Wang Yu was born in 1944 in Jiangsu, China. He attended school in Shanghai, where he excelled in swimming. He went to Hong Kong in 1960, where he continued to excel in swimming, horse riding, and car racing, which paved the way for his future in wuxia movies. He tested into the Shaw Brothers studio in 1963. With Chang Cheh's "Tiger Boy" in 1966, he made a name for himself in the industry. A hard working, intelligent person, Wang Yu quickly became one of the hottest male actors in the Chinese world. He has starred in and has directed many classics, including the "One Armed Swordsman" and the "Chinese Boxer." He married Ling Cui in 1969, and in 1975 they divorced with Wang Yu marrying a flight attendant. He made appearences in such movies in the 80s as "Fantasy Mission Force" and "Shanghai 13." In 1991, Wang Yu served on Taiwan's "Two Worlds of Chinese Films Organization" committee, his films "Temple of the Red Lotus" and "One Armed Swordsman" (among others) represented.