Lo Wei

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Lo Wei
Lo Wei
Background information
Chinese name 羅維 (traditional)
Chinese name 罗維 (simplified)
Born (1918-12-12)12 December 1918 [1]
Jiangsu Province, China
Died 20 January 1996(1996-01-20) (aged 77)
British Hong Kong
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor
Years active 1929-1993
Golden Horse Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Lo Wei (sometimes spelled Lo Wai,[2] 12 December 1918 – 20 January 1996) was a Hong Kong film director and film actor best known for launching the martial arts film careers of both Bruce Lee, in The Big Boss[3] and Fist of Fury,[4] and Jackie Chan, in New Fist of Fury.[3]

After Lee's death it was Lo who gave Jackie Chan his first shot at the big time as part of the wave of Bruceploitation. Lo is said to have been linked with Chinese organized crime, the Triads.[5][6]

Lo ran the production company "Lo Wei Motion Picture Company", which operated until 1977-78 due to heavy cost-cutting measures as a result of Jackie Chan signing a deal with Golden Harvest.

Lo died of heart failure on 20 January 1996.



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