About the masterclass speaker

Giddens Ko (Taiwan)
Writer & Director

Giddens Ko is a Taiwanese novelist and filmmaker, who writes under the pseudonym of "Jiubadao" (九把刀), which literally means "nine knives". Many of his works have been adapted to films.

Ko discovered his love for writing in 1999, after his serial novel attracted much attention at an online forum. After his novella 《Fearful Bomb 恐惧炸弹》 became an instant hit on the Internet, he continuously published several works such as 《Shadow 影子》 and 《Refrigerator 冰箱》 in his “Urban Terrorism Series 都市恐怖病系列” and 《Old Man 月老》 in the “Magical Jungle Series 魔幻丛林系列”. In 2004, Ko’s 《Kungfu 功夫》 further propelled his status to greater heights; he was acknowledged as the best-selling novelist in the Taiwan publishing industry. In May 2006, Ko launched the Sunday Times column in the China Times 中国时报 and became the youngest writer in the history of the column. Within that year, he was also selected by the representatives of the four major publishing channels in the Cross-Strait Book Trade Conference and was awarded the “Top Ten Cross-Strait Writers 两岸十大作家”. Furthermore, Ko was the best-selling author of Jin Shi Tang 金石堂 and Blog Lai Online Bookstore 博客来网络书店 in 2006. He subsequently came in first for Blog Lai’s High School and College Students’ Top Ten Favourite Writers.

As someone who dares to try different things, Ko enjoys integrating genres of fantasy, detective, romance and more. He uses graphic text infused with comics and video games, never forgetting to inject humour in his stories. Having a knack for penning anything, he won the first prize of Taiwan’s first Kemi Ruizhi Million TV Novel Award with his martial arts novel 《The Eighth Copper Man of Shaolin Temple 少林寺第八铜人》 in 2005. Apart from NT$1 million, the prize included an exclusive contract with Chai Zhi Ping 柴智屏 under Kemi Ruizhi Management Company, making Ko their first writer on board. He deftly incorporates rich historical content into his own works, setting him apart from other conventional fantasy novels where imaginative realism is absent. Ko likes to explore sociological and psychological issues in his novels such as the newly published series 《Killer 杀手》, where he uses Killer Moon and Killer Ouyang Penzai to examine righteousness and justice. In 2013, 《Café. Waiting. Love 等一个人咖啡》 won the contest in “China Great Books 中国好书”. Ko feels that even the most ordinary man can achieve extraordinary feats with extraordinary power.

In 2008, Ko directed the film L-O-V-E, along with Vincent Fang, Chen Yi-xian and Huang Zijiao. In 2010, Ko directed the film You Are the Apple of My Eye, adapted from his book The Girl We Chased Together in Those Years. In 2011, Ko adapted his "Killer" series into the film The Killer Who Never Kills. He produced a documentary focusing on Taiwan's animal shelters in 2012, titled Twelve Nights. In 2014, another of Ko's books was adapted into the film Café. Waiting. Love. In September 2015, Ko announced another book–to–film adaption, The Tenants Downstairs, which was released in 2016.