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Godfrey Ho

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Godfrey Ho (page 2)

I’ll come back a bit in time, around the end of the 70ies. There is in your filmography a lot of movies shot in Korea with Korean actors as Hwang Jang Lee and on which you are credited as the director. Is it really you who directed them or were they Korean productions simply with your name on it?

I was the co director actually.

So, you were really there shooting?

Yes, most of the parts were done by Korean directors. But for distribution, I put only my name on it. Because, otherwise, how can I direct more than 6 to 7 films a year? It’s impossible! I was a kind of chief director. I knew the story…

You were like Chang Cheh in a way, supervising everything

Right. That kind. Because the boss of IFD, there was 2 boss, one was called Thomas Tang, he died in a fire a few years later, the other one was Joseph Lai. These 2 guys found a market and I was a kind of expert. So I advised them and I made those 2 guys rich.

How were the shooting conditions in Korea at that time?

Fine. Very good. They were quite professional. It’s only their ideas which were quite domestic, very local. But they learned something about China, that’s why they want to shoot something about Kung Fu or dressed like Chinese people. But the foreign markets, they don’t know about Chinese culture. Who knows the King of China looks like that? They don’t care about that, they care about action only. And luckily, Korean people they know Kung Fu so well, especially the kicks with Taekwondo, compared to Chinese Kung Fu more with hands. This combination works. At that period of time, Hwang Jang Lee, this kind of people, they were so popular. People looked at them and were like “Wow, great!” (laughs). It was the golden time of the Kung Fu era. A lot of young kids were in the audience.

So, the deal with the Korean was that you would handle distribution all over the world and they would keep the rights for the domestic market?

Korean, they had their own markets. They would handle them themselves yes.

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