Helena Law Lan

Law Lan (simplified Chinese: 罗兰; traditional Chinese: 羅蘭; pinyin: Luó lán), born Lo Yin-ying (卢燕英; 盧燕英; Lú Yànyīng) on 13 November 1934, is a respected and seasoned actress in Hong Kong’s film and television industry.

Career

Beginnings in Film

Law Lan’s entry into the film industry dates back to 1939, where she was predominantly cast in antagonistic roles during the black and white film era. The stage name “Law Lan” was adopted on her boss’s recommendation, who felt the name mirrored the persona of Shanghai socialites (交際花), aligning well with the type of roles she portrayed.

Transition to Television

In 1971, Law Lan transitioned to TVB, diversifying her acting portfolio by participating in a variety of drama series. This move allowed her to break away from being typecast exclusively in villainous roles. She also became a part of the popular nightly variety show, “Enjoy Yourself Tonight,” which featured skits, singing, dancing, and games, all filmed before a live audience.

Notable Horror Film Roles

Despite being a devout Roman Catholic, Law Lan is well-known for playing the role of a supernatural medium in over 36 Hong Kong horror movies. Her remarkable performance as 四婆 (literally “fourth granny”) in the movie “Bullets Over Summer” earned her the “Best Actress” award at the 19th Hong Kong Film Award in 2000, marking her as the oldest recipient of this prestigious award.

Personal Life

Tragedy struck Law Lan’s early life when her father passed away at the age of 34 due to complications from opium withdrawals during World War II. Since the death of her Indian mother in 1994, Law Lan has lived alone, an event that also influenced her decision against immigrating to Canada.

Law Lan’s enduring presence in Hong Kong’s entertainment scene, marked by her versatile acting abilities and memorable performances, has solidified her status as a distinguished figure in the industry.

Poster for the movie "Hong Kong 73"

Hong Kong 73

As the Heng Seng Index reaches unprecedented heights, people from all walks of life go stock speculation crazy. A security guard and his landlord learn firsthand that money is ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ as their fast fortune disappears overnight in a Macau casino. Meanwhile, greedy neighbours and infidel couples cheat each other and even blue-collar workmen dive into the frenzy. Inevitably, the market tumbles as do the people’s bittersweet lives. A hilarious but ironic tale … Read more

Poster for the movie "Young and Dangerous 5"

Young and Dangerous 5

Although Chicken does not make an appearance, Chan Ho Nam finds a new love interest in the form of Mei Ling (Shu Qi). Meanwhile, Tung Sing returns to cause trouble again for Hung Hing, in the form of new leader Szeto Ho Nam (Mark Cheng). Young and Dangerous 5 occurs during the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty to China, with the “boys” becoming “men”, as they develop and mature into more business-like dealings.

Poster for the movie "The Haunted Cop Shop II"

The Haunted Cop Shop II

Specially trained government troops are sent to clean out a city that is plagued by vampires, ghosts and cannibalistic zombies.

Poster for the movie "Operation Pink Squad II"

Operation Pink Squad II

A police sting takes place in a haunted apartment building. The sting goes bad when a female ghost crashes the party. Lots of chase scenes involving floating heads and headless bodies.. and, oh yes…. toy helicopters. And then it gets weird…A band of Chinese elves save the day (one of them plays a mandolin).

Poster for the movie "Don't Open Your Eyes"

Don’t Open Your Eyes

Homicide detective Seven and his new love Fiona are haunted by a group of venomous ghosts. He enlists the help of Bing, the police force’s unofficial expert on the supernatural. A full-blown war ensues between the living and the dead.

Poster for the movie "Touch and Go"

Touch and Go

A clumsy, easy-going but tough restaurant chef witnesses a murder of a cop. This leads him to a world of trouble, as the killer seeks to silence him. Luckily, the vengeful partner of the dead cop is there to help him.

Poster for the movie "The Conman 2002"

The Conman 2002

Ka-shing has lived his entire life as a luckless guy, until one day he is offered a job by Spring, a gang brother. Spring is a gambler and turns Ka-shing’s bad luck into a Philosopher’s Stone. Kau, Spring’s enemy, suffers a huge loss at his casino and vows to get rid of both of them. Kau orders his men to twist Ka-shing’s luck by destroying his Feng Shui. But is it all just a gimmick … Read more

Poster for the movie "Flirting in the Air"

Flirting in the Air

Airline pilots Cool, Sam and Guy were proud womanizers who all took tremendous pleasure in making the rounds with every stewardess they came across. But one day during a seemingly routine flight, they encountered a violent magnetic storm that sent them falling through a wormhole. Upon landing, they assumed the storm had blown them off course onto a film set, but in reality, they had traveled back in time to Ming Dynasty, China.

Poster for the movie "He Is My Enemy, Partner and Father-In-Law"

He Is My Enemy, Partner and Father-In-Law

He Is My Enemy, Partner and Father-In-Law is a Hong Kong Action Comedy starring Danny Lee and Nick Cheung. Sgt. Bruce Lee is on the lookout for a serial killer. To entice the killer out, he says that a small-time thief named Stallone is the only witness to the killer’s most recent crime.

Poster for the movie "Step Into the Dark"

Step Into the Dark

A doctor falls in love with a mysterious young woman, unknowing that he has stepped in a paranormal world of a sinister past and the loss of innocent lives. He must find the true intentions about the young woman and bring those that did her and her family harm to justice.

Poster for the movie "The Crazy Companies 2"

The Crazy Companies 2

One the day Horny to get married, his two pals Frank and Kai told him to avoid the trap of marriage. However his finacee forced him to sign the certificate. Kwai, Horny’s other pal had a firm with his brother Fu. Fu could not manage the office and owed the Fok’s family 2M and Fok’s manager Robert persuaded to merge Fu’s company. The three pals joined Fok’s to solve the crisis…

Poster for the movie "All U Need Is Love"

All U Need Is Love

Initiated by the Hong Kong Performing Artists Association and the Hong Kong Film Workers Association, ten film companies in Hong Kong (China Star, Anle Film, Emperor Films, Oriental Films, Media Asia Films, Meiya Films, World Films, Shaw Brothers, Sun Entertainment Culture , Huanyu Film) and the Hong Kong Film Development Council’s “Film Production Financing Project”. It tells about a quiet afternoon when the Gurney Hotel suddenly detected a suspected case. The epidemic prevention center ordered … Read more

Poster for the movie "Master Q 2001"

Master Q 2001

“Master Q” is a popular comic book series character in Hong Kong. Each comic book is usually made up of many different situational stories, with 8 frmaes making up a story in 1 page. In short, it is like the newspaper comics that you see in America but in a book form. The movie is about how Master Q and his 2 friends Mr. Chung and Potato are out looking for jobs but accidentally cause … Read more

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 15"

Troublesome Night 15

Ngau, a cook in the Hong Kong countryside, is trying to save his son from a vengeful evil spirit who was wronged years ago by Ngau’s past life. In the process, Ngau seeks the help of Mrs. Bud Lung, who can communicate with the other side.

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 12"

Troublesome Night 12

Two beauty consultants, Sun and Aki, have been transferred to a new branch in Shenzhang, to be Branch Managers. At a disco one night, a strange man comes to them and requests that they provide beauty service at his home for his wife. They accept the offer and head to Mr. Cheng’s house. When they arrive, however, they find Mrs. Cheng is actually a ghost! Their nightmare begins, as the ghastly couple begin threatening the … Read more

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 13"

Troublesome Night 13

A group of friends take a trip to Thailand, where they stumble upon the ghost of a girl who was murdered by her boss. Needless to say, the ghost wants justice.

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 14"

Troublesome Night 14

Christin has been working at a hotel owned by Budcasso, her friend’s fiancé. When she is discovered stealing money from the hotel, she turns to her friend Zidanes for help. When Zidanes refuses, Christin decides to fake a suicide attempt, hoping Budcasso will take pity on her. Unfortunately, her plan goes wrong, and she actually kills herself. Soon after, Christin returns as a fierce ghost, and begins to kill all in her path at the … Read more

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night"

Troublesome Night

This Chinese ghost film centers on the theme of the haunted streets in Hong Kong, where four loosely connected stories are depicted. A group of young friends go on a camping trip in the countryside, where Ken encounters a mysterious woman near a grave. Afterward, Ken’s life is changed forever as he becomes a victim of ghost meddling. As the friends journey back to Hong Kong without Ken, another sinister story takes place. Mrs. To … Read more

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 10"

Troublesome Night 10

A boss and his employees take an excursion to Cheung Chou, an island off the coast of Hong Kong. There, the boss meets and courts a young woman, and is completely oblivious of her past. Meanwhile, while the employees try to enjoy their weekend adventure without their employer, they encounter abnormal events and the young woman may be a link to them.

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 6"

Troublesome Night 6

Four reporters from a tabloid magazine stalks a model for their gossip column. The model, having breaking up with her rich boyfriend, later commits suicide to escape all the pressure. The reporters relentlessly post the photos of suicide aftermath in their tabloid magazines. Years later, the reporters begin to fester and die violent deaths, and an inspector is assigned to track down the perpetrator. In addition, the inspector claims he has seen the model at … Read more

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 5"

Troublesome Night 5

The fifth chapter of the “Troublesome Night” series, this movie is an anthology of three connected stories. Taxi Driver Cheung runs into bad luck when he encounters strange and mysterious customers during his night shift. That same night, his friend and colleague Fat moves to a new home with his wife and son to hide from loan sharks, and his luck turns when he discovers his new home is haunted by a demon, who promises … Read more

Poster for the movie "Midnight Zone"

Midnight Zone

This film is put together by three city ghost stories that occurred after midnight. The first story describes a loud mouth slacker cop encounters after being ordered to guard a murder scene alone. The second has a couple accidentally hit someone while driving but could not find the victim’s body. The third is about a bad son who is afraid his late mother would return for revenge, so he would rather spend nights playing mah … Read more

Poster for the movie "Money Crazy"

Money Crazy

Ducky is hired by Rich Chen to transport the “diamonds” he stole from Uncle Pai Mary. Uncles Tough Guy and Mary would like to get the diamond from Ducky, so volunteering to relieve Ducky of his responsibility. Somehow Tough Guy subdues the gunman and finds out the diamonds are just paste. Tough Guy and Ducky are now partners and promise Uncle Pai to recover the real diamonds. Many times they try but they get nothing … Read more

Poster for the movie "Haunted Office"

Haunted Office

Employees working at a high rise building begin encountering a series of strange occurrences. Ken, a recent hire who attracts to the lovely, but spiritually harried Shan. Meanwhile, Pat is apparently terrorized by the evil demon who resides in the last stall of the woman’s bathroom. And Richard, a mean boss of another company in the same building, wants to get rid of his long-time employee Mary and begins to suspect that his entire staff … Read more

Poster for the movie "Troublesome Night 7"

Troublesome Night 7

A film crew travels to the Hong Kong countryside to make an ‘MTV’ show. During their stay at the village, the crew hears eerie and horrific voices during the night and witnesses a phantom roaming around the premises. In addition, some feel that their feet were being tickled while in the water performing. The villagers attest that their territory is not haunted, but an old villager, familiar with the village’s past, sheds light into the … Read more

Poster for the movie "Games Gamblers Play"

Games Gamblers Play

Michael Hui stars as Wen, a convict who’s always out to make a quick dollar through gambling. Being behind bars doesn’t stop him from making something off of his gambling skills. Samuel Hui co-stars as Chieh,a novice gambler who gets into trouble one day when he tries to steal casino chips from a crooked card dealer Dean Shek). Whilst in jail, Chieh meets Wen and the latter agrees to become his mentor. Can Wen and … Read more

Poster for the movie "The Bride with White Hair 2"

The Bride with White Hair 2

For ten years, Cho has been in the snow of Mount Shin Fung waiting for a rare flower to blossom that will cure his wife who, back in Chung Yuan, is slowly killing all of the members of the Eight Big Clans. Something Cho did to her early in their marriage has turned her hair white and driven her mad. Cho’s nephew, Kit, marries Lyre; they are deeply in love. On their wedding night, Ni-Chang, … Read more

Poster for the movie "Merry-Go-Round"

Merry-Go-Round

In a summer holiday, a father (Mr. Kuk) with his children (Ku Fung and Little Kuk-Ku) has decided to open a noodle bar on a 2-month lease. He has great expectations for his noodle business. Kuk Fung quickly falls in love with Carlily (Kuk Fung’s friend). Meanwhile, Little Kuk-ku has met a new friend, Wo who is working at the noodle bar. As the vacation is going, the nodle bar has to be closed. Mr … Read more

Poster for the movie "Bullets Over Summer"

Bullets Over Summer

Plainclothes policemen Brian and Mike use an elderly woman’s apartment for surveillance, hoping to catch a fugitive gangster. They develop a warm relationship with their hostess, whom they call “granny.” Meanwhile, each man develops a romantic relationship: Brian with a strange wandering teenage girl, and Mike with a pregnant woman at the dry cleaning shop. When the gangster returns to his flat, Brian and Mike are forced into an explosive confrontation.

Poster for the movie "Young and Dangerous: The Prequel"

Young and Dangerous: The Prequel

Showcasing the earlier years of Chan Ho Nam (Nicholas Tse) and Chicken (Sam Lee), this prequel tells of their time during their willingness to follow Hung Hing’s “Uncle Bee”. The film co-stars Shu Qi and Daniel Wu.

Poster for the movie "The Pilferer's Progress"

The Pilferer’s Progress / Money Crazy

Ducky is hired by Rich Chen to transport the “diamonds” he stole from Uncle Pai Mary. Uncles Tough Guy and Mary would like to get the diamond from Ducky, so volunteering to relieve Ducky of his responsibility. Somehow Tough Guy subdues the gunman and finds out the diamonds are just paste. Tough Guy and Ducky are now partners and promise Uncle Pai to recover the real diamonds. Many times they try but they get nothing … Read more

Poster for the movie "Love Contractually"

Love Contractually

A strict female CEO of an insurance company has already given up on love and believes that only the love towards a child is true and eternal. Thus, she decides to have her own child so she “borrows” sperm from a delivery man whom she hired, but things start to get out of hand when the two starts to fall in love with each other.

Poster for the movie "Cook Up a Storm"

Cook Up a Storm

A Cantonese street cook and his chief rival, a French-trained Michelin-starred chef, discover they have a lot in common as they prepare for a world-famous culinary competition. An international culinary competition becomes a battleground between rival cooks, one famous for his Cantonese street food and the other a Michelin-starred chef trained in France. But their rivalry takes an unexpected turn when they discover a common foe and combine their skills in a fusion of East … Read more

Poster for the movie "Overheard 3"

Overheard 3

Law was a chauffeur for the rural tycoon Luk, and he was jailed for killing a major land owner in a car accident. It was rumored that Luk was behind the land owner’s death, which gave Luk a competitive edge in the native apartment development deal. When Law gets out of prison five years later, the world has changed. Luk’s corporation has grown more powerful, while Luk’s right-hand man Keung has his own agenda to … Read more