Alan Mak (director)

Alan Mak
Born (1965-01-01) 1 January 1965[1]
Hong Kong
Occupation Writer, director, actor, producer

Alan Mak Siu-fai (simplified Chinese: 麦兆辉; traditional Chinese: 麥兆輝; pinyin: Mài Zhàohuī), born on 1 January 1965 in Hong Kong, is a writer, director, actor and producer.[2]


In 1986, Mak studied at the School of Drama in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Upon graduation in 1990, he started his movie career.[3]


Mak made his directorial debut in 1997, with his first film being Nude Fear, which was written and produced by Joe Ma. After that, Mak had directed more films such as Rave Fever, A War Named Desire, Final Romance and Stolen Love, which would be his first collaboration with writer Felix Chong.

In 2002, Mak and Chong wrote their first script together. The movie was Infernal Affairs, which was produced by Mak's directing partner, Andrew Lau, who also served as cinematographer. Lau and Mak also served as directors for the film, and it would be the first of many collaborations involving the directing duo.

Infernal Affairs starred the four top actors of its year—Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Eric Tsang and Anthony Wong—along with the year's two top actresses—Kelly Chen and Sammi Cheng. Infernal Affairs was the number one box-office hit in Hong Kong that year, breaking several box office records alone. Furthermore, the film won many Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Directors (Lau and Mak), Best Screenplay (Mak and co-writer Chong), and Best Supporting Actor (Wong). Infernal Affairs also went on win awards at the 40th Golden Horse Awards and the Golden Bauhinia Awards.

In 2003, Lau and Mak had completed the trilogy with the prequel Infernal Affairs II and the sequel/prequel Infernal Affairs III. That same year, Mak received the 2003 Leader of the Year award in the Sports/Culture/Entertainment category.[3]

In 2004, Lau and Mak worked on another blockbuster, Initial D, which was shot in Japan and released in Hong Kong during the summer. Once again, it was also another successful film for Lau and Mak, winning multiple awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, winning for Best New Performer (Jay Chou), Best Supporting Actor (Anthony Wong Chau Sang| Anthony Wong), and Best Visual Effects.

In 2006, Lau, Mak and scriptwriter Felix Chong re-teamed to make the 2005 film, Moonlight in Tokyo. They re-teamed again for the 2006 film Confession of Pain, once again re-teaming with Infernal Affairs star Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. He also created The Silent War.

Mak's next film is Lady Cop & Papa Crook which he co-wrote and co-directed with Felix Chong. The film, set for a September 2008 release, marks the feature-film return of Sammi Cheng after a three-year hiatus.

Filmography as director

Awards and nominations

Year Film Awards and Nominations Occasion
2010 Overheard (2009) Nominated: Best Director Shared with Felix Chong 29th Hong Kong Film Awards
2010 Overheard (2009) Nominated: Screenplay Shared with Felix Chong 29th Hong Kong Film Awards


  1. "Alan Mak". AlloCiné. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. "Alan Mak". Movies & TV. All Movie Guide and Baseline via The New York Times.
  3. 1 2 Alan Mak at HK Cinemagic

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