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Woo-ping Yuen

Highest Rated:   90% Iron Monkey (2001)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
19% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
  • Director
2016
78% The Grandmaster
  • Chan Wah-shun (Chen Huashun)
$6.3M 2013
No Score Yet Jui kuen (Drunken Master)
  • Director
2012
63% True Legend
  • Director
$0.1M 2011
80% The Story Of Film: An Odyssey
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Hands of Shang-Chi
  • Director
2009
65% 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 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)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
No Score Yet Dreadnaught
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Buddhist Fist
  • Director
  • Actor
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
79% Drunken Master (Jui kuen)
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Se ying diu sau) (Eagle's Shadow)
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Wan fa gui zong yi Shao Lin (Best of Shaolin Kung Fu)
  • Actor
1976

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