Xiong Xin-xin (aka Hung Yan Yan) was born in Guangxi, China, in 1962 and started practicing martial arts at an early age. He then moved to Hong Kong and entered the film industry, first as an actor. He joined famed choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung’s troupe in, playing small roles in Lau’s Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986) and Tiger on the Beat (1988) and serving as stunt doubles for such stars as Jet Li and Chow Yun-fat. In 1991, after Jet Li injured himself during the shoot of Once Upon a Time in China, most of the film’s fight scenes were performed by Xiong. He later appeared in the sequels of the film, performing stunts as well as playing on-screen roles. His turn as the character Clubfoot in Once Upon a Time in China III was so memorable that he became a regular in the popular series.
Xiong had appeared in over 50 films, his acting career marked especially by a special relationship with director Tsui Hark, with whom he had worked on over 20 films. In 1977, he served as action choreographer in the Hollywood film Double Team (1977), which was directed by Tsui Hark and starred Jean-Claude van Damme. Since then, he had played the same role in several other American works. In 2005, Xiong’s work in Tsui’s Seven Swords won him the Action Choreographer prize at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards.
Xiong made his debut as director with the martial arts film Cobweb (2009), doubling as choreographer. His sophomore project Glory Days (2012, co-directed with Eric Tsang), was a Chinese film.
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Glory Days||TSANG Chi Wai Eric|