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Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(Chinese: 袁和平; pinyin: Yuán Hépíng; born 1945) is a Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director, renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
action cinema. He is one of the inductees on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong. Yuen is also a son of Yuen Siu-tien, a renowned martial arts film actor.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Filmography

2.1 As director 2.2 Selected filmography as action choreographer/fight advisor 2.3 Actor

3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 External links

Life and career[edit] Yuen was born in Guangzhou, China. He achieved his first directing credit in 1978 on the seminal Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, followed quickly by Drunken Master. The films were smash hits, launching Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
as a major film star, turning Seasonal Films into a major independent production company, and starting a trend towards comedy in martial arts films that continues to the present day. Yuen went on to work with such figures as Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao in Dreadnaught (1981), Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen
in Iron Monkey (1993), and Jet Li
Jet Li
and Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh
in Tai Chi Master (1993), and Wing Chun (1994). Yuen's works, particularly his action choreography on Fist of Legend (1994), attracted the attention of the Wachowskis, who hired him as the martial arts choreographer on The Matrix
The Matrix
(1999). The success of this collaboration, plus his action choreography on the following year's hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, made him a highly sought after figure in Hollywood. He went on to work on the Matrix sequels and Kill Bill
Kill Bill
(2003). More recent action choreography duties in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
cinema have included Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle
(2004), starring Stephen Chow, and Fearless (2006), starring Jet Li. Yuen also choreographed the action sequences in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), a Hollywood
Hollywood
martial arts–adventure film, which was the first film to star together two of the best-known names in the martial arts film genre, Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
and Jet Li. He worked as a fight choreography consultant on Ninja Assassin
Ninja Assassin
(2009). In late 2010, Yuen released his first film as director since 1996, True Legend, starring Vincent Zhao and Jay Chou. Yuen went on to work in two south Indian films as a stunt co-ordinator in Enthiran
Enthiran
(2010) and I (film)
I (film)
(2014) both were directed by same director S. Shankar. In 2015, Yuen directed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, re-creating many of his signature action choreographies. Filmography[edit] As director[edit]

Yuen's star on the Avenue of Stars

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
(1978) ( Cantonese
Cantonese
title: Se ying diu sau) Drunken Master
Drunken Master
(1978) ( Cantonese
Cantonese
title: Jui kuen) Dance of the Drunk Mantis
Dance of the Drunk Mantis
(1979) (Mandarin title: Nan bei zui quan) Magnificent Butcher
Magnificent Butcher
(1979) (Mandarin title: Lin shi rong) The Buddhist Fist (1980) (Mandarin title: Fo Zhang luo han quan) Dreadnaught (1981) (Mandarin title: Yong zhe wu ju) The Miracle Fighters
The Miracle Fighters
(1982) (Qi men dun jia) Legend of a Fighter
Legend of a Fighter
(1982) (Huo Yuan-Jia) Shaolin Drunkard (1983) (Tian shi zhuang xie) Drunken Tai Chi
Drunken Tai Chi
(1984) (Xiao tai ji) Mismatched Couples
Mismatched Couples
(1985) (Qing feng di shou) Dragon Vs. Vampire (a.k.a. The Close Encounters of Vampire) (1986) (Jiang shi pa pa) Tiger Cage (1988) (Te jing tu long) In the Line of Duty 4: Witness (1989) (Huang jia shi jie zhi IV: Zhi ji zheng ren)

a.k.a. In the Line of Duty a.k.a. In the Line of Duty IV a.k.a. Yes, Madam 4

Tiger Cage 2
Tiger Cage 2
(1990) (Xi hei qian) Leng mian ju ji shou (1991)

a.k.a. Tiger Cage 3

Last Hero in China
China
(1993) Su qi er (1993)

a.k.a. Fist of the Red Dragon (USA: video title) a.k.a. Heroes Among Heroes

Iron Monkey (1993) Tai Chi Master (1993) Wing Chun (1994) Huo yun chuan qi (1994)

a.k.a. Fire Dragon

Jie tou sha shou (1995) (as Jua Lu-jiang)

a.k.a. Iron Monkey 2

Hu meng wei long (1995)

a.k.a. Red Wolf

Tai ji quan (1996)

a.k.a. Tai Chi Boxer (Hong Kong: English title) (UK: literal English title) a.k.a. Tai Chi 2

True Legend
True Legend
(2010)

a.k.a. True Legend
True Legend
of Beggar Su (Working title)

Vigilante: The Lost Order (2013) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) Miracle Fighters (2017)[1]

Selected filmography as action choreographer/fight advisor[edit]

The Bloody Fists (1972) Born Invincible (1978) Drunken Master
Drunken Master
(1978) Fist of Legend
Fist of Legend
(1994) Black Mask (1996) Lethal Weapon 4
Lethal Weapon 4
(1998) The Water Margin (1998) The Matrix
The Matrix
(1999) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2000) The Matrix
The Matrix
Reloaded (2003) The Matrix
The Matrix
Revolutions (2003) Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003) Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle
(2004) Danny the Dog (a.k.a. Unleashed) (2005) House of Fury
House of Fury
(2005) Fearless (2006) The Forbidden Kingdom
The Forbidden Kingdom
(2008) Enthiran
Enthiran
(2010) The Grandmaster (2012) Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2013) Man of Tai Chi
Man of Tai Chi
(2013) I (2014) Ip Man 3
Ip Man 3
(2015)

Actor[edit]

Mismatched Couples
Mismatched Couples
(1985) as Mini Eastern Condors
Eastern Condors
(1987) as Grandpa Yun Yen-hoy The Wicked City (1992) as Sergeant Kayama The Grandmaster (2013) as Chan Wah-shun Man of Tai Chi
Man of Tai Chi
(2013) as Man at fight club (uncredited)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nomination Result Ref

2000 37th Golden Horse Awards Best Action Choreography Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Won [2]

2006 43rd Golden Horse Awards Best Action Choreography Fearless Nominated [3]

References[edit]

^ Kevin Ma (November 12, 2015). "Yuen Woo-ping, Tsui Hark remake Miracle Fighters". Film Business Asia. Retrieved November 12, 2015.  ^ (in Chinese) Golden Horse Awards official homepage 37th Golden Horse awards winners and nominees list Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-05-21 ^ (in Chinese) Golden Horse Awards official homepage 43rd Golden Horse awards winners and nominees list Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-05-21

http://www.chinesefilms.cn/141/2012/11/06/122s12782.htm http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/17/weinstein-updates-crouching-tiger-sequel

External links[edit]

Yuen Woo Ping on IMDb Associated Press article about Yuen including quotes from Ronny Yu and Jet Li

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Films directed by Yuen Woo-ping

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow
(1978) Drunken Master
Drunken Master
(1978) Dance of the Drunk Mantis
Dance of the Drunk Mantis
(1979) Magnificent Butcher
Magnificent Butcher
(1979) Dreadnaught (1981) Legend of a Fighter
Legend of a Fighter
(1982) The Miracle Fighters
The Miracle Fighters
(1982) Shaolin Drunkard (1983) Drunken Tai Chi
Drunken Tai Chi
(1984) Mismatched Couples
Mismatched Couples
(1985) Tiger Cage (1988) In the Line of Duty 4: Witness (1989) Tiger Cage 2
Tiger Cage 2
(1990) Iron Monkey (1993) Heroes Among Heroes
Heroes Among Heroes
(1993) Tai Chi Master (1993) Wing Chun (1994) Iron Monkey 2
Iron Monkey 2
(1995) True Legend
True Legend
(2010) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) The Thousand Faces of Dunjia
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia
(2017)

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Film Award for Best Action Choreography

Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, Yuen Biao & Billy Chan Wui-Ngai (1982) Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying
Lam Ching-ying
& Billy Chan Wui-Ngai (1983) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (1984) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (1985) Ching Siu-tung (1986) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (1987) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (1988) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (1989) Ching Siu-tung (1990) Yuen Cheung-Yan, Yuen Sun-Yi & Lau Ka-Wing (1991) Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(1992) Corey Yuen & Yuen Tak (1993) Lau Kar-leung & Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (1994) Stanley Tong
Stanley Tong
& Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
(1995) Stanley Tong
Stanley Tong
(1996) Stephen Tung Wai (1997) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
(1998) Stephen Tung Wai (1999) Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(2000) Stephen Tung Wai & Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
Stunt Team (2001) Ching Siu-tung (2002) Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen
(2003) Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(2004) Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen
(2005) Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(2006) Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen
(2007) Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
& Tony Leung Siu-Hung (2008) Stephen Tung Wai & Lee Tat Chiu (2009) Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
(2010) Yuen Bun, Lan Hai Han & Sun Jiankui (2011) Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
& He Jun (2012) Yuen Woo-ping
Yuen Woo-ping
(2013) Donnie Yen, Stephen Tung, Yuen Bun & Yan Hua (2014) Li Chung Chi (2015) Tung Wai (2016)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 119835194 LCCN: nr2002006326 ISNI: 0000 0001 1700 9616 GND: 135800129 SUDOC: 061132969 BNF: cb140355258 (data) BNE: XX4606

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