Sunday, June 29, 2014

Remembering Lo Lieh

Lo Lieh was born Wang Lap-tat on June 29, 1939 in Pematang, Siantar, Indonesia. After his parents sent him back to China he attended acting school in Hong Kong, he began his martial arts training in 1962 and joined the Shaw Brothers Studio in the same year and went on to become one of the most famous actors in Hong Kong kung fu films in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Lo played Kao Hsia in 1970 film “Brothers Five”, alongside Cheng Pei-pei. In 1974 he played Wang Ho Chiang in his only Euro-western “The Stranger and the Gunfighter”, alongside Lee Van Cleef. Lieh also appeared in such Hong Kong films as “King Boxer” (aka “Five Fingers of Death”) (1972), he played Miyamoto in 1977 film “Fist of Fury II”, Lo played General Tien Ta in the 1978 film “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin”, alongside Gordon Liu and Lee Hoi San.
In the 1980s, Lo directed and starred in the 1980 film “Clan of the White Lotus”, he played the Triad Gangster Boss in 1988 film “Dragons Forever”, alongside Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. Lo played Fei in 1989 film “Miracles” along with Jackie Chan, Richard Ng and Billy Chow.
His career continued into the 1990s and 2000s until 2001 and his last appearance in “Glass Tears”. He then retied at the age of 62.
Lo died from a heart attack on November 2, 2002 in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, China. He was 63.
Today we remember Lo Lieh on what would have been his 75th birthday.

1 comment:

  1. And he will always be remembered by the fans of good and old Kung Fu flicks. He was one of the best actors in this genre:)
    Xie xie, Mr. Lieh!
    Stephan Segantini