Bey Logan

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Bey Logan
Born (1961-11-15) 15 November 1961 (age 52)
Stamford, England
Occupation Film producer, screenwriter, actor, author
Spouse(s) Ponnie Leung (divorced) Elizabeth Yang (Present)
Children 5
Website
http://www.beylogan.com

Bey Logan (born 15 November 1961) is an expert on East Asian cinema, particularly Hong Kong action cinema. He is also notable as a screenwriter, film producer and as a martial artist (trained in Hung Gar) who has had (mostly minor) roles in a number of films, including the 2003 Dante Lam film The Twins Effect.

He has written a book – Hong Kong Action Cinema, an introduction to the subject. Logan was a founder and editor of Impact magazine, and has provided audio commentaries for over 120 East Asian films released on DVD. He is also an international representative of the Wong Fei Hung Museum in Foshan, Guangdong.

Logan has also worked as a producer on such films as The Twins Effect, Dragon Squad, Blood Bond, Beach Spike, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Green Destiny and the forthcoming Lady Bloodfight.

Career[edit]

Logan began his career as a writer and editor on martial arts magazine Combat in 1987. In 1992, he was hired to edit the action film magazine Impact published by Roy Jessop & MAI Publications and took the position of Director.[1][2] He later moved to Hong Kong, and wrote the screenplays for the films White Tiger (1996) and Ballistic Kiss (1998).[3]

In 1998, Logan joined Hong Kong production and distribution company Media Asia Group, where he wrote and co-produced the documentaries Jackie Chan: My Story and Jackie Chan: My Stunts. In 2001, he joined Emperor Multimedia Group and whilst there, contributed to the script along with several other writers for the 2003 film The Medallion.[3]

In 2003, he founded the company Shankara Productions, in partnership with actress Maggie Q.[1] The company's first production was the 2005 film Dragon Squad, which starred Maggie Q, along with Sammo Hung and Michael Biehn (and in which Logan made an appearance).[4] He also represented the Sydney-based sales agency Arclight Films, overseeing the release of several Hong Kong films.

Throughout this period, from 1999 until 2005, Logan also worked for Medusa Communications, providing audio commentaries for the UK releases of Hong Kong films on their Hong Kong Legends label, and latterly on other East Asian films on Medusa's Premier Asia label.

In October 2005, shortly after Medusa Communications were bought out by Contender Entertainment Group, Logan left to become Vice President of Asian Acquisitions & Co-Productions at The Weinstein Company, where he oversaw the company's Dragon Dynasty brand, a distributor of East Asian titles. In this capacity he had a hand in acquiring both new and classic films for distribution in the US, some of which had never been released before on DVD. All of the Dragon Dynasty titles to date have contained extensive special features, including interviews, documentaries and audio commentaries. Many of these commentaries feature Logan as either sole commentator, or as host to guest commentators from the industry.

On 1 October 2009, Logan's contract with The Weinstein Company ended. He then embarked on a new career as a film producer in Hong Kong, forming his own production label, B&E Productions (standing for "Breaking and Entering").[5] He confirmed that Dragon Dynasty would continue releasing East Asian films after his departure, and that he would retain a consultancy role to assist the company with future acquisitions.[6]

In March 2010, B&E had their first release, The Blood Bond. This English-language film was Michael Biehn's directorial debut, and stars Biehn along with Simon Yam, Emma Pei and Phoenix Chou. The Blood Bond enjoyed a brief theatrical release in Hong Kong, and subsequently sold around the world. Biehn and Logan both regard the film as a disappointment, the former expressing his discontent in various on-line interviews, while Logan wrote a novel (also entitled 'The Blood Bond') depicting the film he wished he'd made.

Regardless, Logan and B&E Films went on to produce several further films, beginning with Tony Tang-directed animated film Little Gobie, and another film from Tang, the Cantonese language Beach Spike. The latter is an action comedy, combining martial arts and beach volleyball. It stars Chrissie Chau, Jessica C and Phoenix Chou.

'Beach Spike' did decent, if unspectacular, business in Hong Kong and China, and has since become something of a cult classic.

Logan shot one third of his directorial debut, a portmanteau project entitled 'Snowblade', but was then forced to put the rest of the film on hold due to a variety of cast and logistical issues. The film is an exotic, erotic manga-inspired action film, and starred Indonesian-born Chinese actress Sable Yu.

Logan is currently back working for The Weinstein Company on the sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', entitled 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny'. The film stars Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh, and will shoot on location in New Zealand.

Bey is also producing a documentary, 'Donnie Yen: A Hero's Journey', about the life and career of martial arts movie superstar Donnie Yen

He is also preparing a new B&E project, 'Lady Bloodfight'. The film, which focusses on a hidden tournament for women warriors, is co-produced with LA-based Voltage Pictures. It stars fan favourite Amy Johnston. The film's fight scenes are being choreographed by Temur Mamisashvili, assisted by Andrew Dasz.

Other B&E films that have been in development at various times have included: Rogue Option, a spinoff of the Gordon Chan films The Final Option (1994) and First Option (1996) and would feature Michael Wong reprising his role from those films. Subsequent intended projects include Choy Li Fut, a period kung fu film; Harlem Goes East, a "blaxploitation" action film; 'Fantom', an 'Escape from New York-meets-The Raid' actioner and Synthia, a futuristic comedy/drama. Some of these titles are currently only in the script development stage.[7][8]

Bey is also writing his third book, entitled My Life in 36 Chambers, featuring his personal top 36 Hong Kong films, mingled with some autobiographical material.[8]


Filmography & DVD commentaries[edit]

Logan has worked in the Hong Kong film industry as an actor, screenwriter and producer since 1993. Notably, he wrote the screenplay for Jackie Chan's film, The Medallion (2003) and appeared as a vampire in, The Twins Effect (2003). He also appeared as Officer Kyle in Dragon Squad (2005). He wrote the scripts for the documentaries Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) and Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999), co-producing the former with Chan.

Logan appeared in an episode of the Fist of Fury television series, in 1995. He also appeared in the documentary Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey and wrote and performed voice dubbing in another Lee documentary, Bruce Lee in G.O.D.. On a couple of DVD commentaries for Hong Kong Legends, Logan revealed that he found the long-lost footage filmed by Bruce Lee for Game of Death whilst looking through the vaults of Media Asia (his employers at the time). This footage was subsequently released on the bonus disc of the Hong Kong Legends release of Game of Death, as well as on the Warner Home Video release of the documentary Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey.

Logan is also noted for his many audio commentaries on international DVD releases of East Asian (predominantly Hong Kong) films, earning him a place in Empire magazine's "Ten Heroes of DVD".[1] He has recorded 123 film commentaries to date, his latest being for the UK DVD releases of Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Woochi The Demon Slayer and Young Bruce Lee, all in collaboration with Mike Leeder, and the forthcoming Shaolin, which he has recorded solo. The commentaries Logan has recorded, by label, are as follows:

Commentaries For DVD company Release Dates Film Origin Film Studios DVD territory
60
Hong Kong Legends 2000—2007 Hong Kong Mainly Golden Harvest UK (R2)
5
Celestial Pictures / IVL 2002 Hong Kong Shaw Brothers Studio Hong Kong (R3)
3
Tai Seng 2003—2005 Hong Kong ATV US (R1)
12
Premier Asia 2003—2007 Japan, Thailand
South Korea
Various UK (R2)
1
Optimum Asia 2006 Hong Kong Cinema City UK (R2)
33
Dragon Dynasty 2006— Hong Kong, China,
South Korea, Thailand
Vietnam
Various US (R1)
9
Cine Asia 2010— China, Hong Kong,
South Korea
Various UK (R2)

Personal life[edit]

Logan was raised by adoptive parents, Maurice and Catherine. He was educated at Uppingham School, a Public School in Rutland.

In his late 20s, Bey learned he is the son of Adelaide based lawyer David Gilfillan and Cherie Ceberano. He has a number of Australian half-siblings, including legendary Aussie songstress Kate Ceberano. His step-father is Australian karate pioneer Tino Ceberano.

He has been based in Hong Kong since 1993. In 1996 he married Ponnie Leung, and they had three children together (Ryan, Calvin and Kyle) before getting divorced in 2004 . He now has two twins, a boy and girl (Sean and Taia) with Hong Kong-based lawyer Elizabeth Yang.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Empire magazine top ten heroes of DVD". blog entry. Alive Not Dead. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 

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