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List of famous film directors from Hong Kong, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Hong Kong has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Hong Kong directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Hong Kong and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

Everything from Chin Ka-lok to Jeffrey Lau is included on this list.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Hong Kong directors?" and "Which directors are from Hong Kong?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Hong Kong in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Hong Kong directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Alfred Cheung is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 63 Alfred Cheung's hometown is Kaiping City, Guangdong province. He was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and also grew up there. His mother, with one suitcase and two children, left their hometown in ...more

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Andy Lau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 57 Andy Lau Tak-wah MH, JP is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer-songwriter, actor, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the ...more

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Billy Chung is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Billy Chung Siu-hung Chung is a film director.

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Bruce Le is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 68 Bruce Le is a martial artist and actor known for his martial arts film of the 1970s and '80s. Most of these were inexpensively produced and were made to capitalize on the martial arts phenomenon ...more

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Donald Li is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 57 Donald Li is an actor.

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Died at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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Cheang Pou-soi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 43 Cheang Pou-soi is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Heiward Mak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 34 Heiward Mak is a film director, screenwriter and a film editor.

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Cheng Siu-Keung is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Cheng Siu-Keung age 63 Cheng Siu-Keung is a Hong Kong cinematographer, writer, and director. He is known for frequently collaborating with directors Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai as a cinematographer for their independent ...more

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Chin Ka-lok is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 53 Chin Ka-lok, sometimes credited as Chin Kar-lok is an actor, action choreographer. Chin was born in Hong Kong, the younger brother of actor and stunt performer Chin Siu Ho. He is a former member ...more

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Chung Chi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 55 Chung Chi Li is an actor and stunt performer.

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Johnnie To is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 63 Johnnie To, also known as To Kei-Fung, is a Hong Kong film director and producer. Popular in his native Hong Kong, To has also found acclaim overseas. Intensely prolific, To has made films in a ...more

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Lawrence Ah Mon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 69 Lawrence Ah Mon or Lawrence Lau Kwok Cheong is a Hong Kong film director. His films are notable for their lurid exploration of the problems of the poor in modern Hong Kong, such as Gangs, ...more

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Clarence Fok Yiu-leung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Clarence Fok Yiu-leung age 55 Clarence Fok Yiu-leung is a Hong Kong film director and actor from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is perhaps best known for directing the international cult classic Naked Killer. He was once asked ...more

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Marco Mak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 64 Marco Mak Chi-Sin is a Hong Kong film editor, director, production manager, actor, screenwriter, film producer, music composer and assistant director.

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Coky Giedroyc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Coky Giedroyc age 56 Mary Rose Helen "Coky" Giedroyc, Lady Bowyer-Smyth is a BAFTA-nominated English director known for her work on Women Talking Dirty, The Virgin Queen, The Nativity and Penny Dreadful. ...more

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Corey Yuen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 67 Corey Yuen is a Hong Kong action director, film director, producer and action choreographer. He was a member of the Peking Opera Schools and one of the Seven Little Fortunes. As an actor, Yuen ...more

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Pang Fat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 53 Danny Pang Phat is one of the Pang brothers. The twin brothers Oxide and Danny Pang started their career in Hong Kong, where Oxide worked as colourist and Danny as editor. After moving to ...more

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Daniel Lee Yan-Kong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 55 Daniel Lee Yan-Kong is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, assistant director and art director.

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Daniel Wu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 44 Daniel Yin-Cho Wu is a Hong Kong American actor, director and producer. Since his film debut in 1998, he has been featured in over 60 films. Wu has been called "the young Andy Lau," ...more

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Daniel Yee Heng Chan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Daniel Yee Heng Chan age 37 Daniel Yee Heng Chan is a film director, screenwriter and film editor.

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Simon Lui is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 54 Simon Lui Yue Yeung is a highly prolific Hong Kong based actor famous for starring in many low-budget and/or horror films since the early 1990s. He began drawing attention when he was featured ...more

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Dayo Wong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 58 Dayo Wong Chi-wah, born 5 September 1960, is a Hong Kong stand-up comedian, actor, presenter, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter who is the pioneer of stand-up comedy in Hong Kong. Wong gained ...more

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Dennis Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 55 Dennis Law Sau-yiu is a Hong Kong film producer, screenwriter and director. He is the former chairman and executive director of Milkyway Image, and a founder of its subsidiary company Point of ...more

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Stanley Fung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 73 Stanley Fung Shui-fan is a Hong Kong actor and film director. He was one of the Lucky Stars.

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Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 55 Donnie Yen, also known as Yen Ji-dan, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director and producer, action choreographer, and world wushu tournament medalist. Yen is credited by many for ...more

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Elizabeth Sung is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 64 Elizabeth Fong Sung is an Asian American actress and film director. She is married to writer and actor Peter Tulipan. From 1994-96, she appeared on the American soap opera The Young and the ...more

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Eric Tsang is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 65 Tsang Chi-wai MH, also known as Eric Tsang is a Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, and television host best known for hosting the variety show Super Trio series on the Hong Kong ...more

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Francis Ng is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 57 Francis Ng Chun-yu is a Hong Kong actor and director. He is known for the TVB series Triumph in the Skies. He has a helicopter licence to be used in Mainland China.

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Frankie Chan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 63 Frankie Chan Fan-kei is a Chinese martial arts actor, film director, producer, action director, and composer. Chan is best known to Hong Kong action cinema fans as the main antagonist in Sammo ...more

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Fruit Chan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 59 Fruit Chan Gor is an independent Hong Kong Second Wave screenwriter, filmmaker and producer, who is best known for his style of film reflecting the everyday life of Hong Kong people. He is well ...more

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Gordon Chan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 58 Gordon Chan Kar-Seung, born in 1960, is a Hong Kong film director, writer and producer. His most notable works include Beast Cops, Fist of Legend, Painted Skin, 2000 AD and Legend of the Fist: ...more

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Ivy Ho is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Ivy Ho Sai-Hong is a Hong Kong screenwriter and film director. Ho's work has received high critical acclaim in Hong Kong. Perry Lam of Muse magazine wrote, 'As a writer, Ho excels as a ...more

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Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 64 Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer and singer. In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised ...more

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James Wong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 59 James "Jim" Wong is a Hong Kong-born American television producer, writer, and film director notable for his screen works of The X-Files, Space: Above and Beyond, Millennium, ...more

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James Yuen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 54 James Yuen is a screenwriter and film director.

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Jeffrey Lau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 66 Jeffrey Lau Chun-Wai is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, actor and producer. He was born on August 2, 1952. Liu Zhenwei is famous for writing and directing "mo lei tau" ...more

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Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan is a film director and screenwriter.

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Joe Ma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 54 Joe Ma Wai-ho is a Hong Kong film director, scriptwriter and producer.

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Johnny Mak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 69 Johnny Mak is a Hong Kong screenwriter and film producer.

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Karl Maka is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 74 Karl Maka is a popular Hong Kong producer, director, actor and presenter. He was born on 29 February 1944 in Taishan, China. He is known for being the "bald " detective comedian in HK ...more

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Kelly Chen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 46 Kelly Chen is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress. She has been referred to as a "diva of Asia". Chen has great success in the Asia entertainment industry with nearly 20 million ...more

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Kent Cheng is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 67 Kent Cheng Jak-si is a Hong Kong film and television actor. He has won twice the best actor award in the Hong Kong Film Awards.

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Ki Yee Chik is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Ki Yee Chik Ki Yee Chik is a film director.

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Kirk Wong is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 69 Kirk Wong is a Hong Kong film director and actor. Wong is perhaps best known for directing the 1998 action comedy film The Big Hit.

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Lam Chi-chung is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 42 Lam Chi-chung is a Hong Kong actor.

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Law Wing-cheung is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Law Wing-Cheong is a Hong Kong film editor, an assistant director, film director, and actor. He is best known for collaborating as an associate director for films made by Johnnie To and Wai ...more

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Leslie Cheung is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
Died at 47 (1956-2003) Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing was a Hong Kong singer-songwriter, actor, film director, record producer, and screenwriter. Cheung is considered as "one of the founding fathers of Cantopop" by ...more

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Bryan Leung is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 69 Bryan Leung is an actor.

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Mars is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Hong Kong
age 64 Mars, born Cheung Wing Fat is a Hong Kong actor, action director, stuntman and martial artist. He is one of Jackie Chan's best friends.