Hsu Hsia, was born in Guangdong Province, and joined a Cantonese opera troupe at the age of 15 to work as a performer specializing in martial arts roles. He later became involved in the film industry, and served under martial arts coordinator Tong Kai on Cantonese films. When Tong started working for Shaw Brothers, Hsu went along with him. In 1977, Hsu worked as Yuen Wo-ping’s assistant martial arts coordinator on Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978) and Drunken Master (1978). In 1979 Hsu became a martial arts coordinator on Five Superfighters, and hired his brother Tsui Fat (whose stage name was Cheung Yau) as assistant martial arts coordinator. The brothers continued to collaborate on a number of productions including The Master (1980), The Fighting Fool (1980), Coward Bastard (1980), The Boxer from the Temple (1980) and Bloody Parrot (1981).
Hsu made his first film, Lion vs Lion in 1981, which was codirected with actor and martial arts coordinator Chien Yuesang. The following year, he directed Kid from Kwangtung on his own, which was followed by a series of action comedies such as Ghosts Galore (1983), Fast Fingers (1983) and I Will Finally Knock You Down, Dad (1984). He switched gears in 1988 and made a romantic comedy, Mr. Mistress, starring Ivan Ho, Nina Li Chi and Cherie Chung. He next directed two action films, Thunder Run and Crystal Hunt. After serving as martial arts coordinator on The Sword Stained with Royal Blood (1993), Hsu left the film industry.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||I Will Finally Knock You Down, Dad|
||Kid From Kwangtung|
||Lion Vs Lion||CHIN Yue Seng|