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Fong Sai-yuk (Chinese: 方世玉; pinyin: Fāng Shìyù; Cantonese Yale: Fong1 Sai3 Yuk6) is a Chinese martial artist and folk hero. He is first introduced in Wuxia stories from the Qing Dynasty such as Wan Nian Qing. He is also featured in several forms of media, of which the most notable is the 1993 film Fong Sai-yuk.
Fong Sai-yuk is a native of Zhaoqing, Guangdong province. His father, Fong Tak (方德), is a rich businessman while his mother Miu Tsui Fa is a highly skilled martial artist. His mother is also the daughter of one of the legendary Five Elders of the southern Shaolin Monastery.
According to legend, his mother breaks every bone and limb in his body after his birth and bathes him in Chinese Rubbing Alcohol (鐵打酒 dit da jow) to make him practically invulnerable. Fong Sai-yuk's body becomes "copper skin and metal bone" after the treatment.
According to legend, Fong Sai-yuk is killed by Bak Mei, the notorious pugilist in a battle of vengeance, however he was then avenged by his mother. But according to the history, Fong Sai-yuk was killed during the fight with Ng Mui during the burning of Shaolin. The story above makes no sense though as Ng Mui was one of his teachers, during the burning, of Shaolin, no solid records were found but stories are told of her help of escaping the fire Shaolin.
Depiction in media
- Burning Paradise (1994)
- Fong Sai-yuk II (1993)
- Fong Sai-yuk (1993)
- Young Hero of Shaolin: Parts 1 & 2 (1986)
- Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1984)
- Shaolin Temple (1976)
- Men From The Monastery (1974)
- Heroes Two (1974)
- TV series
- Young Hero Fang Shiyu (1999)
- Fong Tak & Miu Tsui-Fa
Fong Sai-yuk Martial art
Fong Sai-yuk is believed to be a young hero of his clan with immense kung fu talents. It is also believed that Sai-yuk mastered the T'ai chi ch'uan style of kung fu. Fong Sai-yuk was a member of the Red flower pavilion formed by the forging of Five Elders and Ming loyalists.
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