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元奎
Corey Yuen Kwai  ♂
Aliases:  Don Yuen,  Cory Yuen,  Yuen Kwei,  Yuan Kuei,  Yuen Kuei,  Yuen Fui,  Yuen Yan-Kwei,  Yuan Kue,  Yuen Kuai,  Yuen Fui,  Yun Kwei
Born: February 15th, 1951





 
Filmography (1968-2016)
 
  Director (26 films)
    Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)    
    Yes, Madam! (1985)    
    Righting Wrongs (1986)    
    No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)    
    No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)    
    In the Blood (1988)    
    All for the Winner (1990)    
    She Shoots Straight (1990)    
    The Top Bet (1991)    
    Saviour of the Soul (1991)    
    Ghost Punting (1992)    
    Saviour of the Soul II (1992)    
    Women on the Run (1993)    
    Fong Sai Yuk II (1993)    
    Fong Sai Yuk (1993)    
    The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994)    
    My Father Is a Hero (1995)    
    Hero (1997)    
    Black Rose II (1997)    
    Mahjong Dragon (1997)    
    Enter the Eagles (1998)    
    The Avenging Fist (2001)    
    So Close (2002)    
    The Twins Effect II (2004)    
    DOA: Dead or Alive (2006)    
    Treasure Inn (2011)    
  Planning (8 films)
    Mr. Vampire Part 2 (1986)    
    Eastern Condors (1987)    
    Promising Young Boy (1987)    
    Spooky, Spooky (1988)    
    Picture of a Nymph (1988)    
    Dragons Forever (1988)    
    Pedicab Driver (1989)    
    Bury Me High (1991)    
  Action Director (69 films)
    Duel of the Dragons (1973)    
    The Cub Tiger from Kwangtung (1973)    
    Kung Fu 10th Dan (1974)    
    The Evil Snake Girl (1974)    
    Bruka Queen of Evil (1975)    
    The Instant Kung Fu Man (1977)    
    Hero of the Wild (1977)    
    The 7 Grandmasters (1978)    
    The Dragon and the Tiger Kids (1979)    
    A Massacre Survivor (1979)    
    Crystal Fist (1979)    
    Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979)    
    The Ring of Death (1980)    
    The Buddha Assassinator (1980)    
    We're Going to Eat You (1980)    
    Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (1981)    
    Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)    
    Dragon Lord (1982)    
    Zu: The Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)    
    Aces Go Places - Our Man from Bond Street (1984)    
    Yes, Madam! (1985)    
    Heart of the Dragon (1985)    
    Righting Wrongs (1986)    
    No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)    
    No Retreat, No Surrender 2 (1987)    
    Eastern Condors (1987)    
    The Blonde Fury (1989)    
    Lost Souls (1989)    
    All for the Winner (1990)    
    Mortuary Blues (1990)    
    She Shoots Straight (1990)    
    Shanghai Shanghai (1990)    
    Legend of the Dragon (1991)    
    Fist of Fury 1991 (1991)    
    American Shaolin (1991)    
    The Top Bet (1991)    
    Lee Rock II (1991)    
    Lee Rock (1991)    
    The Magnificent Scoundrels (1991)    
    The Moon Warriors (1992)    
    Fist of Fury 1991 II (1992)    
    Ghost Punting (1992)    
    Angel Hunter (1992)    
    Operation Scorpio (1992)    
    Fong Sai Yuk (1993)    
    Fong Sai Yuk II (1993)    
    Rose Rose I Love You (1993)    
    The New Legend of Shaolin (1994)    
    The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994)    
    High Risk (1995)    
    My Father Is a Hero (1995)    
    Black Rose II (1997)    
    Hero (1997)    
    Timeless Romance (1998)    
    The Avenging Fist (2001)    
    So Close (2002)    
    The Twins Effect II (2004)    
    A Chinese Tall Story (2005)    
    Red Cliff (2008)    
    Red Cliff: Part 2 (2009)    
    Shaolin (2011)    
    Treasure Inn (2011)    
    Naked Soldier (2012)    
    Wu Dang (2012)    
    Badges of Fury (2013)    
    Rise of the Legend (2014)    
    Kick Ball (2015)    
    Birth of the Dragon (2016)    
    A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016)    
  Assistant Director (1 film)
    Birth of the Dragon (2016)    
  Producer (9 films)
    Righting Wrongs (1986)    
    The Blonde Fury (1989)    
    Shanghai Shanghai (1990)    
    Mortuary Blues (1990)    
    All for the Winner (1990)    
    The Top Bet (1991)    
    Fist of Fury 1991 (1991)    
    Fist of Fury 1991 II (1992)    
    Women on the Run (1993)    
  Story (3 films)
    No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)    
    All for the Winner (1990)    
    She Shoots Straight (1990)    
  Actor (124 films)
    The Jade Raksha (1968) ... San Hu's thug
    Ambush (1971) ... [Extra]
    The Golden Lion (1971) ... Wang's thug
    Deaf and Mute Heroine (1971) ... [Extra]
    Hap Ki Do (1972) ... Hapkido student
    The Brutal Boxer (1972) ... Thug
    Fist of Fury (1972) ... Susuki's student
    The Young Avenger (1972) ... Liu's bandit
    The 14 Amazons (1972) ... Hsia soldier - King's tent
    The Thunderbolt Fist (1972) ... [Extra]
    Tough Guy (1972) ... [Extra]
    The Yellow Killer (1972)    
    Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972) ... Wu's thug
    Death Blow (1973) ... Jean Valsoie 's assistant
    None But the Brave (1973) ... Japanese
    The Master of Kung Fu (1973) ... Wong's student
    The Rendezvous of Warriors (1973)    
    The Black Belt (1973) ... Thug attacking Yuan
    Duel of the Dragons (1973) ... [Extra]
    The Money-Tree (1973) ... Fights at the movie set
    The Rats (1973) ... [Extra]
    Freedom Strikes a Blow (1973) ... Thug
    Naughty! Naughty! (1974) ... Boss Feng's thug
    Wits to Wits (1974) ... [Extra]
    The Big Showdown (1974) ... [Extra]
    The Suicide Murder (1974) ... [Extra]
    Kung Fu 10th Dan (1974) ... Fighter
    The Tournament (1974) ... Japanese student
    Superior Youngster (1974) ... [Extra]
    The Evil Snake Girl (1974)    
    Paris Killers (1974) ... [Extra]
    The Shadow Boxer (1974) ... Jin's thug
    Only the Brave Stands (1974) ... [Extra]
    The Man from Hong Kong (1975)    
    The Valiant Ones (1975) ... Pirate
    The Seven Coffins (1975) ... [Extra]
    Gambling Syndicate (1975) ... Casino thug
    Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975) ... [Extra]
    The Young Dragons (1975) ... Lui Fu's thug
    The Drug Connection (1976) ... Boss Wu's thug
    Brotherhood (1976) ... [Extra]
    The Dragon Missile (1976) ... Villager/Palace fight [extra]
    The Big Family (1976) ... [Extra]
    Emperor Chien Lung (1976) ... Gambling house thug
    Big Bad Sis (1976) ... Thug
    Oily Maniac (1976) ... road worker
    The Magic Blade (1976) ... Chien's man
    Killer Clans (1976) ... Chuan's man
    Bruce Lee and I (1976) ... Thug in bar
    The Criminals (1976) ... 3) Brother Lin's gangster
    The Web of Death (1976) ... Qingyi Clan member
    The Himalayan (1976) ... Kao's guard
    Broken Oath (1977) ... One of Chou's guards / Hao's bodyguard
    Last Strike (1977) ... [Extra]
    Hero of the Wild (1977) ... Spearman
    Snuff-Bottle Connection (1977) ... Ambusher w/spear
    The Secret Rivals, Part II (1977)    
    Pursuit of Vengeance (1977) ... Man at inn attack [extra]
    Clans of Intrigue (1977) ... Waiter at Inn Gutsy
    The Fatal Flying Guillotines (1977) ... Soldier in tree
    The Mighty Peking Man (1977) ... Bomb unit soldier
    The Instant Kung Fu Man (1977) ... Robber
    The Invincible Armour (1977)    
    To Kill a Jaguar (1977) ... Sam's thug
    Jade Tiger (1977) ... [Extra]
    The Battle Wizard (1977) ... Poisonous Moths Clan member
    Deadly Angels (1977) ... Thug
    Death Duel (1977) ... Japanese in Hei Sha Clan
    The 7 Grandmasters (1978) ... Sun Hung of Hu Pei, 5th Grandmaster
    Born Invincible (1978) ... Hei Pai killer
    Flying Guillotine, Part II (1978) ... Lama monk guard [extra]
    The Vengeful Beauty (1978) ... Flying Guillotine at bamboo trees
    Swordsman and Enchantress (1978) ... [Extra]
    Soul of the Sword (1978) ... Pai Kwa Hall's swordsman
    Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979) ... Rubber Legs' student
    The Brothers (1979) ... Thug [extra]
    Revenge of the Shaolin Master (1979) ... Bandit/Guard
    A Massacre Survivor (1979) ... Fights Chao Tien-piao
    Crystal Fist (1979) ... [Extra] / [Stunts]
    We're Going to Eat You (1980) ... [Extra] / [Stunts]
    Six Directions of Boxing (1980)    
    The Ring of Death (1980) ... [Extra]
    The Buddha Assassinator (1980) ... Fighter in opening scene
    Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (1981) ... [Cameo]
    Tower of Death (1981) ... Guard in the cave
    Dragon Lord (1982) ... Smuggler
    Zu: The Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) ... Devil Disciple leader
    Heart of the Dragon (1985) ... Ah Tad's SWAT buddy
    Yes, Madam! (1985) ... Policeman [extra]
    The Millionaires' Express (1986) ... Shi Yu's gang
    Where's Officer Tuba? (1986) ... Taoist priest in deity Chun Kui costume
    Righting Wrongs (1986) ... Joe Doh
    Eastern Condors (1987) ... Judy Wu
    Mr. Vampire Part 3 (1987) ... Uncle Nine's birthday guest
    Three Against the World (1988) ... Candy seller
    Couples, Couples, Couples (1988) ... Dauphne's new apartment neighbor
    In the Blood (1988) ... Dan
    Spooky, Spooky (1988) ... Hen Egg
    The Iceman Cometh (1989) ... Bum
    Pedicab Driver (1989) ... Coolie [cameo]
    She Shoots Straight (1990) ... Boatman [cameo]
    All for the Winner (1990) ... Shing
    Mortuary Blues (1990) ... Sergeant Shih Chun
    Pantyhose Hero (1990)    
    License to Steal (1990) ... Policeman
    The Nocturnal Demon (1990) ... Mr Yuen
    Gambling Ghost (1991) ... Brock's poker opponent in dream
    Bury Me High (1991) ... Wei Tien Hsien
    Fist of Fury 1991 (1991) ... Master Fok Wan
    Saviour of the Soul (1991) ... Master
    The Top Bet (1991) ... Fishy Shing
    Legend of the Dragon (1991) ... Policeman
    The Raid (1991) ... Brother Big Nose
    Saviour of the Soul II (1992) ... Doctor
    Fist of Fury 1991 II (1992) ... Master Fok
    Fong Sai Yuk II (1993) ... Li Guo Bang
    Women on the Run (1993) ... Officer Pun
    The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994) ... Shopper in mall [uncredited]
    My Father Is a Hero (1995) ... Bartender
    Thunderbolt (1995) ... Doctor treating Jackie
    The Saint of Gamblers (1995) ... Shing
    Hero (1997) ... Uncle Po
    Just Another Pandora's Box (2010) ... General of Cao
    A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (2016)    
  Assistant Action Director (5 films)
    The Secret Rivals, Part II (1977)    
    The Invincible Armour (1977)    
    Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)    
    Drunken Master (1978)    
    Tower of Death (1981)    
  Executive Director (1 film)
    Dragons Forever (1988)    
  Writer (2 films)
    Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)    
    Hero (1997)    
 
 
Biography
 
 

Real name: Ying Gang-Ming.

Yuen Kwai joined Sifu Yu Jim Yuen's Chinese Drama and Opera Academy in his childhood.

He learned peking opera and martial arts with his fellow classmates including Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao and were collectively called the Seven Little Fortunes.

He joined the film industry and started working as a bit player and stuntman.

He became well known for his superior martial arts performance in "Dance of the Drunk Mantis" (1979), and he was then promoted to the post of martial art director.

His famous works include "Dragon Lord" (1982) and "Zu - Warriors From the Magic Mountain" (1983).

In 1982, he began his directing debut with "Ninja in the Dragon's Den", produced by Ng See Yuen. Then Ng asked Yuen to go to America to direct an action movie, "No Retreat, No Surrender" under the name Corey Yuen, starring then unknown Jean-Claude van Damme.

As he came back to Hong Kong, he made one of his best action movies, "Yes, Madam", which made Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock to be the best known fighting ladies.

He co-directed with Jeff Lau "All For the Winners" which grossed HK$41.3 millions and was the highest grossing movie in 1990.

He was nominated for best action choreography award of the Hong Kong film awards several times and finally won the award for "Fong Sai Yuk" (1993).

from the DVD "Righting Wrongs".

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