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Ronny Yu



Although he ultimately produced scores of Asian martial arts classics -- and broke the bank at the American box office with several visually decadent slasher pictures -- Ronny Yu began life by confronting and surmounting difficult obstacles. Born Ronny Yan-Tai Yu in Hong Kong, China, c. 1950, Yu contracted polio as a small boy. Bed-bound and largely immobile, Yu developed a rich, elegant, sensorial imaginative capacity, to which he credits much of his later success behind the camera. Saddled with a practical and conservative Chinese family, Yu followed his parents' wishes by earning an MBA from Ohio University, later returning to mainland China. Meanwhile, Philip Chan, a police officer friend of Yu's who moonlighted as an aspiring actor and screenwriter, sensed Yu's inborn directorial ability and suggested that they co-helm a crime thriller script he had authored, The Servant. On set, Yu immediately grasped filmmaking basics and used the experience to hone his craft. The effort paid off; The Servant became the summer box-office hit of 1979 in China and gave Yu a permanent niche in the Chinese film industry.



Project after project followed (1981's The Postman Fights Back, 1983's The Trail, 1984's The Occupant, 1986's Legacy of Rage), and Yu racked up one success after another. His most ambitious outing arrived in 1993. The Bride With White Hair, one of the most expensive and lavish features produced in China up through that time, capitalized on the success of 1987's A Chinese Ghost Story as a romantic, supernatural fantasy epic. Yu co-adapted the script with several others, from a two-volume 1954 Chinese novel; it tells of the star-crossed love between a Wu-Tang Clan warrior and a female counterpart who saves him from a pack of ravenous animals. The summer release did incredible business in both Hong Kong and international markets; a sequel emerged that same year, also directed by Yu. 1995's The Phantom Lover, a melodrama that Yu loosely adapted from The Phantom of the Opera, dazzled audiences equally.



In the late '90s, Hollywood beckoned, and invited Yu to revitalize the then-sagging Child's Play series (with 1998's Bride of Chucky) and the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th series (with 2003's Freddy vs. Jason). The latter raked in such a healthy profit that its gross surpassed the profits of all the Elm Street and Friday movies combined -- an astonishing accomplishment, given the bankability of the individual films.



In 2006, Yu returned to martial arts pictures for the Jet Li-starrer Fearless. A historical biopic, it features Li as the legendary Huo Yuanjia, who became the most infamous martial arts master in China at the turn of the 20th century. Rogue Pictures released Fearless in January 2006 in China and in late September of the same year in the U.S.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saving General Yang
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Trail
  • Director
2013
100% Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Actor
2010
22% Blood: The Last Vampire
  • Screenwriter
2009
73% Jet Li's Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia) (Legend of a Fighter)
  • Director
  • Producer
2006
25% Formula 51
  • Director
2002
44% Bride of Chucky
  • Director
1998
18% Warriors of Virtue
  • Producer
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Ye ban ge sheng (The Phantom Lover)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1995
No Score Yet Satin Steel
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet The Bride With White Hair 2
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
1993
No Score Yet All's Well, Ends Well Too
  • Producer
1993
100% The Bride With White Hair
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1993
No Score Yet Gwang tin lung fu wui (China White) (Rumbling Sky Dragon Tiger Meeting) (The Deadly Sin)
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Legacy of Rage
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Shi jie da shai (Righting Wrongs II: Blonde Fury) (Female Reporter)
  • Ronny Dak
1989
No Score Yet Blonde Fury
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Bless This House
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Legacy of Rage
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Occupant
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Xun cheng ma (The Postman Strikes Back) (Patrol Horse)
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Postman Fights Back
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Master Wong v. Master Wong
  • Producer

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Ada Gow

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