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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Sammo HUNG
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Sammo Hung Kam-po was born in Hong Kong in 1950. His father Hung Chung-ho was a director and scriptwriter and his grandmother is Chin Tsi-ang, a martial arts star of the silent era. At age 7, Hung entered Yu Jim-yuen’s China Drama Academy, learning Peking opera as well as martial arts and acrobatic skills. He was a key member of the school’s troupe Seven Little Fortunes, which performed opera and acrobatics at theaters and amusement parks. Hung started acting in films at age 10, appearing in such films as Education of Love (1960), The Princess and the Magnificent Seven (1962), The Birth of Yue Fei (1962) and The Seven Little Valiant Fighters (1962). By 1968, he was working as a martial arts stuntman, graduating to action choreographer in 1969. All the while he was also appearing as actor, first in supporting roles and later as lead actor.

Hung started directing with the Golden Harvest production The Iron-Fisted Monk (1977), for which he also starred. He went on to play the dual role for the company in a series of critically acclaimed hits, like Warriors Two (1978), The Prodigal Son (1981), Winners and Sinners (1983), Wheels on Meals (1984) and Eastern Condors (1987).

Hung also headed several companies, starring in most and directing some of their productions. In 1978, he teamed with Karl Maka and Lau Kar-wing to form Kar Bo films. In 1979, he founded Bojon Films. He later formed Bo Ho Films with Golden Harvest, its debut feature Encounter of the Spooky Kind (1980) the first in a number of highly regarded hits, such as My Lucky Star (1985), Heart of a Dragon (1985), Millionaire’s Express (1986) and Dragons Forever (1988). In 1984, he partnered with Dickson Poon and John Sham to establish D & B Films, again producing a series of popular films like The Owl and the Dumbo (1984). He teamed with Loong Shong Pictures of Taiwan in 1988 to reform Bojon Films, directing and starring in several films such as Spooky, Spooky (1988), Pedicab Driver (1989) and Panty Hose Hero (1990).

One of the most important figures in 1980s film, Hung was a pioneer who established new directions, such as popularizing ghost comedies with Encounter of the Spooky Kind and The Dead and the Deadly (1982) as well as vampire comedies, with Mr. Vampire (1985). He twice won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards, for Carry on Pickpocket (1982) and Painted Faces (1988). He was also awarded Best Action Choreography three times, for Prodigal Son, Ip Man (2008) and Ip Man 2 (2010).

Between 1998 and 2000, he enjoyed American success appearing in the English language television series Martial Law, becoming the first Chinese actor to star in a primetime show. In the 21st Century, Hung remained active as both actor and action choreographer in Hong Kong and Chinese productions.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1997 《一個好人》
Mr. Nice Guy
1997 《黃飛鴻之西域雄獅》
Once Upon a Time in China & America
1995 《冇面俾》
Don't Give a Damn
1993 《一刀傾城》
Blade of Fury
1992 《戰神傳說》
The Moon Warriors
1992 《五福星撞鬼》
Ghost Punting TSANG Chi Wai Eric YUEN Corey LAU Koon Wai Ricky
1991 《黐線枕邊人》
Slickers Vs. Killers
1991 《五福星撞鬼》
Ghost Punting TSANG Chi Wai Eric YUEN Corey
1990 《脂粉雙雄》
Panty Hose Hero
1989 《羣龍戲鳳》
Pedicab Driver
1988 《飛龍猛將》
Dragons Forever
1988 《鬼掹腳》
Spooky, Spooky
1987 《東方禿鷹》
Eastern Condors
1986 《富貴列車》
The Millionaires Express
1985 《福星高照》
My Lucky Stars
1985 《夏日福星》
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
1985 《龍的心》
Heart of the Dragon
1984 《快餐車》
Wheels on Meals
1984 《貓頭鷹與小飛象》
The Owl Vs the Dumbo
1983 《奇謀妙計五福星》
Winners and Sinners
1982 《提防小手》
Carry on Pickpocket
1981 《敗家仔》
The Prodigal Son
1980 《身不由己》
The Victim
1980 《鬼打鬼》
Encounter of the Spooky Kind
1979 《雜家小子》
1978 《肥龍過江》
Enter the Fat Dragon
1978 《贊先生與找錢華》
Warriors Two
1977 《三德和尚與舂米六》
The Iron-Fisted Monk