Corey Yuen Kwai was born in 1950. He was a student at China Drama Academy, along with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, and was a member of the Seven Little Fortunes. He started in the film industry as a martial arts stuntman and took part in many film productions. He was later promoted to martial arts coordinator and worked on such films as We’re Going to Eat You (1980), Dragon Lord (1982) and Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983), among others. At the invitation of Ng Seeyuen, Yuen made his directorial debut in 1982 with Ninja in the Dragon’s Den, which won the Best Action Choreography Award at the 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards. Later, Ng hired Yuen to work on a series of American films including No Retreat, No Surrender (1987). Yuen later returned to Hong Kong to direct a number of action films for D & B Films, such as Yes, Madam! (1985) and She Shoots Straight (1990), which featured their lead actresses in intense action sequences.
In 1990, Yuen co-directed with Jeff Lau the comedy All for the Winner, starring Stephen Chow, which took the top spot in the box office chart that year and established Yuen as the hottest comedic and action directors in Hong Kong. Subsequently, Yuen collaborated with Lau on a number of films such as The Top Bet (1991), Saviour of the Soul (1991), Saviour of the Soul II (1992), Fong Sai Yuk (1993) and Fong Sai Yuk II (1993). In addition to working behind the camera, Yuen also made frequent cameos in films he served as martial arts coordinator, such as in All for the Winner and Fist of Fury (1991), mostly in comedic turns.
Yuen turned many actors into action superstars, such as Michelle Yeoh and Jet Li. In 1992, Yuen and Li partnered to form Eastern Production and the two collaborated on a number of films including Fong Sai Yuk, The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994) and My Father is a Hero (1995). Yuen received the Best Action Choreography Award at the 13th Hong Kong Film Awards for Fong Sai Yuk. In 1998, Li invited Yuen to Hollywood to choreograph the action sequences in Lethal Weapon 4. Yuen found his work much appreciated in Hollywood and went on to do action choreography for a number of films, including Kiss of the Dragon (2001) and The One (2001). In 2002, Yuen directed The Transporter, produced by Luc Besson.
In recent years, Yuen has made a return to Chinese cinema, serving as action choreographer on Red Cliff (2008) and Shaolin (2011).
|Year||Chinese name||English name||Directors|
||Treasure Inn||WONG Jing|
||DOA : Dead or Alive|
||The Twins Effect II||LEUNG Pak Kin Patrick|
||The Avenging Fist||LAU Andrew|
||Enter the Eagles|
||Mahjong Dragon||LAU Jeff LAI David|
||The Black Rose II||LAU Jeff|
||Black Rose II|
||My Father is a Hero|
||The Bodyguard from Beijing|
||Women On The Run||LAI David|
||Fong Sai Yuk|
||Fong Sai Yuk II|
||Saviour Of The Soul II||LAI David|
||Ghost Punting||TSANG Chi Wai Eric HUNG Sammo LAU Koon Wai Ricky|
||Saviour Of The Soul||LAU Jeff LAI David|
||Ghost Punting||TSANG Chi Wai Eric HUNG Sammo|
||The Top Bet||LAU Jeff|
||All for the Winner||LAU Jeff|
||She Shoots Straight|
||In The Blood|
||No Retreat, No Surrender 2 : Raging Thunder|
||No Retreat, No Surrender|
||Ninja in the Dragon's Den|