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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

 

Herman Yau

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

The White Storm 2: Drug Lords

Sequel of the 2013 film "The White Storm. The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords is an upcoming Hong Kong action film directed by...
Poster for the movie "The New King of Comedy"

The New King of Comedy

New film from Stephen Chow. The New King of Comedy Movie Trailer
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...
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...
Poster for the movie "On the Edge"

On the Edge

Extending the topic of undercover cops after the point where other movies may have left off, Herman Yau's accomplished On The Edge follows a...
Poster for the movie "Whispers and Moans"

Whispers and Moans

Hong Kong’s sex workers are the central characters in Herman Yau’s Whispers And Moans, a frank docudrama-style portrait of the people employed in the...
Poster for the movie "Shock Wave"

Shock Wave

Shock Wave is a 2017 Hong Kong-Chinese action film written and directed by Herman Yau, produced by and starring Andy Lau. Released on 20 April...
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. 
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...
Poster for the movie "Ebola Syndrome"

Ebola Syndrome

After being caught screwing the wife of his boss, Kai San goes on a killing spree and flees Hong Kong. Ebola Syndrome (伊波拉病毒) is a...
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...
Poster for the movie "From the Queen to the Chief Executive"

From the Queen to the Chief Executive

Based on the ongoing case of a civil rights campaigner's quest to gain justice for juvenile offenders, From the Queen to the Chief Executive...
Poster for the movie "Shark Busters"

Shark Busters

Director Herman Yau presents a continued political edge in his filmmaking with Shark Busters, a cops n’ gangsters flick unlike all the genre’s entries...
Poster for the movie "Nightmare"

Nightmare

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...

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