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Lam Ching Ying

by Martin Cleary

Although the name may not be familiar to you, if you have watched many Hong Kong films from the Shaw Brothers to Bruce Lee, from Jackie Chan up until the actioners of the 1990’s, then the chances are that you have seen Lam Ching-ying and his work.He is most famous for his role as the Taoist Priest / Vampire hunter of the Mr Vampire films, but Lam Ching-ying has been involved in many of the biggest and most groundbreaking HK films ever made.

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Yuen Biao

by Martin Cleary

Youngest Brother: Yuen Biao
The youngest of Hong Kong’s legendary ‘three brothers’, Yuen Biao is probably the least well known in the West but with his amazing gymnastic flipping and kicking ability and a talent for both comedy and serious acting, Yuen Biao has produced some serious work to equal that of the higher profile Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.

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Tony Jaa

by Martin Cleary

Born Panom Worawit on 5 January 1976 in the Surin Province, North-East Thailand near the Cambodian border, Tony Jaa had humble beginnings. His parents were rice farmers and elephant herders. His father changed his sons name from Worawit to Yeerum after having a ‘premonition’ in his dreams. As a young boy, Jaa enjoyed watching the Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan films which were occasionally shown in his village on a make-shift cinema screen. These two screen icons were to become major influences on his work. Jaa recognised the way the actors represented not only themselves and their amazing martial arts abilities on the screen, but also the way in the actors represented their cultural backgrounds and traditions.

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