Jimmy Wang Yu Suffers Second Stroke

by Kung Fu Bob O'Brien on January 24, 2016 · 2 comments in Buddhist Blog

Hong Kong movie star/director Jimmy Wang Yu, well known to fans for his roles in classics like ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (1967) and MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE (1976),  has suffered a second stroke and is currently in stable condition in the Intensive Care unit of a Bangkok, hospital.

Wang Yu, who turned 72 this January 1st, collapsed at an airport in Thailand as he was preparing to return home after a business trip. Wang’s eldest daughter Linda Wong, one of three daughters produced from his marriage to THE WANDERING KNIGHT (1967) actress Jeanette Lin Tsui (they divorced in 1975, and she passed in 1995) told the press that her father had several minor surgeries back in December, and had to undergo two emergency brain surgeries following this stroke. He has been advised not to travel for the time being, so his daughters and friends have been visiting him at the Thailand hospital, and reportedly his condition has improved quite a bit. He is currently “conscious and eating” according to Ms. Wong.

Wang Yu’s first stroke occurred in 2011 right after filming his powerful comeback performance in WU XIA opposite Donnie Yen. But that didn’t seem to slow him down much. He reportedly put his all into his physical rehabilitation exercises, far exceeding what was asked of him, and even secretly driving himself to the sessions. That same year in November he was the guest of honor at the New York City “An Evening with Jimmy Wang Yu” event (thanks to the Subway Cinema gentleman responsible for the annual New York Asian Film Festival), where the resilient star told the crowd about walking out of the hospital just a few days after having a stroke, as he had had enough medical attention. Though he carried a cane with him that night, he did not seem dependent on it, and stood up during a Q&A session to scurry across the stage as proof that he was still in great health. Afterward, in 2013, he gave one of his greatest dramatic performances in the film SOUL, which earned him a Best Actor prize at the Taipei Film Awards.

We here at Shaolin Chamber 36 want to wish Jimmy a full and speedy recovery.

Sources:

http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/one-armed-swordsman-star-wang-yu-hospitalised-for-stroke

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2016/01/24/onearmed-swordsman-star-wang-yu-hospitalised-for-stroke/

And Rick Baker’s report via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ricky.baker.50364?fref=ts

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mpm74 January 25, 2016

Nice coverage. My thoughts and prayers are with Wang Yu.

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Kung Fu Bob January 25, 2016

Thanks man. Wish this wasn’t something to write about though. Strokes are tough. Hoping the best for him.

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