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Corey Yuen Kuei - The Appreciation Thread

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So here's a list of most of his films as director and/or action director. What would you guys name as his top 5?

 1973 Duel of the Dragons (stunt coordinator) 
 1973 Snake Fist Fighter (stunt coordinator) 
 1974 Kung Fu 10th Dan (stunt coordinator) 
 1976 Secret Rivals (assistant action choreographer) 
 1977 7 Grandmasters (stunt coordinator) 
 1977 Heroes of the Wild (fight director) 
 1977 The Instant Kung Fu Man (martial arts choreographer) 
 1979 A Massacre Survivor (stunt coordinator) 
 1979 Dance of the Drunken Mantis (stunt coordinator) 
 1979 Jade Claw (stunt coordinator) 
 1979 Hellz Wind Staff (stunt coordinator) 
 1980 Ring of Death (stunt coordinator) 
 1980 The Buddha Assassinator (stunt coordinator) 
 1980 We're Going to Eat You (martial arts choreographer) 
 1981 Game of Death II (assistant stunt coordinator) 
 1981 Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (fight choreographer) 
 1982 Ninja in the Dragon's Den 
 1983 Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (stunt coordinator) 
 1985 Yes Madam
 1986 Above the Law 
 1986 Above the Law (stunt coordinator) 
 1986 No Retreat, No Surrender 
 1987 No Retreat, No Surrender 2 
 1988 In the Blood 
 1989 Casino Raiders 
 1989 Casino Raiders (action director) 
 1990 All for the Winner 
 1990 She Shoots Straight
 1990 Mortuary Blues (action coordinator) 
 1991 American Shaolin (martial arts choreographer) 
 1991 Fist of Fury 1991 (stunt coordinator) 
 1991 Lee Rock (action director) 
 1991 Lee Rock II (action director) 
 1991 Legend of the Dragon (action director - as Fui Yuen) 
 1991 Saviour of the Soul 
 1991 The Top Bet 
 1992 Angel Hunter (assistant stunt coordinator - as Yuen Kwei) 
 1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II 
 1992 Moon Warriors (stunt action director) 
 1992 Saviour of the Soul II 
 1992 Ghost Punting
 1993 Women on the Run
 1993 The Legend / Fong Sai Yuk
 1993 The Legend II / Fong Sai Yuk 2
 1994 The Defender / Bodyguard from Beijing
 1994 The New Legend of Shaolin 
 1995 High Risk (stunt coordinator) 
 1995 My Father is a Hero 
 1997 Black Rose II 
 1997 Mahjong Dragon
 1997 Hero
 1998 And Now You're Dead 
 1998 Lethal Weapon 4 (martial arts fight choreographer - as Cory Yuen) 
 1998 Timeless Romance (action designer) 
 2000 Romeo Must Die (martial arts supervisor) 
 2000 X-Men (action director) 
 2001 Kiss of the Dragon (action director) 
 2001 The Avenging Fist 
 2001 The One (action choreographer: martial arts) 
 2002 The Transporter (action choreographer) / (action director) 
 2002 So Close (as Cory Yuen) 
 2003 Bulletproof Monk (additional fight director - uncredited) / (fight choreographer: additional fight sequence) 
 2003 Cradle 2 the Grave (martial arts choreographer) 
 2004 Blade of Kings / Twins Effect 2 (as Cory Yuen) 
 2005 A Chinese Tall Story (action director) 
 2005 The Transporter 2 (martial arts choreographer - as Cory Yuen) 
 2006 DOA: Dead or Alive (as Cory Yuen) 
 2007 War (second unit director - as Cory Yuen) 
 2008 The Transporter 3 (martial arts choreographer) 
 2008 Red Cliff (second unit director: action unit) 
 2009 Red Cliff - Part 2 (second unit director: action unit) 
 2009 Blood: The Last Vampire (action director) 
 2010 The Expendables (martial arts choreographer: Jet Li - as Cory Yuen) 
 2011 Shaolin (action director) 
 2011 Treasure Inn (action director) 
 2012 Naked Soldier (action director) 
 2012 The Man with the Iron Fists (martial arts choreographer) 
 2012 Wu Dang (action director) 
 2013 Badges of Fury (action director) 
 2014 Rise of the Legend (action director) 
 2015 Wild Card (action choreographer) 
 2016 Birth of the Dragon (martial arts designer) 

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2 hours ago, DragonClaws said:

Corey Yuen and Jet Li, on the set of War(2007), I doubt this will appear in anyon's Top Five lists.

 

Indeed! A waste of all the talent involved. Two possible classic fights (Jet Li vs. Kane Kosugi; Jet Li vs. Jason Statham) thrown completely out the window.

I still can't figure out how Mark Pollard gave this 3-and-a-half stars and downgraded The Tai Chi Master from 4 stars to 3...

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20 hours ago, DrNgor said:

Indeed! A waste of all the talent involved. Two possible classic fights (Jet Li vs. Kane Kosugi; Jet Li vs. Jason Statham) thrown completely out the window.

Remember ebing dispointed with this one, as Statham vs Li sounded very promising in theory. Then there was a talents of Kan Kosugi, who again was just wasted. Maybe I'd be less critical if I watched it again?, knowing what to expect.

The first two No Retreat No Surrender movies, and Kiss Of The Dragon would certianly be in my top five. Tough trying to pick anohter two titles, then there's the movies I've not seen as of yet.

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Yes Madam (Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock...need I say more. Recently showed my seven year old daughter this because she is a Cynthia Rothrock fan)

No Retreat, No Surrender (while it was laughed at back in the day, this was a successful crossover thanks to JCVD)

Above the Law (Yuen Biao and Cynthia Rothrock...need I say more....still love that tornado kick Yuen does to Melvin Wong!)

American Shaolin (he made non-martial artist Trent Bushey look good and we got to see Daniel Dae Kim in his film debut here in addition to Reese Madigan, who I thought was an impressive lead due to his acting background and the fact he's a black belt in Shotokan Karate helped)

The Transporter (IMO Jason Statham's best action performance, love that move where he did multiple kicks off one leg against three attackers)

I think this would be my current Top 5 films

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While I like things like Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain to me at least it's more Tsui Hark's vision, so therefore I'm only going to make my list based on the productions he was the director for and not just the action director.

I guess my list in order is something like:
 
1. Above the Law aka Righting Wrongs

2. Ninja in the Dragon's Den

3. Yes Madam

4. The Transporter

5. The Bodyguard from Beijing

OK by the time I got pass 4 I realised I need to see more of his.

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On 23/12/2017 at 11:30 PM, TibetanWhiteCrane said:

Corey had zero to do with Casino Raiders in any capacity, no sure why that's on the list.

Because the IMDB is always a trustworthy source of info on Chinese cinema!

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48 minutes ago, DrNgor said:

Because the IMDB is always a trustworthy source of info on Chinese cinema!

Try HKMDB.com :) It said he action directed a 2017 martial arts comedy film called Soccer Killer which marked one of the last film appearances of Fung Hark-On. The film was directed by Jeff Lau.

http://hkmdb.com/db/movies/view.mhtml?id=17182&display_set=eng

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Anyone know what he's up to these days? Seems like Birth of the Dragon was the last thing he worked on... Anyone who can shed any light on this?

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When they interviewed Corey Yuen for The One, the one doing the translating is none other than Jonathan Ke Quan, who was Yuen's assistant at the time.

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