Mr. King Hu
(1931 - 1997)
Actor and director King Hu was born in Beijing and came to Hong Kong in 1949. He worked as advertisement painter and then props and production design. In 1954, with help of Yan Jun, he started to appear in “Humiliation for Sale” (1958). In 1958, he joined Shaw Brothers and besides acting, he began scripting for films like “The Bride Napping” (1962) and worked as assistant director to Li Han-hsiang. His directorial debut was “Sons of Good Earth” (1965). After completion of "Come Drink with Me" (1966), King Hu tried out his career in Taipei wth Union Film Company, making "Dragon Inn" (1967) and started the craze for costumed action movies. Afterwards he made "A Touch of Zen" (1971) which took him three years to complete and won the Superior Technique Award at Cannes Film Festival in 1975. He continued to make "The Fate of Lee Khan" (1973), "The Valiant Ones" (1975), "Legend of the Mountain"(1979) and "Raining in the Mountain" (1979), all pertaining to his unique martial arts aesthetics. In 1979 and 1997, he won the Best Director Award and Lifetime Achievement Award of the Golden Horse Awards respectively. In 1992, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild.