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Hwang Jang Lee the ultimate bootmaster

Hwang Jang Lee

Hwang Jang Lee is the ultimate bootmaster. Known for his powerful and deadly kicks on screen as well as off, Hwang has a reputation as the Lord of the Superkickers.

Hwang Jang Lee (born 21 December 1944) is a Korean martial artist and actor. Hwang is perhaps best known as Sheng Kuan in 1978 martial arts movie Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Wong Chin in 1981 film Hitman in the Hand of Buddha. Variations of his name are often written as Wong Cheng Lee or Wong Cheng Li, in their Cantonese-Chinese equivalents. He is also nicknamed Silver fox (the name of his most popular movie character), as well as “Thunderleg” or “Thunderfoot” (from his role in 1978 film Drunken Master).

Born in Japan like another famous villain Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Hwang’s family moved back to their native Korea, where at the age of 14, Hwang began taking the national martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Hwang went on to teach the Korean Army TKD, and during his service, he killed a Vietnamese knife fighter in self defense. Hwang began his film career in his native Korea.

Hwang would go on to join the Korean Army, where he became a tae kwon do instructor. It was during his time in the war that a major incident had occurred. A Vietnamese knife fighter challenged Hwang to fight, knives against his kicks. Hwang had refused but when the knife fighter lunged at him, Hwang fired a round kick to the knife fighter’s head, killing him instantly. The killing of the Vietnamese fighter broke news but Hwang was never charged as it was determined that it was self defense.

In 1976, Ng See-Yuen, the founder of Seasonal Films, hired Hwang to play the villain Silver Fox in The Secret Rivals, where he goes toe to toe with Chinese superkicker John Liu. Hwang went on to establish himself as the best on screen kicker anyone has seen. He even played the villain in the two films that boosted Jackie Chan‘s career, Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken Master. In 1980s, when another villain Bolo Yeung became a very famous, after playing the villain for so long, Hwang directed, produced and starred as the hero in Hitman in the Hand of Buddha.

After making many films, Hwang retired in 1990, where at first he ran a golf-tee manufacturing company and hotel in Seoul. He also suppsedly ran a bodyguard agency. Nevertheless, Hwang has established and stamped his Hong Kong career as the king of the Bootmasters. In 1994, Hwang starred in two low budget Korean films while running a hotel as well as a bodyguard service.

In late 2002 Hwang Jang Lee was interviewed on camera at length by Hong Kong based writer producer Mike Leeder in an interview intended for the Hong Kong Legends DVD range. The interview continues to remain in the Contender vaults awaiting the release of their much discussed special editions of “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow” and “Drunken Master“.

In 2009, Hwang returned to acting in TV series Return of Iljimae for the first time since 1996

In 2010, Hwang Jeong-Ri gave his most in-depth interview to date in the film “The Anonymous King”, which follows Jon-James Hodson as he attempts to find Hwang Jeong-Ri in his native Seoul. The film contains interviews with family and old cast members and is filmed on location in Korea and Hong Kong.

In January 2003 Hwang Jang Lee got 9th Dan (grandmaster rank) in the art of Taekwondo under the ITF along with Rhee Ki Ha, Park Jong Soo and Charles Sereff

Filmography

Secret Envoy (1974)
Black Dragon River aka Martial mates (1975)
Year of the Dragon aka Kill the Shogun (1975)
Korean Connection (1975)
Secret Rivals (1976)
Bruce Lee’s Secret (1976)
Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)
The Invincible Armour (1977)
The Secret Rivals 2 (1977)
Instant Kung Fu Man (1977)
Snuff Bottle Connection (1977)
Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (1978)
Drunken Master (1978)
Hell’s Wind Staff (1979)
36 Deadly Styles (1979)
Dragon’s Claws (1979)
Demon Strike (1979)
Heroes of Shaolin (1979)
Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979)
Lackey and the Lady Tiger (1980)
Two Fists Against the Law (1980)
Secret Ninja, Roaring Tiger (1980)
Tiger Over Wall (1980)
Young Hero (1980)
Ring of Death (1980)
Buddha Assassinator (1980)
Heroes of Shaolin (1980)
Blood child aka Five Fingers of Steel (1980)
Sangwoon (1980)
Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (1981)
The Eagle’s Killer (1981)
The Phantom Thief (1981)
Return of the Deadly Blade (1981)
Game Of Death II (1981)
Ninja Strikes Back (1982)
Art of High Impact Kicking (1982)
Ninja in the Dragon’s Den (1982)
Kid from Kwangtung (1982)
Secret Executioners (1982)
Raging Masters Tiger Crane (1982)
Eagle vs. Silver Fox (1982)
5 pattern Dragon Claws (1983)
Duel of the Ultimate Weapons (1983)
Ghosts Galore (1983)
Martial Monks of Shaolin Temple (1983)
Canton Viper (1983)
Yong-pal in Shaolin Temple (1983)
Angry Young Man (1983)
Masters of Tiger Crane (1983)
Shaolin: The Blood Mission (1984)
Challenge of the Tiger (1985)
The First Vampire in China (1986)
Innocent Interloper (1986)
Where’s Officer Tuba (1986)
Millionaire’s Express (1986)
Ninja Terminator (1986)
Angel (1987)
No Retreat, No Surrender II: Raging Thunder (1987)
Magnificent Warriors (1987)
Bed Companion (1988)
Darkside of Chinatown (1989)
Live Hard (1989)
Future Hunters (1989)
Street Soldiers (1991)
Emperor of the Underworld (1994)
Boss (1996)
Return of Iljimae (TV series) (2009)

source: imdb, wikipedia

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