Director Alex Law, of the award-winning film “Echoes of the Rainbow”, died in a Hong Kong hospital on Saturday (2/7), of an unknown cause, at the age of 69.
Law began his career as a screenwriter in the 1980s, working with famed director Mabel Cheung, whom he met while studying at New York University. Together, they made the “Migration Trilogy”, consisting of the films “Illegal Immigrant” (1985), “An Autumn’s Tale” (1987) and “Eight Tales of Gold” (1989), which he wrote and directed, in addition to the film. 1997’s hit director, “The Soong Sisters,” with Maggie Cheung and Michelle Yeoh.
With Cheung’s help, Law became a director in 1988, filming a script shared with her colleague. “Painted Faces” won 11 international awards, including Best First Picture at the Chicago Film Festival.
Despite this, his filmography as a director only had two other titles.
Also written by Cheung, the comedy “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” was released in 1992. And in 2010 Cheung produced “Echoes of the Rainbow”.
The film about the ups and downs of a Hong Kong family and their shoe shop, seen through the eyes of the eccentric eight-year-old son, was the last one directed by Law. “Echoes of the Rainbow” won the Crystal Bear for Best Picture in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin Film Festival and nine other trophies in Asia.