Po-Chih Leong is a Actor, Director and Writer British born on 31 december 1939 at England (United-kingdom)
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Leong Po-Chih (梁普智; b. 31 December 1939) is a Chinese–British film director.
Leong, one of three children, was born in England in 1939. He attended the London Film School, before embarking on a philosophy degree. After graduation he was taken on by the BBC as a trainee film editor and later worked on a variety of productions, including the long-running series Panorama. He went to Hong Kong to help set up the film unit at the new television station TVB. As an executive producer he also directed a number of entertainment programmes, including The Star Show. He left TVB in 1969 to form Adpower, one of the first commercial production companies in Hong Kong.
Leong's first film, Jumping Ash (1976), an action film set in a drug underworld starring Josephine Siao, was one of the two top-grossing films of the season, and, at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Festival, was described as "the advance guard of the (Hong Kong) New Wave". He went on to direct a range of genres from drama to action movies, comedies, horror and satire, in both English and Chinese. Banana Cop (1984) was the story of a British–Chinese policeman who returns to Hong Kong to seek help with a case, was the genesis for his first British film Ping Pong (1986), made for UK's Channel 4, the first English feature film set in Sohos Chinatown.
After Banana Cop, Leong turned to history for inspiration and made the award-winning movie Hong Kong 1941 (1984), starring Chow Yun Fat, set in Hong Kong during the early days of the Japanese invasion. Hong Kong 1941 was an oblique comment on the 1984 deal between Britain and China about Hong Kong's future. Leong and his film maker daughter, Sze Wing Leong, directed and filmed the effect of this deal up to and beyond the handover in Riding the Tiger (1997-1998), an eight part, observational documentary series for the UK's Channel 4.
Further pursuing his interest in history, Leong made a Hong Kong English-language movie, Shanghai 1920 (HK, 1990), set in Shanghai and starring John Lone, about the rise of the legendary Shanghai gangster Big-Eared Du.
His second British feature film, was the award-winning 1998 movie, The Wisdom of Crocodiles, starring Jude Law, Timothy Spall, and Kerry Fox, with notable references to Akira Kurosawas opus, especially Rashomon, and to Jean-Pierre Melvilles Le Samouraï. In recent years Leong has made action films starring Steven Segal, Wesley Snipes, Judd Nelson, Joe Mantegna, and Oscar-winning Marcia Gay Harden. He has directed films for US network television and AMC. In 2012, he reunited with Hong Kong producer Raymond Wong Bak Ming to direct the 3D movie, Baby Blues.
Leong currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Mary. His son James Leong is a film maker. Leong's younger brother is sculptor Po Shun Leong, and his nephew is photographer Sze Tsung Leong.