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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Sam IP
葉森 | IP Sam

Film is known as the Eighth Art. I was passionate about films from an early age, and graduated from Chinese Film School, whose headmaster was Wang Yuan-long and the board of trustees comprised Li Zu Yong and Runde Shaw, while teachers included Tu Guang-chi, Doe Chin, Li Rui-xiang and Chen Dieyi, among others. In those days, becoming a film director was extremely difficult, and one had to start with being a continuity person and assistant director and worked one’s way up. Among my classmates, many went on to become directors, including Yeung Kuen, John Lo Mar and Yok Tengheung, and some became actors, such as Kam Sek, Lam Tin and Pat Ting Hung. In the 1970s, I started a production company with a few of my friends, and made three films: The Big Number, The Mad, Mad, Mad Sailors and Little Things Mean a Lot. They did only fairly at the box office and I was forced to call it quits. I hope future filmmakers will raise the level of film culture and create a good environment for cinema.


Ip Sam was born in 1937 and was a film enthusiast at an early age. After finishing his studies at a Chinese school in Manila, the Philippines, Ip went on to study at the Chinese Film School, founded by renowned actor and director Wang Yuan-long. He was also mentored by such famed directors as Griffin Yueh Feng and Ho Meng-hua, and served as assistant director on Auntie Lan (1967) and The Dragon Creek (1967), directed by Yueh Feng; Susanna (1967), Killer Darts (1968), The Jade Raksha (1968), Vengeance Is a Golden Blade (1969), The Master of Kung Fu (1973) and The Golden Lion (1975), directed by Ho Meng-hua. Ip also worked as assistant director on The Last Message (1975) and The Private Eyes (1976), directed by Michael Hui.

Ip found his way to the director’s chair in the late 1970s, debuting with The Big Number (1978, co-directed with Chung Chaan-chi), followed by The Mad, Mad, Mad Sailors (1981, co-directed with Chu Yat-hung) and Little Things Mean a Lot (1981).

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1981 《大力小水手》
The Mad, Mad, Mad Sailors
1981 《大毛見小毛》
Little Things Mean a Lot
1978 《大冧巴》
The Big Number