Hong Kong Women Filmmakers

Lam, Oi-wah Aubrey

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Lam, Oi-wah Aubrey – Critical Biography  Top

Aubrey Lam

Aubrey Lam

Aubrey Lam majored in history and political science at university before pursuing film studies abroad in the United States. When she returned to Hong Kong, she took a course offered by an industry union and, through it, made her way into the United Filmmakers Organization (UFO) as a screenwriter. Her work on a number of UFO productions (Heaven Can Wait [1995], Those Were the Days [1996]) impressed director Peter Chan, and she quickly became a trusted collaborator whose working relationship with Chan has continued into the present. The pair first worked together on such films as The Age of Miracles (1996) and Who’s the Woman, Who’s the Man (1996). Later collaborations include such works as Perhaps Love (2005), The Warlords (2007), Wu Xia (2011), and American Dreams in China (2013). Lam also worked on the scripts of such Peter Chan productions as Golden Chicken 2 (2003, d. Samson Chiu) and The Guillotines (2012, d. Andrew Lau).

In 2000, Lam made her debut as a writer-director with Twelve Nights (2000). Lam was inspired by Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage (1973) to make a film that looked at the coming together and falling apart of a couple over the course of twelve consecutive nights. Lam was praised for the sensitivity of her direction and the honesty of her script. She followed Twelve Nights with another effort as writer-director: Hidden Track (2003), an amusing film structured around a young girl’s search for a limited-edition Jay Chou CD that leads her through a series of encounters with various eccentric characters. This time, the inspiration for Lam’s script was Italo Calvino’s 1979 novel, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler. While Lam has stated that her original conception was a much darker film than what was ultimately approved by the movie’s producer, Hidden Track was nevertheless a refreshing work that has attracted somewhat of a cult following.

As writer-director, Lam has also made Anna and Anna (2007), an ambitious effort in which Karena Lam plays two versions of the same character: a woman who chooses in one version to marry her current boyfriend, and to quit the relationship and set off on her own independent career in the other. Years after the decision, the doubles meet and even trade places in Lam’s imaginative vision. Lam’s most recent work as a writer-director is a Hong Kong/China co-production set in mainland China. Starring Bai Baihe and Ronald Cheng, The Truth About Beauty (2014) is a drama-comedy about the consequences and implications of a life-changing decision to undergo cosmetic surgery.

Filmography   Top

Feature Films:

Role
Title (English)
Title (Chinese)
Year
Director The Truth about Beauty (Trailer) 整容日記 2014
Writer American Dreams in China (Trailer) 中國合伙人 2013
Writer The Guillotines (Trailer) 血滴子 2012
Writer Wu Xia (Dragon) (Trailer) 武俠 2011
Director
Writer
Anna & Anna (Trailer) 安娜與安娜 2007
Writer The Warlords (Trailer) 投名狀 2007
Writer Men Suddenly in Black 2 (Trailer) 大丈夫2 2006
Writer Perhaps Love (Trailer) 如果愛 2005
Writer Love Trilogy (Trailer) 30分鐘戀愛 2004
Director
Writer
Hidden Track (Trailer) 尋找周杰倫 2003
Writer Golden Chicken 2 金雞2 2003
Writer Fighting for Love 同居蜜友 2001
Director
Writer
Twelve Nights (Trailer) 十二夜 2000
Writer Purple Storm (Trailer) 紫雨風暴 1999
Writer Yesterday You, Yesterday Me 記得…香蕉成熟時3為妳鍾情 1997
Writer The Wedding Days 完全結婚手冊 1997
Writer Those Were the Days 四個32A和一個香蕉少年 1996
Writer The Age of Miracles 麻麻帆帆 1996
Writer Who’s the Woman, Who’s the Man 金枝玉葉2 1996
Writer Whenever Will Be, Will Be 仙樂飄飄 1995
Writer Heaven Can’t Wait 救世神棍 1995

Shorts:

Role
Title (English)
Title (Chinese)
Year
Director
Writer
A Decade of Love: Old Peak Road (Trailer) 十分鍾情: 舊山頂道 2008

Reviews   Top

The Truth about Beauty (2014) Reviews:

Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/detail.php?c=55&desc=T&p=2981&t=the-truth-about-beauty-25972234812608535760-2014_2981
Screen Daily:
http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/the-latest/the-truth-about-beauty/5071046.article
Variety:
http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-the-truth-about-beauty-1201160814/

American Dream in China (2013)Reviews:

Asian American Press:
http://aapress.com/arts/film/american-dreams-in-china/
Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/american-dreams-in-china-2013-movie-review/
Global Film Studies:
http://globalfilmstudies.com/2014/02/14/american-dreams-in-china-china-hk-2013/
Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/american-dreams-china-film-review-524792
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/american-dreams-china
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/american_dreams_in_china.html
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/detail.php?c=35&desc=A&p=2560&t=american-dreams-in-china-2001322269215122024920154-2013_2560
SCMP:
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1245182/film-review-american-dreams-which-have-their-heart-wrong-place
Tai Pei Times:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2013/08/02/2003568719
Time Out Hong Kong:
http://www.timeoutsingapore.com/film/database/drama/american-dreams-in-china
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/review-american-dreams-in-china.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2013/film/reviews/film-review-american-dreams-in-china-1200483632/

The Guillotines (2012) Reviews: 

American Thinker:
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/06/the_guillotine_–_a_film_review.html
Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/the-guillotines-2012-movie-review/
Film Business Asia:
http://www.filmbiz.asia/reviews/the-guillotines
Film Journal International:
http://www.filmjournal.com/filmjournal/content_display/reviews/specialty-releases/e3if724e67488a6c872fd417f44fb20f98a
The Hollywood News:
http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2014/06/13/the-guillotines-dvd-review/
Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/guillotines-film-review-405899
Kung Fu Cinema:
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/review-the-guillotines-2012
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/guillotines.html
Moviexlusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/detail.php?c=62&desc=G&p=1888&t=the-guillotines-348802840423376-2012-_1888
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2012/12/review-the-guillotines-fails-to-make-the-cut.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2012/film/reviews/the-guillotines-1117948930/

Wu Xia (Dragon) (1998) Reviews:

Asian Movie Web:
http://www.asianmovieweb.com/en/reviews/wu_xia.htm
Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/wu-xia-aka-dragon-2011-movie-review/
China Post:
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/movie/action/adventure/2011/07/22/310727/Wu-Xia.htm
Far East Film:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/Wu-Xia-2465.htm
Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/wu-xia-dragon-cannes-review-188449
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/wu-xia
Kung Fu Cinema:
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/review-wu-xia-2011
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/wu_xia.html
Screen Daily:
http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/latest-reviews/wu-xia/5027552.article
Tai Pai Times:
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2011/07/22/2003508831
Twitch [1]:
http://twitchfilm.com/2011/10/wu-xia-peter-chan-review.html
Twitch [2]:
http://twitchfilm.com/2011/05/cannes-2011-wu-xia-review.html
Variety:
http://variety.com/2011/film/reviews/wu-xia-1117945222/

Anna & Anna (2007) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/anna-and-anna-2007-movie-review/
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/anna_and_anna.htm
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/annaandanna/annaandanna.htm

The Warlord (2007) Reviews:

Asian Movie Web:
http://www.asianmovieweb.com/en/reviews/the_warlords.htm
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/warlords.html
Kung Fu Cinema:
http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/warlords-2007
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/thewarlords/thewarlords.htm
Twitch:
http://twitchfilm.com/2007/12/the-warlords-review.html

Men Suddenly in Black 2 (2006) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/men_suddenly_in_black_2.htm
HK Film:
http://www.hkfilm.net/movrevs/2/menblack2.htm

Perhaps Love (2005) Reviews:

Asian Movie Web:
http://www.asianmovieweb.com/en/reviews/perhaps_love.htm
Eye for Film:
http://www.eyeforfilm.co.uk/review/perhaps-love-film-review-by-chris
Far East Film:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/Perhaps-Love-1409.htm
HK Magazine:
http://hk-magazine.com/movie-review/perhaps-love
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/perhaps_love.htm
Moviexclusive:
http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/perhapslove/perhapslove.htm

Love Trilogy (2004) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews_2/love_trilogy.htm
Far East Film:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/Love-Trilogy-1088.htm

Hidden Track (2003) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/hidden_track.htm

Golden Chicken 2 (2003) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/golden_chicken_2.htm
So Good Reviews:
http://www.sogoodreviews.com/reviews/goldenchicken2.htm

Fighting for Love (2001) Reviews:

Far East Film:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/Fighting-For-Love-569.htm
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/fighting_for_love.htm

Twelve Nights (2000) Reviews:

City on Fire:
http://www.cityonfire.com/12-nights-2000-aka-twelve-nights/
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/twelve_nights.htm
So Good Reviews:
http://www.sogoodreviews.com/reviews/twelvenights.htm

Purple Storm (1999) Reviews:

Beyond Hollywood:
http://www.beyondhollywood.com/purple-storm-1999-movie-review/
City on Fire:
http://www.cityonfire.com/purple-storm-1999/
Far East Films:
http://www.fareastfilms.com/reviewsPage/Purple-Storm-1459.htm
Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/purple_storm.htm
Variety:
http://variety.com/2000/film/reviews/purple-storm-1117775583/

Yesterday You, Yesterday Me (1997) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/yesterday_you_yesterday_me.htm
So Good Reviews:
http://www.sogoodreviews.com/reviews/yesterdayyouyesterdayme.htm

The Wedding Days (1997) Reviews:

Love HK Film:
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/reviews/wedding_days.htm

Others:

Cinemasie – Interview of Aubrey Lam:
http://www.cinemasie.com/en/fiche/dossier/54/

biblioBibliography   Top

  1. Lam, Oi-wah Aubrey. “A Male ‘Look’ Versus a Female ‘Look’: A Comparison of Kurosawa’s and Ozu’s Films.” University of Hong Kong, 2002. Print.
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