KAM Kwok-leung was born in Hong Kong in 1950. He moved to Macau with his family when he was a teenager, where he attended Yuet Wah College. He returned to Hong Kong after graduation, and in 1971 he was accepted into the first acting course at the Film and Television Actors’ Training Centre, run by Shaw Brothers Studio and the Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB). Upon graduation he acted in many drama series in the 1970s. He also started to work as a scriptwriter, and wrote his first script in 1972 for a stand-alone drama for director Liu Fangkang. He had also written adaptations of popular Taiwan writer Chiung Yao’s novels.
In 1976 he was promoted to director and worked on numerous shows before he was promoted to the post of producer in 1978. As producer, he was responsible for such popular hits as Twins (1978), A Girl With a Suitcase (1978), The Couples (1979), No Biz Like Show Biz (1980), Five Easy Pieces (1980) and Don’t Look Now (1980), his creativity introducing a new vision to television audiences. In 1983 he became an assistant program manager at TVB until he left the post in 1987.
Kam’s film career began in 1974, when he was cast in the lead role in the Shaw Brothers production The Killer Snakes (1974), directed by Kuei Chih-hung, playing a psychotic youth. He also collaborated with Chor Yuen on the script for the film version of Sorrow of the Gentry (1974) .
In 1987, Kam wrote and directed Wonder Women, starring Carol Cheng and Cecilia Yip, and wrote the script for Keep On Dancing (1988) while starring in The Other Half and the Other Half (1988). In 1989, Kam went to Mainland China to produce A Terracotta Warrior (1989), directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Zhang Yimou and Gong Li. In 1996, he directed one of the stories in The 4 Faces of Eve, starring Sandra Ng Kwan-yue, a film marked by its experimental approach. In 1999, he played a villain in the spy thriller Purple Storm.
Kam set up Citizen K Films Limited in 2008 and published the interview collection I Ask U, U Ask I that year, followed by the stage play Crazy for Her in 2009. In the same year, he produced, wrote and directed the stage production of Crazy for Her, starring Connie Chan Po-chu. In 2012, he wrote and directed the film Passion Island.
Kam has achieved great success in television, film, radio, stage and writing, and served in senior posts at various media outlets including Hong Kong Video Publishing Company, Star TV, Phoenix TV, Commercial Radio and Metro Radio. In 2007 he hosted a radio show at RTHK and in 2008, he performed in Zuni Icosahedron’s stage production of the English language The Life and Times of Louis I. Kahn, playing the title role. In 2011, he served as strategic advisor at Asia Television, and hosted the show aTV 100 Celebrities.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||4 Faces of Eve||KOT Man Fai Eric|
||Keep on Dancing||LEONG Po Chih|
||Carry on Dancing||LEONG Po Chih|