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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Corey YUEN
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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
2011 《財神客棧》
Treasure Inn WONG Jing
2006 《生死格斗》
DOA : Dead or Alive
2004 《千機變II 花都大戰》
The Twins Effect II LEUNG Pak Kin Patrick
2002 《夕陽天使》
So Close
2002 《換命快遞》
The Transporter
2001 《拳神》
The Avenging Fist LAU Andrew
1998 《渾身是膽》
Enter the Eagles
1997 《麻雀飛龍》
Mahjong Dragon LAU Jeff LAI David
1997 《黑玫瑰義結金蘭》
The Black Rose II LAU Jeff
1997 《黑玫瑰義結金蘭》
Black Rose II
1997 《馬永貞》
1995 《給爸爸的信》
My Father is a Hero
1994 《中南海保鑣》
The Bodyguard from Beijing
1993 《赤裸狂奔》
Women On The Run LAI David
1993 《方世玉》
Fong Sai Yuk
1993 《方世玉續集》
Fong Sai Yuk II
1992 《九二神鵰之痴心情長劍》
Saviour Of The Soul II LAI David
1992 《五福星撞鬼》
Ghost Punting TSANG Chi Wai Eric HUNG Sammo LAU Koon Wai Ricky
1991 《九一神鵰俠侶》
Saviour Of The Soul LAU Jeff LAI David
1991 《五福星撞鬼》
Ghost Punting TSANG Chi Wai Eric HUNG Sammo
1991 《賭霸》
The Top Bet LAU Jeff
1990 《賭聖》
All for the Winner LAU Jeff
1990 《皇家女將》
She Shoots Straight
1988 《神探父子兵》
In The Blood
1987 《紅尅星》
No Retreat, No Surrender 2 : Raging Thunder
1986 《執法先鋒》
Righting Wrongs
1986 《沒有退路,沒有投降》
No Retreat, No Surrender
1985 《皇家師姐》
Yes, Madam!
1982 《龍之忍者》
Ninja in the Dragon's Den