Jul 02, 2013

    Tiger: Hollywood's gongfu master

    THE MATRIX TRILOGY (1999 and 2003)

    Chen got his first taste of working in a Hollywood production in The Matrix films by the Wachowski siblings, who are loyal fans of Chen's master, Yuen Wo Ping.

    Chen was involved in the gongfu team for all three Matrix films: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He trained the actors, Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne.


    Chen coached the three Angels in this film: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, who rewarded their young master with generous kisses, reported China Daily.

    Chen revealed how each of them thought the gongfu routines of the other two were better.

    So, he used the oldest trick in the trade to coax them to come on set - by telling each hers was the best.

    Often, after two hours of practising the "ma bu", a basic gongfu standing posture, the three actresses would collapse on the floor, even though it is recommended to walk for a while to prevent injuries.

    Chen told them they would end up with a big backside if they didn't walk - and that had them jump up right away.


    Chen was part of the stunt team for Lee Ang's award-winning film.

    KILL BILL VOL. 1 AND 2 (2003 and 2004)

    Chen was part of the stunt team for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies. He was also the stunt double for actress Uma Thurman.