Wai Ka-fai

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Wai Ka-fai
Wai Ka Fai (Wei Jia Hui ) in 2022.jpg
Wai in 2022
Born (1962-09-21) 21 September 1962 (age 60) [1]
Occupations
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • film producer
Years active1985 present
RelativesWillie Wai (brother)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 韋家輝
Simplified Chinese 韦家辉

Wai Ka-fai (born 21 September 1962) [1] is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter and film producer. Best known for his frequent collaborations with Johnnie To, he co-formed Milkyway Image in 1996, which is now one of the most successful independent film studios in Hong Kong. The films that the two have made together as directors and producers include Needing You... , Fat Choi Spirit , Love on a Diet , Fulltime Killer , Turn Left, Turn Right , Running on Karma , and Mad Detective . His solo directorial efforts include Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 , Written By and Detective vs Sleuths .

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Two of his films were released in the US theatrically: Fulltime Killer and Mad Detective.

Filmography

Television film

YearTitleRole
1982 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils Writer
1982Soldier of FortuneWriter
1983 The Old Miao Myth Writer
1983 The Return of the Condor Heroes Writer
1984 The Duke of Mount Deer Writer
1984 Police Cadet '84 Writer
1985 Police Cadet '85 Writer
1985The Young WandererWriter
1986The Feud of Two BrothersWriter
1988The Final VerdictWriter
1989 Looking Back in Anger Producer
1989War of the DragonProducer
1990Heaven's RetributionProducer
1992 The Greed of Man Producer
1993Racing PeakProducer
1997 Intruder Producer
2000 Divine Retribution Producer

Feature film

YearFilmCredit(s)Notes
DirectorScreenwriterProducer
1985Young CopsNoYesNo
1987Easy MoneyNoYesNo
1988It's No HeavenNoYesNo
1990The Story of My SonNoYesNo
1985Gun n' RoseNoYesNo
1995 Peace Hotel YesYesNoFeature directorial debut
Also co-wrote the story with Donald Chow
1997 Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 YesYesNoWon  Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Screenplay
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
The Odd One DiesNoYesYes
Intruder NoNoYes
1998 The Longest Nite NoNoYes
Expect the Unexpected NoNoYes
A Hero Never Dies NoNoYes
1999Where a Good Man GoesNoNoYesAlso as the story writer
2000 Needing You... YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Help!!!YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
2001 Wu yen YesYesYes
Love on a Diet YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Fulltime Killer YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
2002 Fat Choi Spirit YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
2003Love for All SeasonsYesYesYes
Turn Left, Turn Right YesYesYes
Running on Karma YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
Won  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Nominated  Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Director
Nominated  Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Film
Nominated  Chinese Film Media Award for Best Director (Hong Kong/Taiwan region)
Nominated  Chinese Film Media Award for Best Film (Hong Kong/Taiwan region)
2004 Fantasia YesYesYes
2005 Himalaya Singh YesYesYes
2006 The Shopaholics YesYesYes
2007 Mad Detective YesYesYesCo-directed and produced with Johnnie To
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Screenplay
Won  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Director
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Film
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Nominated  Golden Lion
2009 Vengeance NoYesYesNominated  Palme d'Or
Written By YesYesYesWon  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated  Asian Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay
2011 Don't Go Breaking My Heart YesYesYes
2012 Romancing in Thin Air NoYesYesWon  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
Drug War NoYesYesWon  San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Film
Won  Chinese Film Media Award for Best Film (China region)
Nominated  Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film
2013 Blind Detective NoYesYes
2019 Chasing Dream NoYesYes
2022 Detective vs Sleuths YesYesYesWon  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Film of Merit
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Won  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Director
Nominated  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Film

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryFilmResult
2001 20th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Needing You... Nominated
2002 21st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Love on a Diet Nominated
2004 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Running on Karma Nominated
Best ScreenplayWon
2008 27th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Mad Detective Nominated
Best ScreenplayWon
2010 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Screenplay Written By Nominated
2023 41st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Detective vs Sleuths Pending
Best ScreenplayPending

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References

  1. 1 2 香港電影資料館. "香港影人小傳檢索:韋家輝" (PDF). Retrieved 6 August 2022.