28 Facts About Ringo Lam


Ringo Lam Ling-Tung was a Hong Kong film director, producer, and screenwriter.


Ringo Lam directed City on Fire in 1987, which led him to winning his first Hong Kong Film Award.


Ringo Lam followed up City on Fire with other similar films that shared a dark view of Hong Kong society.


In 1996, Ringo Lam made his first American film, Maximum Risk starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.


Ringo Lam would continue working on film productions in both Hong Kong and two more American productions with Jean-Claude Van Damme until 2003.


Ringo Lam was born in British Hong Kong in 8 December 1955.


Ringo Lam started his career by enrolling in the TVP Actors Training Program in 1973.


Ringo Lam took over as director for Po-Chih Leong after he had finished about one-third of the film Esprit d'amour as the film's producer Karl Maka needed a cheap replacement and hired him.


Ringo Lam followed this with the romantic comedy film Cupid One released 1985.


Ringo Lam stated in interviews that he directed the film as a favor to Karl Maka, who helped give Ringo Lam his start.


Ringo Lam won the award for Best Director award at the 1987 Hong Kong Film Awards for City on Fire.


In 1988, along with Karl Maka, Ringo Lam had a brief acting role in the film The Eighth Happiness.


Ringo Lam then continued his On Fire series with School on Fire which was released in Hong Kong on 20 August 1988.


Ringo Lam stated in interviews that Touch and Go was an assignment took for hire in order to keep himself in the film business.


Ringo Lam released a second film in 1991 titled Prison on Fire II.


Ringo Lam followed it up with Burning Paradise which differed from his previous films by being a period film featuring the Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-yuk opposed a film set in an urban environ.


In 1995, Ringo Lam directed another period film set in 1975 starring Andy Lau titled The Adventurers.


In 1996, Ringo Lam made his American debut with the film Maximum Risk starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.


Ringo Lam returned to Hong Kong where he shot his next film Full Alert which was budgeted at $13 million.


Ringo Lam followed up Full Alert the next year with The Suspect which was shot in the Philippines.


Ringo Lam directed two more films in 2003: the Hong Kong production Looking for Mr Perfect and the American direct-to-video release In Hell starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.


Ringo Lam next took a break from filmmaking after finding dissatisfaction with the filming environment in Hong Kong after Finding Mr Perfect did poorly in the box office.


In 2007, Ringo Lam co-directed a section of the portmanteau film Triangle with Tsui Hark and Johnnie To.


On 29 December 2018, Ringo Lam was confirmed dead at his Hong Kong residence at age 63, after his wife found him unresponsive in his bed.


Ringo Lam had been working on a film "Eight and a Half" with Milkyway Image with Ann Hui, John Woo, Tsui Hark, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Sammo Hung and Yuen Woo-Ping.


Ringo Lam is one of the six veteran Hong Kong filmmakers who contributed segments to the Johnnie To-produced anthology film Septet: The story of Hong Kong.


When Ringo Lam began to shoot the films he wanted to make after the success of Aces Go Places IV, he began his On Fire series.


Ringo Lam chose the English titles for these films stating that it gave them "a sense of energy, of action".