Lai in 1913 in Zhuangzi Tests His Wife
|Chinese name||黎民偉 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||黎民伟 (simplified)|
|Ancestry||Xinhui, Guangdong or Sihui, Guangdong|
|Died||October 26, 1953 (aged 60)
Lai Man-Wai (Chinese: 黎民偉; pinyin: Li Minwei; 1893–1953), considered the "Father of Hong Kong Cinema", was the director of the first Hong Kong film Zhuangzi Tests His Wife in 1913. In the film, Lai played the role of the wife, partly due to the reluctance of women to participate in show business at the time.
Born in Japan, of Xinhui, Guangdong origin 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 with his brother, Lai Pak-Hoi, 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.
His story was documented in Lai Man-wai: Father of Hong Kong Cinema by Choi Kai-kwong in 2001.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lai Man-Wai.|
- His Origins in Xinhui - http://www.southcn.com/news/gdnews/sh/hrjnh/fyrw/200409020627.htm
- Lai Man-Wai at the Internet Movie Database