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      Ringo Lam

      Ringo Lam

      Highest Rated: 100% Prison on Fire (1988)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 8, 1955

      Birthplace: Hong Kong

      Ringo Lam was a Hong Kong filmmaker who was best known for directing numerous popular action/marital arts films, including "City on Fire" (1987), "Full Contact" (1992), and "Full Alert" (1997). Born and raised in Hong Kong, Lam initially wanted to become a director. With his mind set on becoming an actor, in 1973 Lam attended an actors training program put on by TVB, the local television station in Hong Kong. While attending the program Lam met an aspiring actor by the name of Chow Yun-fat. Little did he know that it would be he beginning of a lifelong creative partnership (Lam would later go on to direct Chow in several martial arts films). After struggling as an actor for a number of years, Lam decided to turn his attention to filmmaking. He attended film school at York University in Toronto, Canada, and by the early 80s Lam was back in Hong Kong directing movies. He initially made a name for himself by directing comedies, such as "The Other Side of Gentleman" (1984) and "Cupid One" (1985). Then in 1986 he directed "Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice," (1986), which was a hit at the box office. The success of "Mad Mission 4: You Never Die Twice" gave Lam free reign to direct any project he wanted, s he chose to direct "City on Fire" (1987), an action-crime film set in Hong Kong. Lam cast his old acting school pal Chow Yun-fat in the lead role, and the film went on to be a major success at the box office. Over the course of the next several years Lam made several more action films with Chow, including "Prison on Fire" (1987), "Full Contact" and "Full Alert." In 1996 Lam made his first film for an American studio with "Maximum Risk" (1996) starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. After two decades of prolific activity behind the camera, Lam's directing output mostly slowed at the beginning of the 21st century. He directed a few more films, including 2001's "Replicant" starring Van Damme and the Hong Kong crime-thriller "Wild City" (2015). In 2016 Lam directed that last film in his "On Fire" series with "Sky on Fire" (2016). It would also be Lam's last film released while he was alive. Ringo Lam died on December 29, 2018 at his home in Hong Kong. He was 63.

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      45% 15% Sky on Fire Director $68.0K 2016
      50% 35% Wild City Director,
      - 2015
      53% 43% Triangle Director - 2007
      No Score Yet 53% In Hell Director - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for Mister Perfect Director - 2003
      27% 36% Replicant Director - 2001
      No Score Yet 83% Victim Director,
      - 1999
      0% 16% Simon Sez Executive Producer $292.2K 1999
      No Score Yet 17% The Suspect Director - 1998
      No Score Yet 75% Full Alert Director,
      Executive Producer,
      - 1997
      32% 34% Maximum Risk Director $14.1M 1996
      No Score Yet 41% The Adventurers Director - 1995
      No Score Yet 78% Burning Paradise Director - 1994
      89% 72% Full Contact Director - 1992
      44% 49% Twin Dragons Car Mechanic (Character),
      $8.3M 1991
      No Score Yet 63% Prison on Fire II Director - 1991
      No Score Yet 61% Wild Search Director - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet School on Fire Director,
      - 1988
      100% 87% Prison on Fire Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 1988
      85% 74% City on Fire Director,
      - 1987
      No Score Yet 43% Aces Go Places IV Director - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Side of a Gentleman Director - 1984