Lawrence Ah Mon, was born in South Africa in 1949 and studied film production in California, USA. He first started as an assistant director for Tsui Hark and from then he became an art house director in HK. He's always been more motivated in rooting his characters into the social context of an era (in the 60's for Arrest The Restless, in the end of the 80's for Gangs and after the handover in Spacked Out) than in staging huge action sequences.
His first movie to be acclaimed was Gangs, which was dealing with the problem of youth inside the HK triad society. From then, he directed several movies which showed his particular interest in the young generation confronted to social problems in modern HK. His last two films, Spacked Out and Gimme Gimme, both produced by Johnnie To, tell the stories of very young school boys and girls who have to deal daily with important issues such as drugs, sex, love, abortion and growing in HK.