Teddy Yip Wing-cho was born in 1945 in Mainland China and moved to Hong Kong upon completing secondary school. He started out in film as an assistant grip, then joined Shaw Brothers in 1969 as camera assistant. He soon became assistant director, working under Lo Wei and taking part in such productions as The Golden Sword (1969), Raw Courage (1969), Brothers Five (1970) and The Invincible Eight (1971). He left Shaws in 1971 and started working for Golden Harvest, where his talents were recognized by studio head Raymond Chow, who promoted him to director.
Yip’s debut feature was the martial-arts film The Eunuch (1971), written by director Lo Wei and starring Nora Miao Ke-Hsiu and Patrick Tse Yin. His later directorial efforts were mostly martial arts or action films.
Yip is also a seasoned character actor, appearing regularly in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly adept at comedic parts. His signature roles were money grubbers, kindly neighbors and misers, best remembered for playing the father of Chingmy Yau in The Crazy Companies (1988), an inmate in Island of Fire (1990), the father of Tony Leung Ka-fai in Perfect Exchange (1993) and a real-estate businessman in Police Story Part II (1988).
Beginning in the 1980s, Yip began to work as producer, executive producer and line producer. His work as producer includes Encounter of the Spooky Kind II (1990) and Blade of Fury (1993). He withdrew from film in the early 2000s. He is married to famed author Chiang Wan.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Pom Pom Strikes Back|
||The Thundering Mantis|
||The Golden Key|
||The Chinese Tiger|
||The Thunder Kick|
||Beba, The Mermaid|
||The Black Tavern|
||The Blade Spares None|