Lai Man-Wai


Lai Man-Wai

Infobox Chinese-language singer and actor
name = Lai Man-Wai


caption = Lai in 1913 in "Zhuangzi Tests His Wife"
tradchinesename = 黎民偉
simpchinesename = 黎民伟
ancestory = Sihui, Guangdong
birthdate = 1893
deathdate = 1953 (aged 60)

Lai Man-Wai (Traditional Chinese: 黎民偉, Mandarin: Li Min-wei, 1893-1953), now known as "Father of Hong Kong Cinema", was the director of the first Hong Kong movie "Zhuangzi Tests His Wife" (莊子試妻) in 1913. Note that in the movie, Lai played the role of the wife himself, partly due to the reluctance of women to participate in show business at that time.

Biography

Born in Japan and raised in Hong Kong, he joined Sun Yat-sen's Kuomintang party in 1911 and helped make anti-warlord movies. He was an active director during the golden years of the Shanghai movie industry from 1921 to 1928. In 1923, he founded the Minxin (China Sun) Film Company in Hong Kong which later relocated to Shanghai. By 1930, he co-founded one of the giant studios of the 1930s, Lianhua Film Company with Law Ming-yau. In 1938, he returned to Hong Kong and retired.

Memory

His story was documented in "Lai Man-wai: Father of Hong Kong Cinema" by Choi Kai-kwong in 2001.

Lai Man-Wai is portrayed in Stanley Kwan's 1992 biopic of actress Ruan Lingyu, "Centre Stage" by Hong Kong actor, Waise Lee.

Miscellaneous

He was the grandfather of Hong Kong actress Gigi Lai and the father of another Hong Kong actress Lai Suen

ee also

*Cinema of Hong Kong

External links

*imdb name|id=0508483|name=Lai Man-Wai


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