Mr. Karl Maka
Original name Mak Ka-sheung, Karl Maka was actor, director, producer and script-writer in one. Born in Toishan in 1944, Maka came to Hong Kong in 1958 and immigrated to New York in 1963. He studied Electrical Engineer in Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and worked as an engineer after graduation. However, he soon found this job too boring and discovered his interest in films, so he took on film studies, first in evening courses and then in New York University. In 1973, he returned to Hong Kong to try out his luck in film production. He started off as assistant director to Hollywood productions and established several film companies with partners. Among these, the Cinema City Enterprises Ltd was the most influential one. Maka is skillful in making comedies, having churned out blockbusters like “Chasing Girls” (1981), “It Takes Two” (1982), and starred in the “Aces Go Places” series and “Skinny Tiger and Fat Dragon” (1990). With this film he shared the Best Actor Award with Sammo Hung in the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards. Karl started to fade out from the entertainment business in 1991, and resumes acting in the film “Winner Takes All” (2000) and TV series “Zen Master” (2001). He co-hosted “Three Bald Men” (2001) with James Wong and Law Kar-ying in 2001.