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Han Hsiang Li

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Over his long career, Li Han-Hsiang helmed over 70 features. He also played a key role in establishing Hong Kong cinema after the war. As a youth, he attended the National Arts Institute in Beijing until he was expelled for political reasons. In 1948, Li moved to Hong Kong and began working in promotions. Later he worked in films in various capacities until making his directorial debut in 1952. Three years later, Li began directing for Shaw Brothers and specialized in elaborate costume dramas such as Empress Wu. Li helped launch many careers during this period, including that of noted director King Hu. In 1963, Li had a dispute with Shaw Brothers and moved to Taiwan where he founded the Grand Motion Picture Company and made some of his most famous films, including Hsi Shih/Beauty of Beauties. By the end of the decade, Li's company had collapsed and he returned to the Shaws in Hong Kong to direct a number of racy costume comedies. Li moved to mainland China in the early '80s and resumed making such costume dramas as The Empress Dowager. Around that time, Li published four volumes of his memoirs. In 1994, he made an unsuccessful attempt at a more modern film, Lover's Lover. Li died of heart failure at age 70.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dong nuan (The Winter)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Wu-hou
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Xi shi (shang ji) (Hsi Shih: Beauty of Beauties)
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet The Golden Lotus: Love and Desire
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Empress Dowager (Qing guo qing cheng)
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Mo dai huang hou (The Last Empress)
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet The Warlord (Da jun fa)
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet Wang zhao jun (Beyond the Great Wall)
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet The Love Eterne (Liang shan bo yu zhu ying tai)
  • Director
1965
No Score Yet Jiang shan mei ren, (Kingdom and the Beauty)
  • Director
1962
No Score Yet Ching nu yu hun, (The Enchanting Shadow )
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Diau Charn
  • Director
1958

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