Biao Yuen

Biography

Date of Birth 26 July 1957, Hong Kong Birth Name Hsia Ling-Jun Nickname Little Brother Height 5' 6¼" (1.68 m) Mini Biography Yuen Biao is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as well. And now he is receiving a cult following due to word of mouth. Born of his parents Ha Kwong-Tai (father) and Ha Sau-Ying. Yuen Biao was first enrolled in the China Drama Academy at the age of 5 (he was the youngest there). He met Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and Jackie Chan while attending the Academy. Jackie Chan took him under his wing, and they became lifelong friends. Yuen Biao stayed at the Academy until the age of 16 where he moved with Master Jim-Yuen to America. However, two years later he came back, citing there were no opportunities for Chinese martial artists to star in American films. After being in some bit part roles in films such as Tie jin gang da po zi yang guan (1974) (aka Stoner), Shao Lin men (1976) (aka Hand of Death), he didn't receive his first major breakthrough role until Sammo Hung Kam-Bo cast him in Za jia xiao zi (1979) (aka Knockabout). However, his first role which gave him full exposure and established his status as a A-list star was The Prodigal Son (1981) (aka The Prodigal Son), which also starred and was directed by Sammo Hung Kam-Bo. After that, 'Jackie Chan' cast him in the classic Project A (1983) (aka Project A). After starring in some other films with Sammo Hung Kam-Bo and/or Jackie Chan, he decided to go his own way and to forge his own career to get out of the shadows of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung Kam-Bo. He met his future wife DiDi Phang Sau-Ha in 1984 while working as a stunt coordinator on the film DiDi Phang was working on: Tai fong siu sau (1982) (aka Carry On Pickpocket). They have two children. His daughter Yi-Bui was born in 1986 and his son Ming-Tsak in 1988. The film Mong ming yuen yeung (1988) (aka On The Run) confirmed his abilities as a brilliant actor as his portrayal as a married man seeking vengeance for his wife's brutal murder was critically acclaimed. The following year he starred in probably his best film, Ji dong ji xia (1989) (aka The Iceman Cometh), in which he starred with acclaimed actress Maggie Cheung. The film is regarded as a cult classic and is remembered not only for the fantastic fighting scenes and hilarious comedy, but also the wonderful acting of Biao Yuen and Maggie Cheung and the wonderful simmering sexual chemistry between them. After starring in the acclaimed Once Upon a Time in China (1991) (aka Once Upon a Time in China, in which most of his scenes were cut), he directed his first movie (Xi Zang xiao zi (1992). aka A Kid From Tibet), in which he also starred. In 1994, he worked for the first time in years, with Sammo Hung Kam-Bo in the gloriously titled Mou mian bei (1995) (aka Don't Give a Damn). In recent years, Yuen Biao has complained of poor scripts, so he appears in films sparsely nowadays. He also has a second home in Canada where he spends most of time pursuing his hobby of golf.

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Once Upon a Time in China

Leung Foon

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Wheels on Meals

David

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Jackie Chan's Project A

Captain Tzu

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Dragons Forever

Timothy Tung Tak-Biao

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The Young Master

Sang Kung's Son / Fourth Brother

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Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

Ti Ming Chi

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Eastern Condors

Man Yen Chieh

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Above the Law

Hsia Ling-Cheng / Jason Chan

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The Iceman Cometh

Fong Sau-Ching (as Biu Yuen)

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The Prodigal Son

Leung Chang

Starring In
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Operation Bangkok (a.k.a. Heroes Return)

Gao Tianming

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The Bodyguard

Cop

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Bruce Lee - La destinée du Dragon

Ti Ming Chi (Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain) (archive footage)

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My Kingdom

Master Yu Shengying

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Yuet gwong bo hup

Liu Bei

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Robin-B-Hood

Inspector Steve Mok

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Enter the Phoenix

Georgie Hung's father

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Hung wun chiu yun

Ricky Fung

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The Avenging Fist

Thunder

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Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey

(archive footage)

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A Man Called Hero

Boss

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Jackie Chan: My Story / My Stunts

Fourth Brother (Young Master) (archive footage)

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Jackie Chan: My Story

Self

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Ma Yong Zhen

Tam See

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Tough Beauty and the Sloppy Slop

Li Chin Tang

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Circus Kids

Han / Lo Yi Tung (as Yuen Biu)

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Cinema of Vengeance

Himself (uncredited)

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Kickboxer

Lau Zhai

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Deadful Melody

Lui Lun

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Once Upon a Time in China

Leung Foon

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The Iceman Cometh

Fong Sau-Ching (as Biu Yuen)

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Saga of the Phoenix

Kôngquè

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Shanghai Shanghai

Little Tiger

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Miracles

Cameo

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Painted Faces

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

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Dragons Forever

Timothy Tung Tak-Biao

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On the Run

Hsiang Ming

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Peacock King

Kôngquè

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Top Fighter

(archive footage)

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Eastern Condors

Man Yen Chieh

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Mr. Vampire II

Yen

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Above the Law

Hsia Ling-Cheng / Jason Chan

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Millionaires' Express

Tsao Cheuk Kin

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Rosa

Hsia / Little Monster

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Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars

Ricky Fung

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My Lucky Stars

Ricky Fung

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Bruce Lee: The Legend

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Pom Pom

Truck Driver

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Wheels on Meals

David

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Jackie Chan's Project A

Captain Tzu

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Winners and Sinners

CID Agent

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Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain

Ti Ming Chi

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The Champions

Lee Tong

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Black Belt Theatre, Vol. 9: Snuff Bottle Connection

Casino fighter

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The Prodigal Son

Leung Chang

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Game of Death II

Blue Staff Monk (uncredited)

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Dreadnaught

Mousy

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Der tödliche Schlag des Fu Ming

Jo-Wing cohort

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Spooky Encounters

Vampire

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Magnificent Butcher

Foon

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Knockabout

Yipao

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Game Of Death

Billy Lo (as Bill Yuen)

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The Young Master

Sang Kung's Son / Fourth Brother

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The Vengeful Beauty

Flying Guillotine at bamboo forest

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Der kleine Dicke mit dem Superschlag

Fighter in Opening Credit Sequence

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Spiritual Kung Fu

Master of the Five Fists

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Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog

Casino Fighter #3

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Shaolin Plot 

Fighter at the school

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Die Stahlfaust

Assassin

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Organización Amsterdam

Thug overrun by horses

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Hero of the Wild Kung Fu Challenger

Sword and Knife Man

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Hot Potato

Rangoon's Henchman (uncredited)

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Shaolin Wooden Men

n/a

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The Man, The Myth

Challenges Bruce Lee on the Set of 'Enter the Dragon'

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Hand of Death

Arrow Guard

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The Magic Blade: Shaw Brothers

Extra

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The Valiant Ones

Kameda

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Yang chi

Extra

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Stoner

Thug

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The way of the Dragon

Thug (uncredited)

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Fist of Fury

Extra (uncredited)

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Hapkido

Japanese martial arts student (uncredited)

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Master with Cracked Fingers

Pickpocket (as Bill Yuen)

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Le Flic de Hong-Kong

Ricky Fung

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