Asian Alphas

by Willybea | created - 03 Oct 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. 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, ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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,...

5. 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 ...

6. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

7. Tony Jaa

Actor | Ong-bak 3

Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. Jaa studied martial arts at the local ...

8. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

9. Simon Yam

Actor | PTU

Simon Yam was born 19 March, 1955, also known as Yam Tat-wah, is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He started off as a supermodel before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television ...

10. 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 ...

11. Robin Shou

Actor | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Robin Shou is the fourth child of a Shanghai tailor and homemaker. His family moved to the US in 1971. Their first home in Los Angeles was a 2 bedroom apartment near Olympic and Vermont, today known as Koreatown.

Shou didn't start attending martial arts classes until he was 19. He took Kenpo (Karate...

12. Joe Taslim

Actor | Serbuan maut

Johannes Taslim or Joe Taslim (born 23 June 1981) is an Indonesian model, actor, and former Judo athlete. He became well known in the 2012 action film The Raid: Redemption.

Taslim was born in South Sumatera, Indonesia. He was exposed to martial arts at an early age. His martial arts training ...

13. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

14. 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...

15. Will Yun Lee

Actor | Altered Carbon

Will Yun Lee was born in Arlington, Virginia, to Jung Ja Lee and Soo Won Lee, who had recently emigrated from Korea. He was raised by both immediate and extended family and moved often, exposed to life on the tough Bronx streets and idyllic Hawaiian beaches. By his teens he was living in the San ...

16. Shaobo Qin

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

SHAOBO QIN (Yen), a member of the internationally acclaimed Peking Acrobats, made his motion picture debut in Ocean's Eleven (2001). Shaobo was rehearsing with the Peking Acrobats when he was spotted and asked to audition for the role of Yen.

Born in Guangxi, China in 1982, Shaobo saw his first ...

17. 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...

18. Brian Tee

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Brian Tee can be seen as a series regular on the hit NBC television drama "Chicago Med," produced by Dick Wolf. Tee plays "Dr. Ethan Choi," the sexy doctor on rotation who found his calling in medicine while serving in the Navy. He is a tireless yet impulsive doctor who suffers from his own trauma ...

19. John Koyama

Stunts | Preacher

John got his start in the film business as a stunt man in 1990 on the film The Perfect Weapon. At the age of 9, he started studying boxing, kickboxing, gung fu, kali and escrima and eventually Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do under Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo at the original Filipino Kali ...

20. Lewis Tan

Actor | Into the Badlands

Lewis Tan was born on February 4, 1987 in Manchester, England as Lewis Singwah Tan. He is known for his work on Into the Badlands (2015), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Wu Assassins (2019).

21. Chen Chang

Actor | Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian

Chang Chen, an international renowned actor, first earned his attention at the age of 14 when he took the lead role in A Brighter Summer Day. Since then, he was nominated three times at the Golden Horse Awards, and several times for best actor at the Berlinale and the Cannes Film Festival. He won ...

22. Arifin Putra

Actor | Serbuan maut 2: Berandal

Arifin Putra was born Putra Arifin Scheunemann on May 1, 1987, in Mainz, Germany. He is the second of two children of Joyce Sunandar, who runs a catering business, and Axel Scheunemann, an exporter and landscaping specialist. His father is German and his mother is Indonesian. He migrated with his ...

23. Mike Moh

Actor | Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Mike grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was inspired by one of his heroes, Jackie Chan, while working as a stuntman in Hong Kong on the film "Robin-B-Hood" to pursue a career in acting. Mike relocated to Los Angeles and landed roles in numerous commercials, TV shows, and films like "Street Fighter:...

24. Masa Yamaguchi

Actor | Strike Back

Born in London, Masa and his family moved to Tokyo when he was three. At the age of 15, his family moved to Melbourne, Australia where he finished school and then attended Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts graduating in 2001. By the time he graduated he had already landed multiple ...

25. Jason Scott Lee

Actor | Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Of Hawaiian and Chinese descent, Jason Scott Lee was born in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Hawaii from the age of two. His interest in acting began while studying in high school. It blossomed further when he enrolled in Fullerton College, where he studied under acting coach Sal Romeo. His ...



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