This rotund, grizzly HK veteran appeared in some terrific films – The Postman Strikes Back, The Young Master, Millionaires Express, The Story of Ricky (the Assistant Warden), Rich and Famous, Magnificent Butcher (he was the beggar) and Dreadnaught (as the Marshall).
Why this wonderfully skilled martial artist didn’t become more successful in films is a complete mystery to me. In films like Stone Age Warriors and The Story of Ricky he is simply astounding at times with some of his acrobatic moves – and he is certainly good looking with a touch of charm – but he has spent much more time doing TV than films. One of these TV series also starred Moon Lee – which I would not at all mind seeing.
This actress has been popular in her home of Singapore for a few years with a career in modeling, singing and TV – but her film debut in The Truth About Jane and Sam made a good impression outside of that small island as well. She plays a slightly quirky character and brings a splash of Faye Wong charm to it. Since then she has also been in When I Fall in Love with . . . Both. In 2003 she got a role in the Hollywood Jackie Chan film Shanghai Knights and as his feisty kung fu sister she steals every scene she is in.
Born in 1972
5' 6'' - 34-24-35
This actress has one of those seductive come on smiles that one dreams of seeing directed at themselves some late evening in a slightly disreputable bar. It has oodles of promise of things to come. It regretfully hasn’t been utilized in film as much as I would like.
Born 08/08/69 in Beijing
In some forty-five minutes of screen time this singer won more fans and more hearts than most actresses do in a lifetime. Watching her in 1994’s Chungking Express was like receiving an adrenaline shot straight to the heart or entering a dizzying gravity free environment as she went through the film sprinkling her fairy dust charm over everything she touched. She is magical as she effectively utilizes her wide-eyed gamine look and her wiggling bottom (to the sounds of California Dreaming) to seduce and enchant the viewer. She is pure pop.
Early in her career, while still going by the name of Wong Jing Nam, Faye appeared in three HK soap operas. They are Legendary Ranger, Files of Justice II and Eternal Lover. (Thanks to Caroline Chai for this info)
She has continued to be immensely popular with her private life constantly under the intrusive and prying eyes of the HK press. Needless to say her breakup with her husband in 1999 and subsequent flirtation with Nicholas Tse (a mere 19 years old) was huge news. I am not really a big fan of Canto-pop, but god is she a wonderful singer. Even though I can’t understand a single word she is singing, it still has a real emotional impact. I think it is in Woody Allen’s film Manhattan in which he lists the things that make life worthwhile. Listening to Faye Wong sing would definitely be on my list.
Flaming Brothers (Alan Tang's contact in Thailand), City on Fire (head of Danny Lee's gang), The Club (the owner of the club). His career spanned from the early 1970's to the late 1990's.
Ah, Fennie. For some reason it took me a long time to connect up the rebel heroine Little Melon in Tai Chi Master, the Tony Leung's girl in Bullet in the Head and Blue Phoenix in Swordsman I & II with the young and adorable actress in some of those Cinema City comedies of the mid-80s such as Isle of Fantasy, Happy Ghost II and Happy Ghost III. Back in the mid-80s Fennie along with Loletta Lee, Bonnie Law and Charine Chan were all discovered by Raymond Wong and they were termed "The Happy Little Girls Troupe" But, somewhere along the way Fennie grew up.
(Partial information provided from Crayon)
Born in 09/28/65
Fiona has been a major TVB star since the mid-80s appearing in such series as State of Divinity, A State of Turbulence, The Legend of Book and Sword, Iron Butterfly and many more. She began her TV career after winning the Championship in the First Women's Body Fitness Competition organized by TVB. But I only know Fiona from her wonderful performance in Milkyway’s A Hero Never Dies. As the tough, stubborn and justice seeking girlfriend of Lau Ching-wan she cuts an unforgettable character. As far as I know, her only other film credit is another Milkyway film – Needing You (2000) in which she looks quite glamorous as Andy Lau's ex-wife. It is unusual for an actress to begin her film career in her 30’s (in HK most actresses are retired by 30!) – but hopefully there will be many other films ahead for her.
(Info provided by Sebastian Tse)
Flora Chan graduated from Boston College with a degree in Journalism. She worked for a period of time as a production assistant in the States before moving to HK to pursue a career there. She started working for TVB as a reporter for the Pearl Channel when Tang Tak Hei, the producer of the popular File of Justice series, asked her to try out for a role for FOJ V. Flora Chan's debut performance was very well received and she quickly went on to become the first female lead for many series, like Untraceable Evidence I & II, Sidebeat, A Taste of Love etc. Her roles are mostly strong professional women.
However, she bounced back in 2001 and made her first film Love au Zen.
(Written up by Caroline Chai)
This refined looking actress was educated in England and starred in only a very few films that I see her credited for in the early 1980’s. These are Duel to the Death, Life After Life (the model) and Return of the Deadly Blade. She is the daughter of Sir Cheong-Lee, ex-Legislative Councillor in the decade of the 70's. Coming from such a prominent family definitely hindered her film career. Flora is also the ex-wife of the Chairman of Esprit Co., who is now married to another ex-actress - Brigitte Lin! Currently, Flora is a famous fashion designer in HK.
(Write-up from Sebastian Tse)
Born on 12/21/61
Though Francis has been appearing in films since the mid 80’s, it is really only over the past few years in which this intense bullet headed actor has come to be considered one of the finest actors in HK. I had seen him in a number of films without really focusing on him – he always seemed to be playing a vicious or insane type of one kind or another – until I saw him in three films that made me step back and take another look at this actor.
In short succession I watched the two Once Upon a Time in Triad Society films and then Sexy and Dangerous and I was simply knocked out by what he did in them. He created brilliantly clever and original characters with such an edge that you just could not take your eyes off of him. Edge is something that Ng gives nearly all of his characters. It’s often like watching a drunk on a high wire – you never know where he is going with his characters but you know it will be interesting.
In 1996 he made Young and Dangerous, the Once Upon a Time films and Sexy and Dangerous - and then in 1997 the very interesting Full Alert. Here again he plays a criminal – but it is a wonderfully nuanced performance that brings his character a real sense of humanity. And he began getting very busy – 7 films in 1997, 8 films in 1998 and 11 films in 1999. Some of them are not particularly good (though he is usually still worth watching) – but Ng had clearly moved to the “A” list of actors getting parts in high budget productions like Gen X Cops (the best thing in this film by far), A Man Called Hero and 2000 A.D. But it was in some smaller films in which he really began to have the opportunity to shine on the screen – Bullets Over Summer, H.K. Triad, Too Many Ways To Be No.1,The Mission and then recently he finally got a romantic lead – Juliet in Love – though with Ng you know it won’t be your ordinary romance.
Born in British Columbia, Canada
This very attractive and sultry actress grew up in Canada – the product of a Chinese father and a French mother – and won a number of awards for playing the piano. In college she modeled part time and in 1995 answered a casting call for Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx (which was of course shot in Canada and not in the Bronx!). Jackie chose her and her performance in Rumble was very appealing. The film may have had its detractors – but most people (men in particular) wanted to see much more of Francoise.
She did land one important role though – as the female member of Squad 701 in Jet Li’s Black Mask. This may have helped lead to her getting a few roles in Hollywood films – Future Sport and the recent Jet Li film Romeo Must Die. In Romeo Must Die she only has a short cameo – but a very snazzy one. She has also appeared in the movie A Good Burn as well as the television series: The City and Robocop: Prime Directives and is now back living in Canada.
This is the muscle enhanced Frankie Chan – not to be confused with the other Frankie Chan. This one was the S.E. Asian body building champion and this led to a few movie roles in the early 90s. Some of these were Operation Scorpio, Vampire Kids, Scorpion King, the zombie in Magic Cop, Crocodile Hunter, Fatal Mission, Walk In (the big henchman) and in his best known film as Simon Yam’s henchman in Full Contact.
This Frankie Chan has had one of the more intriguing careers in HK film. Like so many people involved in HK film he has the aura of a Renaissance man about him as he has acted, directed, composed, produced and written scripts. He is basically a one-man shop. This is a guy who has some amazing physical skills – check him out in Prodigal Son (1982), The Good, the Bad and the Beauty (1988), Burning Ambition (1989) or Outlaw Brothers (1990) – and yet he also helped compose the wonderful soundtracks for Chungking Express (1994), Ashes of Time, Full Throttle and Fallen Angels (1995) with his musical partner Roel Garcia.
Though Frankie is rightfully associated with the action genre he has on occasion directed some other types of films such as Perfect Match, Wraith of Silence and the recent (2000) I.Q. Dudettes.
With his small, gauntly appearance and his twisted mouth, Fung Fung is one of these memorable faces that filled kung fu comedy. He was no bit player though, but rather a famed character actor, a prolific writer-director of Cantonese cinema as well as the progenitor of film talent with four of his eleven children making names for themselves within the industry.
Born in 1916, Fung Fung started acting at seventeen in Cantonese Opera. Eventually at some point during the thirties he began doing movies. Quite handsome in his young days, Fung played leading man parts. He started writing movie scripts in 1949 and directing the following year. One of the first movies he directed, THE KID, had him co-star with a young child actor of some repute, named Siu-lung, "Little Dragon", better known later on in the western world as Bruce Lee.
Fung Fung passed away in February 2000.
(Written by Yves Gendron based in part by info
provided by Christopher Fu.)
Along with Lee Hoi-shang, Fung Hark-on is one of the ubiquitous heavies of Hong Kong martial art/stunt action cinema and with his devilish face, his treacherous ways and his habit of ogling and raping maidens on occasion, one of the meanest and most loathsome of all. But he was also a formidable on-screen fighter, a skilled action choreographer, and a sought-after collaborator for Jackie and Sammo.
Fung strayed a couple of times outside of the Shaw Brothers and thus he can be spotted as one of the hero's friends in the independent production THE PRODIGAL BOXER (72) whose fighting was choreographed by another Shaw strayed dog Lau Kar-Leung’s own brother Lau Kar-wing with Fung likely working as his assistant. Also, Fung played a part in THE YOUNG DRAGONS, the directorial debut of one of Chang Cheh’s assistant directors - a young fellow by the name of John Woo. Thus began a peculiar habit by Fung of appearing in the debut of future top seminal performers/filmmakers of Hong Kong martial/action cinema. He would repeat this at least three more times, which goes to show how much in the middle of things he was. Fung also did the YOUNG DRAGONS action choreography, his first fully fledge job in such a position.
After having played the student of a bad kung fu school in Lau's second picture, CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS (76), Fung took his leave of him and somehow found his way to Shaw Studio’s chief competitor Golden Harvest where he reaquainted himself with John Woo, who now worked there, and got acquainted with Golden’s own house action director a big fella by the name of Sammo Hung. Forming his own stunt team, Fung did the stunt/action for Woo’s comedic caper MONEY CRAZY while also working as Sammo's assistant in the fight choreography of his directorial debut THE IRON-FISTED MONK. Playing the film's chief villain, Fung is seen graphically raping a young woman and then displaying Mantis Fist to great effect in a whirlwind finale. Both films proved to be enormous successes - ranking two and six in 1977’s box office chart.
When Jackie Chan became Golden Harvest’s "Golden Boy", Fung became his assistant for YOUNG MASTER (80), for Chan’s misbegotten endeavor DRAGON LORD (82), and then a couple of years later POLICE STORY (86), where he played the part of the evil nephew Johnny, seen throwing female lead Brigitte Lin into a glass casket before being kicked in the chin by Jackie and doing a back flip on top of a moving escalator. In between these projects Fung worked on Tsui Hark’s groundbreaking hallucinogenic wire-fu swordplay ZU WARRIOR OF THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN (83) where he portrayed, along with co-fight choreographer Corey Yuen, one of the lightning demons. He also remained a regular fight-extra on Sammo's pictures such as WINNER AND SINNERS (85), YES MADAM (part deleted) (85) and HEART OF THE DRAGON (85).
(Written up by Yves Gendron)
He was an extra back in the 50’s/ 60's Cantonese movies – and later shifted to become an extra in the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest films of the 70's and 80's. He can be seen in numerous small film roles – Rosa, The Magnificent Butcher, Romancing the Star III, The Banquet, Pedicab Driver (the brothel manager) and The Incorruptible are only a few of them.
(Info provided by Sebastian Tse.)