Directors must love their work. The reason is simple: this line of work is just too tough. It requires one to constantly give of oneself. Without passion, one cannot continue this line of work. Have you seen the film The Hurt Locker? The hero is a bomb disposal expert who risks his life everyday. When he returns home, to a life of peace and security, he can’t stand it and wants to return to the battlefield. That is our nature, we like this excitement. There is no harder job than being a film director. If we weren’t directors we may earn more money in other jobs and have easier lives, but we end up going back to directing. This is our destiny.
Yim Ho was born in 1952 in Hong Kong, the son of famed author Yim Hing-shu, who wrote the novel Jinling Dream under the pen name Tang Jen. Yim Ho himself started writing and publishing novels and short essays in secondary school. He graduated from the London Film School in 1973 and returned to Hong Kong two years later to begin working as writer and director at TVB. In 1977, an episode he directed for the series C.I.D. won the Bronze Award at the New York Festivals International Television Awards.
Yim joined the film industry in 1978. His debut The Extras (1978) was often considered the first Hong Kong New Wave work. His 1984 film Homecoming, which he directed for Bluebird Movie Enterprises, expressed a deep sense of nostalgia for village life in rural China, which represented a great departure from most Hong Kong films. The film won Best Film and Best Director Award at the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards. His 1990 work Red Dust won eight awards at the Golden Horse Awards, while The Sun Has Ears (1995) won the Silver Bear for Best Director and the FIPRESCI Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Aside from films, Yim directed a stage play based on Eugene O'Neill’s Desire Under the Elms at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in 1983. He has also appeared in front of the camera, often playing cameo roles in his own films. He also played a film director in two films, Ah Kam (aka The Stuntwoman,1996) and The Drunkard (2010). In recent years, Yim has devoted himself to the study of medicine and health and has published many bestselling works in the area.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||West Lake Moment|
||Pavilion of Women|
||The Sun Has Ears|
||The Day the Sun Turned Cold|
||King of Chess||TSUI Hark|
||Wedding Bells, Wedding Belles|