Ti Lung

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Ti Lung
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Dí Lóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dik6 Lung4 (Cantonese)
Birth name
Taam4 Fu3-wing4 (Cantonese)
Tán Fùróng (Mandarin)
Born (1946-08-03) 3 August 1946 (age 68)
Xinhui, Guangdong, China
Spouse(s) Tao Man-ming
Children Tam Chun-yin, born on (1980-07-30) 30 July 1980 (age 34)

Tommy Tam Fu-Wing (born 3 August 1946 in Guangdong, Republic of China), better known by his stage name Ti Lung, is a Hong Kong actor, known for his numerous starring roles in a string of Shaw Brothers Studio's films, particularly The Sentimental Swordsman and its sequel, and in the classic A Better Tomorrow.

Background[edit]

He studied Wing Chun under the martial arts master Jiu Wan. In 1968 Ti Lung responded to an advertisement placed by the Shaw Brothers and applied at Shaw Acting Course, and upon completion was awarded a minor role in Chang Cheh's Return of the One-Armed Swordsman starring Jimmy Wang Yu. Chang Cheh immediately recognized his potential and offered him the lead in his next production Dead End opposite Golden Chan Hung-lit, a role which would launch his career as one of the best known faces in classic Wuxia film. He became a common face associated with David Chiang, Alexander Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Chen Kuan-Tai, the Venom Mob, and other Shaw Bros. stars at the time, often cast as a dashing, noble hero as well as a capable martial artist.

Career[edit]

Although he left Shaw Brothers Studios in the 1980s, Ti Lung's career took a turn for the worse until 1986, when John Woo's A Better Tomorrow cast him opposite Chow Yun-fat in the role of a Triad member. The movie was a box office success and placed Ti Lung back in the public consciousness, although it changed his image from the handsome martial youth to the tortured, would-be hero gangster. After that role, Ti Lung's next most recognisable appearance would be with Jackie Chan in Drunken Master II, in which he co-starred as Wong Kei-Ying, father of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung He also worked with Andy Lau in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon as the legendary Guan Yu. From there, he has continued to work in television in a variety of roles. He is the uncle of Jerry Lamb and Jan Lamb.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (獨臂刀王) Lu Hong
Dead End (死角) Zhang Chun
Have Sword, Will Travel (保鏢) Siang
1970 Vengeance! (報仇) Guan Yulou
The Heroic Ones (十三太保) Shi Jingsi
The Singing Killer (小煞星) musician cameo
1971 King Eagle (鷹王) Jin Fei
The New One-Armed Swordsman (新獨臂刀) Feng Junjie
The Duel (大決鬥) Tang Renjie
The Anonymous Heroes (無名英雄) Tie Hu
Duel of Fists (拳擊) Wen Lie
Deadly Duo (雙俠) Bao Tingtian
1972 Angry Guest (惡客) Wen Lieh
The Water Margin (水滸傳) Wu Song
Trilogy of Swordsmanship (群英會) Xu Shiying Segment 3: "White Water Strand" (白水灘)
Young People (年輕人) Lam Tat
The Delightful Forest (快活林) Wu Song
Four Riders (四騎士) Feng Xia
1973 The Blood Brothers (刺馬) Ma Xinyi
The Generation Gap (叛逆) Ling Zhao
The Pirate (大海盜) Cheung Po Tsai
1974 The Drug Addict (吸毒者)
Shatter
Five Shaolin Masters (少林五祖)
The Two Faces of Love (小孩與狗)
The Savage Five (五虎將)
Young Lovers on Flying Wheels (電單車)
1975 The Young Rebel (1973)
All Men Are Brothers
Black Magic (1975)
The Empress Dowager (1975)
1976 The Last Tempest (1976)
7 Man Army (1976)
Shaolin Temple (1976)
The Snake Prince (1976)
Black Magic Part 2 (1976)
The Magic Blade (1976)
1976 Clans of Intrigue (1977)
Pursuit Of Vengeance (1977)
Death Duel (1977)
The Flying Guillotine 2 (1977)
Inheritor of Kung Fu (1977)
The Jade Tiger (1977)
The Naval Commandos (1977)
The Sentimental Swordsman (1977)
1978 Avenging Eagle (1978)
Legend of the Bat (1978)
Soul of the Sword (1978)
Swordsman and Enchantress (1978)
1979 The Deadly Breaking Sword (1979)
The Kung Fu Instructor (1979)
Ten Tigers from Kwangtung (1979)
1980 The Convict Killer (1980)
The Heroes (1980)
Return of the Sentimental Swordsman (1980)
Roving Swordsman (1980)
1981 The Brave Archer 3 (1981)
Emperor and His Brother (1981)
1982 Clan Feuds (1982)
Shaolin Prince (1982)
Tiger Killer (1982)
Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman (1982)
1983 The Hidden Power of the Dragon Sabre (1983)
Mercenaries from Hong Kong (1983)
1984 A Friend from Inner Space (1984)
The Master Strikes Back (1984)
Ninja in the Deadly Trap (1984)
Death Ring (1984)
Shanghai 13 (1984)
1986 A Better Tomorrow (1986)
1987 A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987)
Legend of the Golden Pearl (1987)
1988 City War (1988)
Tiger on Beat (1988)
1989 Just Heroes (1989)
1991 The Banquet (1991)
1993 Blade Of Fury (1993)
First Shot (1993)
1994 Drunken Master II (1994)
1999 The Kid (1999)
2000 Clean My Name, Mr. Coroner! (2000)
High K (2000)
Paramount Motel (2000)
2001 Mist in Judge (2001)
2002 Frugal Game (2002)
2003 Star Runner (2003)
2005 New Born (2005)
One Last Dance (Singapore 2005)
2006 Heavenly Mission (2006)
My Wife Is a Gangster 3 (2006)
2008 Run Papa Run (2008)
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008)
The Butterfly Lovers (2008)
2010 The Jade and the Pearl (2010)
The Warrior's Way (2010)
2013 7 Assassins (2013)

Television[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
1994 TVB Justice Pao (包青天) Baau Cing
1996 TVB ICAC Investigators 1996 (廉政行動1996) Cheung Tin-yan
1998 TVB ICAC Investigators 1998 (廉政行動1998) Cheung Tin-yan
2003 Hunan TV My Fair Princess III (還珠格格3之天上人間) Qianlong Emperor
2004 Xiaying Xianzong (俠影仙蹤) Wang Xizhi
Warriors of the Yang Clan (楊門虎將) Yang Ye
2010 Qin Xianglian (秦香蓮) Bao Zheng
KBS The Fugitive: Plan B (도망자 플랜 B) General Wei
2013 Team of Sword (刀子队)

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