Stanley Tong

Director, Stunt coordinator, Producer
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 edited version of ... Read more »
Born: in Hong Kong

Filmography

Director (10)

The Diary 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Myth 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

China Strike Force 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Martial Law 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

First Strike 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Rumble in the Bronx 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Once A Cop 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Supercop 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Stone Age Warriors 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Chinese Zodiac 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Diary 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Myth 2005 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Myth 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

First Strike 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rumble in the Bronx 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

Once A Cop 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Ocean Flame 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dragon Blade 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Flatland (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

First Strike 1997 (Movie)

underwater cameraman (Camera)
Actor (1)

Clash of the Ninja 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)
Other (1)

Rumble in the Bronx 1995 (Movie)

martial arts coordinator (Advisor)

Biography

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 edited version of "Rumble in the Bronx" (released throughout Asia in 1995). Although Chan had previously attempted to duplicate his awesome Asian success in the USA, it took Tong to showcase the action comedy star's acrobatic clowning, fighting and winning personality. American audiences embraced this likably goofy story about a Chinese cop who visits "The Bronx" (actually Vancouver, British Columbia) for his uncle's wedding but ends up battling a local gang and other more ominous criminal figures. Tong served as director, martial arts director and story writer for this modestly-budgeted ($6 million) production. Boasting a Hollywood sheen and somewhat more conventional stunt choreography than that in Chan films geared primarily for the Asian market, "Rumble in the Bronx" garnered positive stateside reviews and over $32 million in domestic grosses, thereby becoming one of the most profitable films of 1996. This achievement becomes even more remarkable when one learns that this was only Tong's third outing as a feature director.

Relationships

Lo Lich

Brother-In-Law
while under contract to the Shaw Brothers Studio, helped Tong get his first stunt work

Milestones

1998

Executive produced and directed episodes of the CBS series "Martial Law", starring Sammo Hung

1997

Helmed live-action feature "Mr. Magoo", starring Leslie Nielsen

1996

In June, signed with William Morris in hopes of making films in Hollywood

1995

Reteamed with Chan as director of the action star's US breakthrough feature, "Rumble in the Bronx" (filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

1993

Directed Khan in her spin-off vehicle "Once A Cop/Project S"

1992

Directed Chan and Khan in "Police Story 3: Supercop"; became that year's highest grossing film in all of Asia

1991

Commissioned by Golden Harvest to direct Jackie Chan and Michelle Khan in a lavish action vehicle set in mainland China

1990

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

1989

Established his own film production company, Golden Gate

1987

Served as stunt coordinator and co-director on the popular action films "Angel 2" and "Angel 3" (date approximate)

1983

Became an assistant director; worked to learn all aspects of filmmaking from pre-production to post-production to distribution

1980

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)

1980

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

1979

Returned to Hong Kong to help with the family business

Began martial arts training at age 12; studies included Hung Boxing, Tai Chi and Kick Boxing

Promoted to assistant stunt coordinator; worked in this capacity for six films

Stunt coordinated four more films

Moved to Canada at age 17; worked as a martial arts instructor while going to school; became interested in fast cars and precision driving

Segued into production managing and screenwriting as well as stunt driving

Became a stunt coordinator

"Stone Age Warriors" caught the attention of Golden Harvest producer Leonard Ho

Born in Hong Kong

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