a consultant for the “Master Degree Programme in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology” and Art Consultant for the Hong Kong Art Development Board. —Wikipédia

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 82

Birthday 1961-01-01

Place of Birth Hong Kong, China

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Also Known As

  • Herman Yau Lai-To
  • 邱禮濤
  • Yau Lai-To

Directing TV ShowsMovies

2019 The White Storm 2: Drug LordsDirector
2018 The LeakersDirector
2017 Always Be with YouDirector
2017 77 HeartbreaksDirector
2017 Shock WaveDirector
2017 The Sleep CurseDirector
2016 Nessun DormaDirector
2016 The MobfathersDirector
2015 An Inspector CallsDirector
2014 Kung Fu AngelsDirector
2014 SaraDirector
2014 The Second ComingDirector
2013 Ip Man: The Final FightDirector
2012 NightmareDirector
2012 Love LiftingDirector
2011 Turning Point 2Director
2011 The Woman Knight of Mirror LakeDirector
2010 The Legend Is Born: Ip ManDirector
2010 All's Well Ends Well 2010Director
2009 RebellionDirector
2009 Turning PointDirector
2009 Split Second MurdersDirector
2009 The First 7th NightDirector
2008 True Women for SaleDirector
2008 ChaosDirector
2007 Whispers and MoansDirector
2007 Gong TauDirector
2007 A Mob StoryDirector
2006 Lethal NinjaDirector
2006 On the EdgeDirector
2006 CocktailDirector
2005 The Ghost InsideDirector
2004 dating deathDirector
2004 AstonishingDirector
2004 Papa Loves YouDirector
2004 Herbal TeaDirector
2003 Give Them a ChanceDirector
2002 Shark BustersDirector
2002 Happy FamilyDirector
2001 Killing EndDirector
2001 Nightmares in Precinct 7Director
2001 From the Queen to the Chief ExecutiveDirector
2001 Old Master Q 2001Director
1999 The Masked ProsecutorDirector
1999 The Untold Story IIIDirector
1999 Troublesome Night 6Director
1999 Fascination AmourDirector
1999 Troublesome Night 5Director
1998 Troublesome Night 4Director
1998 Troublesome Night 3Director
1997 Troublesome Night 2Director
1997 Walk InDirector
1997 Troublesome NightDirector
1996 Adventurous Treasure IslandDirector
1996 Ebola SyndromeDirector
1996 All of a SuddenDirector
1996 War of the UnderworldDirector
1995 City CopDirector
1995 Highway ManDirector
1994 Cop ImageDirector
1994 Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just a Violinist!Director
1993 Taxi HunterDirector
1993 The Untold StoryDirector
1993 No More Love No More DeathDirector
1992 Best of the BestDirector
1991 Don't Fool MeDirector
1987 No RegretDirector

Writing

2017 Always Be with YouScreenplay
2017 Shock WaveWriter
2012 NightmareScreenplay
2009 RebellionScreenplay
2009 The First 7th NightWriter
2007 Gong TauWriter
2006 Lethal NinjaWriter
2006 On the EdgeWriter
2004 AstonishingWriter
2004 Papa Loves YouWriter
2004 Herbal TeaScreenplay
2002 Happy FamilyScreenplay
2001 Nightmares in Precinct 7Writer
2001 Old Master Q 2001Screenplay
1993 Taxi HunterWriter
1992 Best of the BestWriter

Camera

2011 Love Actually... Sucks!Director of Photography
2010 King of TriadsDirector of Photography
2009 Permanent ResidenceDirector of Photography
2008 Triad WarsDirector of Photography
2006 Love @ First NoteDirector of Photography
2001 Zu WarriorsDirector of Photography
2000 Time and TideDirector of Photography
1994 Twenty SomethingDirector of Photography
1992 With or Without YouDirector of Photography
1991 My Flying WifeDirector of Photography
1989 Stars & RosesDirector of Photography
1988 The TruthDirector of Photography

Acting

2002 Happy Family
2001 From the Queen to the Chief Executive
1996 Best of the Best as Yuen Nam Sam
1995 New Tenant

Production

2017 From Where We've FallenExecutive Producer
2017 Shock WaveProducer
2004 Papa Loves YouProducer

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