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Fung Hak On

 
 
 
 
Other names : Feng Ke An
Kean Feng
Feng Ko An
Fong Hak Onn
Fung Hark On
 
Birthdate : 18/9/1949
Workplace : Hong Kong
Activities : Director (4), Action Director (35), Assistant Action Director (1), Actor (136), Brief appearance (20), Cameo (1), Stuntman (6)

Biography

Along with Lee Hoi San, Fung Hark-on is one of the ubiquitous heavies of Hong Kong martial art/stunt action cinema and with his devilish face, his treacherous ways and his habit of ogling and raping maidens on occasion, one of the meanest and most loathsome of all. But he was also a formidable on-screen fighter, a skilled action choreographer, and a sought-after collaborator for Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.

Fung is the son of famed character actor/director Fung Fung. He trained at the Peking Opera Academy of Madame Fan Fok-fa alongside the likes of the aforementioned Lee Hoi-shang, Lam Ching Ying, Meng Hoi and Mars. In his teen years he played a baddie in Cantonese films, then became a stuntman for the Shaw Brothers Studio working in Chang Cheh movies under the supervision of Shaw’s top action choreographer Lau Kar Leung.

One of his earliest appearances was as one of the henchmen who escape David Chiang’s murderous wrath in the bloody finale of Vengeance ! (70). As time went-on, he started getting more visible bits such as playing David Chiang’s carriage driver in the Boxer From Shantung (72) and he probably rose within the Lau stunt group as well to the position of assistant

Fung strayed a couple of times outside of the Shaw Brothers and thus he can be spotted as one of the hero's friends in the independent production Prodigal Boxer (72) whose fighting was choreographed by another Shaw strayed dog Lau Kar-Leung’s own brother Lau Kar-wing with Fung likely working as his assistant. Also, Fung played a part in Young Dragons, the directorial debut of one of Chang Cheh’s assistant directors - a young fellow by the name of John Woo. Thus began a peculiar habit by Fung of appearing in the debut of future top seminal performers/filmmakers of Hong Kong martial/action cinema. He would repeat this at least three more times, which goes to show how much in the middle of things he was. Fung also did the Young Dragons action choreography, his first fully fledge job in such a position.

When Chang Cheh moved to Taiwan in 1974 and started his Shaolin cycle, Fung at last began getting consistent roles in the heavy's parts as Manchu henchmen or Chinese collaborators: Heroes Two (74), Shaolin Martial Arts (74), Five Shaolin Masters (75), Disciples Of Shaolin (75) battling the likes of Alexander Fu Sheng, Chen Kuan Tai, and Chi Kuan Chun. Then when Chang Cheh and Lau Kar Leung parted ways, Fung stuck with Lau, went back to Hong Kong and once again played a henchmen in his mentor’s directorial debut Spiritual Boxer (75), a major watershed movie of martial art’s cinema as it was the very first time a fight choreographer ever graduated to fully fledged filmmaker.

After having played the student of a bad kung fu school in Lau's second picture, Challenge Of The Masters (76), Fung took his leave of him and somehow found his way to Shaw Studio’s chief competitor Golden Harvest where he reaquainted himself with John Woo, who now worked there, and got acquainted with Golden’s own house action director a big fella by the name of Sammo Hung. Forming his own stunt team, Fung did the stunt/action for Woo’s comedic caper Money Crazy while also working as Sammo's assistant in the fight choreography of his directorial debut Iron Fisted Monk. Playing the film's chief villain, Fung is seen graphically raping a young woman and then displaying Mantis Fist to great effect in a whirlwind finale. Both films proved to be enormous successes - ranking two and six in 1977’s box office chart.

With the full blooming of kung fu comedy, Fung was now busier than ever and he provided the action/stunt job for Follow The Star (78) another caper by John Woo, now dubbed the "king of comedy" by Golden Harvest. In Sammo’s new film Warriors Two (78) he again did double duty as assistant and the film’s chief villain, using once more mantis prey as his fighting style of choice. Dressed in a black robe and sporting a bald cap to enlarge his already prominent brow, Fung had truly a mantis like appearance reducing Sammo and co-star Casanova Wong to bloody pulps in a half visceral / half cartoony final showdown that would remain Fung's greatest ever fighting showcase of his career. In between his Golden Harvest assignments, Fung found time to do other work appearing in among others Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog (78) co-starring Sammo, Dirty Kung Fu (78) by his old associate Lau Kar Wing and making a brief appearance in fight choreographer Yuen Woo Ping directorial debut, Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow, the film that put Jackie Chan on the map. This was Fung’s fourth and last debut in a director’s career.

1979 saw the apex of Fung’s collaboration with John Woo, providing superb and spectacular fight choreography for his swordplay revival Last Hurrah For Chivalry. He gave himself the role of a ruthless swordsman named "Prey", setting-up a memorable bloody duel between him, and hero Wei Ping, as well as a battle set in an candlelight filled chamber, between the heroes and his Peking opera brother Lee Hoi San. Then in Sammo and Yuen Woo Ping’s collaborative work Magnificent Butcher Fung played one of his most extended parts ever as the bad seed son of a kung fu master (Lee again) raping and killing a maiden and framing poor Sammo for it. In the non-Golden Harvest Snake Deadly Act (80) Fung played an evil kung fu master who saves the life of a young kung fu kid and trains him in his snake style but for his own malevolent ends. This part and a couple of others showed that Fung was capable of going beyond being a mere fighting stooge - that he had the stuff of a capable character actor like Ku Feng before and Philip Kwok and Yuen Wah later on. But such was not his destiny and in fact with the action-stunt caper supplanting kung fu as Hong Kong’s dominant form of action film, Fung drastically restricted his on-screen appearances to often no more than brief cameos and began dedicating himself to fight choreography.

When Jackie Chan became Golden Harvest’s "Golden Boy", Fung became his assistant for Young Master (80), for Chan’s misbegotten endeavor Dragon Lord (82), and then a couple of years later Police Story (86), where he played the part of the evil nephew Johnny, seen throwing female lead Brigitte Lin into a glass casket before being kicked in the chin by Jackie and doing a back flip on top of a moving escalator. In between these projects Fung worked on Tsui Hark’s groundbreaking hallucinogenic wire-fu swordplay Zu : Warriors From The Magic Mountain (83) where he portrayed, along with co-fight choreographer Corey Yuen, one of the lightning demons. He also remained a regular fight-extra on Sammo's pictures such as Winners And Sinners (85), Yes, Madam(part deleted) (85) and Heart Of Dragon (85).

After having been in so many directorial debuts by others, Fung had at long last his own in 1981 with Gold Hunters that is said to be a worthwhile effort. He has directed twice more since then - the horror film Miss Magic (88) co-starring his own sister famed actress hklink type=personne>Petrina Fung Bo Bo, and the Yukari Oshima vehicle Godfather's Daughter Mafia Blues (91). Through it all his main occupation however remained as a sought-after action director for such films as Michelle Yeoh's Magnificent Warriors (87), Che Kirk Wong's Gunmen (88) and Eddie Fung's Kawashima Yoshiko - The Last Princess Of Manchuria (90). With Burning Ambition (89) Fung began a solid association with action star/director Frankie Chan, choreographing both Outlaw Brothers (89) (with helping tips from Jackie Chan himself) as well as Fun And Fury (92) and appearing as a legless kung fu master walking on stilts in Warrior's Tragedy (93). Another durable association was with Snake Deadly Act 's director, action choreographer Wilson Tong, which continued with Ghost Ballroom (89), The Sniper (90) and Ghostly Bus (95). What Fung has done ever since is somewhat difficult to discern but it appears likely that he may have retired.

Some other noteworthy appearances by Fung include: Enter The Fat Dragon (78), Descendant Of Wing Chun (78), Dreadnaught (81), Legend Of A Fighter (82) and Handsome Siblings (92). He probably did some TV too but I have no information on that area.

Yves Gendron
 
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Filmography
 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 - 1980 - 1970 - 1960 - 1950 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
 
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 Once Upon A Time In Shanghai 2014 Actor
 7 Assassins 2013 Actor
 Tai Chi 0 2012 Actor
 Legendary Amazons 2011 Action Director
 Loan Shark, The 2011 Actor
 14 Blades 2010 Actor
 Ip Man 2 2010 Actor
 Fatal Move 2008 Actor
 First 7th Night, The 2008 Actor
 Gong Tau 2007 Actor
 2 Become 1 2006 Actor
 Cocktail 2006 Actor
 Lethal Angels 2006 Actor
 Kung Fu Hustle 2004 Actor
 Black Mask Vs Gambling Mastermind 2003 Actor
 Shark Busters 2002 Action Director, Actor
 18 Shaolin Golden Boy 1996 Action Director
 Ghostly Bus 1995 Action Director, Actor
 Oh ! Yes Sir ! 1994 Action Director, Actor
 Black Panther 1993 Action Director
 Formula, The 1993 Action Director
 Kidnap Of Wong Chak Fai 1993 Action Director
 Pink Bomb 1993 Actor
 Warrior's Tragedy, A 1993 Action Director, Actor
 Wrong Bedfellow, The 1993 Action Director
 Fun And Fury 1992 Action Director
 Handsome Siblings 1992 Actor
 Twin Dragons, The 1992 Brief appearance
 Yes Madam‘ 92 : A Serious Shock 1992 Action Director, Actor
 All-Mighty Gambler 1991 Actor
 Banquet, The 1991 Brief appearance
 Ghost For Sales 1991 Action Director
 Godfather's Daughter Mafia Blues, The 1991 Director, Action Director, Actor
 Thunder Run 1991 Actor
 Kawashima Yoshiko - The Last Princess Of Manchuria 1990 Action Director
 Outlaw Brothers, The 1990 Action Director, Actor
 Point Of No Return 1990 Actor
 Sniping, The 1990 Actor
 Burning Ambition 1989 Action Director, Cameo
 Chinese Cop Out 1989 Action Director
 Ghost Ballroom 1989 Actor
 Just Heroes 1989 Actor
 Miracles 1989 Actor
 Path Of Glory 1989 Actor
 Bloody Fight 1988 Actor
 Dragons Forever 1988 Stuntman
 Edge Of Darkness 1988 Director, Action Director, Actor
 Gunmen 1988 Action Director
 Miss Magic 1988 Director, Action Director
 Tiger Cage 1988 Actor
 Magnificent Warriors 1987 Action Director, Actor
 Inspector Chocolate 1986 Actor
 Lucky Stars Go Places 1986 Actor
 Heart Of Dragon 1985 Actor
 Police Story 1985 Actor
 Protector, The 1985 Actor
 Yes, Madam 1985 Actor
 Double Trouble 1984 Actor
 Last Hero In China 1984 Action Director
 Duel Of The Masters 1983 Actor
 Winners And Sinners 1983 Stuntman
 Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain 1983 Actor
 Demon Fighter 1982 Action Director, Actor
 Dragon Lord 1982 Assistant Action Director, Actor
 Legend Of A Fighter 1982 Brief appearance
 Art Of War 1981 Action Director
 Carry On Wise Guy 1981 Actor
 Dreadnaught 1981 Actor
 Gold Hunters, The 1981 Director, Actor
 Bruce - King Of Kung Fu 1980 Actor
 Invisible Terrorist, The 1980 Actor
 Magnificent Butcher, The 1980 Actor
 Read Lips 1980 Action Director
 Snake Deadly Act 1980 Actor
 Young Master, The 1980 Action Director, Actor
 Crazy Couple 1979 Action Director, Actor
 Descendant Of Wing Chun 1979 Action Director, Actor
 Fairy, The Ghost And Ah Chung, The 1979 Actor
 Fists And Guts 1979 Brief appearance
 Kung Fu Vs Yoga 1979 Actor
 Amsterdam Kill, The 1978 Actor
 Bruce Lee - The Invincible 1978 Actor
 Dirty Kung Fu 1978 Actor
 Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog 1978 Actor
 Enter The Fat Dragon 1978 Action Director, Actor
 Flying Guillotine 2 1978 Actor
 Follow The Star 1978 Action Director, Actor
 Game Of Death, The 1978 Actor
 Making It 1978 Actor
 Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow 1978 Brief appearance
 Warriors Two 1978 Action Director, Actor
 36 Crazy Fists, The 1977 Actor
 Deadly Angels 1977 Actor
 Executioners From Shaolin 1977 Actor
 Hot Blood 1977 Actor
 Iron Fisted Monk, The 1977 Actor
 Jade Tiger 1977 Stuntman
 Kung Fu Kid 1977 Brief appearance
 Last Hurrah For Chivalry 1977 Action Director, Actor
 Money Crazy 1977 Action Director, Actor
 Sentimental Swordsman, The 1977 Actor
 Shaolin Plot, The 1977 Actor
 Strike And Sword 1977 Actor
 Boxer Rebellion 1976 Actor
 Bruce Lee - True Story 1976 Actor
 Challenge Of The Masters 1976 Actor
 Emperor Chien Lung 1976 Brief appearance
 Killer Clans 1976 Brief appearance
 Magic Blade, The 1976 Stuntman
 All Men Are Brothers 1975 Brief appearance
 Big Brother Cheng 1975 Actor
 Bloody Escape, The 1975 Brief appearance
 Disciples Of Shaolin 1975 Actor
 Fantastic Magic Baby, The 1975 Actor
 Kung Fu Stars 1975 Action Director, Actor
 Monk, The 1975 Actor
 Spiritual Boxer 1975 Actor
 Young Dragons, The 1975 Actor
 Young Rebel, The 1975 Brief appearance
 Crazy Bumpkins, The 1974 Actor
 Five Shaolin Masters 1974 Actor
 Five Tough Guys 1974 Actor
 Friends 1974 Actor
 Heroes Two 1974 Actor
 Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, The 1974 Actor
 Mad World Of Fools, A 1974 Actor
 Men From The Monastery 1974 Actor
 Na Cha The Great 1974 Actor
 Shaolin Martial Arts 1974 Actor
 Shatter 1974 Actor
 Thunder Kick 1974 Actor
 Wits To Wits 1974 Actor
 Awaken Punch, The 1973 Actor
 Black Guide 1973 Actor
 Breakout From Oppression 1973 Actor
 Delinquent, The 1973 Actor
 Devil And Angel 1973 Brief appearance
 Generation Gap, The 1973 Actor
 Inheritor Of Kung Fu, The 1973 Actor
 Iron Bodyguard, The 1973 Actor
 Mandarin, The 1973 Actor
 Master Of Kung Fu, The 1973 Actor
 Not Scared To Die 1973 Actor
 Police Force 1973 Actor
 Young Tiger, The 1973 Actor
 Angry Guest, The 1972 Actor
 Boxer From Shantung, The 1972 Actor
 Four Riders 1972 Actor
 Lizard, The 1972 Actor
 Man Of Iron 1972 Actor
 Prodigal Boxer 1972 Actor
 Tough Guy 1972 Actor
 Water Margin, The 1972 Brief appearance
 Young People 1972 Actor
 Anonymous Heroes, The 1971 Actor
 Deadly Duo, The 1971 Stuntman
 Duel Of Fists 1971 Actor
 Duel, The 1971 Actor
 Hooded Swordsman 1971 Brief appearance
 King Eagle 1971 Actor
 New One-Armed Swordsman, The 1971 Actor
 Rescue, The 1971 Brief appearance
 Swift Knight, The 1971 Brief appearance
 Chinese Boxer, The 1970 Brief appearance
 Heroic Ones, The 1970 Brief appearance
 Lonely Rider, The 1970 Actor
 Singing Killer, The 1970 Actor
 To Crack The Dragon Gate 1970 Actor
 Vengeance ! 1970 Brief appearance, Stuntman
 Have Sword, Will Travel 1969 Brief appearance
 Moonlight 1965 Actor
 Homeless Children 1964 Actor
 Drifting Orphan, The 1962 Actor
 Magic Cup, The 1962 Actor
 Little Orphan 1961 Actor
 Little Prime Minister 1961 Actor
 Great Chums 1956 Actor
 

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 Fung Hak On pictures :  (Hide)
Fatal Move
Gong Tau
Lethal Angels
Shark Busters
Ghostly Bus
A Warrior's Tragedy
Thunder Run
The Outlaw Brothers
Burning Ambition
Just Heroes
Bloody Fight
Tiger Cage
Magnificent Warriors
Lucky Stars Go Places
Police Story
Winners And Sinners
Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain
Dragon Lord
Legend Of A Fighter
Carry On Wise Guy
Carry On Wise Guy
Dreadnaught
Snake Deadly Act
The Magnificent Butcher
The Young Master
Descendant Of Wing Chun
Kung Fu Vs Yoga
Dirty Kung Fu
Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog
Enter The Fat Dragon
Snake In The Eagle’s Shadow
Warriors Two
Last Hurrah For Chivalry
Last Hurrah For Chivalry
The 36 Crazy Fists
The Iron Fisted Monk
The Sentimental Swordsman
Challenge Of The Masters
Emperor Chien Lung
Killer Clans
The Magic Blade
All Men Are Brothers
Spiritual Boxer
The Bloody Escape
The Young Dragons
The Young Rebel
Five Shaolin Masters
Five Tough Guys
Heroes Two
Na Cha The Great
Shaolin Martial Arts
Police Force
The Boxer From Shantung
The Lizard
Young People
Duel Of Fists
The Anonymous Heroes
The Duel
The New One-Armed Swordsman
The Swift Knight
The Chinese Boxer
The Singing Killer
Vengeance !
Kung Fu Hustle
 
 Other Fung Hak On pictures :  (Hide)
Ip Man 2 (1)
Fatal Move (1)
Lethal Angels (1)
Kung Fu Hustle (1)
Shark Busters (3)
Ghostly Bus (1)
Oh ! Yes Sir ! (3)
A Warrior's Tragedy (1)
Ghost Ballroom (2)
Miracles (2)
 
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