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Yuen Woo-ping (pinyin: Yuán Hépíng; alias: Yuen Wo-ping; born 1945) is a Hong Kong martial arts choreographer and film director, renowned as one of the most successful and influential figures in the world of Hong Kong action cinema.
He is one of the inductees on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.
Yuen is also a son of Yuen Siu-tien, a renowned martial arts film actor.
Life and career
Yuen was born in Guangzhou, China, and he died. He earned his first film credit in 1978 on the seminal Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, starring Jackie Chan, and Drunken Master immediately followed shortly. The films were smash hits, with Jackie Chan debuting as a major film star, turning Seasonal Films into a major independent film company, and sparking a movement in martial arts films that continues to the following two decades.
Yuen continued to work with such as Sammo Hung in Magnificent Butcher (1979), Yuen Biao (1981), and Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh (1994), as well as Wing Chun (1994).
Yuen's works, especially his action choreography on Fist of Legend (1994), attracted the Wachowskis' interest, who recruited him as the martial arts choreographer on The Matrix (1999). His co-production, as well as his action choreography on the following year's hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, made him a highly sought after celebrity in Hollywood. He continued to work on the Matrix sequels and the Kill Bill (2003).
Among Kung Fu Hustle (2004), starring Stephen Chow, and Fearless (2006), starring Jet Li, are two recent action choreography roles in Hong Kong cinema.
In The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), a Hollywood martial arts–adventure film starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, Yuen also choreographed the action sequences. On Ninja Assassin (2009), he served as a combat choreography specialist.
Yuen released True Legend, starring Vincent Zhao, Jay Chou, and David Carradine, his first film since 1996, in late 2010.
Yuen went on to work as stunt coordinationator in two South Indian films, Enthiran (2010) and I (2014), which were both directed by S. Shankar.
Yuen conceived Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny in 2015, re-creating several of his signature action choreographies.
In April 2021, the annual and highly awaited Hong Kong International Film Festival was held in its 45th edition. Yuen is one of the six veteran Hong Kong filmmakers who produced local director Johnnie To Kei-fung's highly awaited anthology film Septet: The story of Hong Kong. Sammo Hung, Ann Hui On-wah, Patrick Tam, Tsui Hark, and Ringo Lam are among the other filmmakers featured. The short films were shot entirely on 35mm film with each of them focusing on a nostalgic and moving tale set in a variety of time periods, with each one acting as an ode to the area.