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Bolo Yeung – the best known villain

Bolo Yeung

His real name is Yang Sze (simplified Chinese: 杨斯; traditional Chinese: 楊斯; Mandarin Pinyin: Yáng Sī), he was born July 3, 1938 in Guangzhou and better known as Bolo Yeung. The former competitive bodybuilder and a martial arts film actor. Primarily cast as the villain in the movies he stars in, he is best known for his performances as Bolo in Enter the Dragon and as Chong Li in Bloodsport.

He began his martial arts training at the age of 10. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding. Later he became know as Chinese Hercules after becoming Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion, while Hwang Jang Lee became the ultimate bootmaster. He held the title for 10 years. In the 1960s he swam from China to Hong Kong to escape communism.

His strong corpulence, his brute face and his obvious martial skills quickly attracted the attention of the big studios, particularly the Shaw Brothers that offer him in 1969 to act in Chang Cheh’s The Heroic Ones as the brutal and robust general Meng Chieh Hui. Once his career is really started, Bolo Yeung does some more movies with Chang Cheh (Deadly Duo, Angry Guest) before leaving the Shaw studios in 1971. Concurrently to his cinematographic adventures, he acts in a few TV ads, including one for the Winston cigarettes brand. It is this occasion that will lead him to meet with Bruce Lee and his first big break came in the 1973 movie Enter the Dragon, where he played the role of ‘Bolo’.

After Bruce Lee had sadly passed away, Bolo starred in a dozen other movies after Enter The Dragon including films where the main star had a similar name to Bruce Lee, such as Bruce Li, Bruce Liang. The movies wasn’t going that great for bolo, only getting cameo roles in movies such as Winners And Sinners, Shanghai Express and My Lucky Stars.

In 1986 he landed a part in a movie starring Bruce lee’s son “Brandon lee” called Legacy Of Rage, but his break was in 1988 with Chong Li in Bloodsport. The main star at the time was a unknown actor called Jean Claude Van Damme, but after both guys put in excellent performances, both their careers took off over night with american producers wanting to cast Bolo in their movies.

Bolo Yeung had finally got the chance he deserved, starring in movies such as Breathing Fire, Tiger Claws, Fearless tiger and TC 2000. The biggest movie he starred in after Bloodsport, was once again with Jean Claude van Damme in “Double Impact”, playing the main villain.

In 1993, Bolo Yeung acts in Shootfighter: Fight To Death where he gets one of his rare good guy roles. He returns in 1996 in a sequel : Shootfighter 2 : Kill Or Be Killed.

In 2007 he back and played a good guy role in “Blizhniy Boy:The Ultimate Fighter” alongside Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa but this movie is still not released because legal issues. He remains as one of the baddest ever bad guys, and whats also remarkable is the fact that when he filmed Bloodsport, Bolo was actually 50 years old, unbelievable.

Now Bolo Yeung still looks great and still regularly trains at his local gym in Monterey Park which is a city in Los Angeles, California. Has two sons, Danny & David Yeung, and a daughter Debbra. He is the Chairman of the Hong Kong Gym Business Association, and the Team Manager of the Tapei international Bodybuilders Squad.

“Why do we always defend? Tai Chi never actively attacks. The art of war says “Retreating when the enemy advances”.

Filmography:

2007 Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter Erik’s Trainer
1997 Tiger Claws II Chong
1996 Fists of Legends 2 Iron Bodyguards Mongolian fighter
1995 Shootfighter 2 Shingo
1994 Fearless Tiger Master on mountain
1993 TC 2000 Master Sumai
1992 The Magnificent Duo Bolo
1992 Tiger Claws Chong
1992 Ironheart Ice
1992 Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Shingo
1992 Mega Force from Highland The Wu Tang Swordsman
1991 Double Impact Moon
1991 Breathing Fire (as Bolo Young) Thunder
1989 Bloodfight Chang Lee – The Vietnemase Cobra
1988 Bloodsport Chong Li
1988 One Husband Too Many Dung Ken – Muscleman
1987 Killer’s Nocturne (No-Evening Day) ???
1987 To Err is Humane (aka To Err is Human) ???
1987 Shanghai Express (aka Millionaire’s Express, Wealthy Train, Nobles’ Express) ??? (cameo)
1986 Legacy of Rage Thug
1986 Lucky Stars Go Places (aka Luckiest Stars) Movie patron
1994 Seven Angels Bar customer in green shirt
1985 Bruce Lee’s Dragons Fight Back ???
1985 My Lucky Stars (aka Lucky Stars Superior Shine or Winners and Sinners 2) Millionaire Chan
1985 Working Class (aka Hit Work Emperor) Giant kickboxer
1985 Lucky Diamond (aka Wish You Good Luck) ???
1985 Way of the Dragon 2 (as Sze Yang) ???
1984 Silent Romance ???
1983 Just for Fun ???
1983 The Boxers Omen (aka Mo) Mr Bu Bo – The Thai Boxer
1982 The Supergang Big King
1982 The Ninja Strikes Back (aka Bruce Le Fights/Strikes Back or Eye of the Dragon) ???
1981 All the Wrong Clues (for the Right Solution) ???
1981 (Mad) Cold-blooded Murder ???
1980 Enter the Game of Death (aka The King of Kung Fu) ???
1980 The 36 Deadly Styles Cheungs Brother
1980 (Bruce) the King of Kung Fu (aka Revenge of the Dragon/s) ???
1980 Fearless Hyena 3 (as Yang Tze) (aka Fearless Master) ???
1980 Challenge of the Tiger (as Yang Sze) (aka Dragon Bruce Le or Gymkata Killer) ???
1980 Invincible (aka Fighting Dragon) ???
1980 Treasure of Bruce Lee (aka King Boxer 2) ???
1979 Bruce the Superhero (as Yang Sze) Peter Sze The Bullkiller
1979 Ruthless Revenge (aka Invincible Kung Fu or The Two Tricky Kids) ???
1979 (The) Dragon, the Hero (aka Dragon on Fire) ???
1979 Enter Three Dragons (aka Three Avengers) ???
1979 The Fists, the Kicks, and the Evil Master Lung
1979 Snake Deadly Act The Giant
1979 Writing Kung Fu (as Sze Yang) Ah Yen
1978 Bruce (Li/Lee) in New Guinea (aka Last Fist of Fury) ???
1978 Amsterdam Connection (as Yang Sze) Big Louie
1978 Bruce Le’s Greatest Revenge ???
1978 Black Belt Jones 2 (aka Tattoo Connection) Tan Yu Lu’s henchman
1978 The Image of Bruce Lee (aka Storming Attacks) Kimura
1977 10 Magnificent Killers (as Yang Szu) Ling Chu
1977 Bolo the Brute (aka Bolo) Bolo
1977 The Clones of Bruce Lee Martial arts trainer
1977 Bruce and Shaolin Kung Fu (aka Bruce vs Black Dragon) Lam Chi Chu
1976 A Queen’s Ransom (aka International Assassin(s)) Ram
1975 Hong Kong Superman (aka Bruce: Hong Kong Master) ???
1975 Seven Blows of the Dragon 2 (aka 108 Heroes, 7 Soldiers of Kung Fu, All Men are Brothers 2, 7 Kung Fu Assassins, Turbulent Invade Record) ???
1975 Kung Fu Massacre (as Yang Sze) ???
1975 G-Men 75 (TV series) ???
1975 He Loved Once Too Many (as Bolo Yeung Tze) ???
1975 The Fighting Dragon (TV series) (aka The Fighting Dragon) Red Tiger
1974 Super Kung Fu Kid (as Sze Yang) Tiger
1973 Chinese Hercules Chinese Hercules
1973 Thunderkick ???
1973 Kung Fu’s Hero (as Sze Yang) ???
1973 Soul of Chiba (aka Soul of Bruce Lee) The White Haired Assassins Bodyguard
1973 Enter the Dragon Bolo
1973 Freedom Strikes A Blow (as Yang Sze) Chiang Tai
1973 Greatest Thai Boxing ???
1973 Tiger ???
1973 Ninja Killer (as Yang Sze) Mr Yang
1972 Man of Iron (aka Iron Man or Warrior of Steel) Jin Xi Fu
1972 Trilogy of Swordsmanship ???
1972 Young People ???
1972 King Boxer (aka 5 Fingers of Death, Invincible Boxer, Iron Palm, Hand of Death) Pa Tu Er, Mongolian fighter
1972 The Angry Guest (aka Kung Fu Killers) Sze Yang
1971 The Rescue Chief Cha Te
1971 The Lady Professional Bald Killer
1971 The Oath of Death Officer Shi
1971 Deadly Duo The River Dragon of Jin
1970 Heroic Ones (aka Shaolin Masters, 13 Fighters, 13 Warlords) General Meng Cheih Hui
1970 The Wandering Swordsman Unicorn Du Kuo Lung

source: wikipedia, imdb, asianmoviepulse, hkcinemagic

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2 comments on Bolo Yeung – the best known villain

  1. John
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    Bolo was born in 1946! 1938 is wrong date!

  2. Jack Thompson
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    BOLO IS THE LEGEND!!!!

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