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Ringo Lam is a Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Stunt Coordinator Chinois born on 8 december 1955 at Hong Kong (Chine)

Ringo Lam

Ringo Lam
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Birth name Lam Ling-tung
Nationality Chine
Birth 8 december 1955 at Hong Kong (Chine)
Death 29 december 2018 (at 63 years)

Ringo Lam (林嶺東 en chinois, Lín Lǐngdōng en hànyǔ pīnyīn, Lam Ling-tung en cantonais) (8 décembre 1955 - 29 décembre 2018), est un réalisateur, producteur et scénariste hongkongais. Il est célèbre pour sa série de films On Fire et en particulier City on Fire.

Biography

Né à Hong Kong, Ringo Lam fréquente d'abord une école de comédien avant de partir faire des études de cinéma à l'université York de Toronto.

De retour à Hong Kong en 1983, il commence à réaliser plusieurs comédies. Le succès commercial de Mad Mission 4 lui permet de produire son propre scénario, City on Fire, qui sort en 1987. Ce film lui vaut son premier Hong Kong Film Award et est cité à de nombreuses reprises par Quentin Tarantino comme inspiration de son premier film, Reservoir Dogs. Certaines critiques ont fait remarquer qu'il y avait des scènes d'action qui avaient été reproduites à l'identique.

Ringo Lam enchaîne après City on Fire d'autres films similaires (Prison on Fire, School on Fire) qui ont en commun une vision sombre de la société hongkongaise et de ses institutions. L'acteur Chow Yun-fat apparaît dans beaucoup d'entre eux. En 1993, il tourne Full Contact avec Chow Yun-fat, Simon Yam et Anthony Wong, qui reste dans l'histoire du cinéma de Hong Kong comme un sommet du polar excessif et violent.

En 1993, il réalise son premier film en costume avec Le Temple du lotus rouge qui raconte l'histoire du héros mythique chinois Fong Sai-yuk combattant les membres d'une secte.

Il réalise ensuite deux films majeurs avec Lau Ching-wan : un polar, Full Alert, et un thriller, The Victim.

En 1996, il fait ses débuts à Hollywood avec Risque maximum avec Jean-Claude Van Damme. Il poursuit sa carrière à Hong Kong tout en réalisant deux autres films avec Van Damme (Replicant en 2001 et In Hell en 2003).

En 2007, il participe au film Triangle avec les réalisateurs hongkongais Tsui Hark et Johnnie To et réalise la deuxième partie.

Il meurt le 29 décembre 2018.

Best films

Maximum Risk (1996)
(Director)

Usually with

Karl Maka
Karl Maka
(9 films)
Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
(5 films)
Teddy Robin
Teddy Robin
(5 films)
Chow Yun-fat
Chow Yun-fat
(6 films)
Roy Cheung
Roy Cheung
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ringo Lam (28 films)

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Actor

Twin Dragons, 1h40
Directed by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Action, Martial arts
Themes Films about families, Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Nina Li Chi, Teddy Robin, Philip Chan, Philip Chan
Roles Card Player
Rating64% 3.204753.204753.204753.204753.20475
In 1965, a couple (Sylvia Chang and James Wong) are doting on their newborn twin boys. Meanwhile, a dangerous gang leader named Crazy Kung (Kirk Wong) is being transported as a captive in the same hospital. Crazy Kung escapes and attempts to take one of the twins hostage. In the ensuing chaos, the twins are permanently separated. One of them, named Ma Yau, is raised by his parents and grows up to be a concert pianist and conductor. The other, named Wan Ma, is raised by a woman named Tsui (Mabel Cheung), and grows up to be a street racer and martial artist. Neither of them has ever thought that he has a twin brother.
Touch and Go, 1h37
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Gangster films
Actors Sammo Hung, Irene Wan, Billy Chow, Wan Yeung-ming, Teresa Mo, Ringo Lam
Rating61% 3.0938053.0938053.0938053.0938053.093805
Police officer Pitt's (Wan Yeung-ming) partner Lau was killed by the triads. The case also involves the seizure of a number of pornographic photos of politicians from an earlier investigation. The murder was witnessed by chef Fat Goose (Sammo Hung), and Pitt forces him to be the eyewitness and have the killer arrested. The killer, Lam Man-fu (Tommy Wong), however, was bailed out by his lawyer Kam Tse-ping (Lam Chung) and Pitt's superior Keung (Lau Kong) also forbids him from interfering with this case. At this time, Fat Goose's house was also torched and was determined to cooperate with Pitt to tackle the triads.
The Eighth Happiness, 1h31
Directed by Johnnie To
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Jacky Cheung, Raymond Wong Pak-ming, Carol Cheng, Michael Chow (restaurateur), Cherie Chung
Roles Audience member (cameo)
Rating62% 3.146163.146163.146163.146163.14616
Ce film raconte les aventures de trois frères (Chow Yun-fat, Raymond Wong et Jacky Cheung) auprès des femmes.
City on Fire, 1h41
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Gangster films
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee, Carrie Ng, Roy Cheung, Maria Cordero, Elvis Tsui
Roles Chow's Contact
Rating69% 3.4989553.4989553.4989553.4989553.498955
After the death of a fellow cop (Elvis Tsui), Ko Chow (Chow Yun Fat) is sent undercover by his superior Inspector Lau (Sun Yueh) to infiltrate a syndicate responsible for a brutal jewelry robbery, led by their leader, Fu (Danny Lee). However, after gaining the confidence of the men he is supposed to be taking down, Ko Chow forms an unlikely friendship with Fu.

Director

Sky on Fire, 1h39
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Daniel Wu, Zhang Jingchu, Amber Kuo (郭采潔), Cheung Siu-fai, Jim Chim, Joman Chiang
Rating46% 2.3038352.3038352.3038352.3038352.303835
Sky One, un gratte-ciel ultra moderne qui domine la ville de Hong Kong, abrite en son sein un laboratoire spécialisé dans le traitement des cancers. Quand un camion rempli d’échantillons de cellules souches à destination de Sky One est détourné, c’est au chef de la sécurité du building, Tinbo, qu’il appartient de le retrouver. Ce dernier ne tarde pas à découvrir que les voleurs sont personnellement liés au directeur de l’établissement high tech.
Wild City
Wild City (2015)
, 2h
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Louis Koo, Shawn Yue Man Lok, Tong Liya, Simon Yam, Yuen Qiu, Sam Lee
Rating57% 2.853522.853522.853522.853522.85352
Une belle et mystérieuse jeune femme fait la connaissance d’un ancien policier et actuel propriétaire d’un bar, T-Man et de son frère. À cause de l’argent qu’elle a volé, tous les trois seront la cible de la police mais aussi d’un gang sans foi ni loi.
Triangle
Triangle (2007)
, 1h40
Directed by Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam, Johnnie To
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Sun Honglei, Gordon Lam, Lam Suet
Rating62% 3.102383.102383.102383.102383.10238
Small-timer Fei (Louis Koo), his married buddy Sam (Simon Yam), and antique store owner Mok (Sun Hong Lei) are all in desperate need of money. Fei wants his friend to drive a robbery getaway car but Sam backs out, throwing Fei in trouble with the triads. As the three are arguing, a mysterious man leaves them a map, leading them to an unlikely treasure under the Legislative Council building. All their financial woes seem to be solved after a late-night heist, but they are being tracked by shady cop Wen (Lam Ka-Tung), who is carrying on an affair with Sam's emotionally unstable wife, Ling (Kelly Lin), and has connections with Fei. When the twisted relationship tangles come to light, the brotherhood dangerously breaks down and the treasure ends up in the wrong hands.
Looking for Mr. Perfect, 1h41
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Actors Shu Qi, Andy On, Yat Ning Chan, Simon Yam, Hui Shiu-hung, Chapman To
Rating58% 2.901682.901682.901682.901682.90168
Grace, une femme policier pourtant séduisante, ne croit pas en l'amour. En dehors, bien sûr, de son prince charmant, qu'elle a rencontré plusieurs fois en rêve... Après un incident de travail, elle décide de prendre des vacances et part en Malaisie avec une amie. Mais rien ne va se passer comme prévu : des trafiquants pour le moins excentriques sont à l'œuvre sur l'île. Et l'un d'eux pourrait bien être l'homme qui hante les nuits de Grace...
In Hell
In Hell (2003)
, 1h38
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Prison films, Gangster films
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Marnie Alton, Carlos Gómez, Michael Bailey Smith, Robert LaSardo, Juan Fernández de Alarcón
Rating61% 3.0544953.0544953.0544953.0544953.054495
Kyle LeBlanc (Van Damme) is an American working overseas in Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home to find that he is too late. The man who has killed his wife is found not guilty on lack of evidence (but in fact because the defense bought the judge). Kyle, therefore, takes the law into his own hands and kills the man to avenge his wife's death, and for this he is sentenced to life in prison without parole. He soon befriends inmate Billy Cooper, a 21-year-old who is subjected to constant rape and beatings by prison inmates (they are actually helped by the guards who lock him in cells with these prisoners during the night) and also Malakai, a wheelchair-bound prisoner who claims to know the ins and outs of prison life.
Replicant
Replicant (2001)
, 1h41
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about computing, Sports films, Martial arts films, Serial killer films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent, Allan Gray, Paul McGillion, Pam Hyatt
Rating53% 2.6578452.6578452.6578452.6578452.657845
Edward "The Torch" Garrotte (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a serial killer who has a penchant for killing women and setting them on fire. All of his victims are also mothers. Detective Jake Riley (Michael Rooker) is a Seattle police detective who has spent three years chasing Garrotte. Just days before Jake's retirement Garrotte strikes again, but Jake is off the case. During his retirement party, Jake receives a call from Garrotte, who threatens to go after his friends and family. Realizing Garrotte needs to be stopped no matter what, Riley sets out to stop him.
Victim
Victim (1999)
, 1h30
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Ghost films, Heist films
Actors Tony Leung Ka-fai, Sean Lau, Amy Kwok, Wayne Lai, Collin Chou, Hui Shiu-hung
Rating64% 3.2483353.2483353.2483353.2483353.248335
Ma (Lau Ching-wan) is kidnapped in a parking structure. His girlfriend Amy Fu (Amy Kwok) informs the police that though he had been jobless for a while and had a lot of debt, he was not a bad man. Police detective Pit (Tony Leung Ka-fai) later discovers Ma beaten, bloodied, and dangling upside down from the ceiling of an old abandoned hotel. The hotel in question is said to be haunted from murder-suicide of the original owner and his wife. On returning home, Ma begins starts terrifying Amy by behaving like the famous ghost of the hotel. The police begin to suspect that Ma's possession might be a ruse to hide something other crimes that are happening.
The Suspect, 1h49
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Simon Yam, Ray Lui, Ada Choi, Louis Koo, Julian Cheung
Rating62% 3.143233.143233.143233.143233.14323
Twelve years ago, Don (Louis Koo) was imprisoned due to murder and the fact he did not testify against the mastermind Dante (Simon Yam) and his friend Max (Julian Cheung), who was also involved of committing the crime. Twelve years later, Don is released from prison and decides not to repeat the same mistakes and make a fresh start. However, Don receives a sudden call from Dante and Max, whom force him to assassinate the candidate running for the president of the Philippines. Don rejects their request, but later discovers that the target have been assassinated. Don realizes he have been framed by Dante and begins to exile. Later, with the help of King Tso (Ray Lui), a legion soldier who was hired to take down the murderer, and Annie (Ada Choi), a female reporter, Don reveals the evidence of Dante's crime and cleared himself.
Full Alert
Full Alert (1997)
, 1h38
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Sean Lau, Francis Ng, Lee Siu-kei, Monica Chan, Carlo Chin, Jack Kao
Rating66% 3.3437053.3437053.3437053.3437053.343705
Mak Kwan (Francis Ng) is an expert in bombs. After killing off his partner, he is arrested by police officer Pao (Lau Ching-wan). His girlfriend, Chung Lai-hung (Amanda Lee) informs the head of the gang that Mak is being held by the police. Since mafia leader fears that Mak will reveal their plans, and promises to rescue Mak with his underling and Chan Wah (Raymond Cho). Knowing the leader's plan, Pao prepares for the battle. Although the mafia leader cannot get to Kwan, they manage to kill Pao's subordinate Yung. Pao and his subordinate Bill are upset over Yung's death and swear to get revenge. Chan Wah is also killed by the gang leader to frame Pao. Meanwhile, Kwan escapes from prison with the assistance of a fellow prisoner. As he grows to understand Kwan's personality, Pao waits for Mak at the Jockey Club. Kwan reacts by tying up Pao's family. When he sneaks into the Jockey Club and takes the money, the head gang leader then wants to kill him so that he can take the whole portion of the money for himself. This leads to Mak killing the leader. Mak takes the money with Lai-hung but is followed by Pao. As they battle each other, Pao shoots Lai-hung. Kwan cannot handle her death and shoots himself.
Maximum Risk, 1h40
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Jean-Claude Van Damme, Natasha Henstridge, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Zach Grenier, Paul Ben-Victor, Frank Senger
Rating55% 2.7526552.7526552.7526552.7526552.752655
Alain Moreau (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is a cop in Nice, France. Alain is at a funeral that is being held for a fellow cop, when Alain’s partner Sebastien (Jean-Hugues Anglade) shows up, and requests for his presence at a crime scene. When they arrive, Sebastien shows Alain a dead body of someone that looks exactly like him. They discover that his name was Mikhail Suvorov, who was born on exactly the same day Alain was. As it turns out, Mikhail is the twin brother Alain never knew he had.
The Adventurers, 1h50
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Andy Lau, Victor Wong, Rosamund Kwan, Ron Yuan, Paul Chun, George Kee Cheung
Rating59% 2.9994952.9994952.9994952.9994952.999495
In Cambodia 1975, the eight-year-old Wai Lok-yan witnessed the tragedy of his parents being killed by Ray Lui (Paul Chun) while hiding in the closet with his younger sister. Back then, Yan's father Wah (Phillip Ko), Ray and Seung (David Chiang) were war comrades working for the CIA in Cambodia. Later Ray gone rogue and works for the Khmer Rouge and in order to take the information gathered by Wah, he killed Yan's parents, while Yan's younger sister also dies in a fire. After this incident, Seung takes the orphaned Yan to Thailand, where he became a Thai Air Force Pilot.