Lo Wei

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Lo Wei
Lo Wei
Born(1918-12-12)12 December 1918 [1]
Died20 January 1996(1996-01-20) (aged 77)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, actor
Years active1929-1993
AwardsGolden Horse AwardsLifetime Achievement Award

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese羅維
Simplified Chinese罗維

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.

Personal life[edit]

On 20 January 1996, Lo died of heart failure in Hong Kong.



  1. ^ "Lo Wei". Hong Kong Movie DataBase.
  2. ^ Avenue of Stars Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "Lo Wei". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Weiler, A. H. "The Chinese Connection (1972) The Screen: A Chinese 'Fist of Fury':Stark Tale of Revenge Opens at Pagoda Shanghai Is Setting for Kung-Fu Combats". The New York Times.
  5. ^ AllMovie
  6. ^ Chan, Jackie, and Jeff Yang. I Am Jackie Chan. New York: Ballantine, 1998. Print.

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