News

June 9, 2016
 

Sammo Hung Talks Hong Kong Kung Fu

Sammo Hung is one of the all time great martial arts stars; his new film My Beloved Bodyguard was a smash hit when it hit theatres so he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

He was recently at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy where he talked in a collective interview about his career.

City on Fire were there to cover the event and one question which really stood out from one of the journalists was “Less and less good movies are made in Hong Kong, and I wanted to ask you what will you do. Will you do something to save the Hong Kong movie market or will you abandon it and move to mainland China?

“SAMMO HUNG: Now, the problem is nobody in Hong Kong is making kung fu movies. Even for the last 5 years. There is no training platform for the students. 20 years ago, 30 years ago, they have the training and they thought, with hard work, I can be an action star. Now, we don’t have these kinds of dreamers who want to shoot the movies. This is the problem in Hong Kong. The young kids, they don’t dream. They become waiters. Or they dream of being singers, dancers, and TV is very popular. So they go this way, they don’t think “I need to train hard”.

Mainland China is young in terms of the movie market, and in ten years they have grown up. Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Baio are popular until now. How many new action stars coming up? Only 5 or 6. Now in Mainland China there are kids training… they all know kung fu. So now they need a chance, so we will see the next generation of kung fu movie stars. Immediately, in my mind, I want to establish my own company in Shanghai. I will set up martial arts schools and call all the Martial Arts Champions and students to come. And of course, they will have to love movie making, acting as well.

I want to create an opportunity for them to train to be kung fu stars. So my next goal is to find the next kung fu actors from China. If I discover these people, they don’t need to only work for me. I will be equally proud and happy if they can become a success in all the areas of movie production. So I will stay behind them and wish them success. I’m not Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan is a hero. In my movies before, you can see there are so many actors, I’m not the top guy. I love movies, I love characters. I love people who can do a good job. They work for me, they don’t work for me, I’m happy. “

People like Sammo Hung are an inspiration and I love the idea that he wants to find the next kung fu actors from China; it’s sad that there are so few new action stars coming up and I hope this changes.

Source: City on Fire



About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



 
 

 

Marko Zaror Talks Savage Dog

With the impending release of Savage Dog, as promised here is part 2 of the massive Marko Zaror interview. Please read part one for more information http://theactionelite.com/2017/01/marko-zaror-interview-part-one-exclusive/ Si...
by Dan Templegod
0

 
 

Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior 2 Hits UK Cinemas 4th August

Cine Asia and CMC Pictures presents action epic, Wolf Warrior 2. Following the incredible box office success of the original, a fresh take on the ‘Wolf Warrior’ hits UK cinemas. Wolf Warrior 2, directed by and starring ...
by Eoin Friel
0

 
 

Angel Has Fallen Found a Director?

I love the “Has Fallen” franchise; it’s old-school action and the only problem I’ve had with both movies so far was the dodgy CGI but hopefully with this third entry it will be kept to a minimum. Deadlin...
by Eoin Friel
2