Herman Yau, Master of Cultural Studies (Lingnan University, HK), studied film at Department of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist College (now known as ¡§School of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist University¡¨) from 1981 to 1984. He spent much of his early days in Rock¡¦n Roll music and making independent films.
Upon leaving school, Herman has devoted most of his time in the film industry and written for a number of magazines and newspapers as columnist and freelance writer. Other than as a freelance writer, Herman has participated in a number of audio visual productions including music video for Chang Kuan, Jie Cheng-jiang, Anthony Wong, Jacky Cheung, Andy Hui, the renowned American jazz player Eric Marienthal and Japanese pop group Mariko, TV commercials and promos for the Hong Kong Film Awards. In the year of 1997 and 1998, Herman has participated in the filming of TV series produced by Radio Television Hong Kong. In 2003, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Independent Committee Against Corruption (ICAC), ICAC has produced a television drama series and Herman was invited to be the director of one of the episodes. In 2007, ICAC invited Herman to be the director of the TV drama again.
Herman is also one of the founders of a cultural newspapers, ¡§Chinese Youth Weekly¡¨, and two movie magazines (Unfortunately these three periodicals have stopped releasing). Herman has also published two books of his own.
In the past years, Herman has involved himself in the production of more than 80 movies and led directorship in ¡§The Untold Story¡¨, ¡§The Untold Story III¡¨, ¡§War of the Under World¡¨, ¡§Walk In¡¨, ¡§Ebola Syndrome¡¨, ¡§Master Q 2001¡¨, ¡§From the Queen to the Chief Executive¡¨ and the thriller series of ¡§Troublesome Night¡¨ (one to six) etc.
It had taken more than 14 months to complete the 2001 blockbuster "Master Q 2001". It is the first ever made production in Greater China to incorporate real characters with 3D animation. It is also one of the greatest in magnitude in the history of Chinese film as far as special effects are concerned. In the same year, Herman was involved in another mega movie "The Legend of Zu" which also staged remarkable special effects.
In 2001 and 2003, Herman was nominated as the Best Director for the directorship of ¡§From the Queen to the Chief Executive¡¨ and ¡§Give Them A Chance¡¨ respectively in the Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia Award. Hong Kong Film Critics¡¦ Society and Hong Kong Film Critics¡¦ Association have awarded ¡§From the Queen to the Chief Executive¡¨ the ¡§Film of Merit¡¨ and ¡§2001 Best Ten Chinese Movie¡¨ respectively. Other Herman¡¦s films like ¡§Troublesome Night III¡¨, ¡§Walk In¡¨, ¡§Shark Busters¡¨, ¡§On the Edge¡¨ and ¡§Whispers and Moans¡¨ were awarded the ¡§Film of Merit¡¨ by the Hong Kong Film Critics¡¦ Society. ¡§Walk In¡¨ was voted as the ¡§The Best Alternative Movie¡¨ and Herman was voted as the Best Alternative Director on the internet Movie Direct Poll in 1997. Besides, Anthony Wong was awarded the Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Hong Kong Film Award from his remarkable appearance in ¡§The Untold Story¡¨. Sammi Cheng and Yeung Ling were nominated as the Best New Actor in the Hong Kong Film Award from their appearance in motion picture directed by Herman. Amanda Lee was nominated as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in ¡§9413¡K¡¨, produced by Herman, in the Taiwan Golden Horse Award and the Hong Kong Film Award.¡@
¡§The Untold Story¡¨ and ¡§Ebola Syndrome¡¨ were appraised as the ¡§cult classic¡¨ or classics of movie of the same genre in Europe and the United States. Other than being invited as the opening movie of ¡§Panorama¡¨ of the Berlin International Film Festival, ¡§From the Queen to the Chief Executive¡¨ was awarded the Golden Torch Award by the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual. In 2007, Herman was the "Director in Focus" in the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival and "Fanta Master" in the 11th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
In 1997, together with a group of people coming from different field who share the same belief in writing and power of words, Herman founded Step Forward which specializes in publication.
In 1999, Hong Kong Polytechnic University invited Herman as the very first deployed artist under the ¡§Artist-in-Residence¡¨. For a consecutive of seven years from 1996 to 2002, the Hong Kong Art Centre invited Herman to be a member of the jury penal for the "Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards"¡@
In 2002, Herman was invited as the validation penal member of the ¡§Master Degree Programme in Multimedia and Entertainment Technology (MScMET), Hong Kong Polytechnic University¡¨. From 2003 up to now, Herman was invited as Art Consultant to Hong Kong Art Development Council.