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Yuen Biao (born 26 July 1957) is a Hong Kong actor and martial artist. He specialises in acrobatics and Chinese martial arts
Chinese martial arts
and has worked on over 80 films as actor, stuntman and action choreographer. Along with Peking Opera School "brothers" at the China Drama Academy, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan, he was one of the Seven Little Fortunes.

Contents

1 The early years 2 Film career

2.1 Early 1970s 2.2 Late 1970s and 1980s 2.3 1990s 2.4 2000s

3 Directing and producing 4 Personal life 5 References 6 External links

The early years[edit] Born Ha Lingchun (Chinese: 夏令震) in Hong Kong, he was the fifth child in a family of eight children. At the age of six he was enrolled at the Peking Opera School The China Drama Academy. He was given the stage name Yuen Biao (Little Tiger) and trained alongside schoolmates Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Corey Yuen, Yuen Wah and several others, under master Yu Jim-yuen, who would later become famous in Hong Kong cinema. He quickly showed a talent for acrobatics. According to Jackie Chan's autobiography when Yuen was first asked by his master, upon his first day with him, to do a backflip, Yuen did a proper backflip on his very first try. He remained at the school until the age of 16.[1] When he left, Yuen followed his classmate Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
into a career in the Hong Kong film industry. Film career[edit] Further information: Yuen Biao filmography Yuen Biao has appeared in over 130 films. He has played roles in eight television series for Hong Kong channel TVB. Early 1970s[edit] In the early 1970s, Yuen began work as a stuntman and extra. After working on Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Yuen became a stunt double for Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
on Enter the Dragon, in 1973. He was also one of the "fake" Bruce Lees in Game of Death
Game of Death
(1978), performing the acrobatics and stunts that the Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
"body double" ( Taekwondo
Taekwondo
expert, Kim Tai Chung) was unable to perform. Yuen continued working as a stuntman, doubling for actors in Hong Kong action films and taking on supporting actor roles. During his early acting period, he adopted the anglicised name Bill Yuen for use on the Hong Kong films that were released internationally. However, recognising the growing success of Jackie Chan, Golden Harvest were keen to give him a similar name, and on some international film prints, he was credited as Jimmy Yuen. Both anglicised names were later dropped.[2] Late 1970s and 1980s[edit] In the late 1970s and early 1980s, thanks to his good friends and former classmates, Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
and Jackie Chan, he began working more frequently as an actor. After his co starring role in The Dragon, the Odds (1977) and his full lead role debut in Knockabout (1978), he starred in several films in the early 1980s, notably The Prodigal Son (directed by Sammo Hung) and Dreadnaught (directed by Yuen Woo-ping). He later co starred alongside his Peking Opera "brothers", Chan and Hung, in Project A, Wheels on Meals
Wheels on Meals
and Dragons Forever, and also appeared in smaller roles in films such as Hung's original Lucky Stars trilogy. 1990s[edit] Yuen's acting roles waned somewhat in the early 1990s, although he notably played a supporting role alongside Jet Li
Jet Li
in Once Upon a Time in China (1991). Yuen did not appear in the sequel as he was replaced by Max Mok. In the late 1990s, films such as Hero (1997) co starring Takeshi Kaneshiro
Takeshi Kaneshiro
and A Man Called Hero (1999) co starring Ekin Cheng saw Yuen return to the big screen. During this time he began to concentrate more on television work and took lead roles in the series Righteous Guards and The Legend of a Chinese Hero in 1998. 2000s[edit] In 2000, Yuen went to the United States
United States
to work with Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
as the action choreographer on Shanghai Noon. In 2001, he co starred alongside Hung in The Avenging Fist. Yuen also starred in a more comedic role in the 2002 Japan HK film No Problem 2. In 2005, Yuen starred in a TVB series called Real Kung Fu with Yuen Wah, Maggie Siu, Leung Kar Yan, Jack Wu
Jack Wu
and one of Sammo Hung's real life son, Timmy Hung. In 2006, Yuen plays Inspector Steve Mok in Robin B Hood along with his long-time friend Jackie Chan. In 2007 he finished filming the Wing Chun TV series (a remake of the 1994 series that had preceded the film Wing Chun) alongside Nicholas Tse, Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
and another of Hung's sons, Sammy Hung. Biao plays an elder version of the character Leung Jan, the role he played 25 years earlier in The Prodigal Son, and father to Tse's character.[3] The series has since been re-edited for release as a film, entitled Shuang Long Ji (aka Legend of Twins Dragon). However, the film's release has been delayed as it has been banned in Mainland China
Mainland China
for containing too much violence.[4] Yuen appeared as a guest judge on the China Beijing TV Station
China Beijing TV Station
reality television series The Disciple, which airied in Mainland China
Mainland China
and was produced by, and featured Jackie Chan. The aim of the program was to find a new star, skilled in acting and martial arts, to become Chan's "successor", the champion being awarded the lead role in a film. It concluded on June 7, 2008, with the series winner being announced in Beijing.[5] Yuen also starred alongside Bryan Leung and Ji Chunhua in Legend of Shaolin Kung-fu II: Thirteen Cudgel Monks, a series directed by Yuen Bun. It was edited down and released as Kung Fu Master in the United States. Directing and producing[edit] Though mainly known as an actor, Yuen co-directed Peacock King with Lam Ngai Kai in 1989 and made his full directorial debut with A Kid from Tibet in 1992. Yuen also has a co-directing credit on the 2004 film Boxer's Story, with Ivan Lai (Lai Kai-Ming). Yuen set up his own film production company, Yuen Biao Films Limited, which produced his films A Kid from Tibet
A Kid from Tibet
and Once Upon a Chinese Hero aka Kickboxer (1993).[6] Personal life[edit] In 1984, Yuen married Didi Pang (Pang Sau Ha). They have two children; daughter Yi-Bui born in 1986 and son Ming-Tsak born in 1988. Yuen has a second home in Canada where he enjoys golf. References[edit]

^ I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action. Ballantine Books. June 28, 1999. ISBN 0-345-42913-3.  ^ Bey Logan (2006). Wheels on Meals
Wheels on Meals
commentary track (DVD). Hong Kong Legends.  ^ "Sammo Hung's official website". Retrieved 2006-04-01.  ^ "Legend of Twin Dragons". Wu-jing.org. July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31.  ^ " Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
on the Reasons Behind Producing The Disciple". Wu-Jing.org. Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-05-08.  ^ "Yuen Biao". LoveAsianFilm.com. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 

External links[edit]

Yuen Biao on IMDb Yuen Biao at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase

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Seven Little Fortunes

Yuen Lung 元龍 Yuen Lou 元樓 Yuen Biao 元彪 Yuen Kwei 元奎 Yuen Wah 元華 Yuen Tak 元德 Yuen Mo 元武

See also: Yuen Qiu

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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: 44498463 LCCN: n99835579 ISNI: 0000 0001 1471 4838 GND: 140808167 SUDOC: 069283869 BNF: cb14023417p (data) NDL: 00622814 BNE: XX1333