Death Race 2 / Death Race: Frankenstein Lives (2011)

The prequel to the "Death Race" (2008) and the story of how the "Death Race" came to be.  

Terminal Island Penitentiary, under the control of The Weyland Corporation, hosts "Death Match," a televised pay-per-view competition where two dangerous convicts are chosen and forced to fight. In a move to boost profits, "Death Match" is converted into a "Death Race", where the the best drivers and most violent offenders in the criminal world race heavily armored street machines for the ultimate prize--he man who manages to win five matches wins his freedom.

After a bank heist for crime boss, Markus Kane, goes wrong, convicted cop killer Carl "Luke" Lucas,  is sentenced to Terminal Island. Worried that Luke will trade info on his crimes for a reduced sentence, or even immunity, Markus puts a bounty Luke's head. , When his legendary skills as a get-away driver are noted, Luke is forced to joins the race, during which other prisoners try to kill him to earn Markus's bounty. Lucas takes on all comers to save his life and establishes his legend--Frankenstein.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

The action-packed adaptation of the megahit video game franchise, "Street Fighter," fight fans are invited to follow along with fearsome fighter Chun-Li as she faces off against a series of formidable opponents in this feature adaptation of the popular video-game. Powerful forces converge on the streets of Bangkok as warriors with extraordinary abilities prepare for the ultimate battle. The forces of darkness are led by Bison, a crime boss of seemingly limitless power. Bison's syndicate, Shadaloo, instigates a wave of violence in the slum districts of Bangkok, grabbing power and land no matter what the costs to its residents. Giving up a life of privilege, together with her kung fu master, Gen--a once feared criminal, now fights for the forces of good--Chun-Li battles for those who cannot fight for themselves. The story follows Chun-Li's personal history and her quest for justice. With her signature high-kicking style, Chun Li is a force to be reckoned with.

Death Race (2008)

In 2012, unemployment and crime rates are skyrocketing. Prison populations become so vast, private corporations are allowed to buy prisons and use them for profit. Amid the economic chaos, Americans watch by the millions as criminals with life sentences race armored cars in federal prison Terminal Island Penitentiary. A gladiator-like fight-to-the-end racing competition called "Death Race" becomes the most-watched television/Internet event around the world. Two-thirds of the combatants die but the winner may earn his freedom. Framed for his wife's murder, Jensen Ames is sent to Terminal Island. There the steely and manipulative Warden Hennessey offers him an out -- race as the popular mask-wearing (but now dead) champion, Frankenstein, or rot in prison. Jensen makes the bargain only to discover the approaching 3-stage race may be a set up! Can an anonymous man behind a mask get revenge and win his release?

DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)

A feature adaptation of Tecmo's bestselling game franchise "DOA: Dead or Alive". Four beautiful women begin as rivals in a secret invitation-only martial arts contest, but find themselves teaming up with one another against a sinister force. Tina Armstrong is a superstar in the world of women's wresting. Christie is a beautiful cat-theif and assassin-for hire. Princess Kasumi is an Asian warrior-aristocrat schooled by martial arts masters. Helen Douglas is an extreme sports athtlete whose tragic past binds her to the remote place in Southeast Asia where the Dead or Alive tournament takes place.

18 Fingers of Death! (2004)

Buford Lee is the best kept secret in Hollywood. He's starred in 803 "B" minus minus martial arts movies, but nobody knows who he is! Nobody except Ronald Mack, fresh out of high school and determined to shoot a documentary about his favorite martial arts hero, Buford Lee. Through interviews, personal footage, private behind the scenes clips and selected action scenes from Buford's "classic" movies, you'll experience what it's like to be the "little fish" in a big pond. The story follows Buford Lee's quest to finally make his "break out" movie, "18 Fingers of Death!" When the investors pull out of the project, Ronald teams up with Buford to make their own "independent" movie. A "sockumentart" of the world of Chop sockey, kung fooey films that takes you on the journey of martial arts movie making at it's lowest.

I got interested with the title. Because the title sounded very close to one of my favorite Kung-Fu or my first Kung-Fu movie after I came to America back in the early seventies. It was called “Five Fingers Of Death”. Then follow with a string of Bruce Lee movies.

At first I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, cause it’s a comedy spoof and I played Jackie Chong. I mean I didn’t want to offend Jackie Chan but after talking to James, I agree that we’re not degrading Jackie’s credibility as a martial artist or a movie star. We’re poking fun of the industry. So I did it. And it was fun being silly!!!

Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen (2003)

A body drops from the third floor and hits the roof of an ambulance; a car crashes into a motorcycle sending the motorcyclist into the air; a man is kicked in the head, chest and stomach and sent flying through a wall. Although all true feats of danger and physicality, the bodies that do the slamming, banging and crashing are often unacknowledged in the world of cinema. To address this absence is the documentary RED TROUSERS which gives a fascinating background to the "art" of action. Named after the term used for young acrobats in Beijing Opera, RED TROUSERS skillfully weaves its way through the history of martial arts, Beijing Opera and the world of Hong Kong stuntmen. In addition to the amazing footage, RED TROUSERS intersplices the documentary with a short film entitled LOST TIME so as to demonstrate how the stunts of LOST TIME are set up and shot.

Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997)

The evil Emperor of Outworld, Shao Khan, has broken the rules of the Mortal Kombat tournament and opened the portal between Outworld and Earth realms. If it remains open, on the seventh day, all of mankind shall be destroyed unless Lord Rayden, Liu Kang, Princess Kitana, Sonya Blade, and their companions can thwart the evil forces of the Outworld.

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Following a ship wreck, a baby is rescued by a clan of Ninja warriors and raised by them as one of their own. But Haru, as he is called, never quite fits in, nor does he manage to make a worthy Ninja. However, the good-natured and persevering Haru is called upon to investigate a money counterfeiting ring. So, in his own bumbling way, and with some help from Gobei, he sets off to Beverly Hills to prove once and for all that he is the Great White Ninja.

Outer Limits: Nightmare (1997) (television)

The battle cruiser Tango Bravo is captured by the enemy Ebonites as it attempts to deploy a mysterious high-powered military device on planet. Imprisoned inside a large bronze dome, the crew is addressed by an unseen Ebonite interrogator who demands they reveal the secrets of the device. When they resist, the interrogator works on them individually, probing their weaknesses and testing their loyalty to one another. Who will be the first to snap and what will happen then?

Home Again (1995)

Ah Yao and his family have immigrated to America. Back in China, Ah Yao's family home, now managed by his cousin, is located at the center of the well-developed, highly sought after area. A real estate broker, working for a Hong Kong corporation, takes an interest in buying the property for his company to build a vacation hotel. A large amount of money is offered, but division in his family makes it hard for Ah Yao's to make a decision.

Mortal Kombat (1995)

The Lightning God Rayden guides warrior Liu Kang, police detective Sonya Blade, and martial arts movie star Johnny Cage to a remote island to compete in the Shaolin Tournament known as Mortal Kombat. If the Outworld wins the Shaolin Tournament ten times in a row, they can enter the Realm of Earth and take over. They have been victorious the last nine times, and with warriors like Scorpion, Sub Zero, and Goro, the future of Earth looks bleak.

Bloody Mary Killer (1994)

The son of a retired police chief faced with corruption charges seeks a "black list" of triad members to clear his father's name. His findings trigger an onslaught of killings and the loyal son becomes entangled in a complicated web of death and destruction. Street fighter Rothrock joins forces with a Triad informant, when her sister is killed, for revenge against the psychotic murderer.

The Most Wanted (1994)

A rookie cop enthusiastically accepts a dangerous undercover mission. A botched police raid leads to betrayal and the young rookie finds himself being one of the most wanted criminals in Hong Kong.

Wow, this was my last film in Hong Kong before I said, "enough it's enough." The reason? I didn't feel I was going anywhere. Not that I wasn't progressing as an actor, but the films were not the kind of films I want to do. I was tired of the same "cookie cutter" plots and action. I started to grow my hair. I didn't want to look like Andy Lau or Tony Lueng. They had the same clean cut 'pretty' pop star look. I was sick of it. I wanted to play characters not a pop star. I don't know where this rebellious mentality came from, but I was determined - even though I didn't know what the heck I really wanted.

Anyway, Kam Tin Wong called me in for an audition. I told myself I wasn't going to cut my matter what. I went in and Kam Tin Wong explained the character-- a bank robber from China who used an AK-47 and had killed several cops. I said okay, but I'm not cutting my hair. He looked at me for a few seconds and said, "Okay, you don't have to cut your hair." I said cool, I'll do it then.

Looking back, one of the main reason I did this film was Kent Cheng. He's an excellent actor and very talented. I always wanted to work with him. We got along really well. Even though he wasn't an action guy, he held his own. I was very impressed with his work attitude. I hope we can work together again one day.

Anyhow, back to, "I wasn't satisfied with myself or where I was going..." The whole point of leaving L.A. was to find myself. And here I was back at where I started. Well, the next logical thing was to go home. So I did. I wanted to take a little break to get away from filming. But, when I arrived in L.A., a Hollywood agent-- who is a friend of my very good friend, Marcia (the casting director from Forbidden Night) - called . He told me there was this project named "Mortal Kombat" and I should go audition because I would be perfect for the part of Lui Kang. So I did and the rest is history...

And, by the way, when the producer and casting director of "Mortal Kombat" saw me, their respond was, "I really like the hair".

Funny how things works out :)

Guns & Roses (1993)

Desperation drives a destitute man into the welcoming fold of a Triad gang, where he thrives. Just when it seems redemption is impossible, he falls in love with a beautiful, gentle Japanese woman. However, it turns out her father is a Yakuza kingpin.

Honor & Glory (1992) (aka Angel the Kickboxer)

FBI agent Tracy Pride is on a mission to capture businessman Jason Slade, who is involved in extortion and murder. Teaming up with her is her sister Joyce, a news reporter; Dragon, Tracy's partner in Hong Kong, and Jake, a bodyguard who worked for Slade. Can they stop Slade before it's too late?

Black Cat 2 (1992)

After having her memory reprogrammed by her government mentors, the Black Cat returns for her second mission. This time out, she's got to thwart an assassination attempt on Boris Yeltsin.

Interpol Connection/Hard to Kill (1992)

A ruthless heroin dealer goes too far when he murders the best friend of a Philippine police officer. There's only one catch: the vengeance-seeking cop is a bumbling fool!

Fatal Chase (1991/92)

An undercover cop in Hong Kong busts a brutal drug ring and escorts the leader back to the Philippines for prosecution. The deal goes awry when the drug dealer escapes and joins forces with a local crime boss. Now the officers from Hong Kong must deal not only with the corrupt law enforcement office in Manila but also match wits with a master criminal on his own turf.

Eastern Heroes/Fury in Red (1991)

A Hong Kong cop breaks up a Vietnamese hit squad after a business deal goes sour. But how will he protect his relatives in the United States when the brother of the slain gang leader swears vengeance?

I didn't have a very big part in this film. The director was also my manager at the time so he put me in the film to gain more exposer.

I was working on two film back to back. The other film was "Tiger Cage" with Donnie Yen and Wu Ping Yuen. Yeah, the same Wu Ping Yuen who choreographer for "The Matrix" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

Since my part wasn't a major role, it was pretty easy. But I have to say, this film made me blush. In one of the scene, I break into the home of a detective--seeking revenge of course. He wasn't home, but his wife was. So, we're bad guys, and there's his wife, of course the most obvious thing to do is to rape here. I tell you I was really embarrass. I mean, I didn't do any raping, but I watch my guys rape her. Then I have to run a knife over her naked body. I swear to you, even though I was looking at her, I wasn't there.

I guess it was on this film I learned I'm no good at doing love scene or rape scene. I try to stay away from those movies.

Forbidden Arsenal/In the Line of Duty VI (1991)

Paul has set up a nice arms trafficking operation in Hong Kong, and it's up to Inspector Yeung to bust him. The only problem is that she has to look out for two other officers who are also on the case - one is a simple and naive cop from mainland China, and the other is a slick and slimy cop from Taiwan. They eventually manage to put their differences aside and all work together to stop Paul.

Forbidden Night (1990)

Judith Shapiro's dream has come true. Due to the process of opening to the west in China, she has been invited to stay for two years in Shang Sa, Hunan as a school teacher. As soon as she arrives she has to deal with problems such as only cold water to wash, an unlockable door in her room, and so on. All these problems are nothing compared to the difficulties she has in understanding chinese social interacting. Then she falls in love with one of her students...

I have to say this was a dream come true for me and as an Asian American actor. It was one of those project that comes only once in a life time, like Mortal Kombat, where the central story revolved around a Asian male.

It'd been three years since I left L.A. to pursue my happiness in HK. I'd been getting bit parts here and there but I was doing really well for a newbie. They were mostly action stuff, of course.

I got a call to audition for an American movie. I didn't think much of it as first. I figured they wanted some body guard or a triad guy. Anyhow, I went in and met Tristin Rainer, the movie's writer/producer, and Marcia Ross, the casting director. Then they asked if I could come in again and do some reading. Wow, I though, "I have lines?!" Excited and surprised. I took the lines home and memorized them. The next day, I went in, dressed for the part - white shirt and grey trousers. I read, then they stop me and gave me some direction. I read again. This time I read all the way through. They didn't say very much, but I got a sense that they liked it. And that was it.

A month later, they called and asked if I could go to the States to read with Melissa Gilbert. Wow, go back to L.A.? A free trip! First class and a limo ride! That was awesome.

After I arrived, I lock myself in my room and study my lines. The very next day, I had to go to CBS to read with Melissa. I was very nervous. I remember I was sitting outside in this long hallway, waiting. I'd never been to a studio before so it was an eyes opening experience.

The door opened, they called me in. There were about six people in the room. I recognized Tristin and Marcia. I forgot the others names the minute they introduced themselves. I acted the scene with Melissa. It was very wired. I'd never acted with another actor before so it was very surreal. After I finished, they said thank you and I left.

Few days later, I got a phone call from Marcia. I got the part! I couldn't believe it. We all got together to celebrate--Tristin, Marcia and me. I told them I didn't really know what I was doing during the audition and that I was surprised I got chosen. They said it was because I was inexperience so I was authentic to the part. They didn't want an "actor actor" they wanted someone real. And, later, Melissa told me, in one of the scene, I have a line telling her that I love her. When I said the line I nodded, "Yes, I love you," and the other actors who auditioned, they all shook their head left and right like, "I'm saying the line, but I don't mean it."

So here's a lesson for all actors, say the line with intension--like you mean. Don't play the attitude.

I had an amazing time on the shoot. Made many friends. In fact, to this day, I still keep in touch with Marcia. She's been an excellent friend.

Tiger Cage 2 (1990)

A hair-trigger cop, goes on the lam with a prim lawyer, after they witness a botched robbery attempt. The police think they're the perpetrators, while the real crooks think they actually got the loot.

This was a turning point in my career. I had just finished "Fatal Termination" (which I got amazing reviews). I kind of came onto the scene as a new baddy who could act and fight. With the success of that film, I got noticed by Yuen Woo-Ping.

I went to meet Yuen Woo-Ping and we talk for a little while about a role in his next film. I got the part but, I was replacing another actor. They'd started filming already. The studio (D&B Film) had their in-house (contacted) actor to play the main villain, but they weren't happy with his performance - not that it was his fault, he was new and inexperience and he didn't speak Chinese that well. Super nice dude from Canada. He was cool about it. He didn't give me a hard time or dirty look on the set. We talked. He told me that it was hard acting in Chinese. He wasn't embarrassed to tell me he was inexperience and said he was willing to learn. I had a lot of respect for him.

Now, I was in a big Yuen Woo-Ping movie. I got to act with renowned actress, Do Do (Something) - shoot, I can't remember her last name. Anyway, she's a fantastic actress. I was a little intimidated at first, but I stayed focus and told myself that I have the right to be there and do the scene with her - I was proud of myself. I didn't mess up my lines and we did the entire scene in one take. She was kind of impressed! Do Do had a reputation for her short tempered, especially working with new actors.

This was was a unique film in a way because all the male leads, including myself, were from oversea or ex-patriots. Donnie Yen, me, Gary Chow and David Wu - the Wu-man. David was from Seattle. A teen idol to the girls. We played best friends in the movie and I got to beat the living day light out of him.

Because David was not a martial artist, he had a stunt double to do all his moves. Sound kind of easy, right? NO! Whenever he was hitting me or fighting me, they used a stunt double, BUT when ever I was hitting, I was hitting HIM. I mean, I really let him have it, but he was cool.

We became really good friend on the film. We still keep in touch. In fact, I just saw him in Shanghai a month ago [Nov 2006]. Whenever he's in town, he will stay with me. We can't believe that we stayed friends after so many years. I think that was the best part of the movie, I made a really good friend.

The Cyprus Tigers (1989/90)

A titular trio of undercover cops investigating a counterfeiting ring in the Mediterranean vacation spot. They get more than they bargained for when they run afoul of the ringleader, a prominent local citizen, and his hired goons.

I don't know what to say to about this film. I got to work his Simon Yam again. I have a lot respect for him. A great actor. I looked up to him as a mentor. And I got to go to Cyprus. Oh, I met Winston Ellis - he's a great guy and a great martial artist. Other than that, it was like a vacation shoot. I didn't have to do a lot. I had a great time in Cyprus and got a great tan.

Casino Raiders (1989)

When Chan offended the Yakuza leader, he paid with his life. Now Law, his best friend and fellow gambler, must put himself on the line and challenge the Yakuza to a card game where the stakes are deadly.

I was surprised when they called to be in this film. I had a very, very small role. It was only a three days shoot but I got $400US per day. That’s pretty good from $200US to $400US in just a few years. I played an assassin again. This time I was to kill real life famous pop singer Alan Tan. After I shot him, I jump out a window. That was it. I made $1200US in three days. Oh, Andy Lau was also in this film, but I never got to meet him. We didn't meet till we work together later on.

Death Cage (1989)

A master retires after being defeated by a rival kick boxer with ties to crime. One of his students decides to learn the Shadow Fist in order to avenge his master's defeat. Martial artists from around the globe go head to head in the deadliest arena known to man - the Death Cage.

This was my very, very first leading role. I was so excited to have gotten the part. It was very, very low budget but I didn't care. Someone finally took interested in putting me in the leading role! I thought the concept was brilliant. This was way before the Ultimate Fighting thing or the Octagon.

I have to say jumping from a body guard to a leading role sure feels different. The responsibility was pretty overwhelming. I had to act and fight and more fighting and more fighting. I had to fight everyday. I was so exhausted, but, each time I would feel beat up and couldn't go on, I would think about how lucky I should feel to be playing the lead even though it was a low budget film. And I got to work with the world greatest, Joe Lewis. I mean, I've seen Joe fight and he is deadly. I was pretty nervous when we were doing our fight scene. It doesn't seem like it but I was very nervous.

By the time we wrapped, the producer took the entire crew to Pattaya for a few days. That was my first encounter with Thailand and the people. I thought, "I will come back here to work," but never thought it would be Mortal Kombat.

Burning Ambition (1989)

A Triad family splinters violently after its patriarch appoints his younger son the pro tempore ruler of the clan--against the wishes of his advisors, who retaliate by assassinating their boss. The family bonds, torn asunder, give way to bullet flurries.

I was just one of the ensembles cast. I didn’t have much to do except got to show off my three sectional staff. It was on this film that I met Jeff Falcon. He was the actor and writer from "Six String Samurai". I got to work with Simon Yam again, like for the third times. It was fantastic to be working regularly even though I didn't have a very big part.

I have to admit that I didn't do very well in the film. I was still new to the business and didn't know how to work the camera to my favor. I guess the more you work the more you get confused about what you're doing. Or maybe I was over analyzing my part and what I was doing in the film. Or maybe I'd gotten bitten by the bug of ACTING!

Triads - The Inside Story (1989)

A tale of a man who, having relinquished his place in the Triads, finds himself thrust back into it unprepared on the death of his father.

This film was pretty cool because I got to work with Chow Yun Fat and my good friend Roy Cheung.

I played a body guard of an opposing rival boss of Chow Yun Fat. I didn't do very much except act like a triad. It was kind of hard because I don't think I looked like a triad. A triad has a certain look. Roy has a triad look. I had a American guy playing a triad look.

Regardless, I was working and in the business. You couldn't get any better than working with Chow Yun Fat.

Oh, I got kicked off the balcony. I was pretty nervous because I had my hands tied behind my back. Never done that before. And I guess everyone was pretty surprised that I was able to do it. And, honestly, so was I.

Long Arm of the Law III (1989)

An innocent man is supposed to be executed in China, but, before it can happen, he escapes to Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, he takes a jobs for a couple of gangster who blackmail him to keep him working for them. All the while a cop from China is looking for him.

My part in the film wasn't very big, but I had a lot days in the film and more days mean more money. That was nice. And I got to work with Andy Lau. Funny, even now, when I run into Andy, he still nods a hello. I guess the most memorable part of the film was the very end where I was shot thirty times. That was pretty funny. And then I had to say something kind of stupid too. There was no special performance from me in the film but it got me work. This film's stunt coordinator was Tony Lueng, so I got to work with Tony for the second time. From that, I wanted him to work on "Red Trousers." He'll be the stunt coordinator for "Dead Mule Suitcase" as well. I guess either the industry is very small or we tends to work with people we like.

Fatal Termination (1988/89)

A dangerous mobster and a corrupt airport customs official cooperate with Lebanese terrorists to smuggle arms out of the country. When police officer Jimmy Li uncovers their plot, he is targeted for vengeance and his daughter is kidnapped from her ballet recital. With the help of his wife, Li sets out to rescue his daughter and stop the terrorists.

After doing a chain of small parts, this was a pivotal film in my career. I played a corrupt custom officer. It was a main stream Hong Kong production where I got to play opposite Simon Yam. This time I played his antagonist instead of his body guard. I worked with Paul Wong and Ridley again. There was a lot of lines in the film. I actually got to act. I remember calling my friend Eric Chen to send me books in acting. I really wanted to do well, but I didn’t know how. So I read and read. Watched a lot of movies. Mostly American films. Tried to pick up as much techniques as I could from them.

It was so much fun and hard work at the same time. My career depended on it. I didn’t want to go back to L.A. so the stakes were high. At the end, the film did really, really well and I got great reviews. One of the review even said I “had the quality to be star.” I was in cloud nine. I would’ve gone to cloud ten if they had one. This film propelled me to “Tiger Cage 2.” A Yeun Woo Ping film.

The Big Heat (1988)

Inspector Waipong Wong has to put his life and resignation from the Hong Kong police department on hold to investigate his former partner's mysterious murder. What he and his crack team of three other cops uncover is a plot far more sinister than they originally anticipated.

This was my very first film in Hong Kong. I remember meeting a friend at the gym. He was one of the actor on the project. He said the producer was looking for a new face to play an assassin. I guess my friend saw me practicing my martial arts at the gym. Anyhow, he introduced me to the producer. I didn’t know who was who in the business at the time and my Chinese wasn’t even that good. I met the producer. He gave me a look over. Nodded and walked away. I asked my friend what just happened and if I got the part. He said yes, “You got it.” I said, “just like that?” It was just like that. Later I found out that the producer was Tsui Hark.

It was on this film that I met Paul Wong and his stunt team. One of the team member back then was Ridley Tsui. Paul was really nice to me and really took his time in explaining the action and how to go about it. Paul was one Jackie Chan top top stunt people before he venture off on his own. I guess is a natural process. Venturing off. I remember Paul had me jump inside of an elevator shaft on the thirteen floor. To this day, I still don’t understand why Paul would let me do such a stunt. I was green. I had no experience. I don’t even speak the language. It was pretty scary standing inside of an elevator shaft thirteen stories high with nothing holding on to you and you have to jump to the next elevator. But I did it. Later I realized that I had banged up my entire right side. I guess I held on to one of the supporting beam too tight. Well, I had to. I was holding on for my life.

After getting to know Paul really well, I asked him why he would let me do such a stunt. I mean, I could have gotten myself killed. He said, “I had a feeling you could do it.” A feeling!!! That’s great. I guess I’m in.

In the Line of Duty III/Yes, Madam (1988)

A pair of Japanese thieves steal valuable gems which they plan to take to Hong Kong, sell and buy weapons for the Red Army. During their escape, they kill a police detective and the detective's partner swears revenge. Meanwhile, Rachel, a rookie cop in Hong Kong, is trying to get in on the action of the task force she has been assigned to, but over-protective uncle, who just happens to be her superior, wants to keep her out of harms way. With the Japanese thieves and the detective trailing them, they make their way to Hong Kong. Rachel ends up entangled in the same mess with the detective trying to bring the cold blooded and desperate thieves to justice.

It was in this film was that I met Tony Lueng. He was the stunt coordinator on the project. I was hire to do a stunt believe it or not. I was still new in the business and didn’t know very many people. The person who played the male thief was Stuart Ong. He actually introduced the director thinking it was an action movie there might be work for me. So I went to met the director and Tony. I show them what I can do. They seemed please but there weren’t any part available for me. I was disappointed, but was excited at the same time. I felt like I was in the business. Anyhow, a few weeks later, I got a call from Tony. He say he needed me to do a stunt. I said, “great!” I went in to meet with him and he told me I was to double the male hero. The scenario was the hero was hung upside down with ropes tied around his ankles and his hands tied behind his back. Tony wanted the hero to stretch up like doing an upside down sit up and untie the ropes with his mouth. It wasn’t a difficult stunt. It just took flexibility. So they had me hanging upside down by a rope tied around my ankles and hands tied behind my back. I crunch up. Grabbing my ankle with my hands and used my mouth to untied the ropes. Tony yelled “cut!” and that was it. I got paid $250US per day for that stunt--a $50US per day bump. It was only a couple nights work, but meeting Tony was fantastic. He knew I was inexperience in the business, so he showed me how to apply my martial arts to stunt work. I remember him as being patient and very soft spoken. And it was because of his kindness that I wanted him to be involve in "Red Trousers" and also because of his talent in stunts and choreography.

City War (1988)

When a vengeful gangster is released from prison, he takes revenge on the family of the cop who put him away. His partner, feeling guilty for what happened, goes on a killing spree in the Hong Kong underworld for revenge. A fierce and bloody action movie featuring strong performances from the stars.

This was an ultimate experience for me. I mean, Chow Yuen Fat got to kill me and my all time favorite Shaw Brother hero, Ti Lung, was in this film as well. I must have seen every movies Ti Lung ever made and now I got to work with him. So it was a pleasure to have him to kick my butt. It was great working with Ti Lung. He was very kind and showed me the ways and techniques of making an effective fight scenes. Our fight scene took about ten days to shoot so Ti Lung and I got to know each other pretty well. It was wired. Standing in front of Ti Lung and fighting him. It didn’t seem real.

I remember when we didn’t have anything to do or were waiting around, Ti Lung would cut new paper clippings. I asked him why was he cutting out articles and he say, “I just wanted to remember some of the events and maybe it could be useful in a movie.” After that, I started to cut out news paper article... I still do. It was also in this film that I met Yuen Bing or Bingo. He was one of the original “Seven Little Fortune”. A little brother of Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan. He was also very kind to me. Maybe it was because I did everything that he wanted. I mean everything. I smashed into a glass table, aquarium, TV, windows...we broke everything in the apartment. At the premier, Bingo complemented me on a job well done and told everyone that I did everything in the film. It was this movie that really gave me the confidence I needed to hang in the industry. I was still inexperience, but willing to try.

The Big Brother (1987)

Script writer Zee is a confirmed bachelor. Hero Wain is his devoted butler. Next door is no-good detective Goh, and his complaining, with the beautiful and vain Kit. Zee takes Goh to a macho convention chaired by young handsome Mau. Without Goh's knowing, Kit works as a waitress in the convention. She falls for Mau. Zee gets the top prize--a beautiful slave girl. She immediately turns Zee's house upside down. Zee wants to escape. Wain is desperate. Goh learns of Kit's romance with Mau. He asks Zee for help, but Mau, now aided by Wain, defeats their every move...

This was my second film in HK. The same producers from “City Heat” ask me if I would stick around in Hong Kong cause they knew I was just passing through. It was a no brainer. I had so much fun doing “Big Heat,” I couldn’t turn it down. And I was getting $200US per day. That’s a lot for someone who has never done anything before. I still remember them. The producer’s names were Doris and Ridly. They were very nice to me and tried to work with me. I guess that was pretty much my turning point of getting myself into the film industry. And it was in this film that I met Simon Yam.

If there was anyone who love what they do, that person has to be Simon. He was so enthusiastic about “THE WORK” it inspired me to do better. In the film I played his body guard. It was a great part for a newcomer cause I didn’t have many lines. I think I spoke twice in the entire film but lots of fighting. It was also in this film that I got my taste of the real HK stunts. I did my first 720 twist hitting concrete. I also did a double thrust kick into Ah Wei chest and landing on my back on concrete. I was sore for an entire week. Like I got slammed by a 18-wheelers. I have to say the experience on that project really help me understand what film making was all about. Watching Simon and Meng Gee Lueng work was an eye opener. Both of these actor came out of TVB. The were the rat pack the 80’s Hong Kong actors. Like Chow Yuen Fat. What can I say, I was at the right place, at the right. I was very luck how I fell into it.