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Top Left: Time traveling from the Ming Dynasty Wah stirs up trouble in modern day Hong Kong as Feng San in Iceman Cometh (1989)
Right: As the cigar-chomping drug king, Wa Hsien Wu, in Dragons Forever, with Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Jackie Chan (1988)
Above: In one of his most evil roles of all, Wah plays a corrupt master in A Kid from Tibet, directed by and starring his opera school brother, Yuen Biao (1992)
Top Left: An early start at being bad, Wah plays the Iga ninja in Shaw’s Clans of Intrigue (1977)
Middle Left: Pitted against Yuen Biao once again in 1993’s Kickboxer, Wah plays Chairman Wah. Wah’s drug dealings threaten to damage to the reputation of Lao Zhai, a character whom Biao further develops from his role in Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Bottom Left: One of Wah’s most famous characters to date is Panther, supporting his opera school brother Jackie Chan as the lead in Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
Ghostly incarnations: Wah served as action choreographer in the Lam Ching Ying hit Mr. Vampire (1985), and also performs his acrobatic magic onscreen as the undead Grandpa Yam (left). The success of Mr. Vampire spurred many sequels and imitations, a trend that would be repeated when A Chinese Ghost Story enjoyed similar success in 1987. Wah resurrects his portrayal of a feisty, long-haired spirit in Picture of a Nymph (1988), a fantasy movie in the tradition of A Chinese Ghost Story (right)