Alex Law, Hong Kong director of ‘Echoes Of The Rainbow’, dies at 69 | New

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Alex Law, award-winning Hong Kong director and screenwriter of Rainbow Echoes and An autumn taledied at the age of 69.

South China Morning Post reported that Law passed away on Saturday, July 2, with longtime partner and collaborator Mabel Cheung by his side. No cause of death was given.

Born Alex Law Kai-Yui in 1952, he met Cheung while studying at New York University, beginning a lifelong collaboration. It started with the migration film trilogy which included illegal immigrant in 1985, An autumn tale in 1987 and eight taels of gold in 1989, everything Law wrote and directed by Cheung.

They swapped roles for 1988 painted facesa biopic of Peking Opera legend Master Yu, played by Sammo Hung, which Law directed – winning Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Awards.

He was also the writer and producer of the historical 1997 biopic The Soong sisterswith Mabel Cheun and Michelle Yeoh, which remains Cheung’s best-known film.

Law’s greatest international success as a director was Rainbow Echoes, written by Cheung, which premiered at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation Kplus section. The bittersweet family saga mixes nostalgia for 1969 Hong Kong with reflections on the transience of life, fortune and happiness. It was his last film as a director.

Law’s last film as a screenwriter was A tale of three citiesfor which Cheung again took over directing duties, which starred in Toronto in 2015. The romantic drama set during World War II is based on the real-life story of Jackie Chan’s parents.

Joe Wong Chi-cho, permanent secretary for culture, sports and tourism, who is also vice-president of the Hong Kong Film Development Council, told the SCMP: “Alex has had a strong passion for cinema throughout his his life. It has been dedicated to nurturing talent and striving to promote the development of Hong Kong films over the years. We are deeply saddened by Alex’s passing and we will always remember him fondly.

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