Jimmy Wang Yu (Chinese: 王羽; pinyin: Wáng Yǔ; Yale: Wong4 Jyu5; born March 28, 1943 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, also known as Wong Yu-lung and Wang Yue) is a Chinese actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He shot to fame with the Shaw Brothers Studio’s martial arts film, The One-Armed Swordsman, in 1967. His film, The Chinese Boxer, in 1969, is credited with being the first Hong Kong martial arts film that kick started the unarmed combat genre that took Asia by storm in the 1970s.
Born Wang Zheng-quan (simplified Chinese: 王正权; traditional Chinese: 王正權; pinyin: Wáng Zhèngquán) in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, Jimmy was a former ROC soldier and Hong Kong swimming champion, as well as a racing car enthusiast, before joining Shaw Brothers in 1963. He teamed up with the famous sword-fighting director, Chang Cheh, and acted in The Golden Swallow with Cheng Pei-Pei, in 1968. Jimmy starred in several notable films including Temple of the Red Lotus (1965), One Armed Boxer (1971), Return of The Chinese… read more
Not the most sharply directed film. But what's really impressive is the number of characters the film manages to string together in it's brief run time and the amount of personality it actually endows each character when much of their action is limited to a few fight scenes. The final fight is one of most entertaining set pieces in a confined space that I've seen. Though, I was rooting for the master the whole film.