Stuntman-turned-director Stanley Tong must share some of the credit for Jackie Chan's long overdue successful incursion into the lucrative US film market with the 1996 release of a dubbed and mildly e...
|Clash of the Ninja||1987||Actor||n/a||19877|
|China Strike Force||2000||Director||n/a||4|
|Stone Age Warriors||1989||Director||n/a||4|
|Once A Cop||1994||Director||n/a||4|
|Rumble in the Bronx||1995||Director||n/a||4|
|Martial Law||2000-01-01T00:00:00+0000 1998||Director||n/a||4|
|Ocean Flame||2008||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Once A Cop||1994||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Rumble in the Bronx||1995||From Story||n/a||1|
|The Myth||2005||Story By||n/a||1|
|First Strike||1997||Camera||underwater cameraman||1|
|Rumble in the Bronx||1995||Advisor||martial arts coordinator||1|
|First Strike||1997||Stunt Coordinator||n/a||1|
|"Stone Age Warriors" caught the attention of Golden Harvest producer Leonard Ho|
|Began martial arts training at age 12; studies included Hung Boxing, Tai Chi and Kick Boxing|
|Established his own film production company, Golden Gate|
|Performed hundreds of stunts; doubled for such actors as Leslie Cheung and Brandon Lee and actresses such as Maggie Cheung and Michelle Khan; injuries included a broken shoulder, several cracked ribs, a cracked skull, a broken leg, damaged knees and vario|
|In June, signed with William Morris in hopes of making films in Hollywood|
|Helmed live-action feature "Mr. Magoo", starring Leslie Nielsen|
|Stunt coordinated four more films|
|Feature directing debut, "Stone Age Warriors", reputedly the first commercial film ever to be shot amid the aboriginal head hunters in New Guinea; also wrote, stunt-directed and executive produced; brought in the acclaimed actioner for a mere $1 million|
|Segued into production managing and screenwriting as well as stunt driving|
|Served as stunt coordinator and co-director on the popular action films "Angel 2" and "Angel 3" (date approximate)|
|Born in Hong Kong|
|Directed Chan and Khan in "Police Story 3: Supercop"; became that year's highest grossing film in all of Asia|
|Promoted to assistant stunt coordinator; worked in this capacity for six films|
|With the help of his brother-in-law, veteran actor Lo Lich, started film career as a part-time stuntman at the Shaw Brothers Studios (date approximate)|
|Became a stunt coordinator|
|Executive produced and directed episodes of the CBS series "Martial Law", starring Sammo Hung|
|Directed Khan in her spin-off vehicle "Once A Cop/Project S"|
|Moved to Canada at age 17; worked as a martial arts instructor while going to school; became interested in fast cars and precision driving|
|Became an assistant director; worked to learn all aspects of filmmaking from pre-production to post-production to distribution|
|Returned to Hong Kong to help with the family business|
|Reteamed with Chan as director of the action star's US breakthrough feature, "Rumble in the Bronx" (filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)|
|Commissioned by Golden Harvest to direct Jackie Chan and Michelle Khan in a lavish action vehicle set in mainland China|
Born in Hong Kong, Tong began his martial arts training at age 12, studying Hung Boxing, Tai Chi and Kick Boxing. At age 17, he moved to Canada where he taught martial arts while attending school, where he also developed an interest in fast cars and precision driving. Returning to Hong Kong, and with the help of his brother-in-law, veteran actor Lo Lich, Tong entered show business in 1980 as a part-time stuntman at the Shaw Brothers Studios. He performed hundreds of stunts over the next three years, often doubling for the likes of Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung and Michelle Khan. This exciting work reportedly took its toll on Tong's body as he amassed an impressive collection of injures including a broken shoulder, several cracked ribs, a cracked skull, a broken leg, damaged knees and various back injuries. Not too surprisingly, he decided his future lay behind the camera.
To further his goal of learning all aspects of filmmaking, Tong became an assistant director in 1983. His background as a stunt man helped in his promotion to assistant stunt coordinator, a position he held on six films. Tong also diversified into production managing and screenwriting while returning in front of the camera as a stunt driver. Eventually, he advanced to the position of stunt coordinator, notably serving in both this capacity and co-director on the popular action films "Angel 2" and "Angel 3" (both 1987). Tong stunt coordinated four more films before establishing Golden Gate, his own modest film production company.
Tong made his debut as a filmmaker executive producing, writing, directing and stunt directing "Stone Age Warriors" (1990). This low-budget ($1 million) actioner was hyped as the first fiction film authorized to be shot amid the aboriginal head hunters of New Guinea. Tong's action-comedy about two city girls abroad was a notably difficult on-location shoot featuring dangerous stunts and major action set pieces. "Stone Age Warriors" nearly bankrupted the neophyte but it attracted the attention of Golden Harvest producer Leonard Ho. Impressed that Tong managed some sequences that were logistically comparable to those in Jackie Chan's $15 million "Armour of God" (1986), Golden Harvest commissioned Tong to direct "Police Story 3: Supercop" (1992). Boasting the first screen pairing of action icons Chan and Michelle Khan, this lavish adventure became the highest-grossing film in Asia that year and was notable for its Hollywood-styled action sequences wherein Chan's character utilized automatic weaponry and dangled from helicopters.
Dubbed and re-edited, "Supercop" (1996) proved an apt choice for Chan's second major US release. Reviewers cheered but the box-office take was more modest than for "Rumble in the Bronx". The same was true for the James Bond-ish "First Strike" (1997). Nevertheless, Hollywood took notice of Tong's talent for delivering maximum bang for the buck. Disney hired Tong to helm the live-action "Mr. Magoo" (1997), starring Leslie Nielsen as the accident-prone but lucky nearsighted character of cartoon fame.
|Lo Lich||Brother-In-Law||while under contract to the Shaw Brothers Studio, helped Tong get his first stunt work|
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