POLL: Yuen Wo Ping’s Greatest Decade?

by SMK on October 21, 2012 · 8 comments in Buddhist Blog,News & Updates

Yuen Wo Ping, a man of many talents, has been involved with the martial world of Asian cinema since the early ’60s as an actor, then began his career as a action director in the ’70s, then moving on to directing some truly great films beginning in the  late ’70s. Yuen Wo Ping began working in the early ’60s as an actor with the legendary Shaw Brothers studios. While only playing minor roles in films, his leadership skills shined when working on films as the action director, and eventually the director. HKMDB list Yuen Wo Ping choreography credits to consist of 62 films, that is only of Asian films, you can add a few more American films such as The Matrix trilogy, Charlie’s Angels films, and Kill Bill Vol.1 & 2.

Please feel free to elaborate on your reason for voting for a certain decade in the comments below, Thank you for your participation.

In Which Decade Do You Feel Yuen Wo Ping Made His Greatest Contribution As A Director/Choreographer/Actor?

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Yuen Law April 14, 2013

The 90s all the way for Yuen Woo Ping! I’m still blown away with his modern day films like Tiger Cage II and Black Mask (Jet Li totally rocked da’ house with that one and the hip hop soundtrack by the people at Tommy Boy Records made is all the more sweeter).

For me, Red Wolf gets the top vote. Sure it’s a Die-Hard clone, but while Die Hard had action packed gunfights, Red Wolf had hard-hitting fist fights.

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Reno January 16, 2013

This was a tough call, but to be quite honest, Yuen Wo Ping’s modern day movies are a lot better than his old school stuff. Just recently saw Dreadnaught and Buddhist Fist…wasn’t too impressed. I think Red Wolf, In the Line of Duty IV and the Tiger Cage series will be the best of his works.

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SMK January 18, 2013

Reno, which old school kung fu films do you enjoy, just curious?

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Reno March 15, 2013

Welllll…you mean not Yuen Wo Ping related? The ones that I liked are the following:

-Hapkido (Angel Mao)
-New Fist of Fury (not one of Jackie Chan’s best, but I enjoyed it for his performance in the last half of the film as well as the presence of the lovely Cheng Siu Siu)
-Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (I think that one was choreographed by Yuen Wo Ping so I’ll give him credit for that one)
-Snake and Crane: Arts of Shaolin
-Drunken Tai Chi (Donnie Yen was amazing in that one)
-36 Crazy Fists
-The Incredible Kung Fu Master
-The Screaming Tiger (fights were so-so, but I loved the story)
-The Himalayan (Angela Mao and Dorian Tan double team)

I could go on and on, but that’s what I like so far. As I’ve said, I’m more into the modern day action scene from the 80s up to the late 90s (including the girls with guns genre).

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nectarsis November 18, 2012

I actually have to go with the 90’s, followed by a tie with 70’s/00’s. While his work in the 70’s was AWESOME, the changeover in the 90’s to more intricate/faster choreo stands out even more IMO.

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Stewie F November 2, 2012

Being a long time fu fan i felt compelled to show a greater recognition of Yuen Woo Pings contribution in the 70’s, as even though his career had a start in the early 60’s as an actor, it wasn’t until his involvement in action choregraphy and directing that he really created a style and genre of his own making. A style that, even though he was helped along by many talented individuals and of course family members, can be attributed to Pings individual talent for creating or you could say reinventing a genre that after the demise of Bruce Lee could quite easily have faded into obscurity, a style that continues to entertain today.

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Jay Lee October 24, 2012

The 80,s…. No argument needed.

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SMK October 27, 2012

No argument needed? it looks like the “70s” is getting top vote so far. Thanks for your participation Brother Jay!

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