|Derek Yee : It's very well known that I have a few family members in the movie business, like two brothers
(Paul Chung et David Chiang).
My parents wanted to send me to Canada to study, but at that time I had a girlfriend in HK and didn't really want to leave her. That's why I didn't go. So it was quite natural to join
the Shaw Brothers, as I had family members working there.
I didn't really take martial art training when I joined the Shaw Brothers, at that time, in the 1970's, the swords play movies were very popular. I learnt only after joining them.
I didn't receive particular training for these martial arts during my time with Shaw Brothers; they gave me training to use swords and other gadgets, which originated from the Peking Opera. Among all of them the sword is the easiest one to use and it also looks very good on screen. That's why I did a lot of movies using swords.
[For example] in the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, is the most classic things to expect from Peking Opera. This is the art of swordsmanship from Peking Opera.