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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Siu Pang CHAN
陳少鵬 | CHAN Siu Pang

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Chan Siu-pang was born in Hong Kong in 1933. A fan of Cantonese opera since childhood, he joined an opera troupe to learn the Northern style martial arts that was performed on stage for acrobatic effects. He later joined the Shen Chang-fu Circus as a trapeze artist. In the 1950’s Chan went along with his master Kwok Hung-bun into film, working as a martial arts performer and stuntman. In the 1960’s, martial arts films featuring mythological creatures were popular in Cantonese cinema and, to supplement his income, Chan played many of the fantastic beasts other martial artists turned down, such as Magical Crane in The Secret Book (1961), Three-headed Monster in The Golden Scissors (1963) and Golden-eyed Magical Condor in The Young Swordsman Lung Kim-Fei (1964). In the early 1960’s he was promoted to martial arts choreographer, working mostly on lowbudget productions by independent companies, collaborating with directors such as Ng Tan, Siu Sang, Law Chi, Lo Wei and John Lo Mar.

In the 1970’s, Chan worked with director Joseph Kuo, choreographing films like The 18 Bronzemen (1975), Return of the 18 Bronzemen (1976) and The Blazing Temple (1977). He also made occasional appearances on film.

In 1976, he began his career as a director making martial arts films, starting with The Best of Shaolin Kung Fu (1976), followed by Shaolin Death Squads (1976), The Mysterious Heroes (1978) and The Magnificent (1978), among others. In the 1980’s he switched to stories set in contemporary time with the action thriller Interpol (1982). Then, under the name of Taiwanese director Tai Peng-ling, he made three films about voodoo practices, Brutal Sorcery (1983), Curse (1985) and Fury of the Heaven (1986).

Chan’s final film as martial arts choreographer is Yang Chi-yao’s The Three Kingdoms (1990). His final onscreen appearance was in Election (2005), playing the character Uncle Monk. Chan passed away in 2005 at age 72.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1986 《天煞》
Fury of the Heaven
1985 《毒咒》
1983 《毒蠱》
Brutal Sorcery
1982 《橫掃魚蛋檔》
1979 《鴻勝蔡李佛》
Choi Lee Fat Kung Fu
1978 《南龍北鳳西山虎》
The Mysterious Heroes .
1978 《龍形刁手金鐘罩》
The Magnificent
1976 《萬法歸宗一少林》
The Best of Shaolin Kung Fu
1976 《呂四娘闖少林》
Shaolin Death Squads
1976 《天羅,飛沙,夕陽紅》
The Invisible Terrorist