Corey Yuen

Biography

Corey Yuen Kwai is a Hong Kong actor, film director and producer. He is one of the Seven Little Fortunes. Corey was one of Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao's best friends during their days in the Peking Opera School. They spent those days training in a harshly disciplined style under the watch of Master Yu. Corey would go to appear as an extra in Hong Kong films during the "chop socky" era of the 1970s. Corey is now one of the top action directors to hit both Hong Kong and the United States. In 1985, he was the first Hong Kong director to successfully bring Hong Kong style action to an American film with No Retreat, No Surrender with the soon to be famous kicker Jean-Claude Van Damme. Corey Yuen has worked with most of Hong Kong's top stars at one time or another, and began Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock's career in 1985 with Yes! Madam and boosting Stephen Chow's with 1990's All for the Winner and 1991's Top Bet. He has also directed Jackie Chan with Sammo Hung in Dragons Forever, and directed Anita Mui, Andy Lau and Aaron Kwok in Saviour of the Soul. In 1993 he began an alliance and friendship with action star Jet Li. He directed some of Jet Li's best films, beginning with Fong Sai Yuk and its sequel, and continuing through Bodyguard from Beijing, The New Legend of Shaolin, My Father Is a Hero and High Risk. The two have worked together for more than 8 years and Corey has brought his brand of action in Jet Li's 3 American films, Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die, The One, and Cradle 2 the Grave. Corey also directed The Transporter and So Close, released in late 2002. Corey opted not to return to direct the sequel Transporter 2, released in 2005. However, his team of stuntmen and martial artists are featured in the film. His other notable films include Righting Wrongs with Yuen Biao and Cynthia Rothrock, She Shoots Straight with Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung and Yuen Wah and 1997's Hero (not to be confused with the Zhang Yimou-directed, Jet Li- starring 2002 film of the same name) starring Yuen Biao and Takeshi Kaneshiro. He has also been an action director on a number of other films. His style of action is not as distinct as that of other Hong Kong action directors like Yuen Woo Ping and Cheng Siu Tung, but is noted for its speed and creativity. He is also distinguished in his ability to mix hand-to-hand conbat and gunfighting, two styles of fighting that are not often used together successfully in Hong Kong action films.

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Birth Place

Hong Kong, China
Known For
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Hero of the Wild Kung Fu Challenger

Spearman (as Yuen Kwai)

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Blood Fingers

(as Corey Yuen Kwai)

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Mortuary Blues

(as Kwai Yuen)

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Above the Law

Bad Egg / Joe Do

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Dance Of The Drunk Mantis - Drunken Master - Vol.2

Rubber Legs' student (as Yuen Kwai)

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Gui meng jiao

Hen Egg

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The Top Bet

Fishy Shing (as Kwai Yuen)

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Saviour of The Soul 2

Doc

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The Magnificent Scoundrels

Cameo

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The Himalayan 

Kao's guard

Starring In
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Chop Socky - Cinema Hong Kong

Himself (as Cory Yuen)

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Art of Action

Himself - Interviewee

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Ma Yong Zhen

Uncle Po

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The Enforcer

Bartender

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Thunderbolt

The Doctor (as Cory Yuen)

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Meltdown

Wai

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The Saint of Gamblers

Shing

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The Bodyguard From Beijing

Cameo

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The Legend 2

Li Kwok Bon

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Fist of Fury 1991 II

Master Fok Wan (archive footage) (as Kwai Yuen)

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Saviour of The Soul 2

Doc

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The Gambling Ghost

Gambler

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The Top Bet

Fishy Shing (as Kwai Yuen)

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The Iceman Cometh

Bum

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The Magnificent Scoundrels

Cameo

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She Shoots Straight

Man in the Boat

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All for the Winner

Fishy Shing (as Kwai Yuen)

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Mortuary Blues

(as Kwai Yuen)

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Pedicab Driver

Coolie (as Kwai Yuen)

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Painted Faces

Self (epilogue - attending a party for the real Master Yu)

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Eastern Condors

Judy Vu (as Kwai Yuen)

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Millionaires' Express

Jen, Shiyu's Man

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Above the Law

Bad Egg / Joe Do

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Gui meng jiao

Hen Egg

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Heart of the Dragon

SWAT Team Member (as Yuen Kwai)

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Dragon Lord

Lu Chen gang member

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Dance Of The Drunk Mantis - Drunken Master - Vol.2

Rubber Legs' student (as Yuen Kwai)

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The Vengeful Beauty

Flying Guillotine at bamboo forest

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7 Grand Masters

Sun Hung

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Born Invincible

Hai Tai Killer 1

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Die Stahlfaust

Assassin

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Mighty Peking Man

(uncredited)

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Hero of the Wild Kung Fu Challenger

Spearman (as Yuen Kwai)

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The Magic Blade: Shaw Brothers

Extra

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The Himalayan 

Kao's guard

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Du hou mi shi

Henchman

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The Man From Hong Kong

(uncredited)

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The Valiant Ones

Pirate

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Fist of Fury

Japanese fighter (uncredited)

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Hapkido

Japanese martial arts student (uncredited)

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Blood Fingers

(as Corey Yuen Kwai)

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