Mr. Yuen Wo Ping
Action choreographer and film director Yuen Wo-ping is son of martial arts actor Yuen Siu-tin. As a kid, he was sent by his father to practice Beijing opera and Chinese martial arts under opera master Yu Zhan-yuan. When he was still a teenage boy, he already worked as an extra and stuntman in local films. From 1970 onwards, he became an action choreographer. In 1978, he directed "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" (1978) and "Drunken Master" (1978), both with Jackie Chan in the leading role, and both enjoyed international acclaim. The 80s was the most productive period of Yuen's career, when he directed films based on Chinese witchcraft like "The Miracle Fighter" (1982) and "Shaolin Drunkard" (1983). In the 90s, he made action movies like "Iron Monkey" (1993), "The Tai-Chi Master" (1993) and "Wing Chun" (1994). Yuen went to Hollywood in 1999 where he choreographed actions for "The Matrix" (1999). The film was a worldwide success and Yuen's reputation spread in Hollywood. He was subsequently hired to co-ordinate action sequences in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), "The Legend of Zu (2001)" , "Kill Bill: Volume I" (2003) and “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004). His recent works include “True Legend” (2010) and the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny” (2016). In 2001, Yuen was honoured with the Professional Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Film Awards.