Sammo Hung

Actor, Director, Producer
While he has not yet wooed Western audiences with the success of his "younger brother" international superstar Jackie Chan, producer-director-actor Sammo Hung has been an even more important creative force in the ... Read more »
Born: 01/06/1952 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Actor (42)

14 Blades 2014 (Movie)

Prince Qing (Actor)

Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger 2014 (Movie)

Luk Ching Yang (Actor)

Shanghai tan ma yongzhen 2014 (Movie)

Master Tit (Actor)

The Legend is born: Ip Man 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Touch and Go (Yi Chu Ji Fa) 2014 (Movie)

Fat Goose (Actor)

A Simple Life 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Tycoon 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster 2011 (Movie)

Hung Chun-nam (Actor)

Fatal Move 2008 (Movie)

Lung (Actor)

Wushu 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twins Mission 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kill Zone 2005 (Movie)

Po (Actor)

Maan Lone 2005 (Movie)

Kong Long (Actor)

Zu Warriors 2005 (Movie)

Long Brow (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Wong Fei Hung (Actor)

Men Suddenly in Black 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zu Warriors (Remake) 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Early Edition 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Arts -- The Real Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Naked Soldier 2000 (Movie)

Chi-Keung Lung (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Nice Guy 1998 (Movie)

Cyclist (Actor)

Somebody Up There Likes Me 1995 (Movie)

Master Hung (Actor)

The Stunt Woman 1995 (Movie)

Tung (Actor)

Hua Pi Zhi Yinyang Fawang 1991 (Movie)

Taiyi (Actor)

Project A 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Island on Fire 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bat Leung Gam 1989 (Movie)

Slim Chen (Actor)

Pedi-Cab Driver 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dragons Forever 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Painted Faces 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Eastern Condors 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Lucky Stars 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heart of the Dragon 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Millionaire's Express 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wheels on Meals 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Flatland (TV Show)

Actor

War Monkeys (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (11)

The Bodyguard 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Knock Off 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Nice Guy 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Time in China VI 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Pedi-Cab Driver 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Dragons Forever 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Eastern Condors 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

My Lucky Stars 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Heart of the Dragon 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Millionaire's Express 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Wheels on Meals 1983 (Movie)

(Director)
Physical Effects (7)

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 2011 (Movie)

(action direction) (Stunts)

IP Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster 2011 (Movie)

(Stunts)

My Kingdom 2011 (Movie)

Action Director (Stunt Coordinator)

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon 2008 (Movie)

Action Director (Stunt Coordinator)

The Medallion 2003 (Movie)

Action Director (Stunt Coordinator)

Once Upon a Time in China VI 1997 (Movie)

fight choreographer (Stunts)

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)
Producer (7)

Happy Bigamist 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Killer's Nocturne 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sworn Brothers 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Final Test 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jiangshi Xiansheng 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Island (Life and Death) 1984 (Movie)

(aka) Hung, Sam) (Producer)

The Millionaire's Express 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (2)

The Millionaire's Express 1984 (Movie)

(Story By)

Wheels on Meals 1983 (Movie)

(From Story)
Executive (1)

Ashes of Time 1995 (Movie)

martial arts supervisor (Supervisor)
Other (3)

Ip Man 2010 (Movie)

(Choreographer)

Ashes of Time Redux 2008 (Movie)

Action Choreographer (Choreographer)

Kung Fu Hustle 2005 (Movie)

Additional Action Choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

While he has not yet wooed Western audiences with the success of his "younger brother" international superstar Jackie Chan, producer-director-actor Sammo Hung has been an even more important creative force in the development of contemporary Hong Kong film. Sadly, to the Western viewer, he may still be best known for fighting Bruce Lee at the start of "Enter the Dragon" (1973). In fact, like Chan, he has achieved distinction as a director and producer in addition to being a popular performer. While both are comparable martial artists, Hung is generally acknowledged to be far superior as a director and storyteller, most notably in full-blooded kung fu films. Significantly he served as helmer on several of Chan's most memorable features including the landmark action comedy "Project A" (1984). When Chan directed himself, his films had great visual inventiveness but the pacing would sag in the middle and physical comedy and gags were emphasized over action. As a director, Hung brought harder-edged action scenes, a more brisk sense of timing, polished compositions and an inspired use of locations to their collaboration. Not known for his ego, he happily played second fiddle to his old school chum.

Relationships

Hung Chung-ho

Grandfather

Joyce Godenzi

Wife
born of Australian father and Chinese mother awarded Miss Hong Kong in 1986 directed by (and sometimes acted with) Hung in films including "Eastern Condors" and "Spooky, Spooky" met in 1986 married in 1995

Stpehanie Hung

Daughter
born c. 1983 mother, Jo Yuen Ok

Jimmy Hung

Son
born c. 1975 mother, Jo Yuen Ok

Sammy Hung

Son
born c. 1979 mother, Jo Yuen Ok

Timmy Hung

Son
born c. 1974 mother, Jo Yuen Ok had recurring role on "Martial Law"

Jo Ok

Wife
married in 1973 divorced in 1994 mother of Hung's four children

Chin Tsi-ang

Grandmother
born in 1909 was the first martial-arts heroine in Chinese films

EDUCATION

Chinese Opera Research Institute

alternately known as the China Drama Academy or Zhonguo Xuji Xueyuan; studied mime, acrobatics, singing, kung fu and Peking Opera from age 10 under master Yu Shan Yuan (aka Yu Jim Yuen)

Milestones

2004

Starred with Jackie Chan in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"

1998

US TV series debut as star of the CBS drama "Martial Law"

1996

Directed Chan in the Australian-filmed feature "Mr. Nice Guy"; reputedly the first HK film to be shot in English

1995

Served as stunt director on "Thunderbolt", a Jackie Chan racecar movie

1991

Left Golden Harvest after 21 years following a string of box-office failures and a falling out with studio head Raymond Chow

1987

Directed and co-starred with Chan and Biao in "Dragons Forever"

1984

Directed and co-starred with former Chinese Opera classmates Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao in "Project A", one of Chan's most highly regarded films

1984

Directed and co-starred with Chan and Biao in "Wheels on Meals"

1979

Accepted an offer from outside Golden Harvest to star as a swineherd who idolizes and impersonates Bruce Lee in the comedy "Enter the Fat Dragon"

1978

With director Karl Maka and former actor-choreographer Lau Kar Wing, formed Gar Bo Films

1978

Feature directorial debut, "The Iron-Fisted Monk", arguably the first kung fu comedy

1978

Directed "Warriors Two", the first of his two films featuring the Chinese fighting style Wing Chun

1977

First lead in a Golden Harvest picture

1973

Went to South Korea to study the martial art Hapkido directly under master Ji Han Jae

1969

Hired by Golden Harvest studios as a martial arts choreographer

1961

Film debut at age 11, "Education of Love"

1960

Joined Sifu Yu Jim Yuen's Peking Opera School

Acquired nickname that translates to "Big Brother"

Headed two production companies, Boho and Bojon, in the late 1980s

Was cared for by his grandparents while his parents worked

Returning to Hong Kong, continued study of Hapkido under Jin Pal Kim

Battled Bruce Lee in the opening scenes of "Enter the Dragon" (US release date 1973)

Specialized in playing villains

Developed the unarmed combat style that characterized most of the studio's film heroes

Eventually instructed younger classmates, including Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao, in Opera-style martial arts under Sifu Yu's guidance

Inspired to become an actor when he saw other children training in Peking Opera

Became the foremost member of the Seven Little Fortunes children's performance troupe

Reteamed with Chan for the film "Highbinders" (lensed 2001)

Bonus Trivia

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"'Samo [sic] Hung is incredibly flexible for such a big man', [Hapkido instructor Jin Pal] Kim relates. 'Like Jackie Chan, Hung's Chinese opera training gave him flexibility. He had no trouble at all with any Hapkido kicks or throwing techniques.'"Hung's favorite, repeated many times throughout his films, is a double front kick, a difficult jumping technique that employs both legs in simultaneous front kicks. In addition to his new kicking expertise, Hung has become skilled at Hapkido's throws and takedowns." --From "Hapkido For The Stars: The Training of Jackie Chan and Other Hong Kong Film Stars" by Jane Hallander, published on the World Wide Web.

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