Piu Yuen

Yuen Biao

  • Name: Yuen Biao
  • Native name: 元彪
  • Given name: Hsia Ling-Jun Ling-Jun
  • Also Known as: Yuen Biao, Yuen Piu, 夏令震, Yuen Biu, Bill Yuen, Jimmy Yuen, Xia Ling Zhen, Yuan Biao
  • Nationality: Hong Konger
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: July 26, 1957
  • Age: 66
Yuen Biu is regarded as one of the most acrobatic martial artists ever. Unfortunately, he is still underrated and not as popular as other contemporaries such as Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, and Jet Li even though he is the most critically acclaimed out of all of them and the most talented as well. And now he is receiving a cult following due to word of mouth. Born of his parents Ha Kwong Tai (father) and Ha Sau Ying. Yuen Biu was first enrolled in the China Drama Academy at the age of 5 (he was the youngest there). He met Sammo Hung Kam Bo and Jackie Chan while attending the Academy. Jackie Chan took him under his wing, and they became lifelong friends. Yuen Biu stayed at the Academy until the age of 16 where he moved with Master Jim Yuen to America. However, two years later he came back, citing there were no opportunities for Chinese martial artists to star in American films. After being in some bit-part roles in films such as Stoner (1974) (aka Stoner), Shao Lin men (1976) (aka Hand of Death), he didn't receive his first breakthrough role until Sammo Hung Kam Bo cast him in Za Jia xiao zi (1979) (aka Knockabout). However, his first role which gave him full exposure and established his status as an A-list star was The Prodigal Son (1981) (aka The Prodigal Son), which also starred and was directed by Sammo Hung Kam Bo. After that, 'Jackie Chan' cast him in the classic Project A (1983) (aka Project A). After starring in some other films with Sammo Hung Kam Bo and/or Jackie Chan, he decided to go his own way and to forge his own career to get out of the shadows of Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung Kam Bo.
He met his future wife DiDi Phang Sau Ha in 1984 while working as a stunt coordinator on the film DiDi Phang was working on Tai Fong siu sau (1982) (aka carrying On Pickpocket). They have two children. His daughter Yi Bui was born in 1986 and his son Ming Tsak in 1988.
The film Mong ming yuen Yeung (1988) (aka On The Run) confirmed his abilities as a brilliant actor as his portrayal as a married man seeking vengeance for his wife's brutal murder was critically acclaimed. The following year he starred in probably his best film, Ji dong Ji Xia (1989) (aka The Iceman Cometh), in which he starred with acclaimed actress Maggie Cheung. The film is regarded as a cult classic and is remembered not only for the fantastic fighting scenes and hilarious comedy but also the wonderful acting of Biu Yuen and Maggie Cheung and the wonderful simmering sexual chemistry between them. After starring in the acclaimed Once Upon a Time in China (1991) (aka Once Upon a Time in China, in which most of his scenes were cut), he directed his first movie (Xi Zang xiao zi (1992). aka A Kid From Tibet), in which he also starred. In 1994, he worked for the first time in years, with Sammo Hung Kam Bo in the gloriously titled Mou mian bei (1995) (aka Don't Give a Damn). In recent years, Yuen Biu has complained of poor scripts, so he appears in films sparsely nowadays. He also has a second home in Canada where he spends most of his time pursuing his hobby of golf. Edit Biography
Producer
Year Title Type Rating
1993 Kickboxer
Movie
0.0
Stunt Coordinator
Year Title Type Rating
1986 Shanghai Express
Movie
7.2
1982 The Dead and the Deadly
Movie
6.8
1979 Odd Couple
Movie
8.0
1976 Hand of Death
Movie
6.4
1975 The Man from Hong Kong
Movie
6.9
1973 When Taekwondo Strikes
Movie
7.0
1972 Hapkido
Movie
7.0
Martial Arts Director
Year Title Type Rating
1986 Rosa
Movie
0.0
1980 Two Toothless Tigers
Movie
0.0
1979 The Incredible Kung Fu Master
Movie
0.0
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2017 Infernal Affairs Season 2
Chinese Drama, 2017, 12 eps
(Unknown)
12
Unknown
7.3
2012 Yong Chun Agent
Chinese Drama, 2012, 30 eps
Zhi Shan (Main Role)
30
Zhi Shan
Main Role
6.6
2009 A Legend of Shaolin Kung Fu Season 2
Chinese Drama, 2009, 46 eps
Tan Zong (Main Role)
46
Tan Zong
Main Role
8.2
2006 Wing Chun
Hong Kong Drama, 2006, 40 eps
Leung Jan (Main Role)
40
Main Role
7.2
2005 Real Kung Fu
Hong Kong Drama, 2005, 20 eps
Leung Tsan (Main Role)
20
Main Role
7.3
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2022 Coffin Mountain Ancient Tomb
Chinese Movie, 2022,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.8
2021 Heroes Return
Chinese Movie, 2021,
Gao Tian Ming (Main Role)
Gao Tian Ming
Main Role
6.2
2016 My Beloved Bodyguard
Chinese Movie, 2016,
Director Zhang [Police] (Support Role)
Director Zhang [Police]
Support Role
7.2
2014 Sifu vs Vampire
Hong Kong Movie, 2014,
Charlie Chiang (Main Role)
Charlie Chiang
Main Role
6.3
2012 Tai Chi Hero
Chinese Movie, 2012,
Master Li Qian Kun (Support Role)
Master Li Qian Kun
Support Role
7.5
2011 Yu Qian Shi Wei
Chinese Movie, 2011,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.6
2010 Ip Man: The Legend Is Born
Hong Kong Movie, 2010,
Ng Chung Sok (Support Role)
Ng Chung Sok
Support Role
7.8
2010 Just Another Pandora's Box
Hong Kong Movie, 2010,
(Unknown)
Unknown
6.7
2006 Rob B Hood
Hong Kong Movie, 2006,
Inspector Steve Mok (Support Role)
Inspector Steve Mok
Support Role
8.0
2004 Boxer's Story
Hong Kong Movie, 2004,
Wah Sang (Main Role)
Wah Sang
Main Role
0.0
2002 No Problem 2
Japanese Movie, 2002,
Lam Kau (Main Role)
Lam Kau
Main Role
0.0
2002 Moumantai 2
Hong Kong Movie, 2002,
Lam (Main Role)
Lam
Main Role
4.0
1999 A Man Called Hero
Hong Kong Movie, 1999,
[Boss of China House] (Support Role)
[Boss of China House]
Support Role
7.1
1998 Jackie Chan: My Story
Hong Kong Movie, 1998,
[Himself] (Support Role)
[Himself]
Support Role
7.7
1997 Hero
Hong Kong Movie, 1997,
Tam See (Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
1996 Dragon From Shaolin
Taiwanese Movie, 1996,
Main Role
7.6
1995 Tough Beauty and the Sloppy Slop
Hong Kong Movie, 1995,
Lee King Tong (Main Role)
Lee King Tong
Main Role
0.0
1995 Don't Give a Damn
Hong Kong Movie, 1995,
"Rambo"/ Wong Yuk Man (Main Role)
"Rambo"/ Wong Yuk Man
Main Role
6.2
1995 The First Assignment
Hong Kong Movie, 1995,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1994 Circus Kids
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
Han / Lo Yi Tung (Main Role)
Han / Lo Yi Tung
Main Role
7.0
1994 Deadful Melody
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
Lui Lun (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
1993 The Sword Stained with Royal Blood
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Yuen Sing Chi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
1993 Kickboxer
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Lau Chat (Main Role)
Lau Chat
Main Role
0.0
1992 Shogun and Little Kitchen
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Tang Ta Chi (Main Role)
Tang Ta Chi
Main Role
0.0
1992 A Kid from Tibet
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Wong La (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
1991 Once Upon a Time in China
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Leung Fu (Support Role)
Leung Fu
Support Role
7.9
1990 License to Steal
Hong Kong Movie, 1990,
[Swordsman] (Support Role)
[Swordsman]
Support Role
7.5
1990 Saga of the Phoenix
Hong Kong Movie, 1990,
Kong Que (Main Role)
Main Role
5.7
1990 Shanghai Shanghai
Hong Kong Movie, 1990,
"Little Tiger" (Main Role)
"Little Tiger"
Main Role
6.7
1989 The Iceman Cometh
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Main Role
6.8
1989 Mr. Canton and Lady Rose
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
[Begs for change] (Guest Role)
[Begs for change]
Guest Role
7.4
1989 The Peacock King
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Monk Peacock (Main Role)
Main Role
6.4
1988 On the Run
Hong Kong Movie, 1988,
Heung Ming (Main Role)
Heung Ming
Main Role
7.2
1988 Dragons Forever
Hong Kong Movie, 1988,
Tung Te-Biao (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
1987 Picture of a Nymph
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Shih Erh (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
1987 Eastern Condors
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Main Role
7.3
1986 Righting Wrongs
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Jason Hsia Ling-chi (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
1986 Mr. Vampire 2
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Main Role
7.4
1986 Rosa
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Ha (Main Role)
Ha
Main Role
0.0
1986 Shanghai Express
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Main Role
7.2
1985 Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars
Hong Kong Movie, 1985,
Ricky Fung (Main Role)
Ricky Fung
Main Role
7.4
1985 Those Merry Souls
Hong Kong Movie, 1985,
Chiu Chi Lung (Main Role)
Chiu Chi Lung
Main Role
0.0
1985 My Lucky Stars
Hong Kong Movie, 1985,
Ricky Fung (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
1984 Wheels on Meals
Hong Kong Movie, 1984,
David (Main Role)
David
Main Role
7.7
1984 Pom Pom
Hong Kong Movie, 1984,
[Garbage truck driver] (Guest Role)
[Garbage truck driver]
Guest Role
7.2
1983 Project A 1
Hong Kong Movie, 1983,
Inspector Hong Tin Tsu (Captain Chi's nephew) (Support Role)
Inspector Hong Tin Tsu (Captain Chi's nephew)
Support Role
7.6
1983 The Champions
Hong Kong Movie, 1983,
Lee Tung (Main Role)
Lee Tung
Main Role
7.0
1983 Winners and Sinners
Hong Kong Movie, 1983,
CID Agent (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
1983 Zu Warriors From the Magic Mountain
Hong Kong Movie, 1983,
Main Role
7.3
1981 The Prodigal Son
Hong Kong Movie, 1981,
Leung Jan Chang (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
1981 Game of Death 2
Hong Kong Movie, 1981,
[Blue Staff monk] (Guest Role)
[Blue Staff monk]
Guest Role
6.7
1981 Dreadnaught
Hong Kong Movie, 1981,
"Mousy" (Main Role)
"Mousy"
Main Role
9.0
1980 The Young Master
Hong Kong Movie, 1980,
[Sang Kung’s son / Fourth brother] (Main Role)
[Sang Kung’s son / Fourth brother]
Main Role
7.6
1979 Magnificent Butcher
Hong Kong Movie, 1979,
Leung Foon (Support Role)
Leung Foon
Support Role
7.7
1979 Knockabout
Hong Kong Movie, 1979,
Yipao (Main Role)
Main Role
7.4
1979 Master with Cracked Fingers
Hong Kong Movie, 1979,
[Pickpocket] (Guest Role)
[Pickpocket]
Guest Role
7.3
1978 Warriors Two
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Thunder's man] (Support Role)
[Thunder's man]
Support Role
6.5
1978 Spiritual Kung Fu
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Master of the Five Fists ] (Support Role)
[Master of the Five Fists ]
Support Role
7.4
1978 Swordsman and Enchantress
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Mrs Lian's bodyguard] (Guest Role)
[Mrs Lian's bodyguard]
Guest Role
6.0
1978 Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Casino Fighter #3] (Guest Role)
[Casino Fighter #3]
Guest Role
7.2
1978 My Kung Fu Master
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Stuntman on movie set] (Guest Role)
[Stuntman on movie set]
Guest Role
0.0
1978 Enter The Fat Dragon
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Fighter in Opening Credit Sequence] (Guest Role)
[Fighter in Opening Credit Sequence]
Guest Role
7.1
1978 The Kung Fu Stars
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Stunt coordinator] (Guest Role)
[Stunt coordinator]
Guest Role
4.0
1978 Game of Death
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Billy Lo stand-in] (Guest Role)
[Billy Lo stand-in]
Guest Role
7.3
1978 The Vengeful Beauty
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Flying guillotine] (Guest Role)
[Flying guillotine]
Guest Role
0.0
1978 Flying Guillotine II
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
[Lame monk guard] (Guest Role)
[Lame monk guard]
Guest Role
6.6
1977 Soul Brothers of Kung Fu
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[Extra] (Guest Role)
[Extra]
Guest Role
0.0
1977 To Kill a Jaguar
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[Mr Kam's thug] (Guest Role)
[Mr Kam's thug]
Guest Role
6.0
1977 Death Duel
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[Bully's thug at tavern] (Guest Role)
[Bully's thug at tavern]
Guest Role
7.3
1977 The Invincible Armour
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[Assassin] (Guest Role)
[Assassin]
Guest Role
6.9
1977 The Fatal Flying Guillotines
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[Extra] (Guest Role)
[Extra]
Guest Role
7.0
1977 Secret Rivals 2
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
(Guest Role)
Guest Role
6.0
1977 The Shaolin Plot
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[Fighter in school] (Guest Role)
[Fighter in school]
Guest Role
7.0
1977 Broken Oath
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
[One of Qi's men] (Guest Role)
[One of Qi's men]
Guest Role
7.3
1977 Heroes of the Wild
Taiwanese Movie, 1977,
[Sword and knife man] (Guest Role)
[Sword and knife man]
Guest Role
0.0
1976 Bruce Lee: The Man, the Myth
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
[Challenges Bruce Lee on the Set of 'Enter the Dragon'] (Support Role)
[Challenges Bruce Lee on the Set of 'Enter the Dragon']
Support Role
7.6
1976 Shaolin Wooden Men
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
[Troublemaker at tavern] (Support Role)
[Troublemaker at tavern]
Support Role
7.2
1976 Hand of Death
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
[Arrow guard] (Guest Role)
[Arrow guard]
Guest Role
6.4
1976 The Himalayan
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
[Extra] (Guest Role)
[Extra]
Guest Role
5.0
1976 The Magic Blade
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
(Guest Role)
Guest Role
7.1
1976 Challenge of the Masters
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
[Master Pang's student] (Support Role)
[Master Pang's student]
Support Role
8.1
1975 The Man from Hong Kong
Hong Kong Movie, 1975,
Karateka (Guest Role)
Karateka
Guest Role
6.9
1975 The Valiant Ones
Hong Kong Movie, 1975,
[1st Pirate in contest] (Support Role)
[1st Pirate in contest]
Support Role
9.0
1975 Blood and Rose
Hong Kong Movie, 1975,
(Guest Role)
Guest Role
0.0
1974 The Tournament
Hong Kong Movie, 1974,
[Student] (Guest Role)
[Student]
Guest Role
0.0
1974 Supermen Against the Orient
Hong Kong Movie, 1974,
[Thug] (Guest Role)
[Thug]
Guest Role
6.0
1974 The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss
Hong Kong Movie, 1974,
[Thug] (Guest Role)
[Thug]
Guest Role
4.0
1974 From China with Death
Hong Kong Movie, 1974,
[Extra] (Guest Role)
[Extra]
Guest Role
0.0
1973 The Master of Kung Fu
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
[Wong's student] (Guest Role)
[Wong's student]
Guest Role
6.0
1973 Enter the Dragon
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
[Tournament fighter] (Guest Role)
[Tournament fighter]
Guest Role
8.0
1973 The Rendezvous of Warriors
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1973 Back Alley Princess
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
(Guest Role)
Guest Role
8.5
1973 Little Tiger of Canton
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
[Chow's thug] (Guest Role)
[Chow's thug]
Guest Role
6.4
1973 When Taekwondo Strikes
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
[Japanese] (Support Role)
[Japanese]
Support Role
7.0
1972 Hapkido
Hong Kong Movie, 1972,
[Japanese martial arts student] (Guest Role)
[Japanese martial arts student]
Guest Role
7.0
1966 The Eighteen Darts 2
Hong Kong Movie, 1966,
[Seven Little Tigers] (Guest Role)
[Seven Little Tigers]
Guest Role
7.0
1966 The Eighteen Darts
Hong Kong Movie, 1966,
[Seven Little Tigers] (Guest Role)
[Seven Little Tigers]
Guest Role
9.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2009 Beautiful Cooking Season 2
Hong Kong TV Show, 2009, 28 eps
[Judge] (Ep. 17) (Guest)
28
[Judge] (Ep. 17)
Guest
8.1
2000 Super Trio Series 5: The Super Trio Show 2
Hong Kong TV Show, 2000, 17 eps
(Ep. 5) (Guest)
17
(Ep. 5)
Guest
10.0
1998 Super Trio Series 3: The Super Trio Show
Hong Kong TV Show, 1998, 26 eps
(Ep. 25) (Guest)
26
(Ep. 25)
Guest
10.0
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  • First Name: Piu
  • Family Name: Yuen
  • Native name: 元彪
  • Also Known as: Yuen Biao, Yuen Piu, 夏令震, Yuen Biu, Bill Yuen, Jimmy Yuen, Xia Ling Zhen, Yuan Biao
  • Nationality: Hong Konger
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: July 26, 1957
  • Age: 66

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