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Also Known As: Hung Gam Bo, Samo Hung, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Samo Hung Kam-Bo, Hong Jin Bao, Hung Kam-Bo Died:
Born: January 7, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hong Kong Profession: actor, director, producer, fight choreographer

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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. ...

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.

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  Knock Off (1998) Director (2nd Unit)
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CAST: (feature film)

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 14 Blades (2014)
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 Simple Life, A (2012)
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 Fatal Move (2008)
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 Twins Mission (2007)
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 Zu Warriors (2005) Long Brow
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 Kill Zone (2005)
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 Maan Lone (2005)
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 Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (2004) Luk Ching Yang
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Was cared for by his grandparents while his parents worked
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Inspired to become an actor when he saw other children training in Peking Opera
1960:
Joined Sifu Yu Jim Yuen's Peking Opera School
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Became the foremost member of the Seven Little Fortunes children's performance troupe
1961:
Film debut at age 11, "Education of Love"
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Eventually instructed younger classmates, including Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao, in Opera-style martial arts under Sifu Yu's guidance
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Acquired nickname that translates to "Big Brother"
1970:
Hired by Golden Harvest studios as a martial arts choreographer
1973:
Went to South Korea to study the martial art Hapkido directly under master Ji Han Jae
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Returning to Hong Kong, continued study of Hapkido under Jin Pal Kim
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Developed the unarmed combat style that characterized most of the studio's film heroes
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Specialized in playing villains
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Battled Bruce Lee in the opening scenes of "Enter the Dragon" (US release date 1973)
1977:
First lead in a Golden Harvest picture
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
1978:
With director Karl Maka and former actor-choreographer Lau Kar Wing, formed Gar Bo Films
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"
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Headed two production companies, Boho and Bojon, in the late 1980s
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"
1987:
Directed and co-starred with Chan and Biao in "Dragons Forever"
1991:
Left Golden Harvest after 21 years following a string of box-office failures and a falling out with studio head Raymond Chow
1995:
Served as stunt director on "Thunderbolt", a Jackie Chan racecar movie
1996:
Directed Chan in the Australian-filmed feature "Mr. Nice Guy"; reputedly the first HK film to be shot in English
1998:
US TV series debut as star of the CBS drama "Martial Law"
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Reteamed with Chan for the film "Highbinders" (lensed 2001)
2004:
Starred with Jackie Chan in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days"
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Education

Chinese Opera Research Institute: -

Notes

"'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.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Jo Yuen Ok. Married in 1973; divorced in 1994; mother of Hung's four children.
wife:
Joyce Godenzi. Actor. 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.

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grandmother:
Chin Tsi-ang. Actor, producer, executive. Born in 1909; was the first martial-arts heroine in Chinese films.
grandfather:
Hung Chung-ho. Director, producer, executive.
son:
Timmy Hung. Actor. Born c. 1974; mother, Jo Yuen Ok; had recurring role on "Martial Law".
son:
Jimmy Hung. Born c. 1975; mother, Jo Yuen Ok.
son:
Sammy Hung. Born c. 1979; mother, Jo Yuen Ok.
daughter:
Stpehanie Hung. Born c. 1983; mother, Jo Yuen Ok.
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