films seen
26
average score
3.03*
nationality
China - 76 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Hong Kong's primary action choreographer, though he also directed a few martial arts masterpieces of his own. Not the most unique or gifted director of the bunch, but when it comes to kick-ass action sequences there are few who can best him.

The good stuff

True Legend

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Su Qi-Er
Specifics
China [2010] - 116m
Genre
Martial Arts
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
True Legend poster

The 3-way story split might be a bit of a gamble, but looking back I actually enjoyed the extra depth it brought to the film.

Iron Monkey

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Siu Nin Wong Fei Hung Ji Tit Ma Lau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 90m
Genre
Martial Arts
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Iron Monkey poster

Iron Monkey is a film that doesn't disappoint. There's enough creativity, silliness and genuine love for the genre to keep me coming back for more.

Twin Warriors

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Tai Ji Zhang San Feng
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Twin Warriors poster

An action-packed collaboration between Jet Li and Woo-ping Yuen, released in '93, the magical year for Hong Kong martial arts cinema. Twin Warriors doesn't disappoint, though it isn't until the moment that Yuen starts developing the Tai Chi martial arts that it really rises above itself. Crazy action scenes, daft comedy, wild cinematography and inventive fight choreographies make this film a real treat for martial arts fans.

Solid pieces

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Ye Wen Wai Zhuan: Zhang Tian Zhi
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2018] - 107m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy poster

A fun Ip Man spin-off. Yuen always was a better action choreographer than he was a director though, and it shows. Not serious enough to be a great crime flick, not fun enough to be a great martial arts epic. It's definitely not a bad film, there's a lot of fun to be had, but it lacks the refinement of a bona fide masterpiece.

The Thousand Faces of Dunjia

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Qi Men Dun Jia
Specifics
Hong Kong, China [2017] - 113m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia poster

The Beautiful Secret Agent

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Wing Chun
Specifics
Hong Kong [1994] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Beautiful Secret Agent poster

Heroes among Heroes

by Chin-Chung Chan, Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
So Hak-Yi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1993] - 91m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Heroes among Heroes poster

Drunken Tai-Chi

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Siu Tai Gik
Specifics
Hong Kong [1984] - 91m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Drunken Tai-Chi poster

The Miracle Fighters

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Qi Men Dun Jia
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Miracle Fighters poster

Magnificent Butcher

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Lin Shi Rong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 108m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Magnificent Butcher poster

Drunken Master

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Jui Kuen
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 111m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Drunken Master poster

The inoffensive

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Wo Hu Cang Long 2: Qing Ming Bao Jian
Specifics
USA, China [2016] - 96m
Genre
Fantasy, Action, Adventure
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny poster

Tai Chi Boxer

by Hsin-Yen Chang, Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Tai Ji Quan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1996] - 96m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Tai Chi Boxer poster

Fire Dragon

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Huo Yun Chuan Qi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1994] - 90m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Fire Dragon poster

In the Line of Duty 4

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Huang Jia Shi Jie Zhi IV: Zhi Ji Zheng Ren
Specifics
Hong Kong [1989] - 94m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
In the Line of Duty 4 poster

Mismatched Couples

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Ching Fung Dik Sau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1985] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Romance, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Mismatched Couples poster

Dreadnaught

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Yong Zhe Wu Ju
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 91m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Dreadnaught poster

The Buddhist Fist

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Fo Zhang Luo Han Quan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 90m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Buddhist Fist poster

Dance of the Drunk Mantis

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Nan Bei Zui Quan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 94m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Dance of the Drunk Mantis poster

Worthy but flawed

Tiger Cage 3

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Leng Mian Ju Ji Dhou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1991] - 98m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Tiger Cage 3 poster

Secret Master

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Huo Yuan-Jia
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 89m
Genre
Action, History
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Secret Master poster

Snake in the Eagle's Shadow

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Se Ying Diu Sau
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 90m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow poster

Dubious filler

Tiger Cage 2

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Sai Hak Chin
Specifics
Hong Kong [1990] - 95m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Tiger Cage 2 poster

Tiger Cage

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Te Jing Tu Long
Specifics
Hong Kong [1988] - 92m
Genre
Drama, Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Tiger Cage poster

The Close Encounters of Vampire

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Jiang Shi Pa Pa
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1986] - 72m
Genre
Comedy, Action, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Close Encounters of Vampire poster

Woo-ping Yuen tried to cash on the vampire hype, but his attempt feels flimsy and rushed. Some mediocre martial arts, extremely over-the-top performances and loud comedy make this a forgettable affair. The fast pacing and some random weirdness kept me watching, but this is easily one of Yuen's worst films.

Plain forgettable

The Red Wolf

by Woo-ping Yuen
Also known as
Hu Meng Wei Long
Specifics
Hong Kong [1995] - 92m
Genre
Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Red Wolf poster