Damian was often cast as the silent handsome good guy heroic type in a number of the sword fighting fantasy films of the 80’s and 90’s. One of his first major roles was in John Woo’s Last Hurrah for Chivalry in 1979 and he continued in this vein a few years later in the classic films Duel to the Death and Zu Warriors. He even played a similar role in the off the wall comedy Holy Weapon. One of my favorite roles of his though was as the smarmy villainous husband in Murder.
A veteran actress since the 1950’s, she has appeared in hundreds of films. Perhaps one of her best known roles to modern audiences was as the very tough mother in She Shoots Straight. She was also the determined mother in Perfect Girls who wants to see her son married. You can also catch her as one of the unlucky vacationers in Fatal Vacation.
Daniel is one of the more popular HK singers these days - and is part of what has been termed the"Four Young Kings of Canto-pop". He has starred in the film A War of No Desire as Francis Ng's brother, but most importantly - the lucky guy is going out with Cecilia Cheung!
This model turned actor is from San Francisco and actually studied architecture and wushu before moving to HK to try his hand in film. After graduating from the University of Oregon in architecture, Wu went to Hong Kong to witness the Handover. After running out of money he picked up some work as a model and was spotted by the art film director Yonfan and cast in his film Bishonen (1998). Soon he was also playing footsie with another model turned actor, the lovely Maggie Q.
Almost immediately, he was able to get some solid roles – his debut in Bishonen as the gay policeman, the son in City of Glass and then in Young and Dangerous: The Prequel. He has quickly moved on to the A-list with substantial roles in Gen – X Cops, Purple Storm and 2000 A.D. In the years of 2001 and 2002, it at times felt as if Wu was in every film - a number of them high profile films such as Peony Pavilion, Beijing Rocks, the big hit Love Undercover and Sylvia Chang's Princess D. Along with these though have been films like Beauty and the Breast, Devil Face, Angel Heart, The Peeping (with a steamy love scene with Teresa Mak) and as Maggie Q's love interest in Naked Weapon.
Born 1953 in Shanghai
Lee is apparently something of a “cop groupie” – enjoys hanging out with them – and clearly portraying them in films and as one director said of Lee – “he really thinks he is a cop!” It is usually a sure bet that if he is appearing in a film he will be a policeman. The man who is sometimes referred to as “Lee, Sir” in real as well as reel life has made a damn good career of it though and many of his films are considered classic cops and robbers flicks. His most famous film of course is as Chow Yun Fat’s opponent and then ally in The Killer.
Within the next decade he was in Red Shield, Law Enforcer, Law with Two Phases (for which he received the Best Actor Award), No Compromise and many other cop films. His solid if far from flashy personality makes him ideal in these types of roles. One film in which he played against his image was Walk In and he was terrifically funny. Lee is also credited with “discovering” Stephen Chow though he was to generally utilize him in dramas rather than comedies ( he did direct Chow in the comedic Legend of the Dragon). He is still making films today and has co-starred with Stephen Chow’s supposed replacement Nicky Cheung a few times.
MC Truong has been kind enough to put together some information on Danny:
Danny Lee was born in Shanghai, in 1953. At the age of two, he, his mother along with his four brothers and one sister moved to Hong Kong. Danny Lee had a spasmodic education. And from a interview I’ve read, Danny Lee says “I’ve always wanted to be a cop” from when he was young growing up in Hong Kong seeing all the “AH SIRS” walking around. From then he knew what he wanted to be. But he has said, “I didn’t take any of the tests to pass as a police officer, and the salary I was making was more than what it took to be an officer”. Then later he enrolled in Shaw Brothers and TVB’s acting/training class. He appeared in a series of Shaw Brother films.
From 1971-1975 he starred in: The Water Margin, The Deadly Duo, Four Rider, The Iron Bodyguard, The Blood Brothers, River of Fury, Two Lucky Guys, Gossip Street, Savage Fire, Queen Hustler, More Love, Imposter, All Mixed Up, The Big Holdup and The Super Ultra Man. Then in 1976 he made other films such as, BRUCE & I a.k.a. THE LAST DAYS & NIGHTS OF BRUCE LEE in which he starred with Betty Ting Pui. And for the years of 1976-1980 he was in the next following movies: Oily Maniac, Lucky Star, Killer Clans, Erotic Nights, Battle Wizard, Killer On Wheels, The Brave Archer, the well known, Mighty Peking Man, The Ghosts, Love Storm, The Superman, Games, The Call Girls, God Father’s Fury, The Brave Archer II, King Of Money-King Of Fighter, Swordsman, Murder Plot, He Who Never Dies, The History Of Kung Fu, Eight Topless, Tiger Brothers, The Heroes, The Informer, The King Of Gambler, King Of Gambler, The Hero, Two Fighters, Midnight Action, Poison Needle and Cop.
As a decade had came and gone, a new one comes along, and in this new decade comes along with Danny Lee’s new movie(s) which are gonna be the following from 1981-1989: Big Boss, Gamblers Delight, Last Game, One Way Only, Murder Purses, Dirty Angel, Behind the Storm, Perfect Match, Oh! My Cops!, The Sensational Pair, The Tattoo, Double Trouble, Law With Two Phases ( in which Danny Lee won a Golden Horse *Best Actor* Award), Chase A Fortune, Cop Busters, Cops in The Town, Law Enforcer, Brotherhood, City On Fire, Parking Service, Tragic Hero, Vampire’s Breakfast, Road Warriors, Rich And Famous, Criminal Hunter, No Comprise, Final Justice, Just Heroes, Aces Go Places, The Killer, Thank You, Sir, Undeclared War, The Big Score, Tiger On The Beat, and Blue Lightning.
Then the 90’s rolled in, and everything gets better and so do the movies. These next movies are from 1990 all the way to 1999 and then there are still more! : It Takes Two To Mingle, The Unmatchable Match, Against All, Red Shield, Against All, Rhythm Of Destiny, Dr. Lamb, The Night Rider, Love to Kill, Sword Stained With Royal Blood, Run And Kill, The Untold Story, Love is a Fairy Tale, Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, Fearless Match, Asian Connection, City Cop, Death Blow, To Be Number.1, Walk In, Man Wanted III, Young and Dangerous 5, The Untold Story III, and He’s my Enemy, Partner and Father In Law.
In the new millennium (year 2000) our people and world have evolved around us, so has the technology world along with our own and so has Danny Lee himself, (If you would check out the pictures, the dude has gotten a BIT old. From the year 2000 to now in the year 2001, and upcoming 2002, Danny Lee has once again appeared in numerous films, in the role of...as always a COP. I’ve checked out many of his films myself and those films would be: Mafia.com, Hong Kong History Y, The Killer of the Lonely Heart, Romancing Bullet, Untouchable Mania, & White Storm. He’s also appeared in one TVB series within the year 2000 and that would be the series: A MATTER OF CUSTOMS * Lui Ting Dai Yut Gwan *. He stars in that series with Liza Wong Ming Cheun. And in his role in the series ISN’T A COP, he turns out to be a business man that at the end gets SENT TO PRISON, so I guess he got the role knowing it would be playing against his usual self.
Danny Lee’s appearance may be different nowadays, but his style in acting and talking is still the same, and I think Danny Lee is one of those actors that gets chances to act with the most talented people we know today like, Ada Choi, Liza Wong, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng etc.
A fairly popular television star, he has appeared in a few films. Some of them: A Love that is Wrong, Street Angels, Haunted Karaoke and Ungrateful Tink.
Like so many Hong Kong entertainers, Wong Kit has both an acting and singing career going on. Though he has film credits from the early 90’s – Casino Raiders II (the young kid who teams up with Andy Lau) and Invincible – he didn’t truly get into the film business until 2000 with the film The Legend of the Flying Swordsman.
Most of today’s Hong Kong viewers would know of David Chiang for having played Luke, the ill fated would be revolutionary of ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA II starring Jet Li. Few would guess that twenty years before OUATIC, it was Chiang who was one of the top martial stars of his time, cutting down and fighting dozens of enemies at a time, jumping about like a graceful gazelle, a dashing cool dude with a wily smile on his face. Paired with the majestic Ti Lung they were the great "Deadly Duo" of Hong Kong martial cinema, the stars of a dozen "Blood Brothers" movies that were the most violent and intense martial potboilers of the early seventies and they ruled the Hong Kong action movie screens. Yet as the Blood Brothers period came to an end and time passed on, his partner Ti Lung went on to have a successful movie career maintaining his flawless reputation, but Chiang’s career began to decline and even worse he, along with (Jimmy) Wang Yu, became one of the most under appreciated kung fu performers of all. Later fans of the genre found his physical skills unsatisfactory, complained about the tacky seventies fashions which he often wore and were a bit annoyed by his screen persona. The fact remains though that Chiang was not only a major player in his time but an able screen-action performer as well as an award winning actor with an original screen persona who often outshone Ti Lung. He was the real heart and centre of some of Chang's Blood brothers movies.
For a couple of years the Blood Brothers movies were all the rage, Hong Kong’s top ranking box office champions with such films as HEROIC ONES, THE SINGING KILLER (both 1970), THE NEW ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN, THE DUEL, DUEL OF IRON FIST, THE DEADLY DUO, THE ANONYMOUS HEROES (all 1971) and THE ANGRY GUEST (1972). Ti Lung and Chiang were paired splendidly together – a wonderful contrast to one another - Ti Lung big, majestic, very masculine and impetuous; Chiang small, urbane, dashing, wily yet secretive and introverted. Chiang had very much an effete, romantic quality to him but instead of being ineffectual and passive as these types of characters tended to be within the frame of Chinese literature, he could go on a rampage or quietly undermine an opponent with his sneaky, mysterious ways. This gave him an air of ambiguity, as nobody knew where he stood for a while.
(Written up by Yves Gendron)
This lanky Massachusetts born Taiwanese actor made his debut in 1988 in the Brigitte Lin film Starry is the Night and received a fair amount of praise for his performance (along with a HKFA Best Newcomer award). He never became a star though but has had a solid career – and is still acting and was in the recent high profile film When I Fall in Love . . . with Both in 2000. A few other films are: Robotrix, In the Line of Duty 5 (as Cynthia Khan’s cousin), Passion 1995, Perfect Match, I Have a Date with Spring (the sax player), Tale from the East and Tiger Cage II. He is also quite well liked for his television hosting of Channel V's Chinese Top 20 musical video countdown show.
Initially a stand up comic (since 1990) and scriptwriter with a degree in philosophy, he began much to my dismay to appear in films. In a comedy he is fine – but too often he is put into serious action or horror films to provide comic relief and it pretty much ruins the film as far as I am concerned. Three examples of this are July 13th, Lets Sing Along and Satan Returns. He was fine though in Pink Bomb (1993), Walk In (1997) and Love and Sex Among the Ruins. Some other films: F*** Off, From Zero to Hero, The Legend of the Wolf and The Magic Touch.
Born in 1950 in Peking
Shek became an actor for Shaw Brothers and made his first film in 1969. With his thin Fagin like face, he was usually cast as a conniving bad guy – and appeared in some of Jackie Chan’s early films – Drunken Master, Snake in Eagles Shadow and Fearless Hyena.
The expression “tough broad” comes to mind whenever viewing Deannie – tough and in your face is how she usually plays it. Two great roles that exemplify her are Prince Charming in which she refers to her son, Andy Lau as “asshole” and in Murder when she (as a nurse) leans over a patient and says “ Are you still alive?” As the protagonist in Soul - a HK version of Gloria - Deannie gives a brilliant performance as a woman having to protect a child from gangsters and trying to discover what the last fifteen years of her life has meant. She actually began her career as a singer and from what I have read she is a wonderful one.
He has primarily appeared in small roles in a number of films – though on occasion he gets a sizable one. Some of his better roles were in Welcome, It’s a Drink, It’s a Bomb, Fight Back to School, Double Fattiness, Millionaire Cop (the father), the bad guy in Soul and Perfect Girls. He has also directed a couple of films – Perfect Match and Love and Let Love. Dennis also appeared in a few American films - he played Jean-Claude Van Damme's Thai teacher in three Kickboxer films.
Derek is the brother of David Chiang and character actor Paul Chun Pui (And if you’re wondering which is their real surname, they are all screen names). He is the brother of character actor Paul Chun Pui and was a successful actor in the early 80’s in such films as Magnificent Warriors (with Michelle Yeoh), My Darling Genie, Love with the Perfect Stranger, Seven Foxes (with Brigitte Lin) and many more. After he began directing in 1986, his acting decreased but he still appeared in films through the 1990s. Some of these were Kawashima Yoshiko, Sisters of the World Unite and La Peintre.