Yuen Wah

Yuen Wah (born 2 September 1950) is a Hong Kong action film actor, action choreographer, stuntman and martial artist who has appeared in over 160 films and over 20 television series.

Known for his agility and acrobatic skills, Yuen Wah began his film career working as Bruce Lee’s stunt double in the films Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973). He also made his acting debut in Fist of Fury, as a Japanese who asks Bruce Lee’s character to crawl like a dog and is soundly beaten for it. He began to receive a number of roles in Shaw Brothers films.

Yuen’s versatility, his lean, wiry frame and later, his distinctive moustache often saw him cast as the villain in most films. During the 1980s, he worked on several films with former classmates Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, both in an action director / stunt co-ordinator capacity, and in acting roles as villainous characters. The films included Mr. Vampire (1985), My Lucky Stars (1985), Millionaire’s Express (1986), Eastern Condors (1986), and Dragons Forever (1988).

During the 1990s, whilst still appearing in a number of films, Yuen began to focus on television series roles for TVB. In 1996, he starred as a Taoist priest fighting jiangshi vampires in the series The Night Journey. His comical and endearingly scrooge-like image earned him popularity on the Hong Kong television circuit. Since then, he has appeared in over 20 different television series.

In 2004, Yuen was cast as The Landlord in Stephen Chow’s comedy film Kung Fu Hustle. During the 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards, his colleagues took the opportunity to award him with the award for Best Supporting Actor.

Yuen made his debut in English language film in Aiming High (1998). He appeared in another English language production, the Baz Luhrmann period film, Australia (2008), alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. [wikipedia]

Yuen Wah filmography

 

Poster for the movie "The Top Bet"

The Top Bet

Anita Mui plays the sister of the Saint of Gamblers, and also possesses supernatural gambling abilities. However, she chooses not to use her powers. She decides to come to Hong Kong to retrieve her brother and bring him back to China. There she meets his assistant, Ng, who is without the Saint of Gamblers, as he has headed off on a cruise. Ng asks Mui to compete in the next tournament, but she turns him … Read more

Don’t Open Your Eyes

Homicide detective Seven and his new love Fiona are haunted by a group of venomous ghosts. He enlists the help of Bing, the police force’s unofficial expert on the supernatural. A full-blown war ensues between the living and the dead.

The Black Panther Warriors

A group of specialists is recruited to steal from a police station. Black Cougar is a mercenary who is being paid a huge sum of money by an unknown person to recover a top-secret file. Realizing the enormity and complexity of the task, he looks for a group of experts to help him out.

The Iceman Cometh

During the Ming dynasty, Yuen Biao is a royal guard charged to capture a dangerous criminal. The battle which opposes them will make them fall into ice. Three centuries later, nowdays, the archaeologists give them again the life. Only a black jade Buddha and a temporal wheel would be able to make them return in their time. The battle would start again.

The Greatest Lover

A delightful comedy about three illegal immigrants from China, one of whom (Chow) gets roped into a gentleman-training course – taught by Mui – in order to take revenge on some bitchy beauties who jilted a nasty fellow. Kinda like a gender-reversed My Fair Lady.

The Dragon from Russia

A former member of a band of criminals known as the ‘Eight-Hundred Dragons’ is living in fear in Manchuria as the clan does not allow people to leave alive. However, he is eventually tracked down, and kidnapped along with a young Manchurian, Yao – whose memory is erased so that he can be trained in martial arts. Yao’s work as an assassin becomes more complicated, however, when he sees his old lover again and his … Read more

Princess and Seven Kung Fu Masters

During the early years of the Republic era, in the North-East region of China, the people are suffering from the power struggle among the local Warlords, bandits, and Japanese invaders. Warlord Lam (Sammo Hung), is not a leader of great vision, but stands firm in his own beliefs. The only paradise within the region is ‘Lucky Town’, the one place where no one dared to attack as it was protected by the seven kung fu … Read more

Kung Fu Mahjong 2

Fanny is a skilled mahjong player and young housewife, who’s usually forbidden from her tile-clicking addiction by her husband Johnny. However, when Johnny falls in with gambler Demon, Fanny gets sent packing. Johnny takes up with Demon’s sister Curvy, and Fanny is left alone and seems to lose her mahjong-playing skills. Luckily, she receives additional training from her mahjong mentor Three Tiles, who also schooled Auntie Fei, as well as sexy player-in-training First Love. With … Read more

Kung Fu Mahjong

Chi Mo Sai (Yuen Wah) meets Wong (Roger Kwok) in Auntie Fei’s (Yuen Qiu) cafe and learns that Wong has photographic memory. He decides to exploit this skill by teaching Wong how to play Mahjong, but Fei, Wong’s boss, strongly objects to it. Despite Fei’s objections, Wong learns Mahjong from compulsive gambler Chi Mo Sai. He impresses triad boss Tin Kau Ko (Wong Jing). Wong falls in love with Tin’s mistress (Theresa Fu) and is … Read more

My Kung Fu Sweetheart

A young woman keeps her true persona a secret in this martial arts action-romance written and directed by Jing Wong

Mercenaries from Hong Kong

Ti Lung plays a Vietnam vet who’s now an ‘honourable’ mercenary-for-hire taking on an assignment tracking down an assassin who’s fled to Cambodia after murdering an industrialist from Hong Kong. He recruits a team for the task which consists of who’s who of the Shaw Brother’s action stars (Lo Lieh, Johnny Wang Lung Wei, Wong Yue, Chan Wei Man and comedy relief Nat Chan). However once they arrived for the mission nothing is what it … Read more

The Millionaires’ Express

What happens when a glamorous express, with high government officials, wealthy merchants, concubines and a gang of brigands on board, speeds towards the small town of Hanshui, where escaping bank robbers, corrupt officials, and gamblers await? Well, let’s just say the Titanic had a smoother maiden voyage.

Eastern Condors

A motley group of Chinese prisoners held in the US is sent on a covert mission with the promise of a pardon: to go deep into Vietnam and destroy a secret depot of missiles that the US left behind during the pull-out.

The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon

Lam Bo Sun, the richest man in Hong Kong, is expected to marry the ditziest of socialites in a matter of weeks. On a whim, he leaves everything behind and gets a job as a lowly busboy at a noodle restaurant, and finds the girl of his dreams.

The Spirit of the Sword

In this film, there are 5 main clans ruling the martial world, each representing one of the 5 elements – fire, metal, water, wood and earth. Each year they hold a martial arts competition to decide which one of the 5 clans will rule the world. The story is centered around one of these tournaments, as a catastrophe arises when an evil samurai killer shows up 49 days before the start and tries to assassinate … Read more

The Sentimental Swordsman

Due to his own extreme ideals, famed swordsman Li has lost everyone dear to him. After his life is saved by a rival swordsman, Li’s overwhelming pride means he forsakes the woman he loves and lets her marry his saviour. Li’s only comfort is alcohol and the simple life he has now accepted. On one such journey, the lonely swordsman befriends the exceptionally skilled, yet secretive Fei who has his own pressures to contend with. … Read more

Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre

Director Chu Yuan’s titanic teaming with respected, inspired author Chin Yung created this unforgettable saga. Set during the Yuan Dynasty, it tells the fascinating story of the “Sacred Fire” sect, the Wu Tang swordsmanship clan, the disciples of the O Mei group, The Book of Chu Yang (which can make the reader immortal), and the destruction of Shaolin — complete with a killer cliffhanger. And that’s just the start of the fascinating intrigues and ingratiating … Read more

Clan of Amazons

The Embroidery Bandit is stealing treasures while blinding his victims. The hero Liu Xiaofeng is called in to solve the mystery. The evidence points to the all-woman Clan of the Red Shoes – but appearances can be deceptive….

Legend of the Bat

Following “Clans Of Intrigue”‘s success, director Chu Yuan, novelist Ku Lung, and superstar Ti Lung re-teamed for another adventure featuring sexy knight Chu Liu-Hsiang. This time, he travels to the mysterious Island Of The Bats, where he encounters treacherous monks, beautiful women, and a strange Prince. The movie is also a significant milestone in the amount of female flesh revealed on screen, proving that Shaw movies can balance the yin of cheesecake with the yang … Read more

Full Moon Scimitar

A talented young swordsman (Derek Yee) has beaten many veterans before his inherited martial arts manual gets stolen. After encountering his first defeat in life, in despair, he comes across a gorgeous girl (Liza Wang), daughter of the head of a mysterious sect…

The Magic Blade

Two rival swordsmen in imperial China, poncho-clad Fu Hung-Hsueh and Yen nan-Fei vie with a power-hungry villain for the deadly Peacock Dart and fend off waves of expert killers during their journey.

Death Duel

The Third Master is considered to be the greatest sword master of the day. His displays of skill and strength bring armies of challengers to his door, seeking the title for themselves. Not to be defeated, the Third Master fights evil, saves damsels in distress, and duels rival swordsmen to the death.

Heart of Dragon

A policeman forsakes his dream of world travel to care for a mentally impaired brother, who is later kidnapped by gangsters.

City Under Siege

Sunny is a naïve circus performer who dreams of inheriting his father’s knife-throwing skills. However, his hostile colleagues continue to bully him, relegating him to a lowly clown. On a tour to Malaysia, Cheung and other performers discover a cave occupied by the Japanese army during World War II. Instead of finding treasure, the performers – including Sunny – are sprayed with a mysterious chemical that turns them into superhuman mutants…

The Book of Mythical Beasts

The Book of Mythical Beasts (2020) — 116 min – — – 30 April 2020 Your rating: Not rated yet! Director:  Tao Zhang Stars:  Yuen Wah, … Read more

The Enchanting Phantom

A timeless love story of a scholar who falls in love with a female ghost and tries to free her from eternal servitude to a demon. Scholar Ning Cai Chen heads to the capital to take the state examinations. Along the way, he spends the night at Lan Ruo temple where he meets and falls in love with Nie Xiao Qian a ghost who seduces men to absorb their life essence as offering to Lao … Read more

Swordsman and Enchantress

Asian fans of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon recognized that its director Ang Lee was actually inspired by director Chu Yuan and novelist Ku Lung’s wonderful tales of a “martial art world” where all wushu warriors try to attain the “Deer Sword” and escape from the insidious maze-like “Toy Land.” Master kung-fu choreographer Tang Chia leads the king and queen of Shaw’s swordplay, Ti Lung and Lily Li, in a fascinating and entertaining adventure of consummate … Read more

Mr. Vampire

The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror.

Detective Chinatown 2

Driven by the desire for the huge reward, Tang Ren (by Wang Baoqiang) tricked Qin Feng (by Liu Haoran) to New York, to attend the World Detective Contest,. Later on, behind the crazy competition, Qin and Tang discovered the real hidden facts of this contest.

My Beloved Bodyguard

A retired bodyguard who has settled into a corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet as he suffers from early dementia finds a new friend in a young girl. When her life is threatened by her father’s connection with a local crime lord, .the bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save her.

Dragons Forever

Jackie Chan stars as a hot-shot lawyer hired by a Hong Kong chemical plant to dispose of opposition to their polluting ways. But when he falls for a beautiful woman out to stop the plant, Jackie is torn in a conflict of interest and asks his trusty friends Samo and Biao to help out at least until they discover the true purpose of the plant.

My Lucky Stars

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My Lucky Stars (1985)

PG-13 96 min - Action, Comedy - 10 February 1985
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Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds. After one is captured by the Ninja-gang protecting the rogue cop, the other one gets his old Orphanage gang, dubbed the "Five Lucky Stars," to help him. They don't like this much, but they do it.

Director:  Sammo Hung
Writers:  Barry Wong

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Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds. After one is captured by the Ninja-gang protecting the rogue cop, the other one gets his old Orphanage gang, dubbed the "Five Lucky Stars," to help him. They don't like this much, but they do it.


Collections: Sammo Hung

Genres: Action, Comedy

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Country:   Hong Kong
Language:  Cantonese
Release Date:  10 February 1985

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Production Companies:  Golden Harvest Company, Golden Way Films Ltd.

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Runtime:  1 h 36 min

Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds.

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Monk Comes Down The Mountain

When a young monk is forced to leave his impoverished monastery, he relies on his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive in the outside world. In search of a mentor, he crosses paths with a Kung Fu master who is in possession of the Book of Secrets, which reveals the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique. The rare book is coveted by a sinister father and son who will go to … Read more

Looking for Jackie

Jackie Chan is the undefeated Kung Fu Master who dishes out the action in traditional Jackie Chan style. When a young boy sets out to learn how to fight from the Master himself, he not only witnesses some spectacular fights, but learns some important life lessons along the way.

Legend of the Dragon

Chow plays a naive young kung fu student who leaves his rural home on a small island to find his fortune in Hong Kong under the dubious guidance of his uncle (Leung Kar Yan) who cons him into using his natural skills as a snooker player for financial gain. This film also starred six-time world snooker finalist Jimmy White as Chow’s final opponent.

Hero

Ma Wing Jing and his older brother Ma Tai Chueng arrive in Shanghai to make their fortune at the end of the Qin Dynasty. Be-friending a powerful mobster Wing Jing is given his nightclub in return for saving Tam Sei’s life. Unfortunately, another Gangster wants the territory a well. Corruption and violence rule the streets as Wing Jing and Tam Sei must battle not only the rival gangs but the corrupt police officials as well.

Kung Fu Wing Chun

Losing her mother at a tender age, Yim Wing Chun (Bai Jing) grew up under the wing of Master Ng Mui (Kara Hui), a fugitive in the end of the Qing dynasty. Inspired by Ng Mui’s Shaolin kung fu, the boyish Wing Chun develops a kind of martial arts that would one day be named after her, while she strikes up a romance with righteous businessman Liang Baochou (Yu Shaoqun). When the minions of the … Read more

Twins Mission

Twins Mission is a 2007 Hong Kong martial arts-action-comedy film directed by action choreographer Kong Tao-Hoi and staring Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi and Sammo Hung among others. The film is a bit of a spoof of the popularity and success of the Twins and leaves the audience with a cliffhanger ending.

The Supreme Swordsman

A rampaging swordsman slices and dices his way across China on a bloody mission to cut down every warrior in his way, and claim the blade of the legendary Supreme Swordsman in this Shaw Brothers classic starring Derek Yee and Jason Pai Piao, and directed by Keith Li Baak Ling. But when the son of a slain sword maker emerges as an unexpected challenger, the ruthless killer realizes that he may have finally met his … Read more