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Hark Tsui

Highest Rated:   100% The Killer (1989)
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Birthplace:   French Cochinchina [now Vietnam]
A pivotal figure in the evolution of Hong Kong cinema, action virtuoso Tsui Hark was one of the most popular and influential filmmakers ever to emerge from the Pacific Rim motion-picture community. Famed for his work's rapid-fire pacing, gymnastic camerawork, and visceral intensity, Hark also won acclaim for his rapier wit and impressive stylistic range, moving easily from the martial arts to gangster dramas to even romance. In addition to reviving the moribund swordfighting and kung-fu genres in the early '90s, he was also instrumental in bringing the special effects wizardry of Western filmmaking to the East, eventually following the lead of longtime friend and associate John Woo to Hollywood.Born Xu Wen Guang in Vietnam in 1951, Hark made his first 8 mm amateur film at the age of 13. After relocating to Hong Kong in 1966, he later attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1969. The following year he directed a documentary, From Spikes to Spindles. After relocating to New York City in 1975, Hark accepted an editorial position at a Chinatown newspaper, later helping develop a community-theater group while working on several cable television projects aimed at Asian audiences. In 1977, Hark returned to Hong Kong, beginning work as a television producer for TVB. Two years later, he made his directorial debut with The Butterfly Killers, followed in 1980 by the back-to-back efforts Dangerous Encounter -- First Kind and Hell Has No Door. After completing 1981's award-winning All the Wrong Clues, the first in a string of box-office smashes, Hark mounted his most ambitious project yet with the 1983 sword-and-sorcery epic Zu: Warriors of the Magic Mountain, a visual effects extravaganza employing technicians previously involved with the creation of Star Wars and Tron.Remaining a remarkably prolific talent, Hark returned in 1984 with a pair of new features, Aces Go Places 3 and Shanghai Blues. After 1985's Working Class, he turned to his acknowledged masterpiece, 1986's Peking Opera Blues; a frenetic martial arts farce set in 1913, the picture was one of the first Hong Kong productions to receive global interest, heralding a new era in Eastern filmmaking. That same year, Hark produced John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, a landmark effort which switched the focus of the industry from chop-socky adventure to hardboiled crime action. Hark spent the next two years working almost solely as a producer, supervising films ranging from the superb A Chinese Ghost Story to I Love Maria to The Big Heat. Only in 1989 did he return behind the camera to direct A Better Tomorrow 3.While maintaining his busy production schedule, in 1990 Hark co-directed Swordsman with filmmakers including King Hu, Ann Hui, and Ching Siu Tung. The solo effort Once Upon a Time in China, the first in a series of films about the character Wong Fei Huong -- an herbalist healer and martial arts master -- followed a year later, making mainland actor Jet Li a massive star. After following with parts two and three in the Once Upon a Time series, Hark adapted the Chinese fable The Green Snake in 1993. Between 1994 and 1996, he directed a staggering six films -- Once Upon a Time in China 5, The Lovers, A Chinese Feast, Love in a Time of Twilight, Tri-Star, and The Blade, respectively -- before traveling to Hollywood in 1996 to film Double Team with Jean-Claude Van Damme and NBA star Dennis Rodman. Teaming again with Van Damme two years later for the wildly unsuccessful Knock Off, it soon became obvious that the spark that Hark displayed in his imaginative Hong Kong productions simply didn't translate well to American celluloid. Back on his native soil and making something of a comeback in 2001 with his spastically kinetic action thriller Time and Tide, Hark took the conventions of the Hong Kong thriller that he had defined alongside John Woo in A Better Tomorrow and turned them on their head, retaining some of the old magic and resulting in one of his more entertainingly original

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$0.9M 2017
64% Sword Master
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$70.5k 2016
69% The Taking of Tiger Mountain
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$0.3M 2015
0% The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
68% The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
$96k 2012
92% A Simple Life
  • Actor
2012
80% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
  • Producer
  • Director
$0.5M 2011
No Score Yet Neui yan fau pui (All About Women) (Nu ren bu huai)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2008
No Score Yet Sam hoi tsam yan (The Missing)
  • Director
2008
50% Triangle (Tie saam gok)
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet The Warrior
  • Director
2006
25% Chat gim (The Seven Swords)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet The Warrior
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Black Mask 2: City of Masks
  • Producer
  • Director
2001
90% Iron Monkey
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$14.3M 2001
20% Zu Warriors
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2001
64% Time and Tide (Shun liu Ni liu)
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Producer
2001
88% Once Upon a Time in China
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Master Q
  • Producer
2001
8% Knock Off
  • Director
1998
11% Double Team
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China and America
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1997
80% A Chinese Ghost Story
  • Actor
1997
48% Black Mask
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Shanghai Grand ????
  • Executive Producer
1996
No Score Yet Tri-star (Da san yuan)
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Yang Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (Yang & Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema)
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Dao (The Blade)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet The Chinese Feast (Jin yu man tang)
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Hua yue jia qi (Love in the Time of Twilight)
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Wong Fei Hung chi neung: Lung shing chim ang (Once Upon a Time in China V)
  • Director
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet Xin xian he shen zhen (The Magic Crane)
  • Producer
1993
63% Once Upon a Time in China 3 (Wong Fei Hung ji saam: Si wong jaang ba)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet Ching Se
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1993
45% Twin Dragons (Shuang long hui) (Brother vs. Brother)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Card Player
1992
93% Once Upon A Time In China II
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet East Is Red
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet King of Chess
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in China 1, 2 & 3
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet A Chinese Ghost Story III
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Raid
  • Director
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Swordsman
  • Producer
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet I Love Maria
  • Whiskey
  • Producer
1990
No Score Yet A Better Tomorrow III
  • Producer
  • Director
1989
100% The Killer
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Huang Fei Hong jiu er zhi long xing tian xia (The Master)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet Gunmen
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet Diary of a Big Man
  • Producer
1988
80% A Better Tomorrow II
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet Final Victory (Zui hou sheng li)
  • Big Bo
1987
75% Sien nui yau wan (A Chinese Ghost Story)
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1987
No Score Yet Do ma daan (Peking Opera Blues)
  • Director
  • Producer
1986
No Score Yet Yes, Madam!
  • Panadol
1985
No Score Yet Working Class (King Worker) (Da gung wong dai)
  • Director
  • Sunny
1985
No Score Yet Liang zhi lao hu (Run Tiger Run)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Zuijia paidang zhi nuhuang miling (Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street) (Mad Mission 3: Our Man from Bond Street)
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Shanghai Blues
  • Director
1984
86% Warriors From the Magic Mountain (Zu Mountain: New Legend of the Zu Mountain Swordsmen) (Xin shu shan jian ke)
  • Zu Soldier
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Zuijia Paidang (Aces Go Places) (Diamondfinger) (Mad Mission)
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Di yi lei xing wei xian (Don't Play with Fire) (Dangerous Encounters: 1st Kind)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet We're Going to Eat You
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet The Butterfly Murders
  • Director
1979

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