Chow Yun Fat is one of the best actors not just for his martial arts but the stage presence. He really knows how to seize a moment and become one with his character. With his great skills and diverse roles, you can tell the drive he had to be over 100 films. This guy is not your everyday martial arts actor, there’s more than meets the untrained eye. Here are some great scenes with Chow Yun Fat:
1. Tiger on the Beat
This is quite the action packed finale from Tiger On The Beat featuring a stellar group such as Chow Yun Fat, Conan Lee, Gordon Liu and Norman Tsui Siu Keung. RIP to the great Lau Kar Leung for choreographing this intense final. Chow Yun Fat and Conan Lee are actually two cops that hate each other but have to solve a case together. In his scene, they go up against a group of gangsters. Great weapon, gun slinging, and nice stunt work.
2. House Shootout
I’m a huge fan of John Woo flicks and this scene in The Killer definitely takes the cake. In this particular scene, Chow Yun Fat is an assassin that has to literally shoot his way out of group of goons armed to the tee. All the while, he protects a person who’s eyes are damaged to the point of near blindness. He takes responsibility to make a hit in hopes of getting money for her operation to ultimately save her sight. John Woo was praised in America for his directing and action sequences in this film.
3. Hard Boiled Goodness
Did I not say previously that John Woo is the man? Forget The Matrix (disregard that comment) because John Woo showed how well he could shoot an action scene and keep the essence! In this particular sequence from Hard Boiled, Chow Yun Fat goes some of the most intense action in 3 minutes straight. No editing, no crazy effects, this is all filmed in one long shot! This whole scene was filmed manually. It took several tries, but they finally got it right. For John Woo to capture that and Chow Yun Fat to seize it, sure made this whole scene quite the spectacle.
4. Dance on Fire
I always knew that Chow Yun Fat had a sense of humor. This scene is great for the simple fact that he does a little head bob and a two step. Got to love the little Jazz elevator music in the background, too :). I wonder if he can dance as good as Jackie Chan sings? Oh well, we’ll have to find out one of these days ^_^. Anyway, enjoy this short scene from the cop action thriller, City on Fire.
5. Mr. Postman
In this scene from The Postman Strikes Back, Chow Yun Fat goes up against a mercenary. This film was during the time he was starting to create quite the buzz in Hong Kong. I have to say this was one of the weirdest but coolest two on one fights I’ve seen. It’s almost as if those mercenaries were together as one body. Chow Yun Fat still takes them both with a poisonous dart and a nice neck snap.
6. The Corrupter
This is a nice little tribute to Chow Yun Fat’s work in The Corrupter. For some reason when I saw this clip, it automatically made me think of the Krillin kill count in Team Four Star’s Dragon Ball Z: Abridged. Funny enough, Chow Yun Fat played Master Roshi in the live action film, Dragon Ball: Evolution (insert one hand Kamehameha joke). Watch enjoy these quite glorious kills in The Corrupter.
Chow Yun Fat plays a monk that carries a scroll which gives the protector immortality and youth. You’ll be able to heal fast when you are injured or sick. In this scene, a guy tries to take the scroll but Chow Yun Fat is way to resilient with his fighting and the powers he possesses. He gets shot but he’s unfazed by the bullet. He uses that as a getaway to elude the evil-doer. Here’s the scene from Bulletproof Monk.
8. Battle on Bamboo
This is a very beautiful scene from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Zhang Ziyi plays a young character that has great potential, but she’s a bit of a hot head. Chow Yun Fat is the humble yet steadfast fighter who actually wanted to teach Zhang after realizing her prowess. Zhang stole the “Green Destiny” sword, but Chow Yun Fat catches up to her. He shows her through flow and balance, one achieves greatness. It’s not always the weapon but the heart and soul that makes it great. He easily disarmed her in one move.
Chow Yun Fat’s diverse resume of films makes him a go to guy on a number levels. His career started in the 70s, but he’s still going strong. What is one of your favorite scenes by Chow Yun Fat?