Hsiao Ho (actor)

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Hsiao Ho
Chinese name 小侯 (simplified)
Pinyin Hsiao Hou (Mandarin)
Jyutping Siu Hau (Cantonese)
Birth name Hou Yao-chung (侯耀中)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1958-01-01)1 January 1958
Meixian, Guangdong
Other name(s) Monkey
Occupation Actor, martial artist, acrobat, action director, action choreographer, stuntman, Shaw Brothers/Chinese Opera star
Years active 1976–2004

Hsiao Ho, (Hsiao Hou) (Chinese: 小侯; Cantonese: Siu Hau, born 1 January 1958 in Meixian District, Guangdong, China) is a Hong Kong martial arts film actor, stunt performer and action choreographer. He has acted in many films directed by Lau Kar-leung, including Mad Monkey Kung Fu and Legendary Weapons of China. In 1985 he portrayed legendary kung fu warrior Fong Sai-Yuk in the Lau directed action-comedy, Disciples of the 36th Chamber and also took a lead role in Fake Ghost Catchers, directed by Lau Kar Wing. Fake Ghost Catchers is marketed by Celestial Pictures as being made two years before Ghost Busters (inferring that the idea for Ghost Busters may have come from the movie). Hou is also known for portraying the "disfigured swordsman" and doubling complicated action scenes in 1993's Iron Monkey. He was also the action director for the movie Shaolin Avengers (1994). In 1982 he was nominated for Best Action Choreography for the movie Legendary Weapons of China (for which he was action director) at the Hong Kong Film Awards alongside Lau Kar Leung and Ching Chu who also provided choreography for the film.

Born Hao Yiu Chung, he was trained in Beijing opera by Fan Kuk-Fa as a child and acted in films. He moved to the United States in the 1960s with classmates where he learned acrobatics from different instructors under the watchful tutelage of Fan Kuk-Fa. He later returned to China, and at age 17 became a martial arts stunt performer, which led to his starring role in Mad Monkey Kung Fu in 1979. He then became a contracted actor with Shaw Brothers Studio[1] and studied Hung Gar, a specialised Kung Fu under Lau Kar Leung.

A very young man at the time, he was always cast by director Lau Kar Leung as the rebellious teen. In the cult classic My Young Auntie Hou played the energetic rebellious teenage son of Lau Kar Leung. In Disciples of the 36th Chamber he also played the rebellious son. Because of an ability to perform difficult stunts and acrobats with ease, Hsiao Hou was often cast in roles that required an expert stunt performer and martial artist. While his career did not reach the popularity of frequent co-stars Gordon Liu or Kara Hui, he is considered a Shaw Brothers legend by legions of fans and is highly regarded for martial arts, comedic talents, and acrobatic talent. Lau Kar Leung was once quoted as calling Hou the most "talented action actor (or star)" in his class.

Hsiao Hou's last known interview was in 2004 taken by Video Asia. Though he was not featured on the cover in western versions of the popular Shaw Brother releases, Hsiao Hou took the starring roles in Mad Monkey Kung Fu, Legendary Weapons of China, Disciples of the 36th Chamber, Fake Ghost Catchers and My Young Auntie. He later acted in small supporting roles in films by Sammo Hung.

He has also been a martial arts and action director/choreographer.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography at Hong Kong Movie Database (retrieved on 25 January 2007)

External links[edit]

Hong Kong Cinemagic http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=1922