Herman Yau

Herman Yau Lai-To (Chinese: 邱禮濤), born 1961 in Hong Kong is a horror film director, scriptwriter known for movies like Ebola Syndrome and the Untold Story franchise. 

A Chiuchow by origin, Yau studied film at The Department of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist College from 1981 to 1984 where he spent much of his early days hanging out with music lovers and making independent films.

Upon leaving school, Yau devoted most of his time working in the film industry, and writing for a number of magazine and newspapers as a columnist and freelance writer. Yau has also participated in a number of productions including music videos for Chang Kuan, Jie Cheng-jiang, Anthony Wong, Jacky Cheung, Andy Hui and the American jazz player Eric Marienthal. He has also produced TV commercials and promos for the Hong Kong Film Awards.

From 1997 to 1998, Yau participated in the filming of a TV series produced by Radio Television Hong Kong. In 2003, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independent Committee Against Corruption, the ICAC produced a television drama series and invited Yau to direct one of the episodes.

Yau is also one of the founders of the cultural newspaper, Chinese Youth Weekly, and two movie magazines (these three periodicals have stopped releasing). Yau has also published two books of his own. Yau has produced and directed over 70 movies, which include The Untold Story, The Untold Story III, War of the Underworld, Walk In, Ebola Syndrome, Master Q 2001, From the Queen to the Chief Executive and the Troublesome Night series.

Yau’s films have also been shown in the Hong Kong International Film Festival and film festivals in Europe and the United States. The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome were praised as “cult classics” (Yau himself considers Ebola Syndrome as his most achieved work). From the Queen to the Chief Executive was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual.

In 1997, together with a group of people coming from different fields who share the same belief in writing and the power of words, Herman founded Step Forward which specialises in publication.

In 1999, Hong Kong Polytechnic University invited Herman as their first “Artist-in-Residence”. For seven years, from 1996 to 2002, the Hong Kong Art Centre invited Herman to be a member of the jury for the “Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards”.

In 2002 and 2003, Herman was invited as a consultant for the “Master Degree Programme in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology” and Art Consultant for the Hong Kong Art Development Board. [Wikipedia]

Herman Yau Filmography

 

Poster for the movie "The White Storm 2: Drug Lords"

The White Storm 2 Drug Lords

Financial tycoon and former triad member Yu Shun-tin tries to eradicate the drug market while ‘Jizo’ aims to singlehandedly take over Hong Kong’s drug exchange as the number one drug lord. Meanwhile, Lam Ching-fung, a cop from the Narcotics Bureau works towards preventing drug abuse but faces uncertainty.

Poster for the movie "The White Storm 2: Drug Lords"

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

Financial tycoon and former triad member Yu Shun-tin tries to eradicate the drug market while ‘Jizo’ aims to singlehandedly take over Hong Kong’s drug exchange as the number one drug lord. Meanwhile, Lam Ching-fung, a cop from the Narcotics Bureau works towards preventing drug abuse but faces uncertainty.

Poster for the movie "Ip Man: The Final Fight"

Ip Man: The Final Fight

In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is reluctantly called into action once more, when what begin as simple challenges from rival kung fu styles soon draw him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, he has no choice but to fight one last time…

Poster for the movie "A Home With A View"

A Home With A View

In order to preserve the value of his assets, the Lo’s family a patriarch (Francis Ng) spends all his saving’s and his father’s retirements pensions to purchase an old-age flat in the middle of a noisy neighborhood, cohabiting with his neurotic wife (Anita Yuen), unemployed son (Ng Siu-hin), daughter (Jocelyn Choi) who is going through puberty and his elderly, disabled father (Cheung Tat-ming).

Poster for the movie "The White Storm 2: Drug Lords"

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

Sequel of the 2013 film “The White Storm”. In the quadripartite drug market in Hong Kong, drug dealer Jizo (Louis Koo) gradually expands in collaboration with some Mexican drug lords across the border, followed by a chain of dog-eat-dog events which shock and bring the whole trade on high alert. On the other hand, Yu Shun-tin (Andy Lau), a former triad member who is now a philanthropist and financial tycoon, witnessed his father being consumed … Read more

Poster for the movie "The New King of Comedy"

The New King of Comedy

The New King of Comedy (新喜剧之王) is a 2019 Chinese comedy film directed, written, and produced by Stephen Chow. The film tells the story of an young woman who is dreaming and striving to pursue the actors’ dream. It was released in China on 5 February 2019 during the Lunar New Year 2019.

Poster for the movie "True Women for Sale"

True Women for Sale

The story revolves around two women in the grassroots of Hong Kong society, struggling to survive and haunted by demons in their respective pasts. The literal translation of the Chinese film title is “I do not sell my body, I sell my uterus”.

Poster for the movie "The Leakers"

The Leakers

The film centers around a Malaysian pharmaceutical company using a new virus to generate an epidemic. A secret organization, known as “The Leaker”, discloses this information. After the suicide of the pharmaceutical company’s son and a local reporter, the wife of the pharmaceutical company’s owner leaves for Hong Kong. A Malaysian police chief , Hong Kong police officer, and journalist work together to locate her whereabouts.

Poster for the movie ""

The Mobfathers

Every three years, the five leading gangs elect a representative to stand for election to be the mobfather of the underworld. Each of the candidates has his strength and his weaknesses, and there is understandably a decided lack of trust amongst the gangs. With each fighting for his gang’s own vested interests, what will be the outcome?

Poster for the movie "On the Edge"

On the Edge

After working as an undercover in a triad for 8 years, Sheng (Nick Cheung) finally arrests the triad leader (Francis Ng) and resumes his duties as a police officer. However, life does not return to normal as he is faced with suspicions colleagues and even trailed by the investigations team. One day, he meets some triad members whom he has earlier befriended as an undercover. Sheng forced into a corner when asked to collaborate with … Read more

Poster for the movie "Whispers and Moans"

Whispers and Moans

Inspired by interviews with real-life prostitutes, Herman Yau’s sexy but socially conscious film revolves around a social worker seeking to unionize sex workers, and depicts a variety of tawdry experiences from the seedy underbelly of Hong Kong.

Poster for the movie "Shock Wave"

Shock Wave

Shock Wave is a Hong Kong-Chinese action film written and directed by Herman Yau, produced by and starring Andy Lau. Set for release on 20 April 2017 in Hong Kong and 28 April 2017 in China, the film is Yau and Lau’s third collaboration as director and star respectively after 1991’s Don’t Fool Me and 1999’s Fascination Amour.

Poster for the movie "The Untold Story III"

The Untold Story III

Unreleated to the celebrated pork-bun movies, this titled sequel returns to the roots of the original film: a true crime drama with satirical overtones. Inspector Lee (Danny Lee) and his team (including Monica Chan and Cheung Kwok-Keung) look into the mysterious disappearance of a seedy loan shark (Ken Lo), but find no real leads. Amazingly, the culprits fall into their laps. Four young men, led by Wong Wing-Man (Sam Lee) confess to the killing. Apparently, … Read more

Poster for the movie "The Untold Story"

The Untold Story

In 1978 in Hong Kong, a grisly murder takes place. Eight years later, on a Macao beach, kids discover the severed hands of a fresh victim. A squadron of coarse, happy-go-lucky cops investigate, and suspicion falls on Wong Chi Hang, the new owner of Eight Immortals Restaurant, which serves delicious pork bao. The hands belong to the missing mother of the restaurant’s former owner; he and his family have disappeared; staff at the restaurant continue … Read more

Poster for the movie "Ebola Syndrome"

Ebola Syndrome

Kai San is a sleazy and despicable bastard of the most epic proportions. After being caught screwing the wife of his boss, he goes on a killing spree and flees Hong Kong. 10 years later, Kai finds himself working as a restaurant chef in South Africa. Overworked, underpaid, berated, and extorted by the restaurant owners who know of his fugitive status, Kai is a ticking time bomb…

Poster for the movie "The Sleep Curse"

The Sleep Curse

“The King of Gore” Herman Yau returns with a gruesome tale that follows the cursed life of a young translator who collaborated with the enemy during Japan’s wartime occupation. He is tormented by guilt after turning his back on the comfort women who were mercilessly murdered. Forty-five years later, his sin comes back to haunt his son, a professor specializing in sleeping disorders who begins a terrible experiment to exorcise his father’s ghost.

Poster for the movie "From the Queen to the Chief Executive"

From the Queen to the Chief Executive

In 1985, Cheung Yau-ming (David Lee Sheung-man) was one of five miscreants involved in the brutal murder of a white couple. As he was still a juvenile, the court ordered that he be “detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure,” a clause in British law allowing the government to imprison young offenders for an indefinite period. The film picks up in 1997, with Yau-ming (now 28) being paid a visit by a girl named Cheung Yue-ling (Ai … Read more

Poster for the movie "Shark Busters"

Shark Busters

TC Lee, a senior policeman whose mounting debts are making headlines in the local press. Lee’s not the only person in trouble at his police station, where a handful of colleagues are paying off the bank or worse, are becoming locked into repayments to gangland debt collectors. When Lee and his colleagues become caught in the loan sharks’ spiraling interest charges and organized pressure tactics, they become vigilantes and fight back.

Poster for the movie "Nightmare"

Nightmare

Hao Dong suffers from insomnia. One night he sees his neighbour across the street getting murdered. But when he arrives at the scene to investigate, the body has disappeared and the apartment turns out to be vacant. His girlfriend Yifan believes lack of sleep is playing tricks on his mind. Then he is witness to yet another murder, this time in his hometown of Nine Mile Village, and once again he appears to have imagined … Read more

Poster for the movie "Lethal Ninja"

Lethal Ninja

A scientist discovers a chemical that can be used to make a great cure or a great virus, and a criminal sends ninjas to steal it and kill him. When they can’t open the container, they go hunting for ‘Copy’, who (unbeknownst to him) holds the key to the box. The scientists’ own ninjas want to stop them by killing Copy first, and only a small peace-loving village of ex-ninja want to stop the bad … Read more

Poster for the movie "Best of the Best"

Best of the Best

The son of a crooked cop follows in his father’s footsteps. He joins an elite group of cops known as the “Flying Tigers” and there learns the true meaning of justice.