Tsui Hark is a prolific Hong Kong film maker. He's directed 45 films and he's still going at 64. He's got 42 writing credits listed on the IMDb and 62 producing credits too. He went to film school in texas and worked on tv productions in new York in 1975. He returned to Hong Kong in 1977 and his first film came out two years later. I broke up his career into three posts so it wouldn't be suck a long thing. Some of the films in this batch are some of my favorite films. I think a lot of it is his best work. He's said to have revived the martial arts action film in the 1990's. His films certainly proved to be popular in the west and that helped bring Hong Kong cinema to a world audience. He started his own film company, Film Workshop, 30 years ago. A lot of the films here are from that company plus lots more that other people worked on. At the 2005 Hong Kong film Awards they announced a list of 103 of the best Chinese films and he's got 5 on that list. I've only seen 27 of the films including all 5 Hark films. A lot of the films are dramas and they would be hard to see even if i was interested. I'll stick to the genre films, there's more than enough of those to be getting on with.
The Swordsman 1990 producer director - King Hu started directing the movie but left part way through and Tsui finished. The story is about the theft of the Golden Manual. It contains some secret martial arts secrets so the Emperor sends the Jinyi Wei after them. There's plenty of running about and that sort of thing.
A Chinese Ghost Story II 1990 producer - It's a fun sequel (of sorts) to the first ACGS. There's plenty of action and jumping about. There's ghosts, magic and the beautiful Joey Wong.
Once Upon a Time in China 1991 director producer writer - This is one of my favorite Hong Kong films. I first saw it 3/6/93 and thought it was really great. I had a tape copy and moved up to a dvd when I could. It was a huge hit in Hong Kong and made a ton of cash. Jet Li plays the legendary real life hero Wong Fei-hung. The story is complicated and entertaining. There's plenty of action and wonderful sets and costumes. The opening theme song is one of my favorite pieces of music. Here's a nice instrumental version of the song.
The Banquet 1991 director - It's a comedy that was filmed for a Hong Kong flood relief charity. There are a huge number of Hong Kong stars in the film. The modern day story is about a pair of rival developers.
The Raid 1991 co-screenwriter co-director - I saw this in 1995 and haven't seen it since. It's an action comedy with Dean Shek.
The King of Chess 1991 director - I haven't seen this and since it's pretty much a drama I wouldn't have much interest in it. Tsui took over after the original director left.
A Chinese Ghost Story III 1991 producer - Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Joey Wong star in the 2nd sequel. Two monks gets involved with an evil ghost when they stay over night at a temple.
New Dragon Gate Inn 1992 producer writer - It's called Dragon Gate in the US and Tony Leung Ka-fai, Brigitte Lin. Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen star. It's set in the Ming Dynasty so there's plenty of action and court intrigue. It's a remake of the 1967 King Hu classic Dragon Gate Inn. Both of them are well worth seeing. The films really contrast the two eras of Wuxia film. Things have really changed over the years.
Once Upon a Time in China II 1992 director producer writer - Wong Fei-hung travels to Guangzhou to attend a seminar on Western and traditional Chinese medicine. The seminar is interrupted by the White Lotus Society who believe in killing Westerners in China. There's more political intrigue in the story and lots of running about and great acton scenes. Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan and Donnie Yen star. The theme song is repeated from the first film. Here's a Mandarin version of the song sung by Jackie Chan.
Twin Dragons 1992 director writer - Tsui co-directed this Jackie Chan action comedy with Ringo Lam. Jackie plays twins separated at birth who meet 26 years later. The twins don't know about each other. Maggie Cheung and Teddy Robin co-star. I've seen this several times and it's pretty entertaining. Of course, I'm a big Jackie Chan fan.
Once Upon a Time in China III 1993 director producer writer - Wong Fei-hung gets involved with political intrigue during a big Lion Dance contest. Jet Li and Rosamunk Kwan return as Wong and 13th Aunt Siu-kwan.
Green Snake 1993 director producer writer - Joey Wong and Maggie Chun are snake spirits who take human form to experience love, freedom and wisdom that only humans can have. A couple of minks try to send them back to the spirit realm. It's based on a novel that's based on a Chinese folk lore story called Madame White Snake. There's some romance, some humor, some action and plenty of magic.
Once Upon a Time in China IV 1993 producer writer - Vincent Zhao takes over the role of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung in this action film set in 1900. More problems with the foreign element in China. This time it's the Germans and British. There's also trouble with the xenophobic feminist Red Lantern Society.
Once Upon a Time in China V 1994 director producer writer - Vincent Zhao reprises his role as Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung in this action film. Wong travels to Hong Kong only to find the city officials have run off with the treasury. There are pirates attacking and the army has no lunch money.
The Lovers 1994 director producer writer - I haven't seen this romantic film based on the Chinese legend of the Butterfly Lovers.
The Chinese Feast 1995 director producer writer - A highly entertaining film about cooking, Kung Fu style, with Leslie Cheung.
Love in the Time of Twilight 1995 director - A romantic comedy I haven't seen yet.
The Blade 1995 director writer - Vincent Zhao is a young man who loses his arm to thugs. Well told, kind of sad, but highly entertaining.
Tristar 1996 director - Is another I haven't seen. A priest tries to straighten out the life of a prostitute.
Shanghai Grand 1996 producer - I found this to be a rather boring Andy Lau gangster film.
A mostly pretty good lot of films. The best of the bunch are the Wong Fei-hung films with Jet Li but many others are well worth seeing. Some are on YouTube and some look much better than others.