Hong Kong cinema is often touted as the Hollywood of the East and action film is the tent pole of its industry. The success of every action film is backed not only by a fine script and a slew of hardworking actors but also the meticulously designed set pieces by action directors and martial arts choreographers. In recent years, the foreign market has been paying increasing attention to Asian cinema. With the work of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and John Woo being embraced by foreign critics and audiences, more opportunities were open up for Hong Kong directors and action choreographers to shine in Hollywood.
Ridley Tsui Po-wah was born to a family of theater professionals, most notably a father who worked in the performing arts. At age seven, the young Tsui was sent to study at a Peking Opera school. When kung fu films were the rage in the early 1980s, Tsui’s agility became assets for his burgeoning film career. He worked as stuntman before becoming an action choreographer on his own.
His knack for action gave him the opportunity to direct his first film, Full Target (1993), at the age of 21. That was followed by the sophomore effort Ultimate Revenge (1995) and other films. In 1995, Tsui was invited by American producer Lawrence Kasanoff to serve as stunt coordinator for Mortal Kombat: Annilation (1997), a commercial success that prompted Hollywood to come back for more. Tsui worked on more American productions, such as The Lost Empire (2001), Lost Time: The Movie (2003) and the documentary Red Trousers: The Life of the Hong Kong Stuntmen (2003). Meanwhile, Tsui also worked on the Korean film Resurrection of the Little Match Seller (2002) and the Indian film Johnny (2003) — both performed respectably at the box office.
Tsui has also ventured into advertising and made several American ads, including the Visa Card campaign with Zhang Ziyi that was hailed as one of the top commercials of the year. He also worked with David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé Knowles for a Pepsi Cola campaign.
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