Ho-Sung Pak

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Pak.
Ho-Sung Pak
Born Ho-Sung Pak
(1967-11-08) November 8, 1967 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Actor
Martial Artist
Action choreographer
Years active 1991–present
Korean name
Hangul 박호성
Revised Romanization Bak Hoseong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Hosǒng

Ho-Sung Pak (born November 8, 1967) is a Korean-American film actor, martial artist, action choreographer, writer, and producer.

Life and career[edit]

Pak, a Korean American, was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Not only did he play as the main villain of the first Mortal Kombat game, Shang Tsung, but he also played the Mortal Kombat champion Liu Kang for the first game and Mortal Kombat II. He was a stunt coordinator for the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as well as a stunt double for Raphael; he later reprised his role of stunt double in the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.

In 1995, he and fellow MK actors Daniel Pesina, Katalin Zamiar, and Dr. Phillip Ahn, M.D. all appeared in a fighting game produced exclusively for the Atari Jaguar titled Thea Realm Fighters, but it was never released after Atari ceased production on the failed system later that year.

In 2002, he played the leading role in the martial arts movie Book of Swords. In it he portrayed Lang, an Asian cop who after witnessing the death of his brother during a drug bust gone wrong, leaves town only to come back three years later for revenge. The movie also starred MK actors Daniel Pesina, Katalin Zamiar and Richard Divizio. In a nod to his Mortal Kombat alter ego Liu Kang, Pak is shown wearing a red headband during the final part of the movie, while the other three actors are also seen in similar MK clothing/roles throughout the movie.

In 2004 Pak starred in the martial film Lesser of Three Evils, directed by Wayne A. Kennedy, also starring Roger Guenveur Smith, Peter Greene, Rosa Blasi and Sherilyn Fenn. The film was produced by Ho-Sung Pak, Wayne A. Kennedy and Matthew Chausse who created together the film company GenOne.[2] It was released in 2009 under the title Fist of the Warrior.[3]

In the 1995-1997 TV show WMAC Masters, his ki-symbol was "Superstar", which is a translation of his given Korean name.[4] The show featured his older brother, Ho Young Pak ("Star Warrior"), as well as fellow Mortal Kombat actors Chris Casamassa ("Red Dragon") and Hakim Alston ("The Machine").


Year Film/television Role Notes
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Stunt double: Raphael / Stunt coordinator
1992 Mortal Kombat Liu Kang / Shang Tsung Video game
1993 Mortal Kombat II Liu Kang Video game
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Stunt double: Raphael
1994 The Legend of Drunken Master Henry Alt. title: Jui kuen II, Drunken Fist II
Common Enemy Short / unreleased
1995 Thea Realm Fighters Prince Pak / fight consultant (game / unreleased)
1995-96 WMAC Masters Superstar / Himself / Stunts
1999 Angel Stunts
2000 Epoch of Lotus Mortis / Action choreographer Short
2001 Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001 Choreographer Documentary
Alias Stunts
2003 Batman: Dark Tomorrow Motion capture team Video game
2004 Fight Club - video game Action choreographer
Torque Stunts
2005 Entourage Stunt gangster episode: Chinatown
Bloodrayne Kagan Vampire Guard #4
Alone in the Dark Agent Marko
2006 Dead and Deader Superstar Merc / Stunt coordinator
18 Fingers of Death! Young Buford
2007 Fist of the Warrior Lee Choe / Fight choreographer / Writer / Producer / Editor Alt. title: Blood Money / Fist of the Warrior / Manhattan Samoerai
Book of Swords Lang / Fight choreographer / Writer / Producer
2008 I Am Somebody: No Chance in Hell (it) Pong Alt. title: Chinaman's Chance
2010 The Last Airbender Stunt fighter
Game of Death Agent #2 / Big mental
2011 Chicago Code Stunts
Femme Fatales Superstar Assassin / The Ghost / Fight choreographer 6 episodes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon Stunts
A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas Stunt double: John Cho
2012 Vamps Stunts
Love and Honor Stunts Alt. title: AWOL
Jinn Stunts
Red Dawn Stunt soldier
The Citizen Motel worker
Legend of the Red Reaper Special thanks
You Can't Kill Stephen King Special thanks
2013 BodyWeapon: The Black Ryu (in production)


  1. ^ "모탈컴뱃: 그리고 류캉, 박호성의 이야기 [Mortal Kombat: And, the story of 'Liu Kang' Pak Sung-ho]", I Love Character, March 2009, retrieved 2011-09-26 
  2. ^ GenOne Films
  3. ^ Lionsgate Publicity: February 2009
  4. ^ "Mortal Kombat II - Behind the Scenes". Video Games: pg. 46. April 1994. 

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