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Woo-ping Yuen

  • Highest Rated: 90% Iron Monkey (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)
  • Birthday: Jan 1, 1945
  • Birthplace: Beijing, China
  • A legendary Hong Kong choreographer/actor/director whose first exposure to many stateside moviegoers came with his work in the Wachowski Brothers' 1999 breakthrough action flick The Matrix, Yuen Wo Ping has subsequently crafted an impressive international career with work on such high-profile efforts as Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill (2003). Born the eldest of 12 children in Guangzhan in 1945, young Wo Ping was schooled in the art of Peking Opera and kung fu by his highly regarded father, Yuen Siu Tin (who also served as something of a mentor to international action superstar Jackie Chan). It was at his father's behest that the young martial artist was brought to the attention of the "Wong Fei Hung" series' producers in the 1960s, and Wo Ping's martial arts skills served him well as he rose through the ranks with stunt work in such Shaw Brothers classics as The Chinese Boxer (1970). A year later, Wo Ping received his first credit as choreographer for director Ng See Yuen's Mad Killer, and through the remainder of the decade he would work frequently with both Yuen and the Shaw Brothers. Of course, it wasn't long before Wo Ping was looking to advance his skills behind the camera, and in 1978, he made his directorial debut with the wildly popular Snake in Eagle's Shadow. Quickly following with Jackie Chan's Drunken Master and Dance of the Drunk Mantis (which featured his brother Sunny), Wo Ping's subsequent work with Golden Harvest found him again in the director's chair for such "Wong Fei Hung" efforts as Magnificent Butcher and Dreadnaught. After forming his own production company in 1979, Wo Ping's prominence on the Hong Kong screen would skyrocket and his influence expand with the efforts of his protégé Donnie Yen; and though the popularity of traditional kung fu films would wane somewhat in the 1980s, Wo Ping's output never slowed. In 1991, the genre received something of a shot in the arm thanks to Tsui Hark's popular Jet Li vehicle Once Upon a Time in China (again featuring the enduring Wong Fei Hung and choreographed by Wo Ping), and subsequent work on Iron Monkey (1993), Wing Chun (1994), and Fist of Legend (also 1994) would yield some of the best martial arts films of the decade. After witnessing his jaw-dropping work on Fist of Legend, the Wachowski Brothers hired Wo Ping for The Matrix, and following its 1999 release, his life would be forever changed. Soon faced with an unfathomably large fan base that was hungering for more of the same, video stores across the country were swarming with new fans eager to dive into his impressive body of work. Of course, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would not disappoint, and after work on Tsui Hark's Zu Warriors and Black Mask 2, he returned to American films for The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and Kill Bill.

Highest Rated Movies








89% Master Z: Ip Man Legacy Director 2019
33% The Thousand Faces of Dunjia Director 2017
20% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Director 2016
78% The Grandmaster Chan Wah-shun (Chen Huashun) $6.4M 2013
No Score Yet Jui kuen (Drunken Master) Director 2012
63% True Legend Director $62.7K 2011
80% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Hands of Shang-Chi Director 2009
64% The Forbidden Kingdom Executive Producer $40.1M 2008
36% Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Tai Chi Master Director 2003
90% Iron Monkey Director $14.3M 2001
No Score Yet The Magnificent Butcher Director 1998
No Score Yet Jie tou sha shou (Iron Monkey 2) Director 1996
No Score Yet Tai Chi II Director 1996
No Score Yet Red Wolf Director 1995
No Score Yet Wing Chun Director 1994
67% Wong Fei-hung chi tit gai dau neung gung (Deadly China Hero) (Claws of Steel) (Last Hero in China) Director 1993
No Score Yet Beggar Su Director 1993
No Score Yet So Hak-Yi (Fist of the Red Dragon) (Heroes Among Heroes) Director 1993
No Score Yet Fist of the Red Dragon Producer Director 1993
No Score Yet Game Kids (Ji Boy xiao zi zhi zhen jia wai long) Actor 1992
No Score Yet Tiger Cage 2 Director 1990
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty 4 Director 1989
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty IV Director 1989
No Score Yet Tiger Cage Director 1988
No Score Yet Eastern Condors Yun Yen Hay 1987
No Score Yet Mismatched Couples (Ching fung dik sau) Actor Director 1985
86% Twin Warriors (Tai ji zhang san feng) (The Tai-Chi Master) Director 1984
No Score Yet Drunken Tai Chi (Siu taai gik) Director Screenwriter 1984
No Score Yet Drunken Tai-Chi Director 1984
No Score Yet Fire Dragon Director 1983
No Score Yet Shaolin Drunkard Director 1983
No Score Yet The Miracle Fighters Director 1982
60% Dreadnaught Director 1981
No Score Yet Buddhist Fist Actor Director 1980
No Score Yet Buddhist Fist Director 1980
No Score Yet Wonder Man of the Shaolin Actor 1979
No Score Yet Dance of the Drunken Mantis Director 1979
82% Drunken Master (Jui kuen) Director 1978
No Score Yet Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Eagle's Shadow) Director Producer 1978
No Score Yet Wan fa gui zong yi Shao Lin (Best of Shaolin Kung Fu) Actor 1976


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