Ho Chung-tao was born in Pingtung, Taiwan, in 1950. He studied martial arts since he was young and became a physical education teacher after graduating from Taiwan Provincial College of Physical Education (now National Taiwan College of Physical Education). In 1972, he enrolled in the actor’s training program at the Motion Picture Producers Association of Republic of China (now Chinese Filmmaking Association), which led to his playing a small role in an action film directed by noted martial arts director Joseph Kuo.
When Bruce Lee died in 1973, Ho became a hot property in Hong Kong and Taiwan due to his physical similarities to Lee and his uncanny ability to imitate Lee’s moves and gestures. In over a dozen features, including Bruce Lee—A Dragon Story (1974), The New Game of Death (1975), Chinese Connection 2 (1976), Bruce Lee – True Story (1976), he was hailed as “Taiwan Bruce Lee” and earned him the moniker like Bruce Li. In 1976, in an attempt to step out of Bruce Lee’s shadow, Ho abandoned his aliases and resumed using his birth name. Yet such an effort failed to yield significant results, especially after he had played the kung-fu icon in the biopic Bruce Lee—True Story, directed by Ng See-yuen.
Ho directed himself in the film Fist of Bruce Lee (1979) and Counter Attack (1981), both of which heavily influenced by Lee’s films. After playing a supporting role in Michael Mak’s Dragon Force (1982), Ho left the film industry for good.
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