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|
||Mr. Nice Guy|
||Once Upon a Time in China & America|
||Don't Give a Damn|
||Blade of Fury|
||The Moon Warriors|
||Ghost Punting||TSANG Chi Wai Eric YUEN Corey LAU Koon Wai Ricky|
||Slickers Vs. Killers|
||Ghost Punting||TSANG Chi Wai Eric YUEN Corey|
||Panty Hose Hero|
||The Millionaires Express|
||My Lucky Stars|
||Twinkle Twinkle Little Star|
||Heart of the Dragon|
||Wheels on Meals|
||The Owl Vs the Dumbo|
||Winners and Sinners|
||Carry on Pickpocket|
||The Prodigal Son|
||Encounter of the Spooky Kind|
||Enter the Fat Dragon|
||The Iron-Fisted Monk|