Painted Faces

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Painted Faces
US film poster
Traditional 七小福
Simplified 七小福
Mandarin Qī xiǎo fú
Cantonese Cat1 siu2 fuk1
Directed by Alex Law
Produced by Leonard Ho
Mona Fong
Written by Alex Law
Mabel Cheung
Starring Sammo Hung
Lam Ching-ying
Cheng Pei-pei
John Shum
Wu Ma
Mary Li
Music by Lowell Lo
Cinematography David Chung
Edited by Kwong Chi-leung
Yu Tun
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date
  • 10 November 1988 (1988-11-10)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$14,730,964

Painted Faces is a 1988 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Alex Law and starring Sammo Hung as his mentor, Master Yu Jim-yuen, of the China Drama Academy. For his portrayal as Master Yu, Hung won his second Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor at the 8th Hong Kong Film Awards. The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 62nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1]

The Chinese title refers to the Seven Little Fortunes, which includes Hung, Jackie Chan and his fellow opera-mates, who later made it big in the Hong Kong film industry. The film focuses on Master Yu and his methods on bringing up his protégés.


  • Sammo Hung as Master Yu
  • Lam Ching-ying as Wah
  • Cheng Pei-pei as Ching
  • John Shum as Stagehand (guest appearance)
  • Wu Ma as Film Director (guest appearance)
  • Mary Li as Cheng Lung's mother (guest appearance)
  • Chung Kam-yuen as Teenage Samo
    • Yeung Yam-yin as Child Samo
  • Cheung Man-lung as Teenage Cheng Lung
    • Siu Ming-fui as Child Cheng Long
  • Wong Chiu-wai
  • Koo Fai as Child Yuen Biao
    • Wong Kim-wai as Teenage Yuen Biao
  • Ricky Ho
  • Chow Chan-nin
  • Wong Kwong-wah
  • Siu Yiu-kei
  • Lee Lung-fei
  • Chan Pui-yin
  • Lau Siu-wai
  • Chu Wai-ming
  • Yu Hiu-tung
  • Yu Hiu-fan
  • Lam Chung-yeung
  • Fung Chan-ban
  • William Cheng
  • Chan Ch-ching
  • Ho Pak-kwong
  • Chu Yam-fai
  • Mak Shu-san
  • Yeung Chi-kong

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
8th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Film Painted Faces Nominated
Best Director Alex Law Nominated
Best Actor Sammo Hung Won
Best Screenplay Alex Law, Mabel Cheung Nominated
Best Cinematography David Chung Won
Best Film Editing Kwong Chi-leung, Yu Tun Nominated
25th Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film Painted Faces Won
Best Director Alex Law Won
Best Actor Sammo Hung Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lam Ching-ying Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Alex Law, Mabel Cheung Won
Best Film Editing Kwong Chi-leung, Yu Tun Won
Best Original Film Score Lowell Lo Won
Best Sound Design Shaw Brothers Recording Studio,
Golden Studios, Tsui Ping-kwong

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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