Sammo Hung Biography
Sammo Hung also known as Hung Kam-bo, is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director and producer. He was born on 7 January 1952 in Hong Kong, China. Hung is known for his work in several martial arts films and Hong Kong action movies. He has also served as a fight choreographer for Jackie Chan, John Woo, and King Hu.
Hung has been considered one of the central figures of the 1980s Hong Kong New Wave movement and thus helped reinvent the martial arts genre and started the vampire-like jiangshi genre. Hung was born in Hong Kong, to parents who worked as wardrobe artists in the local film industry. He was raised by his grandparents, Chin Tsi-ang, archetypal martial art actress and Hung Chung-Ho, film director. Hung enrolled at the China Drama Academy, a Peking Opera School in Hong Kong, in 1961, at the age of 9, for a period of seven years. He went by the name Yuen Lung and became the foremost member of the performing group Seven Little Fortunes.
At the age of 14, he was selected to perform stunts on a movie which heightened his interest in film. He left the Academy when he was 16. He was nicknamed after a well-known Chinese cartoon character, Sam-mo (Three Hairs), on working in the film industry as a stuntman. Hung has starred in a total of 75 films, and worked on over 230. On leaving the academy, he worked as an extra and stuntman, and gradually progressed his way through other roles such as fight choreographer, stunt co-ordinator, action director, actor, writer, producer and director. He debuted with the 1961 film Education of Love.
Hung's breakthrough role came as a sparring partner in the Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon in 1973 which also established his reputation as a skilled physical comedian. In 1970, he started working for Raymond Chow and the Golden Harvest film company as a choreographer. Owing to his increasing popularity, he caught the eye of celebrated Taiwanese director, King Hu and choreographed, A Touch of Zen (1971) and The Fate of Lee Khan (1973). The same year, he went to South Korea to study hapkido under master Ji Han Jae. In 1978, Sammo formed Gar Bo Motion Picture Company, a subsidiary of Golden Harvest, with director Karl Maka and former actor-choreographer Lau Kar Wing. However, the company disbanded in 1980, when Maka moved on to form Cinema City & Films Co..
Hung started his own production company Bo Ho Film Company Ltd in 1980, and whilst Bo Ho produced, Golden Harvest still operated as distributors. In 1983, Hung co-founded another production company, D&B Films Company Ltd, with Dickson Poon and John Shum which operated until 1992. In 1989, he formed a new production company, Bojon Films Company Ltd. He has also worked for the small screen and the television audiences know him for the American TV series, Martial Law (1998).
Talking about his personal life, he was married Jo Yun Ok whom he grew up with in martial arts training school. He has three sons and a daughter, Timmy Hung Tin Ming (born 1974), Jimmy Hung Tin Cheung (born 1977), Sammy Hung Tin Chiu (born 1979) and Stephanie Hung Chao Yu (born 1983) with her. He divorced Jo in 1994 and a year later married Joyce Godenzi, a model and actress. Godenzi has appeared in several of his films such as The Haunted Island, Eastern Condors, and Paper Marriage before they were in a relationship. He is still married to her.
Known for his large frame, Hung has a charming personality. He is a true legend and has garnered large number of fans and followers all over the world. More information on him is available on his current and detailed biography on the Wikipedia and other websites.