My Favourite Martial Arts Film Makers

by DougWonnacott | created - 08 Jul 2012 | updated - 07 Oct 2015 | Public

Not just martial arts actors, but directors and choreographers too

1. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

Director, Producer, Writer.

2. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...

Actor, Producer.

3. Angela Mao

Actress | Enter the Dragon

Angela Mao was born as Mao Ching Ying in 1950 as the third of eight children to a family of entertainers for the Peking Opera House. She had a successful career as a Chinesa Opera actress, where her flexibility and martial arts first developed. She was discovered by film producer Raymond Chow who ...


4. Anita Mui

Actress | Yan zhi kou

With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...


5. Arthur Wong

Cinematographer | Tau ming chong

Arthur Wong, a famous cinematographer, is the permanent president of HKSC. Began his film career in 17 years old, he has participated in over 120 films with well-known directors, such as Ann Lee, John Woo, Hark Tsui, Jackie Chan, Peter Chan, Woo-ping Yuen and Teddy Chan. He has won Hong Kong Film ...


6. Benny Urquidez

Actor | Grosse Pointe Blank

Benny Urquidez was raised in a very athletic family. His mother was a professional wrestler and his father a professional boxer, with all of his siblings black belts. He has earned black belts in nine different martial arts and trained in other styles.

The Jet decided to pursue full-contact karate ...

Actor, Choreographer.

7. Bey Logan

Writer | The Medallion

Born in Stamford, England, UK. Educated Uppingham Public School, Rutland. Former editor of 'Combat' and 'Impact' magazines. Resident in Hong Kong since 1995. Formerly employed my Media Asia Group and subsequently Emperor Multimedia Group. Previously ran own company, Shankara Productions, in ...

Producer, Writer, Distributor (Dragon Dynasty & Cine Asia/Hong Kong Legends DVD labels). Special mention for Logan's excellent DVD commentaries on the aforementioned DVD label's releases and input on the special features on a lot of these releases.

8. Biao Yuen

Actor | Bai ga jai

Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

9. Billy Chow

Actor | Chao ji xue xiao ba wang

Billy Chow was born on August 24, 1958 in Canada. He is an actor, known for Chao ji xue xiao ba wang (1993), High Risk (1995) and Qi ji (1989).

Actor, Stuntman.

10. Bolo Yeung

Actor | Bloodsport

Bolo Yeung was born in China. He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular ...


11. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...

Actor, Choreographer.

12. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

13. Cheh Chang

Director | Bao chou

Chang Cheh was the leading Martial Arts director in Hong Kong in the 1970s, now with close to 100 films to his name. His has influenced other directors such as John Woo and Liu Chiau Liang, and made famous such Hong Kong stars as Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Fu Sheng and Lung Ti. Chang has declared ...

Director, Producer, Writer.

14. Chia-Hui Liu

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Chia-Hui Liu was born on August 22, 1951 in Guangdong, China as Jin-Hsi Shin. He is known for his work on Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978).

Actor, Choreographer, Director

15. Chia-Liang Liu

Actor | Jui kuen II

Chia-Liang Liu was born on August 1, 1936 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He is known for his work on The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), My Young Auntie (1981) and Legendary Weapons of China (1982). He was married to Jing-Jing Yung and Hsiu-Hsia Ho. He died on June 25, 2013 in Hong Kong, China.

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

16. Chia Yung Liu

Stunts | Wong Fei Hung

Chia Yung Liu was born in 1944 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He is known for his work on Wong Fei Hung (1991), Lung hing foo dai (1986) and Long zhi jia zu (1988).

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer.

17. Chien Sun

Actor | Wu du

Chien Sun was born on January 26, 1955 in Taiwan. He is known for his work on Five Deadly Venoms (1978), The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) and Can que (1978).

Actor, Stuntman.

18. Ching-Ying Lam

Actor | Bai ga jai

Ching-Ying Lam was born on December 27, 1952 in Shanghai, China, the third of six children. He attended Shun Yi Association Elementary School in Hong Kong for 2 years. He later attended the Chun Chau Drama Society to learn Peking Opera, where he portrayed female roles and did stunt-doubling for ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

19. Chuck Norris

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris is familiar to fans worldwide as the star of action films such as The Hitman (1991), The Delta Force (1986) and Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection (1990). He also starred in Missing in Action (1984) and its sequels, Firewalker (1986) and Sidekicks (1992). He was an executive ...

Actor, Choreographer, Producer, Writer.

20. Corey Yuen

Actor | Zhi fa xian feng

Corey Yuen was born in 1951 in Hong Kong, China as Ying Gang-Ming. He is known for his work on Above the Law (1986), The Legend (1993) and Red Cliff (2008).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Director.

21. Cynthia Khan

Actress | Eternal Fist

After studying Chinese and jazz dance from elementary school, at 17 years old Yeung won a national contest to find new talents, organized by the Taiwainese TV, and shortly after she made several appearances on TV and a bit part in the Taiwanese film of 1985 "Taipei Story", directed by Yang De-Chang...


22. Cynthia Rothrock

Actress | Cui hua kuang mo

Cynthia Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock. She is an actress and producer, known for Cui hua kuang mo (1993), Honor and Glory (1993) and Above the Law (1986).

Actress, Producer.

23. Cyril Raffaelli

Stunts | Banlieue 13

Cyril Raffaelli was born on April 1, 1974. He is known for his work on District B13 (2004), District 13: Ultimatum (2009) and Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

Actor, Stuntman.

24. Damian Lau

Actor | Hung Hei Kwun: Siu Lam ng zou

Damian Lau was born on October 14, 1949. He is an actor and producer, known for The New Legend of Shaolin (1994), Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) and Duel to Death (1983).


25. Dan Chupong

Actor | Ong-bak

Dan Chupong was born on March 23, 1981 in Kalasin Province, Thailand. He is known for his work on Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003), Ong-bak 3 (2010) and Kerd ma lui (2004).

Actor, Stuntman.

26. Darren Shahlavi

Actor | Alone in the Dark

Darren Shahlavi was seven years old when he started training in martial arts in an old drama theatre in Manchester, England. Inspired by Bruce Lees films and other action movies such as Star Wars, he dreamed of being a movie actor and would show up to his Judo class at the drama hall early to watch...


27. David Chiang

Actor | Ci Ma

David Chiang was born in Suzhou, China on June 29, 1947. His mother Hung Wei and father Yim Dut were very popular movie stars. Young David began his acting career at a very early age, appearing in black & white films while he was only 4 years old. "John" is David's real English name, while "David" ...


28. Dick Wei

Actor | The Deadly Warrant

Dick Wei was born in 1953 in Pingdong, Taiwan as Dik Wai. He is known for his work on The Deadly Warrant (1994), Sha ru di yu (1991) and Shanghai Express (1986).

Actor, Stuntman.

29. Dolph Lundgren

Actor | Rocky IV

Dolph Lundgren was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Sigrid Birgitta (Tjerneld), a language teacher, and Karl Johan Hugo Lundgren, an engineer and economist for the Swedish government. He lived in Stockholm until the age of 13, when he moved in with his grandparents in Nyland, Ångermanland, Sweden. ...


30. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim ...

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

31. Etsuko Shiomi

Actress | Shanhai bansukingu

Shihomi Etsuko was born in the western city of Okayama in Japan. Her father worked at Japan's Mint responsible for manufacturing money. She has a younger brother. She is athletic since childhood and at junior high school was part of the track and field club. She was second in her prefecture in the ...


32. Feng Huang

Writer | Xue fu men

Feng Huang is a writer and director, known for Xue fu men (1971), Yeodangsu (1972) and Daepyogaek (1971).

Director, Producer, Writer.

33. Feng Ku

Actor | Wu Song

Feng Ku was born on July 3, 1930 in Shanghai, China as Szu Wen Chen. He is an actor, known for Wu Song (1983), Huang Fei Hong (1973) and Five Deadly Venoms (1978).


34. Feng Lu

Actor | Wu du

Feng Lu was born on May 5, 1953 in Taiwan as Chu Chiu-hsue. He is known for his work on Five Deadly Venoms (1978), Cha shou (1981) and Lei tai (1983).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

35. Gareth Evans

Director | Serbuan maut

Welsh born writer/director, in 2003 directed a short film "Samurai Monogatari" telling the tale of a Samurai waiting to be executed. The short was in Japanese language and starred students from Tokyo who were studying at Cardiff University at the time.

In 2003 he also graduated with an MA in ...

Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

36. Gary Daniels

Actor | The Expendables

Action film star Gary Daniels was a real-life kick-boxing champion. With rugged good-looks, a muscular build and a charming personality, it was a natural for him to move from the world of fighting to that of acting.

Born Gary Edward Daniels on May 9, 1963 in Woking, Surrey, England, Daniels was a ...


37. Hark-On Fung

Actor | Kung fu

Hark-On Fung was born on September 12, 1948 in Shaxi, Zhonghsan, Guangdong Province, China. He is known for his work on Kung Fu Hustle (2004), Dragon Strike (1982) and Ip Man 2 (2010). He died on March 2, 2016 in Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

38. Hark Tsui

Producer | Wong Fei Hung

Tsui Hark recently became the fourth Chinese film director to join the board of judges for the 57th Cannes Film Festival in the feature films category this year.

An internationally acclaimed visionary director, Hark started making experimental movies with 8mm film when he was only 13. After ...

Actor, Director, Producer, Writer.

39. Hoi Sang Lee

Actor | Hao xia

Hoi Sang Lee is known for his work on Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979), Ying zhao tie bu shan (1977) and Qi ji (1989).


40. Hsia Hsu

Actor | Zui quan

Hsia Hsu is known for his work on Drunken Master (1978), Po jian ji xian feng (1991) and Guang Dong liang zai yu (1982).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Director.

41. Hou Hsiao

Actor | Pi li shi jie

Hsiao Hou was born in Henan China in 1958 and was schooled in the Chinese Opera by the famous Fan Kuk-Fa in Bejing as a very young child. He was discovered by Lar Kar-Leung (Liu Chia-Liang) in 1978 and later became a disciple of the martial artist/director for a number of years. His astonishing ...

Actor, Stuntman.

42. Hua Yueh

Actor | Da zui xia

Hua Yueh was born on July 14, 1942 in Shanghai, China. He is an actor and writer, known for Da zui xia (1966), Xi you ji (1966) and Three Kingdoms (2008). He has been married to Ni Tien since 1975. They have one child.


43. Huang-Hsi Liu

Stunts | He nan Song shan Shao Lin Si

Huang-Hsi Liu is known for his work on He nan Song shan Shao Lin Si (1981), Ching gip (1993) and Five Deadly Venoms (1978).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

44. Iko Uwais

Actor | Serbuan maut 2: Berandal

Iko Uwais was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Maisyaroh and Mustapha Kamaluddin. His grandfather, H. Achmad Bunawar, was a master of silat, an Indonesian traditional martial art, and founded a silat school. Iko himself has been learning silat since he was 10 years old. He became National Champion in...

Actor, Choreographer.

45. Ing-Sik Whang

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Ing-Sik Whang is a Grandmaster of hapkido and a student of legendary hapkido Grandmaster Ji Han-jae (generally regarded as one of the two "fathers" of hapkido). For those who may be unaware, hapkido is a Korean martial art employing both grappling and striking techniques to disable an opponent.

To ...


46. Isaac Florentine

Director | Undisputed II: Last Man Standing

Adored by his fans for many years Isaac Florentine has built up his excellent reputation within the movie business. At first attracting the action movie fans, Isaac moved into the mainstream with New Line's release Undisputed II: Last man standing. The film received rave reviews not only for its ...

Director, Producer.

47. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Director, Producer, Writer.

48. Jing Wu

Actor | Zhan lang

Born in Beijing China in 1974, he was sent to train at Beijing Wushu Academy when he was 6 years old as both his Father and Grandfather were also Martial artists. In 1995 he was spotted by Yuen Woo-Ping who had come to the academy to look for a martial artist for the film Tai Chi 2 (aka Tai Chi ...


49. James Lew

Stunts | Luke Cage

Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu (1972) television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon (1979). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

50. Jang Lee Hwang

Actor | Ying zhao tie bu shan

Hwang Jang-Lee is the ultimate bootmaster. Known for his powerful and deadly kicks on screen as well as off, Hwang has a reputation as the Lord of the Superkickers. Born in Japan, Hwang's family moved back to their native Korea, where at the age of 14, Hwang began taking the national martial art of...

Actor, Choreographer.

51. Jason Statham

Actor | Crank

Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has ...


52. Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor | Double Impact

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant. "The Muscles from Brussels" started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was ...

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

53. JeeJa Yanin

Actress | Chocolate

Yanin "Jeeja" pronounced "ChiCha" Vismitananda was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mother is Prasita Vismitananda and her father, Pawadol Borirak, was a businessman who died when his daughter was 17, she has an older brother, Nantapong "Jeed" Vismitananda. She is mainly of Thai descent with some ...


54. Jeff Imada

Stunts | The Bourne Ultimatum

Jeff Imada was born and raised in Inglewood, California, USA, where he began studying martial arts at the age of fifteen. At El Camino College and UCLA, he majored in pre-med and minored in music. While in college, he started working as a movie "extra," which led to his becoming a member of the ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

55. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

Actor, Producer.

56. Jimmy Nickerson

Stunts | Star Trek: First Contact

Jimmy Nickerson was born on September 18, 1949 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Waterworld (1995) and Volcano (1997). He died on May 4, 2018.


57. Joey Ansah

Actor | The Bourne Ultimatum

Joey Ansah was born in 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, 2nd in line to an older brother, Ryan, 3 years his senior. He is of mixed ethnicity, with his mother Nicola, originating from Plymouth, Devon, England and his father Kofi, originally from Ghana, west Africa. Joey grew up and spent the ...

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

58. Johnny Nguyen

Actor | Tom yum goong

Johnny left Vietnam at the age of 8, uncertain of what lied ahead. As a boy, he already loved Hong Kong cinema. Johnny would start training in martial arts and now has over 18 years of experience in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Japanese Aikido. Johnny is now also an expert in Wushu, which he does for over ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Producer, Writer.

59. John Woo

Director | Ying hung boon sik

Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow ...

Actor, Director, Producer, Writer.

60. Joyce Godenzi

Actress | Dung fong tuk ying

Joyce Godenzi was born in 1965 in Hong Kong as Joyce Mina (English) Godenzi. She is an actress, known for Dung fong tuk ying (1987), Bi gui zhuo (1986) and Mr. Nice Guy (1997). She has been married to Sammo Kam-Bo Hung since 1995.


61. Jung Yuen

Actor | Chi luo kuang ben

Born Kim Won-Jun in Korea, this young taekwondo and wushu expert made a name for himself in Hong Kong. He made his debut as the supervillain in Operation Scorpio (1991). It would be the biggest role he would play. He made 2 other films afterwards and was never heard from again. Rumours said he had ...


62. Ka-Yan Leung

Actor | The Man with the Iron Fists

Ka-Yan Leung was born on January 20, 1949 in Guangdong, China. He is an actor and director, known for The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Wu ming huo (1984) and Zou lao wei long (1993).


63. Kar Lok Chin

Actor | Se, jie

Kar Lok Chin was born on August 6, 1965 in Hong Kong. He is known for his work on Lust, Caution (2007), San suk si gin (2009) and Moon to (2007). He has been married to Angela Ying-Ying Tong since November 13, 2012. They have two children.

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Director.

64. Kara Wai

Actress | Wu xia

Born Kara Hui Ying-Hung on in Shandong, China. Her Family moved to Hong Kong in 1966 and she started working at night clubs at fourteen. Her family lost their savings from her father's business acquaintances. Being left penniless, Hui's mother, herself and her siblings were forced to peddle goods ...


65. Karen Sheperd

Stunts | Mystery Men

Karen Sheperd is an American actress in film, television and theatre. Her recurring guest-star role as "The Enforcer" on television's "Hercules, The Legendary Journeys", opposite Kevin Sorbo, received the highest ratings ever for the entire series. Karen recently appeared on "Criminal Minds" with ...

Actress, Stuntwoman.

66. Keanu Reeves

Actor | The Matrix

Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, ...

Actor, Director, Producer, Writer.

67. Kuan-Chun Chi

Actor | Da e ke

Chi Kuan-Chun was one of the top Shaw Brothers stars to have a successful post-Shaws career in the 1970s. Chi began studying martial arts at the age of 12 and after learning for nearly a decade, was chosen to play a stuntman in a Hollywood film. Soon after, he became one of the top talents for Shaw...


68. Kuan Tai Chen

Actor | The Man with the Iron Fists

Kuan Tai Chen was born on September 24, 1945 in Guangdong, China. He is an actor and producer, known for The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Bloody Monkey Master (1977) and Sing gei cha low (1974).

Actor, Stuntman.

69. Kuang Ni

Writer | Xiao sha xing

Kuang Ni was born in 1935 in Shanghai, China as Ni Yi-ming. He is a writer and actor, known for Xiao sha xing (1970), Wai Si Lei and Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978).


70. Larnell Stovall

Stunts | Sultan

Larnell Stovall moved from New Orleans to pursue the movie industry in February 2001. He is a former world and international champion in fighting, weapons and forms (kata).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

71. Li Wang

Actor | Cha shou

Li Wang is an actor, known for Cha shou (1981), Shen diao xia lu (1982) and Five Element Ninjas (1982).

Actor, Stuntman.

72. Lieh Lo

Actor | Tian xia di yi quan

Born in Indonesia to Cantonese parents, Lo migrated to Hong Kong in his teens, where he attended acting school and in 1962 joined the Shaw Bros. film company. By 1969 he had become the first kungfu superstar, preceding the legendary Bruce Lee. He acted in more than 100 films, usually cast as ...

Actor, Writer.

73. Lily Li

Actress | Shi di chu ma

Lily Li was born on June 14, 1950 in Hong Kong. She is an actress, known for Shi di chu ma (1980), Nian hua re cao (1976) and Kong cheng ji (2013).


74. Luc Besson

Writer | Le cinquième élément

Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in ...

Producer, Writer.

75. Lung Ti

Actor | Ying hung boon sik

Lung Ti was born on August 19, 1946 in Guangdong Province, China as Tam Fu Wing. He is an actor and director, known for A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) and Dynasty of Blood (1973). He has been married to Min-Ming Tao since May 22, 1975. They have one child.

Actor, Stuntman.

76. Lung Wei Wang

Actor | Shao Lin yu Wu Dang

Lung Wei Wang was born on July 14, 1949 in China. He is an actor and director, known for Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (1983), Jian dong xiao xiong (1985) and Five Deadly Venoms (1978).


77. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...


78. Mark Dacascos

Actor | Le pacte des loups

Mark Dacascos was born on February 26, 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA as Mark Alan Dacascos. He is known for his work on Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), Only the Strong (1993) and Drive (1997). He has been married to Julie Condra since January 5, 1998. They have three children.

Actor, Choreographer.

79. Marko Zaror

Actor | Alita: Battle Angel

Marko Zaror Aguad (Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean martial arts action star and fight choreographer, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. His career began as a young boy with a passion for martial arts and fighting, inspired by Bruce Lee. At the age of six he started training himself, and ...

Actor, Choreographer, Producer, Writer.

80. Meng Lo

Actor | Yip Man 3

Meng Lo was born on August 4, 1952 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong as Kwan-Lam Law. He is known for his work on Yip Man 3 (2015), Ip Man 2 (2010) and Hard Boiled (1992).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

81. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer.

82. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

Actress, Stuntwoman, Producer.

83. Mona Fong

Producer | Shi wan huo ji

In 1981, Mona Fong was voted to the Board of directors of Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. After the closure of the movie studio in 1985, Mona Fong later rose to the position of chairwoman of TVB, Hong Kong's titan television network as well as chief executive for Shaw's remaining motion picture subsidiary ...


84. Moon Lee

Actress | Tian shi xing dong

Moon Lee was born on February 14, 1965 in Hong Kong as Lee Choi Fong. She is known for her work on Fighting Madam (1987), Chi se da feng bao (1990) and Jin san jiao qun ying hui (1992).


85. Norman Chu

Actor | Shao Lin san shi liu fang

Norman Chu was born on May 6, 1955 in Hong Kong. He is an actor and director, known for Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978), Tiger on Beat (1988) and Duel to Death (1983).

Actor, Stuntman.

86. Pai Wei

Actor | Wu du

Pai Wei was born in 1957 in China. He is an actor, known for Five Deadly Venoms (1978), Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979) and The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979).


87. Panna Rittikrai

Director | Ong-bak 3

Panna Rittikrai is the man behind Thai action star Tony Jaa, whose work in Ong-Bak, astounded viewers across the globe. Panna Rittikrai was born in the small village of Khon Kaen in Thailand. At a young age, he was a fan of martial arts films and he knew it would be his dream to become involved in ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Director, Producer.

88. Pei-Pei Cheng

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Pei-Pei Cheng was born on December 4, 1946 in Shanghai, China. She is an actress and producer, known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Lilting (2014) and Da zui xia (1966).


89. Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok

Actor | Lat sau san taam

Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok was born on October 21, 1951 in Taipei, Taiwan. He is known for his work on Hard Boiled (1992), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001).

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

90. Phillip Rhee

Actor | Best of the Best

Phillip Rhee is a master martial artist, actor and filmmaker best known for creating the "BEST of the BEST" film franchise with his producing partner and mentor Peter E. Strauss (Former Chairman of Lions Gate) and Frank Giustra, a Canadian Billionaire and founder of Lions Gate. The first "Best of ...

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Producer, Writer.

91. Prachya Pinkaew

Producer | Ong-bak

Prachya Pinkaew was born on September 2, 1962. He is a producer and director, known for Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003), The Protector (2005) and Chocolate (2008).

Director, Producer, Writer.

92. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

Producer, Distributor (Dragon Dynasty DVD label).

93. Raymond Chow

Producer | Meng long guo jiang

A native of Guangdong province with Hakka roots, Golden Harvest studio president Raymond Chow was born in Hong Kong and considered to be a role model for success as a product of the parochial Catholic education system from China's past. Having fist attended the legendary St. Stephen's College ...

Producer, Distributor.

94. Richard Norton

Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road

A powerful screen presence, Richard Norton wins the applause of international audiences with his engaging ability to play either the hero or the heavy. Rare versatility and focused work ethic have enabled him to build an expanding library of almost 100 film and television titles. The disciplines ...

Actor, Choreographer.

95. Robert Clouse

Director | Enter the Dragon

A hard-working director throughout his long and varied career, Robert Clouse is known best for his two most successful films: Enter the Dragon (1973) and _Game of Death (1978_. Clouse was a director who worked mainly in the visuals of cinema, owing to the fact that he was completely deaf, he ...

Director, Writer.

96. Robert Tai

Actor | Hong men jue e zhe

Robert Tai was born in 1953 in Taiwan. He is known for his work on Hong men jue e zhe (1985), Shaolin Dolemite (1999) and Zhan long (1988). He died in August 2017 in Taiwan.

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman.

97. Roy Horan

Actor | Si wang ta

Roy Horan, presently CEO and founder of Innovea Ltd., began his career as a martial arts student of renowned Korean taekwondo master and popular Hong Kong movie super-villain "lord of the super kickers" Jang Lee Hwang. American-born Roy had emigrated initially to Taiwan and finally Hong Kong after ...

Actor, Producer.

98. Runme Shaw

Producer | Wu du

Runme Shaw was born in 1901 in Zhenhai, Zhejiang, China as Renmei Shao. He is known for his work on Five Deadly Venoms (1978), Bao biao (1969) and Vengeance (1970). He died on March 2, 1985 in Singapore.

Producer, Distributor.

99. Run Run Shaw

Blade Runner

Run Run Shaw was born in Shanghai, China on October 4, 1907. He went into the filming industry with his brother, Runme Shaw, and established the Shaw Organization in 1926 and the Shaw Studios (formerly South Seas Film studio) in 1930. In 1967, Shaw established the famous Television Broadcasts ...

Producer, Distributor.

100. Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Stunts | Yip Man

Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...

Actor, Choreographer, Stuntman, Director, Producer, Writer.

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