Over seven thousand miles away from Hollywood, Hong Kong set about creating its own cinematic universe and did so with create success. Producing timeless classics, great actors, and legendary directors. Few fight film legends get through their career untouched by the Hong Kong phenomenon, even if it is several degrees removed. Jet Li’s Fist of Legend (1994) inspired Yuen Woo-ping, fight choreographer for The Matrix, The Matrix subsequently informed dozens of action films in the West. The five stars below, however, were directly a part of the Hong Kong movement, although not all were primarily martial artists.
Names off the top are Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, but who will round out the cast?