Ho-Sung Pak is not only well known for his martial arts and acting, but he actually was digitized as Liu Kang on the first and second Mortal Kombat games. Even as a kid playing Mortal Kombat on my Sega Genesis, I always wondered who Ho-Sung Pak was as I saw him in the credits after defeating Shang Tsung. Fast forward to 1995 and I see him on a Saturday live action martial arts show called WMAC Masters, which was hosted by Shannon Lee. He also reprised his video game role in the Mortal Kombat: The Live Tour. I immediately thought he was awesome and wondered what other roles did he play? Here are 7 great moments with Ho Sung Pak:
1. Mortal Kombat
This particular behind the scenes look shows what went on in the production of Mortal Kombat. Ho-Sung and a couple of other actors get into how they developed their role, their background, and their experience of being filmed in video game. It was quite awesome how a position Ho-Sung did for motion capture actually became a special move – Liu Kang’s flying kick. What’s crazy is this game was meant to be a mini-game to go along with Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The developers never thought this would take off into full fledged brand lasting over 20 years.
2. Ho-Sung Pak vs Jackie Chan
This was by far one of the best fights in The Legend of The Drunken Master. Ho-Sung and some of his henchman go after Jackie right in front of some townspeople. It was quite a funny fight to be honest especially since Jackie was grabbing any bottle he could. I always love seeing drunken style even if it’s scripted. This was your classic outnumbered-by-a-bunch-of-baddies kind of fight. Of course, Jackie had it in the bag. Sorry, Liu…I mean, Ho-Sung :).
3. Pure Vengeance
Book of Swords gets major kudos for these reasons: Ho-Sung Pak, Richard Divizio, and Taimak! What a cast! If you are into weird, magic, sci-fi martial arts movies, you’ll want to take a look. Ho-Sung plays a cop in the city of Chicago and he is there to avenge his brother’s death by any means. The movie overall could have been better but the movements by the martial artists were nice. There are great stunts and a few good fight scenes. It’s not a bad Friday night online with pizza in hand kind of film. Here’s the trailer below:
4. Turtles in a Half Shell
What you probably did not know is Ho-Sung got his break in Hollywood by being a stunt double in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He was discovered at a martial arts tournament in Atlanta. This particular scene is a favorite of mine because it was the battle of the two hotheads: Raphael and Casey Jones. There’s a lot of back and forth play between sports talk, a small exchange of moves, and a chase down.
5. Ninja Rap
This is by far one of my favorite scenes of all time. Ho-Sung Pak reprises his role as Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of The Ooze. This is when the turtles face Tokka and Rahzar, two animals turned into mutant beasts, in a club where Vanilla Ice performs for the night. Not only was there great fighting scenes with incredible teamwork and choreography. They even made a Ninja Rap dance. Pretty fun scene!
6. Superstar vs Star Warrior
If you were a kid in the 90s, you either loved or hated WMAC Masters. I had a great love due to the amazing choreography, the great messages, and the concept of this show. It was all around just a nice show and was like a live action video game. In this scene, we see Superstar (Ho-Sung Pak) go against his real life brother, Star Warrior (Ho-Young Pak) in a battle of skill. Although Ho-Sung lost due to the unpredictable drunken style boxing performed by Ho-Young, it was a very special match! Great scene.
7. Dragon Star Rematch
This was another intense match but this time for the coveted Dragon Star. If you followed the story line, the Dragon Star was stolen from the fictional clan, Jukido. This stopped the intense match between Superstar and The Machine (Hakim Alston). I love how this scene was made up with the underground train station, the ninjas, the choreography, and drama! Take a look at this great fight:
Ho-Sung is a well rounded martial artist with acting, directing, and producer credits. I wonder what the future is next for him. Drop a note below and tell us one of your favorite moments.