Bolo Yeung

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Bolo Yeung
Bolo Yeung.jpg
Bolo Yeung - Budo Gala 2010
Born(1946-07-03) 3 July 1946 (age 68)
Guangzhou, China
OccupationActor
Years active1970 – Present
 
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Bolo Yeung
Bolo Yeung.jpg
Bolo Yeung - Budo Gala 2010
Born(1946-07-03) 3 July 1946 (age 68)
Guangzhou, China
OccupationActor
Years active1970 – Present

Yang Sze (simplified Chinese: 杨斯; traditional Chinese: 楊斯; pinyin: Yáng Sī; Jyutping: Yeung4 Si1; born 3 July 1946[1] in Guangzhou), better known as Bolo Yeung, is a 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, as Chong Li in Bloodsport, and for his numerous appearances and long-spanning career in the martial arts filmography for Hong Kong's motion picture industry .

Biography[edit]

Bolo began his martial arts training at the age of 10 in Guangzhou, where he studied under several kung fu masters. Growing up he took an interest in bodybuilding, and later became Mr. Hong Kong bodybuilding champion. He held the title for ten years. Because of his impressively muscular physique he was chosen for several bad guy roles in films produced by Shaw Brothers Studios such as The Heroic Ones, The Deadly Duo, Angry Guest and others. He left Shaw Brothers in 1971.

Bolo met Bruce Lee while the two were filming a Winston cigarettes commercial.[2] A friendship emerged and Bruce invited him to star in Enter the Dragon, where he became known as "Bolo", the name of the character he portrayed. The two became close friends during the filming of Enter the Dragon, where Bruce and Bolo worked very closely on technique training. Bolo once stated in an interview, many years after Lee's death, "There will never be another Bruce Lee; and I am privileged to have had the honor of calling him friend."

During the 1970s and '80s, Bolo starred in numerous kung fu films; but his breakout film was Bloodsport, based on the allegedly true story of Frank Dux. Shot on a $US 1.5 million budget, it became a US box-office hit in the spring of 1988. Jean-Claude Van Damme had the leading role as Frank Dux while Bolo Yeung played the role of Chong Li. A strong friendship formed between the two actors on the set of Bloodsport; and Van Damme wanted no one but Bolo to play opposite him in his next film (Double Impact) set in the Orient.

Canadian action film actor, director and producer Jalal Merhi met Bolo in Hong Kong while shooting his first film Fearless Tiger, then again on the set of Double Impact. Jalal was impressed with his personality and ability, and decided to create a part specifically for Bolo.[3] Later Merhi worked with Yeung on more films such as Tiger Claws, TC 2000 and Tiger Claws 2.

In 2007, Bolo made a rare appearance as a good-guy in Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter. Jalal Merhi directed the first 60 minutes of the film that was shot in Toronto, but due to other commitments could not complete remaining part of the film in Russia. Producer Erken Ialgashev directed the remainder of the film. Due to legal issues the film remains unreleased.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRole
2013The Whole World at Our Feet
2007Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate FighterErik's Trainer
1997Tiger Claws IIChong
1996Fists of Legends 2 Iron BodyguardsMongolian fighter
1995Shootfighter 2Shingo
1994Fearless TigerMaster on mountain
1993TC 2000Master Sumai
1992The Magnificent DuoBolo
1992Tiger ClawsChong
1992IronheartIce
1992Shootfighter: Fight to the DeathShingo
1992Mega Force from HighlandThe Wu Tang Swordsman
1991Double ImpactMoon
1991Breathing Fire (as Bolo Young)Thunder
1989BloodfightChang Lee - The Vietnamese Cobra
1988BloodsportChong Li
1988One Husband Too ManyDung Ken - Muscleman
1987Killer's Nocturne (No-Evening Day) ???
1987To Err is Humane (aka To Err is Human) ???
1987Shanghai Express (aka Millionaire's Express, Wealthy Train, Nobles' Express) ??? (cameo)
1986Legacy of RageThug
1986Lucky Stars Go Places (aka Luckiest Stars)Movie patron
1994Seven AngelsBar customer in green shirt
1985Bruce Lee's Dragons Fight Back ???
1985My Lucky Stars (aka Lucky Stars Superior Shine or Winners and Sinners 2)Millionaire Chan
1985Working Class (aka Hit Work Emperor)Giant kickboxer
1985Lucky Diamond (aka Wish You Good Luck) ???
1985Way of the Dragon 2 (as Sze Yang) ???
1984Silent Romance ???
1983Just for Fun ???
1983The Boxers Omen (aka Mo)Mr Bu Bo - The Thai Boxer
1982The SupergangBig King
1982The Ninja Strikes Back (aka Bruce Le Fights/Strikes Back or Eye of the Dragon) ???
1981All the Wrong Clues (for the Right Solution) ???
1981(Mad) Cold-blooded Murder ???
1980Enter the Game of Death (aka The King of Kung Fu) ???
1980The 36 Deadly StylesCheungs Brother
1980(Bruce) the King of Kung Fu (aka Revenge of the Dragon/s) ???
1980Fearless Hyena 3 (as Yang Tze) (aka Fearless Master) ???
1980Challenge of the Tiger (as Yang Sze) (aka Dragon Bruce Le or Gymkata Killer) ???
1980Invincible (aka Fighting Dragon) ???
1980Treasure of Bruce Lee (aka King Boxer 2) ???
1979Bruce the Superhero (as Yang Sze)Peter Sze The Bullkiller
1979Ruthless Revenge (aka Invincible Kung Fu or The Two Tricky Kids) ???
1979(The) Dragon, the Hero (aka Dragon on Fire) ???
1979Enter Three Dragons (aka Three Avengers)Bolo
1979The Fists, the Kicks, and the EvilMaster Lung
1979Snake Deadly ActThe Giant
1979Writing Kung Fu (as Sze Yang)Ah Yen
1978Bruce (Li/Lee) in New Guinea (aka Last Fist of Fury) ???
1978Amsterdam Connection (as Yang Sze)Big Louie
1978Bruce Le's Greatest Revenge ???
1978Black Belt Jones 2 (aka Tattoo Connection)Tan Yu Lu's henchman
1978The Image of Bruce Lee (aka Storming Attacks)Kimura
197710 Magnificent Killers (as Yang Szu)Ling Chu
1977Bolo the Brute (aka Bolo)Bolo
1977The Clones of Bruce LeeMartial arts trainer
1977Bruce and Shaolin Kung Fu (aka Bruce vs Black Dragon)Lam Chi Chu
1977Soul of Chiba (as Yang Sze)Nepal
1976A Queen's Ransom (aka International Assassin(s))Ram
1975Hong Kong Superman (aka Bruce: Hong Kong Master) ???
1975Seven 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) ???
1975Kung Fu Massacre (as Yang Sze) ???
1975G-Men '75 (TV series) ???
1975He Loved Once Too Many (as Bolo Yeung Tze) ???
1975The Fighting Dragon (TV series) (aka The Fighting Dragon)Red Tiger
1974Super Kung Fu Kid (as Sze Yang)Tiger
1973Chinese HerculesChinese Hercules
1973Thunderkick ???
1973Kung Fu's Hero (as Sze Yang) ???
1973Enter the DragonBolo
1973Freedom Strikes A Blow (as Yang Sze)Chiang Tai
1973Greatest Thai Boxing ???
1973Tiger ???
1973Ninja Killer (as Yang Sze)Mr Yang
1972Man of Iron (aka Iron Man or Warrior of Steel)Jin Xi Fu
1972Trilogy of Swordsmanship ???
1972Young People ???
1972King Boxer (aka 5 Fingers of Death, Invincible Boxer, Iron Palm, Hand of Death)Pa Tu Er, Mongolian fighter
1972The 14 AmazonsWestern Xia wrestler
1972Angry Guest (aka Kung Fu Killers)Sze Yang
1971The RescueChief Cha Te
1971The Lady ProfessionalBald Killer
1971The Oath of DeathOfficer Shi
1971The Deadly DuoThe River Dragon of Jin
1970The Heroic Ones (aka Shaolin Masters, 13 Fighters, 13 Warlords)General Meng Juehai
1970The Wandering SwordsmanUnicorn Du Kuo Lung

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