Mr. Tong Kai
Martial arts director and action actor Tong Kai was born in Zhongshan, Guangdong in 1937. He followed master Yuen Siu-tin as a martial arts performer in Cantonese opera troupes when he was 15 and started to perform in movies four years later. He teamed up with Lau Kar-leung as martial arts choreographers and their first film was “South Dragon, North Phoenix” (1963). The duo continued to work on “Buddha Palm”series, “Lady Bond” series and “Heroine in Black” series. Later in 1965, Tong and Lau introduced the use of wires in Cheung Yam-yim’s “The Jade Bow” (1966) for enhanced action visuals; their work had impressed the Shaw Brothers executives and soon they were hired as action directors. They began to design action scenes for Chang Cheh, and after Lau Kar-leung turned director, Tong Kai continued as action choreographer for director Chor Yuen and Sun Chung. Tong Kai was well known for his creative ideas in special weapon design, such as the revolving sword for “The Magic Blade” (1976) and the double halberds for “The Proud Youth” (1978). In 1983, Tong directed “Shaolin Prince” (1983), “Shaolin Intruders” (1983) and “Opium and the Kung-Fu Master” (1984). The action designs of “Big Blade Formation”, "Twelve Vajrayana Array" and "Stool Array", remained his signature action designs. Upon leaving Shaws, Tong entered TV station until retirement, and was invited by director Tsui Hark to serve in “Green Snake” (1993) again.