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JAMES LEE
李添興

Film and Theater Director, Writer and Actor
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James Lee is an award winning independent filmmaker from Malaysia. started his acting and directing career in the theater scene working for various stage productions and eventually joined the director mentorship program with Joe Hasham (The Actors Studio Malaysia) and the late Krishen Jit (Five Arts Centre).

 

He's also one of the pioneers of indie digital video film-making. On top of directing he has shot, produced and acted in short & feature films. His films has won awards in film festivals in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Philippines and Singapore.


In 2007 the 9th Deauville Asian Film Festival France had a special focus on the movies of James Lee as a talent to watch. This focus was to acknowledge Lee’s status as one of the pioneer digital filmmakers of the region.


In 2014, the website won the DiGi WWWOW award for the content category. And was invited as a speaker in the TEDxKL 2015.


In 2015 he won Director of the Year in the Singapore advertising award GONG for the branded short film "Last Day of School" which also picked up the Cannes Silver Lion Award in 2016.


He also teaches directing for Sunway University Film Degree program and for the Department of Arts and Media diploma program.

AWARDS

1/12

TEA TIME WITH JOHN

RD Pestonji Award – International Best Short Film

Thai Short Film & Video Festival 2001

Silver Award

Cyberjaya Digital Video Competition 2003

 

A MOMENT OF LOVE

Special Mention Award

Oberhausen International Short film 2006

 

THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE

Best Asean Feature and FIPRESCI Award

Bangkok International Film Festival 2005

Orbit Mention Award

Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film 2006

 

BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

Best Asean Feature

Bangkok International Film Festival 2007

 

HISTERIA

Best New Director, Best Editing Award

Malaysia Film Festival 2009

CALL IF YOU NEED ME

Silver Digital Award

Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009

 

IF IT’S NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?

Grand Jury Award

Cinemanila International Film Festival 2012

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Director of the Year
Gold Award Film & TV Directions

GONG Singapore Creative Circle Awards 2015

Cannes Silver Lion Award

Cannes Lion 2016

KL24: ZOMBIES

Best Digital Feature Film

Malaysia Digital Film Awards 2017

 

TWO SISTERS

Best Original Score

Malaysia Film Festival 2019

 

KILL-FIST

Best Fight Choreography-Runner Up

Action on Film International Film Festival 2019

 

FILMOGRAPHY

Feature Films

2021, Rasuk

2018, Two Sisters

2018, Kill-Fist

2016, KL24: Zombies

2012, If It's Not Now, Then When?

2011, The Collector

2010. Claypot Curry Killers

2010 Help! My Girlfriend is a Vampire

2009, Call If You Need Me

2010, Here Got Ghost!

2008, Histeria

2007, Waiting for Love

2007, Bernafas Dalam Lumpur

2007, Things We Do When We Fall in Love Again

2006, Before We Fall in Love Again

2004, The Beautiful Washing Machine

2002, Room to Let

2001, Ah Beng Returns

2001, Snipers

Series

2022, Histeria

Theater

2022, Hurt / Dance

2016, Nyonya Memoir / Musical

2014, Tales from River Wisdom / Dance Drama

2014, 2 Minutes Solo / Dance

2013, Kopi Susu / Musical

2010, On Anxiety / Dance Drama

2007, Betrayal / Drama

2003, Changi / Drama

2001, Dumb Waiter / Drama

Short Films

2021, Light 2020

2020. Freedom

2020, Isolation

2020, I'm Just a Ghost, and That's OK

2019, Family Ties

2019, See You Next Century

2018, The Hit

2018, Last Year in Johor

2018, Reunion Gift

2017, The Art of Crying

2017, Overtime

2017, Love to the End

2017, A Moment of Love

2016, She

2016, My Girlfriend is a Cannibal

2015, Café Lumiere

2015, Last Day School

2015, Tuition

2015, Date Me Next Time Please

2014, Passing Lives

2014, All for Love

2014, The Woman Upstairs

2014, Second Life

2014, The Girl from Tomorrow

2013, Paper Crane Love

2012, The Last Supper

2012, The Family Portrait

2009, Gerhana

2007, Wall

2005, Sometimes Love is Beautiful

2005, Bernafas Dalam Lumpur

2005, A Moment of Love

2004, Goodbye to Love

2003, Good-bye

2003, Teatime with John

2002, Emu Kwan's Tragic Breakfast

2001, Beautiful Man

2000, Sunflowers

1999, Survivor

1999, Think Positive!

1999, Man From Thailand

1999, Ah Yu's Story

JURY & SPEAKER

Jury member for the Singapore International Film Festival 2002

 

Invited speaker for the 1st Sarawak Millenium Film Festival 2002

 

Invited speaker for the 1st The Overseas Chinese Film festival 2002 (Singapore)
 

1st Berlinale Talent Campus 2003 (Talent participant)

Jury member of the 1st Astro TryCam Short Film Festival 2003

 

Participant of ASEF Script Lab workshop in CINEMANILA 2003

 

4th Workshop-Seminar Produire au Sud 2003 Nantes - France

 

Jury member of the 17th KL Film Festival (Short Films Category) 2004

 

Jury member of the BMW Short Film Competition 2006
 

Jury member of the Busan International Short Film Festival 2006

 

Head of Jury, KL48 Hours Film Project 2011

Head of Jury, NETPAC Award, Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2011

Jury member, NETPAC Award Korean Films, BUSAN 2012

Jury member, Youth Creative PSA Short Film Competition 2011

 

Jury member, TROPFEST SEA 2011

Speaker, TEDxKL 2015

 

Guinness Malaysia Creative Council 2015

Judge for the DiGi WWWOW 2015 Content Category

Speaker, Future of Cinema Distribution

Singapore International Film Festival 2015

Judges Viddsee Juree Indonesia 2016

Judges Kaki Lima Short Film Competition 2016

 

Judges Petron Vision Award 2018

 
 

INTERVIEWS

Merentas Awan: Kwang Tung Dance Company releases monthly photo and videography series to raise funds

9 September 2020 [Read...]

The 15 Best Asian Horror / Exploitation Movies of 2019

24 October 2019 [Read...]

Telling a tale of Two Sisters

04 April 2019 [Read...]

FIRST LOOK: Meet The Kung Fu Killers In James Lee’s KILL-FIST

08 July 2018 [Read...]

SECOND LIFE: A Dialogue With Malaysian Filmmaker James Lee

08 July 2018 [Read...]

The creativity behind "KL24: Zombies"

08 January 2017 [Read...]

James Lee attempts to re-define film-making through smartphones!

27 July 2017 [Read...]

李添興有信心 拍出好萊塢水準

16 February 2017 [Read...]

Surviving Monsters

20 January 2017 [Read...]

Paving the Way for Young Filmmakers

19 May 2016 [Read...]

Short Film Isn’t Just a Calling Card, but a Snapshot to Your Talent

25 April 2016 [Read...]

James Lee wins 7 Awards in Singapore

18 November 2015 [Read...]

FIVE EASY PIECES: JAMES LEE AND 3 DOORS OF HORRORS

11 November 2015 [Read...]

7 Things About The Very Prolific Malaysian Filmmaker James Lee

13 Dec 2014 [Read...]

Lights, Camera, And Action: When Life Imitates Art

23 May 2014 [Read...]

Crazy Filmmaker James Lee, And His Serious Thoughts On How
To Survive In The Film Industry

2014 [Read...]

Malaysia Filmmaker's "3 Doors of Horror 2014" Premieres

2014 [Read...]

James Lee Talks "Claypot"

18 October 2013 [Read...]

Hollywood Reporter: Malaysian Filmmaker James Lee Launches
YouTube Omnibus '3 Doors of Horrors'

8 August 2013 [Read...]

The Edge: Filmmaker with a difference

23 October 2012 [Read...]

Busan 2012: Director James Lee on His Latest Project, 'If It’s Not Now Then When?'

06 October 2012 [Read...]

James Lee: Of Ghosts & Gangsters in 33rd HKIFF

07 December 2009 [Read...]

ScreenDaily: Malaysia's James Lee lines up Waiting, Hysteria

24 July 2007 [Read...]

Discussion With James Lee On The DV Film Making In Malaysia

25 May 2007 [Read...]

我和大馬導演4~《李添興 我拍故我在》準

19 May 2007 [Read...]

Indie film-maker James Lee gets Special Focus at Film Festival

09 April 2007 [Read...]

 

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