Although action coordinators, unlike film directors, do not have to deal with investors and actors, they do have abundant knowledge about camera technique and the experience of working on the set. So when I first became a director, I was not nervous. It was business as usual, except there was no director by my side. Being a director was harder work, because first, you have to consider all the problems on your own, and secondly, there was no supervisor to encourage you to improve from 80 points to 100, since you are already the top guy on the set.
(Excerpted from A Tribute to Action Choreographers, published by Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, 2006. p.110.)
Tony Leung Siu-hung, aka Hsiung Kuang and Liang Shao-hung, was born in Guangzhou, China, in 1954, but was moved to Hong Kong during infancy. His grandfather, father and uncle were martial arts actors on the Cantonese opera stage, his uncle Leung Siu-chung widely known as “king of somersaults”. At age 15, Leung followed in his brother Leung Siu-lung’s (aka Bruce Liang) footsteps and started working in the film industry as a stuntman. Along with other newcomers like Yuen Biao, Ching Siu-tung and Stephen Tung Wai, he frequently undertook dangerous stunts, making a name for himself performing a daring 40-foot jump on The 14 Amazon’s (1972). He became action coordinator in 1976, sought after during the late 1970s, when television stations competed against each other producing martial arts series. Leung worked for both Commercial Television and Rediffusion Television, assisting martial-arts coordinator Ching Siu-tung. He also became acquainted with young directors who later became part of the Hong Kong New Wave. In the early 1980s, he served as action coordinator for Buddha’s Palm (1982), Coolie Killer (1982) and Yellow Peril (1984).
Leung directed his first film, Thunderclap, in 1984 for Shaw Brothers, but it was not released in Hong Kong. Having hit a snag in his directing career, Leung returned to action coordination, on Magic Crystal (1986), Angel (1987), Vengeance Is Mine (1988) and In the Line of Duty III (1988), among others.
In 1993 and 1994, Leung directed a series of features for Mandarin Films, including the suspense thrillers Insanity (1993, co-directed with Raymond Wong) and Vendetta (1993), as well as the action films Gun of Dragon (1993) and Satin Steel (1994). He also directed two English-speaking action films for producer Ng See-Yuen, Superfights (1994) and Bloodmoon (1997). In 2009, Leung partnered with the legendary Sammo Hung to serve as action coordinator on Ip Man (2008), which won Best Action Choreography at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards and the 46th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. Since 1976, Leung had worked on over 80 films as action coordinator and his recent works include The Legend Is Born - Ip Man (2010), White Vengeance (2011) and The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (2011). Leung became vice president of the Hong Kong Stuntmen Association in 1993 and its president in 2005.
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