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BIOGRAPHY

JAMES LEE

James Lee a trained graphics designer 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.

FILMOGRAPHY

Feature Films

2001, Snipers

2001, Ah Beng Returns

2002, Room to Let

2004, The Beautiful Washing Machine

2004, Visit: Hungry Ghost Anthology

2006, Before We Fall in Love Again

2007, Things We Do When We Fall in Love Again

2007, Bernafas Dalam Lumpur

2007, Waiting for Love

2008, Histeria

2009, Call If You Need Me

2010, Here Got Ghost!

2010 Help! My Girlfriend is a Vampire

2010. Claypot Curry Killers

2011, The Collector

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

2016, KL24: Zombies

2018, Kill Fist

2018, Two Sisters

Theater

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

1999, Ah Yu's Story

1999, Man From Thailand

1999, Think Positive!

1999, Survivor

2000, Sunflowers

2001, Beautiful Man

2002, Emu Kwan's Tragic Breakfast

2003, Teatime with John

2003, Good-bye

2004, Goodbye to Love

2005, A Moment of Love

2005, Bernafas Dalam Lumpur

2005, Sometimes Love is Beautiful

2007, Wall

2009, Gerhana

2012, The Family Portrait

2012, The Last Supper

2013, Paper Crane Love

2014, The Girl from Tomorrow

2014, Second Life

2014, The Woman Upstairs

2014, All for Love

2014, Passing Lives

2015, Date Me Next Time Please

2015, Tuition

2015, Last Day School

2015, Café Lumiere

2016, My Girlfriend is a Cannibal

2016, She

2017, A Moment of Love

2017, Love to the End

2017, Overtime

2017, The Art of Crying

2018, Reunion Gift

2018, Last Year in Johor

2018, The Hit

2019, See You Next Century

2019, Family Ties

2020, Isolation

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

2020. Freedom

 

Thai Short Film & Video Festival 2001

TEA TIME WITH JOHN

RD Pestonji Award
International Best Short Film

Bangkok International Film Festival 2005

THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE

Best Asean Feature, FIPRESCI

Malaysia Film Festival 2009

HISTERIA

Best New Director, Best Editing

GONG Singapore Creative Circle Awards 2015

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Director of the Year,
Gold Award Film & TV Craft Directions

Malaysia Film Festival 2019

TWO SISTERS

Best Original Score

Cyberjaya Digital Video  Competition 2003

TEA TIME WITH JOHN

Silver Award

Bangkok International Film Festival 2007

BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

Best Asean Feature

Hong Kong International Film Fest

2009

CALL IF YOU NEED ME

Silver Digital Award

Cannes Lions

2016

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Silver Lion Award

Hollywood Dreamz International

Film Fest 2019

Oberhausen 
International Short Film 2006
A MOMENT OF LOVE

Special Mention Award

Brussels International film festival 2006

THE BEAUTIFUL WASHING MACHINE

Orbit Mention Award

Cinemanila International Film Festival 2012

IF IT'S NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?

Grand Jury Award

Malaysian Digital Film Awards

2017

KL24: ZOMBIES

Grand Jury Award

KILL-FIST

Best Fight Choreography

 

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