Stuntman and movie director Ko Shou-liang, 44, has performed countless highly dangerous acts over more than three decades in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the mainland, Yugoslavia and elsewhere around the world. The Hong Kong-based stuntman, who grew up in Taiwan, won fame four years ago for a 55-metre leap over the Great Wall on a motorcycle. Fifteen years ago he rode a motorbike from the third floor of a building to the ground for a film stunt. Ko is anxious to get the green light for his last stunt before retiring, a 70-metre jump over the Yellow River at the Hukou waterfall. He has just been told by his main sponsor, STAR TV, that China has not yet given the go-ahead, forcing him to postpone the stunt from October to May. Ko has promised his wife and two children, aged 15 and 16, that he will find a safer way to earn a living after the Yellow River leap. What's on your mind? I'm wondering how to get across the reason for the leap to the Chinese sports authority in Beijing. To me, the stunt is nothing but a personal challenge to speed, wind and risk. I was brought up in Taiwan from the age of three, but I'm a real Chinese. I was born on the mainland. Although I've lived in Taiwan most of my life, I've never been involved in politics - I'm not interested. I began motorcycle and automobile racing when I was 16. I just love fast-moving objects. Do you ever fear for your life? No, never, not even for one moment. If I did, I'd never be able to perform even one stunt. I want to do what I want to do. I'm not afraid of anything. Although I've broken my bones and hurt my muscles from head to toe, I'm never scared. I've been under pressure from my family to retire. I'm now in my second marriage; I'm 10 years older than my wife. She's been asking me not to perform stunts anymore because she's very worried. I think I should do something for my family after having given myself so much freedom to do what I want over the past 30 years. I think I've had enough. How will you convince China to give you approval? I'm going to Beijing for a charity event on Saturday and will stay there for another day to explain to the officials that my Taiwanese background has nothing to do with my stunt. I've been waiting for their approval for six months and I have invested $2 million in the project. I don't want to see it being delayed again or even collapse.