James Lew

James Lew's film credits read like a history of late 20th- and early 21st-century action movies. The martial arts master was the fight coordinator, stunt man, actor, and occasionally all three at once for over 100 ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1952

Filmography

Actor (40)

18 Fingers of Death 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond Vengeance 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gedo 2014 (Movie)

James (Actor)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 (Movie)

Chinese Leader (Actor)

Paris 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

DEA Agent (Actor)

Deep Core 1999 (Movie)

Lou Chang (Actor)

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

Freighter Captain (Actor)

The Girl Gets Moe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Replacement Killers 1998 (Movie)

Bodyguard (Actor)

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

Deadly Games 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Balance of Power 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Soul of the Avenger 1995 (Movie)

Kaan Woo (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ballistic 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood for Blood 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Mongol (Actor)

Timecop 1994 (Movie)

1st Knife (Actor)

Hot Shots! Part Deux 1993 (Movie)

Kick Boxer Opponent (Actor)

Private Wars 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Novacek's Men (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raven 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ulterior Motives 1992 (Movie)

4th Yakuza (Actor)

Do or Die 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aftershock 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Best of the Best 1989 (Movie)

Sae Jin Kwon (Actor)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

Martial-arts Instructor (Actor)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

1st Chang Sing (Actor)

Ninja Turf 1986 (Movie)

Chan (Actor)

Killpoint 1984 (Movie)

Nighthawk's 1st Gunman (Actor)

Assault on Dome 4 (TV Show)

Actor

High Voltage (TV Show)

Actor

Marker (TV Show)

Actor

Night Hunter (TV Show)

Actor

Red Sun Rising (TV Show)

Actor

The Immortals (TV Show)

Actor

The Martial Arts (TV Show)

Actor
Physical Effects (39)

Mr. Right 2015 (Movie)

Fight Coordinator (Stunt Coordinator)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Battleship 2012 (Movie)

(Stunt Double)

Safe 2012 (Movie)

(Stunt Player)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Killers 2010 (Movie)

Fight Coordinator (Stunt Coordinator)

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

(Stunt Player)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

Fight Coordinator (Stunt Coordinator)

Rush Hour 3 2007 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Live! 2006 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Scream Play 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Stunts

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Stunt Performer)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Kung Pow: Enter the Fist 2002 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

(Stunt Player)

World Stunt Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Stunts

Shadow Hours 2000 (Movie)

stunt performer (Stunts)

Star Trek: Voyager 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Stunt Coordinator

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

(Hong Kong stunt team) (Stunts)

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. 1996 (Movie)

(Stunt Player)

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory 1995 (Movie)

(Stunts)

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Rapid Fire 1992 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Double Impact 1991 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Showdown in Little Tokyo 1991 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Guns 1990 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Ninja Academy 1990 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Why Me? 1990 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Dance to Win 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Kinjite 1989 (Movie)

(Stunts)

They Live 1988 (Movie)

(Stunts)

Girls of the White Orchid 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Stunt Man

Dogwatch (TV Show)

Stunts

Mr. Atlas (TV Show)

Stunts

Stunt Seven (TV Show)

Stunts
Producer (2)

Boogie Boy 1997 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (1)

18 Fingers of Death 2014 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

18 Fingers of Death 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (6)

The Crow: Stairway to Heaven 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Other

Safe House 1999 (Movie)

sword trainer(Patrick Stewart) (Consultant)

The Base 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Other

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

martial arts trainer (Technical Advisor)

Big Trouble in Little China 1986 (Movie)

choreography(martial arts) (Choreographer)

Killpoint 1984 (Movie)

choreography(fight) (Choreographer)

Biography

James Lew's film credits read like a history of late 20th- and early 21st-century action movies. The martial arts master was the fight coordinator, stunt man, actor, and occasionally all three at once for over 100 big-screen productions in his storied career. Lew was certainly qualified for the job. After receiving his Kung Fu black belt in 1972, he won championships not only in that discipline but in several others, including tae kwon do and submission grappling. He was based in Los Angeles, so film and TV work were a logical next step. He used his training in bit parts as combative men in such testosterone-heavy punch-'em-up films as 1988's "Action Jackson" and "Escape from L.A." (1996). The bulk of his work was behind the scenes, however, either as a stuntman, stunt coordinator (as in the 1991 action-fest "Double Impact", starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), or the martial arts trainer (for the 1992 teenager-vs.-undead black comedy "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Lew kept himself in prime shape throughout his career, and even when approaching the age of 60 he still ably handled the physical demands of his job. The best example of this is his stunt work in the surreal, martial arts-flavored thriller "Inception" (2010).

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