Born in Hong Kong in 1946, Raymond To Kwok-wai was six when he performed in radio dramas for Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and Radio Rediffusion, earning the nickname “Broadcasting Prodigy”. Meanwhile, he also acted in Cantonese films such as The Fatherless Son (Part 1 & 2) (1956), The Affairs of Miss Ping (Part 1 & 2)(1960-1961). After graduating from The University of Hong Kong with a degree in geography in 1971, he studied at the Faculty of Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, graduating in 1982. He then taught at Ho Lap College and served as instructor for the drama club, leading his students to win top prizes in citywide competitions.
In 1979, after winning an award from the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre for one of his short dramas, he began to moonlight as screenwriter. In 1992, he received a scholarship from the Asian Cultural Council to study drama in New York for a year. Upon his return, To became a playwright for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. In 1995, To, Clifton Ko Chi-sum and Ko Tinlung co-founded The Spring-Time Group, for which To served as playwright and artistic director. Throughout the years, To has penned over 60 plays, including Hu-Du-Men (aka Stage Door), The Mad Phoenix, I Have a Date With Spring and A Sentimental Journey.
To is also a scriptwriter and was a two-term president of the Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild. Having penned over 40 scripts, his most notable work include Tsui Hark’s Shanghai Blues (1984) and Peking Opera Blues (1986); Ann Hui’s Zodiac Killers (1991); Clifton Ko’s One of the Lucky Ones (1994); and Peter Chan’s Perhaps Love (2005). To has repeatedly adapted his own plays into film scripts, most notably winning Best Screenplay at the 14th Hong Kong Film Awards and The Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild’s Screenplay of Merit for I Have a Date With Spring (1994). Later, The Mad Phoenix (1997) was also awarded Best Screenplay at the 17th Hong Kong Film awards while receiving the Best Adapted Screenplay prize at the 37th Golden Horse Awards. Recently, Perhaps Love was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 25th Hong Kong film Awards.
In 2001, To took the helm on his adaptation of the play Forever and Ever. He later directed May and August (2002), Miss Du Shiniang (2003) and the animated feature Master Q: Incredible Pet Detective (2003).
In 1999, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region awarded him with the Bronze Bauhinia Star. In 2005, he was honored by The University of Hong Kong as one of its Honorary University Fellows.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Miss Du Shiniang|
||Master Q : Incredible Pet Detective|
||May and August|
||Forever and Ever|