Director and writer Yip Lim-sum, 32, says there's no such thing as undiscovered talent. Yip, whose third feature film Love Is Not All Around was released yesterday, was nominated for Best New Director at this year's Hong Kong Film Awards. The romantic comedy stars Canto-pop singers Stephy Tang Lai-yan and Alex Fong Lik-sun, who also featured in Yip's previous film, Marriage With A Fool, which was a box-office hit. 'People [audiences and investors] are now confident of my ability to direct romantic movies about young people. I'm happy that I can establish myself in this genre,' said Yip. He has had remarkable success over the past few years. A former film critic who entered the movie industry as a scriptwriter, Yip is now a major creative force at Gold Label Entertainment. 'Rather than thinking that your talents are being ignored, you should come up with ways to make people aware of your talents. Often people don't appreciate you simply because you're not good enough,' he said. 'There are many things in life that wouldn't happen if you are in a hurry to make them happen. You should prepare yourself and take action when the opportunity arises.' It was natural talent as well as luck that led Yip to the director's chair. He has been fond of daydreaming and storytelling since childhood. 'I'm not afraid of being alone. I don't need company. Reading and going to the movies are my main sources of entertainment,' he said. Yip started going to the cinema when he was in primary school and began writing film reviews in the 1990s. 'Movies have taught me many, many things,' he said. From Godfather, Yip learned about politics, while Doctor Zhivago taught him a few things about love. From C'est La Vie, Mon Cheri, he realised the value of perseverance. 'Sometimes a single line in a movie can change your perception of life,' he said. Yip directed his first movie My Sweetie - a romantic comedy - in 2004. 'My Sweetie was an experiment to see if I could complete a movie and whether I have the passion and ability to become a director,' he said. Marriage With A Fool, released last year, was a turning point in his career. 'The idea for the movie came from my friends who got married after graduation and had to start paying mortgage,' Yip said. 'I wondered if they were emotionally ready for marriage and all the pressures in life. 'Marriage With A Fool included a lot of what I had seen or heard in real life and during research.' Yip tests his film-making skills again in Love Is Not All Around, which revolves around romance. In the film, Bo (Tang) learns that the husband of her newly-wed best friend is having an affair and decides not to tell. Her ex-boyfriend Nik (Fong) shows up when she's about to begin a serious relationship with a doctor (Cheung King-hin). 'A producer told me that this movie couldn't possibly have been made 20 years ago because the audience wouldn't have accepted or enjoyed it,' said Yip. 'But the relationships and bizarre values [in the film] may be the trend now.' So will his next movie be another love story about contemporary young men and women? Yip said it could be anything as long as he's interested in the topic. But a macho action film would be unlikely. 'I'm not very good at creating male characters. I'm a quiet person, kind of an introvert,' Yip said.