Chu Am was born in Shanghai in 1945, the ninth child of famed Mandarin film director Zhu Shilin. He arrived in Hong Kong in 1948 with his family. As a youngster, he performed in several films. In 1956, he was sent by his father to Beijing to study and later entered the Nankai University in Tianjin, majoring in Chinese. He joined the Feng Huang Motion Picture in 1973 as a scriptwriter, and his first script, The Heroic Defenders (1978), was directed by his elder sister Chu Fung. His later output as a scriptwriter included The Young Illusionist (1979), The Enigmatic Case (1980) and The Brave and the Coward (1986).
In 1979 he co-directed, along with Leung Chi-keung, the war film Code Name Flash, which centred on the Chinese-Vietnam War of 1979. His 1992 feature Bridging with Love (Co-director: Sze Yeung-ping) deals with the story of a Taiwanese young woman who takes part in the Beijing Asian Games. To commemorate Hong Kong’s reunification with China in 1997, Sil-Metropole and China Central Television co-produced a television series entitled The Story of Hong Kong, which depicts the history of the city over the last hundred years, and Chu was the main writer and director on the project. In 1999, he partnered with Chu Fung to act as editors on a commemorative literary collection, Zhu Shilin and Film.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Bridging with Love|
||Code Name Flash||LEUNG Chi Keung|