Clifton Ko

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Clifton Ko M.H.
Interviewed by in 2020
Ko Chi-sum

(1958-08-06) 6 August 1958 (age 64)
PartnerPerry Chiu 焦媛
AwardsGolden Horse AwardsBest Editing
1997 Legend of Mad Phoenix

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese高志森
Simplified Chinese高志森

Clifton Ko (Chinese: 高志森; pinyin: Gāo Zhìsēn; born 6 August, 1958) is a Hong Kong film director, actor, producer and scriptwriter.


Clifton Ko graduated from Kwun Tong Maryknoll College, and entered TV and film industry in late 1970s, firstly worked with director Clifford Choi. In this period he wrote Choi's No U-Turn (1981) and Teenage Dreamers (Chinese: 檸檬可樂; pinyin: Ningmeng Kele; Jyutping: Ling mung hoh lok; lit. 'Lemon Cola'), and John Woo's comedy Once a Thief. In 1982 Ko entered Raymond Wong's the newly founded Cinema City & Films Co., and directed his first film The Happy Ghost in 1984. The film series, like all his major works, is a slapstick comedy with moral teaching, family value, and optimism. Ko, together with the company, is prolific in making "Chinese New Year movies". Important titles include family comedy series It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (beginning in 1987); Chicken and Duck Talk, a collaboration with comedian/writer Michael Hui; and ensemble comedy series All's Well, Ends Well (beginning in 1992); and It's a Wonderful Life (1994) (Stokes).

During the 2019 Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill protests and the subsequent 2020 imposition by the Chinese Communist Party of the Hong Kong national security law, Ko supported the police to defend Hong Kong against riots and to oppose Western interference[citation needed].

Filmography as director[edit]

Year Title Awards
2018 Dearest Anita Best Director, 14th Chinese American Film Festival[1]
2017 All My Goddess
2014 Wonder Mama Outstanding Film, Chinese American Film Festival[2]
2006 We Are Family
2004 Forever Yours
In-Laws, Out-Laws
2000 Funny Business
Love Paradox
Winner Takes All
1998 Ninth Happiness
1997 Hong Kong Adventure
The Mad Phoenix Golden Horse (nominee), Best Feature Film, Best Director
1995 The Umbrella Story
Paradise Hotel
1994 One of the Lucky Ones
It's a Wonderful Life
I Will Wait for You
I Have a Date with Spring
1993 All's Well, Ends Well Too
Laughter of the Water Margins
1992 Summer Lovers
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World Too
All's Well, Ends Well
1991 The Banquet
The Gambling Ghost
Daddy, Father and Papa
1989 Mr. Coconut
How to Be a Billionaire
Happy Ghost 4
City Squeeze
1988 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World 2
Chicken and Duck Talk
1987 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World
1986 Devoted to You
Porky's Meatballs
1985 Happy Ghost II
1984 Happy Ghost
Merry Christmas

Other work[edit]

Ko is a vocal supporter of the Pro-Beijing Camp in Hong Kong.


  1. ^ harvard1932. "2018 GOLDEN ANGEL AWARD". Chinese American Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  2. ^ harvard1932. "2015 CAFF GOLDEN ANGEL AWARDS WINNERS". Chinese American Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  • Lisa Odham Stokes. Historical Dictionary of Hong Kong Cinema. Scarecrow Press. 2007. Print. ISBN 978-0-8108-5520-5. 204–205.

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