Among all the actors I have worked with, I admire Brigitte Lin the most. She already knew how to fill her performance with emotions in her first film Outside the Window. I remember in a scene where she received a letter from her mother, I was right next to the camera and read out the letter to her. As she listened, tears streamed down her cheeks ever so naturally.
If I were not a director, I would have found a career in administrative work. When we had our own production company, I handled a lot of the administrative duties, which included the handling of Lin’s first ever contract with the actress and her mother.
Yok Teng-heung was born in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, in 1934. After relocating to Hong Kong in 1950, he took filmmaking classes organized by Mandarin film directors such as Wang Yuan-long, Li Han-hsiang and King Hu and started in the business as part of the crew for Ho Meng-hwa’s Enchanted Melody (1959) and East Flows the River (1960). For Ho’s Till the Clouds Roll By (1961), Yok was the director’s assistant.
In the 1970s, he co-founded a production company with Soon Tsan-su and Yang Woei-shyong in Hong Kong but shot their first project in Taiwan. Outside the Window (1973), an adaptation of popular author Chiung Yao’s novel and co-directed by Yok and Soon, was the first acting role for a teenaged Brigitte Lin. With the film, Yok and Soon became overnight sensations in Hong Kong. They followed with News Hen (1974) the next year. Soon after, Yok co-wrote the script of Chelsia My Love (1976) with Soon.
In 1979, Yok co-directed Mad Mad Kung Fu with his mentor Ho. Three days into shooting, veteran actor and action choreographer Yuen Siu-tin disclosed that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. Yok had to rearrange filming schedule to shoot all of Yuen’s scenes, with over 100 shots, in one day.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Mad Mad Kung Fu||HO Meng Hwa|
||Legend of the Parrot||SOON Tsan So|
||The House of Love|
||News Hen||SOON Tsan So|
||Outside the Window||SOON Tsan So|