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Patrick Tam (film director)

Patrick Tam (film director)

Patrick Tam Ka-ming (Chinese: 譚家明; pinyin: Tán Jiāmíng; born 25 March 1948) is a Hong Kong film director and film editor. He is known as the seminal figure of Hong Kong New Wave and the mentor of Wong Kar-wai.


Tam directed the 1987 film Final Victory, scripted by Wong Kar-wai. He edited Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild, contributing the cameo appearance of Tony Leung Chi-wai in the last scene, and Ashes of Time, as well as Johnnie To's Election.

As part of Hong Kong's New Wave of film directors in the late 1970s and 1980s, Tam's work enjoys great acclaim. According to the Hong Kong film critic Perry Lam, writing in Muse magazine, "[Tam's] unpredictable digressions and swift changes of scene can evoke a dreamer's logic, but his sound and images are always sharp and particular."

As of 2006, Tam was an assistant professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.




  • 1980 The Sword (director, writer)
  • 1981 Love Massacre (director)
  • 1982 Nomad (director, writer)
  • 1984 Cherie (director, writer)
  • 1987 Final Victory (director)
  • 1988 Burning Snow (director, editor, art director)
  • 1989 My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (director)
  • 1990 Days of Being Wild (editor)
  • 1994 Ashes of Time (editor)
  • 2002 Dare Ya! (editor)
  • 2005 Election (editor)
  • 2006 After This Our Exile (director, editor, film editing supervisor, writer)
  • 2014 That Demon Within (editor)
  • 2020 Septet: The Story of Hong Kong (director, segment "Tender Is the Night", writer, editor)

See also

  • Cinema of Hong Kong
  • Cinema of mainland China


External links

  • Patrick Tam at IMDb
  • Patrick Tam at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
  • Faculty Listing at the School of Creative Media

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