YUEN BIAO
YUEN BIAO
TRADITIONAL CHINESE 元彪
AKA Ha Ling Chun Hsia Ling Jun
Jimmy Yuen Yan Piao
Yuan Biao Yuen Bill
Yuen Biu


DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH
26/07/1957 Hong Kong

BIOGRAPHY
Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as well. And now he is receiving a cult following due to word of mouth. Born of his parents Ha Kwong-Tai (father) and Ha Sau-Ying. Yuen Biao was first enrolled in the China Drama Academy at the age of 5 (he was the youngest there). He met Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan while attending the Academy. Jackie Chan took him under his wing and they became lifelong friends. Yuen Biao stayed at the Academy until the age of 16 where he moved with Master Jim-Yuen to America. However two years later he came back citing there were no opportunities for Chinese martial artists to star in American films. After being in some bit part roles in films such as Stoner, Hand of Death, he didn't receive his first major breakthrough role until Sammo Hung cast him in Knockabout (1979). However, his first role which gave him full exposure and established his status as a A-list star was The Prodigal Son (1981) which also starred and was directed by Sammo Hung. After that Jackie Chan cast him in the classic Project A. After starring in some other films with Sammo Hung and/or Jackie Chan he decided to go his own way and to forge his own career to get out of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung's shadow. He met his future wife DiDi Phang Sau-Ha in 1984 while working as a stunt coordinater on the film DiDi Phang was working on: Carry On Pickpocket. They have two children. His daughter Yi-Bui was born in 1986 and his son Ming-Tsak in 1988. The film On The Run (1988) confirmed his abilities as a brilliant actor as his portrayel as a married man seeking vengence for his wife's brutal murder was critically acclaimed. The following year he starred in probably his best film, The Iceman Cometh, in which he starred with acclaimed actress Maggie Cheung. The film is regarded as a cult classic and is remembered not only for the fantastic fighting scenes and hilarious comedy, but also the wonderful acting of Yuen Biao and Maggie Cheung and the wonderful simmering sexual chemistry between them. After starring in the acclaimed Once Upon a Time in China (in which most of his scenes were cut) he directed his first movie (A Kid From Tibet), in which he also starred. In 1994 he worked for the first time in years, with Sammo Hung in the gloriusly titled Don't Give a Damn. In recent years Yuen Biao has complained of poor scripts, so he appears in films sparsely nowadays. He also has a second home in Canada where he spends most of time pursuing his hobby of golf. mini-biography by Rehan Yousuf

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - ACTOR
1973 The Big Showdown
1975 The Valiant Ones
1975 The Secret Rivals
...aka "Silver Fox Rivals"
...aka "Secret Agents"
...aka "Bimilgaeg"
...aka "Zwillingsbrüder Von Bruce Lee"
...aka "Nan Quan Bei Tui"
...aka "Assassin"
c1976 Hand Of Death
...aka "Countdown In Kung Fu"
c1976 Shaolin Chamber Of Death
...aka "Shaolin Wooden Men"
1977 The Invincible Armour
1977 Snuff Bottle Connection
1977 The Amsterdam Kill
c1978 Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog
c1979 Knockabout
...aka "Jade Warriors"
c1980 Encounters Of The Spooky Kind
...aka "Ghost Against Ghost"
c1980 Game Of Death 2
...aka "Tower Of Death"
c1980 Magnificent Butcher
c1980 Young Master
c1981 Dreadnaught
c1981 Prodigal Son
...aka "Pull No Punches"
c1983 Winners & Sinners
1983 Zu: The Warriors from the Magic Mountain
...aka "Time Warriors"
1983 Project ‘A’
...aka "Pirate Patrol"
...aka "Spartan X"
c1984 Wheels On Meals
...aka "Million Dollar Heiress"
c1985 Heart Of The Dragon
...aka "First Mission"
c1985 Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars
1985 My Lucky Stars
c1986 Shanghai Express
...aka "Millionaire's Express"
1986 Above The Law
...aka "Righting Wrongs"
...aka "Zhi fa xian feng"
1987 Eastern Condors
c1987 Magic Crystal
...aka "Jade Crystal"
c1987 New Mr. Vampire 2
...aka "One Eyebrow Priest"
c1988 Dragons Forever
...aka "3 Brothers"
c1989 Saga Of The Phoenix
...aka "Peacock King 2"
c1990 Legend Of Martial Alliance
...aka "10 Tigers Of Kwantung TV"
c1991 Kid From Tibet
c1992 Once Upon A Time In China
c1994 Circus Kids
...aka "Lucky Star Dragon"
c1994 Deadful Melody
1996 Dragon From Shaolin
...aka "Dragon in Shaolin"
1997 Hero
...aka "Return of The Boxer From Shantung"
2005 Unknown 048
...aka "Huang Fei Hung & Shisan Yi TV"


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - ACTION CHOREOGRAPHER
1986 Above The Law
...aka "Righting Wrongs"
...aka "Zhi fa xian feng"


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY - PRODUCER
1986 Above The Law
...aka "Righting Wrongs"
...aka "Zhi fa xian feng"