Blackie Ko Shou-liang was born in 1953 in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. His family moved to Taidong, Taiwan when he was three years old. Ko quit school at the age of 14 because of poverty, joining his family’s fishing livelihood and riding motorbikes in his spare time. He left home for Taipei at 16 to seek work opportunities. In 1970, he became an extra and martial arts performer in films. His courage in performing dangerous stunts soon made him the most sought after stuntman in Taiwan. He began working as an action choreographer in 1977 and signed a three year contract with First Distributors. Using the stage name Yuan Lung, Ko starred in Mission Kiss and Kill (1979) and Master Killers (1980).
In 1981, when Eric Tsang went to Taiwan to make Can’t Stop the War (1982), he became acquainted with Ko, who was the film’s action choreographer. Tsang invited Ko to Hong Kong to perform motorbike stunts for Aces Go Places (1982), and Ko became an overnight sensation when he carried out seemingly impossible feats for the film. Subsequently he became one of the most popular action choreographer and stunt car performer in both Taiwan and Hong Kong, working numerous box office hits, including Aces Go Places II (1983), Aces Go Places III - Our Man from Bond Street (1983), Yes, Madam (1985), A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Legend of Wisely (1987), Armour of God (1987) and Dragon from Russia (1991).
Ko directed his first film, Whampoa Blues in 1990, which was followed by Curry and Pepper (1990), The Days of Being Dumb (1992), Invincible (1992) and Hero-Beyond the Boundary of Time (1993, co-directed with Alen Lo). He founded Ko Shou Liang Films Production in 1993, which produced Chez N’ Ham Story (1993) and Girls in the Hood (1995), the former directed by Ko himself. After directing his final film, Life Express (2004), Ko passed away in Shanghai in December, 2003, after suffering an asthma attack, aged 50. In 2004, he was posthumously awarded the Professional Spirit Award at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards in recognition of his achievements in action choreography. In addition to film stunts, he also performed daredevil feats, such as crossing the 38-meter stretch of the Great Wall of China at Jinshanling in 1992, which made the Guinness Book of World Records. In 1997, he jumped the 55 meter Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River in a race car, earning him the title of “China’s No. 1 Stuntman”.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Hero-Beyond the Boundary of Time||LO Sou Chour|
||Chez N' Ham Story|
||The Days of Being Dumb|
||Curry and Pepper|