Udagawa Koyo was born in Tokyo in 1950. Now a renowned critic, Udagawa began writing in film at the age of 22. In 1978, he directed the short film, Orochi, which is an adaptation of Umezu Kazuo’s comic book on 16mm. Specialised in Kong Kong and Chineselanguage cinema, Udagawa published the only biography based on King Hu’s oral recollections with his teacher, Yamada Koichi, A Touch of King Hu, in 1997. In 2002, he published his first anthology of film criticism, From Shirley Temple to Shaolin Temple.