Kuk Kok-leung was born in Hong Kong in 1958. He joined TVB's Actor's Training Course in 1978, after which he switched to working behind the camera. He started out as a production assistant and was promoted to director in 1983, and subsequently worked on such classic series as The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983), The Duke of Mount Deer (1984) and The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (1985). He left TVB in 1988 and made several tele-features and TV episodes for Movie Impact, and served as assistant director for Ching Siu-tung on A Terra Cotta Warrior (1990). He made his directorial debut in 1989 with Nobody’s Hero.
Kuk was then referred by fellow director Poon Man-kit to be the director on the Taiwan TV series Sweet Osmanthus of August (1988), which eventually received the Golden Bell Award for Best Series. He then returned to Hong Kong to work for ATV and directed various series including Police Archives (1989) and The Cops Affairs (1991). From 1991 onwards, Kuk focused his career mainly on television work, aside from directing three tele-features and working as line producer on a few Johnnie To films he made with Milkyway such as Election (2006). Kuk travelled extensively between Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, and directed such series as The Book and the Sword (1992), which won him the Best Director Award at the Golden Bell Awards, Spirit of the Dragon (1992), Legend of Yung Ching (1997), The Legend of Arching Hero (2003), The Demi Gods and Semi Devils (2003), Cool Sword (2004), The Legend of Huo Yuanjia (2007), Memoirs Of Madam Jin (2009), All Men are Brothers (2011) and The Patriot Yue Fei (2013). His latest output was the historical drama series The Stand-In (2013), based on the events surrounding Chinese nationalist revolution.
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