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Wang Yu – the Taiwan years

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Jimmy Wang Yu has suffered neglect in the past few decades due to attention given to other martial arts stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. This article seeks to remedy this by concentrating on the Taiwan films that Wang Yu made after breaking his contract with Shaw Brothers in 1970 after his pioneering actor-director performance in Longhu Dou/The Chinese Boxer (Wang Yu 1970). These involve not just the continuation of his role as director but also appearances in a number of Taiwanese cinematic genres not exclusively confined to martial arts as well as his failed international breakthrough Australian co-production The Man From Hong Kong. The article concludes with his return to the screen after seventeen years in Wu Xia and Let's Go! where he portrays a much older character.
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Keywords: Jimmy Wang Yu; Taiwan cinema; actor; martial arts; stardom; triads

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Southern Illinois University

Publication date: 2012-08-09

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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