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Like many of his fellow Hong Kong actors, Yuen Wah is reluctant to talk about his experiences in the film industry at any length. Fortunately, Celestial coaxed Wah in front of the camera for their 2002 dvd release of Shaw’s The Magic Blade (1976). Casual and relaxed in his interview, Wah recounts stories of doubling and dangerous stunts in his early career (Right: Laughing as he relates a story of doubling for Lo Leih). Though Wah is often remembered for his work with Bruce Lee in the early ‘70s (Above left: in a cameo appearance in Enter the Dragon (1973) and Below right: doubling Bruce for his fight with Sammo Hung in Enter the Dragon), his career in the industry has ranged from acting and doubling to action choreography and directing. Wah’s interview for Celestial touches on several aspects of his career, including a mention of his early training with his Beijing opera school brothers under the tutelage of Master Jim Yuen. Currently, Yuen Wah continues to remain silent on many aspects of his personal life, even declining to reveal his birth name. Like so many of his opera school brothers, Wah retains the name Yuen, adopted from his sifu. For more biographical information about Yuen Wah, please refer to Pat Coogan’s interview with the screen villain in the March, 2003 issue of bcmagazine.
Above left: Stanley Tong, Yuen Wah, and Jackie Chan behind the scenes while filming Police Story 3: Supercop (1992). Above right: Jackie Chan, Yuen Wah, and Yuen Mun during their days at Master Jim Yuen’s Beijing Opera School. Below left: Big brother Yuen Wah sporting the face paint of Beijing opera with his younger brother Yuen Biao. Below right: One of Wah’s many daring stunts over the course of his career – after jumping atop a moving car in Iceman Cometh, Wah hopscotches to the roof of another car before rolling into the open door of a van in an intersection.