Ronny Yu

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Ronny Yu
Chinese: 于仁泰
Born1950 (age 70–71)
Other namesRonny Yan-Tai Yu
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter

Ronny Yu Yan-Tai (Chinese: 于仁泰) is a Hong Kong film director, producer, and movie writer. He has worked on both Hong Kong and American films. He is mostly known for his work in the American horror genre, such as Bride of Chucky (1998) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).

Early life[edit]

In 1950, Yu was born in Hong Kong.


Yu graduated from Ohio University.


In 1986, Yu directed the Hong Kong action crime thriller Legacy of Rage. It was Brandon Lee's first lead co-starring Michael Wong, and Regina Kent. Lee plays Brandon Ma, a young man working two jobs to support his life with his girlfriend May (Kent) and to save up to buy his dream motorcycle. His best friend, Michael Wan (Wong), is an ambitious and murderous drug dealer who eventually blames one of his crimes on him. Ma is sent to jail and vows vengeance on Wan.[1] Lee was nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer in this role.[2] In May of the following year, it was a critical success at the Cannes Film Festival and commercial success in Japan.[3] Later that year, Legacy of Rage was released in the Philippines as Dragon Blood.[4] In 1998, Legacy of Rage was released directly to video in the U.S. and Australia the next year.[5] This was due to ongoing interest on Lee's film, due to his early passing in 1993. Lee's The film has been described as stylistic and fast-paced, with a good performance by Lee.[6] Some critics considered it to be Lee's best genre film.[7][8][9]

He was once attached to direct Snakes on a Plane[10] and he was aboard the project when Samuel L. Jackson, whom he directed in The 51st State, signed on. Before shooting began, however, he was replaced by David R. Ellis. Yu directed the Fear Itself episode, "Family Man" which starred Clifton Collins Jr..[11] Yu appeared in the A Nightmare on Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.[12] He also directed Bride of Chucky.[13]


Year Title Director Producer Writer
1979 The Servant (Qiang nei qiang wai) Yes No No
1980 The Saviour (Jiu shi zhe) Yes No No
1981 The Postman Strikes Back (Xun cheng ma) Yes No No
1981 The Trail (Zhui gui qi xiong) Yes No No
1984 The Occupant (Ling qi po ren) Yes No No
1985 Mummy Dearest (Si yan zi) Yes No No
1986 Legacy of Rage (Long zai jiang hu) Yes No No
1988 Bless This House (Meng gui fo tiao qiang) Yes No No
1989 China White (Hong tian long hu hui) Yes Yes No
1991 Great Pretenders (Qian wang) Yes No No
1992 Shogun and Little Kitchen (Huo tou fu xing) Yes No No
1992 Steel Horse (Wu Lin sheng dou shi) Yes No No
1993 The Bride with White Hair (Bai fa mo nu zhuan) Yes Yes Yes
1993 The Bride with White Hair 2 (Bai fa mo nu zhuan II) No Yes Yes
1995 The Phantom Lover (Ye ban ge sheng) Yes No Yes
1997 Warriors of Virtue Yes Yes No
1998 Bride of Chucky Yes No No
2001 The 51st State Yes No No
2003 Freddy vs. Jason Yes No No
2006 Fearless Yes Yes No
2013 Saving General Yang Yes No No

Producer only

  • The Extras (Jia li fei) (1978)
  • Eight in the Family (1985)
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (Fu gui bi ren) (1987)
  • The Girl Next Door (1988)
  • Chicken and Duck Talk (Ji tong ya jiang) (1988)
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World 2 (Fu gui zai po ren) (1988)
  • Summer Lovers (Xia ri qing ren) (1992)
  • Once Upon a Time a Hero in China (Huang Fei Hong xiao zhuan) (1992)
  • Cohabitation (Tong ju guan xi) (1993)
  • The Incorruptible (Li Luo-Fu qi an) (1993)
  • All's Well, Ends Well Too (Hua tian xi shi) (1993)
  • Once Upon a Time a Hero in China II (Huang Fei Hong dui Huang Fei Hong) (1993)
  • Satin Steel (Chung Gam Suk) (1994)


  1. ^ Legacy of Rage (VHS). TAI SENG VIDEO MARKETING (ENT.). 1998. 601643563831.
  2. ^ "Legacy Of Rage | TV Guide". TV Guide. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  3. ^ "Bruce Lee Jr. talks about his father". Manila Standard: 15. 15 July 1987 – via Google news.
  4. ^ "Grand Opening Today". Manila Standard. Standard Publishing, Inc. 16 July 1987. p. 15. Retrieved 3 January 2019. The Most Awaited Movie of the Decade!
  5. ^ "Legacy Of Rage | TV Guide". TV Guide. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  6. ^ Myers, Randy (22 May 1998). "Reviews". News Press: 94 – via Newspapers.
  7. ^ "Mondo Video". Daily News: 81. 8 May 1998 – via Newspapers.
  8. ^ Harris, Paul (22 March 1999). "Today's Films". The Age: 19 – via Newspapers.
  9. ^ Lowing, Rob (21 March 1999). "Movies". The Sydney Morning Herald: 243 – via Newspapers.
  10. ^ "The CulturePulp Q&A: 'Fearless' director Ronny Yu". Archived from the original on 2009-09-27.
  11. ^ "Ronny Yu Will 'Kill First, Ask Later', Talks Fear Itself Episode".
  12. ^ "In or Around LA? Then Here is Your Chance to Take Part in the Biggest A Nightmare on Elm Street Reunion Ever!".
  13. ^ "Mezco's 'Chucky' (design based on Ronny Yu's Bride of Chucky)".

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