Tiger Chen

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Tiger Chen
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Tiger Hu Chen at the premiere of Man of Tai Chi, Toronto Film Festival 2013
Born (1975-03-03) 3 March 1975 (age 46)
OccupationActor, martial artist
Years active1998–present
Notable work
Man of Tai Chi
Kung Fu Man
AwardsChampion of National Youth Martial Arts Competition
All Around Champion of San Francisco International Martial Arts Tournament
Champion of National Karate (Men's -60kg)

Tiger Chen (simplified Chinese: 陈虎; traditional Chinese: 陳虎; pinyin: Chén Hǔ; born 3 March 1975) is a Chinese martial artist and actor.[1][2][3] Tiger Chen is Yuen Wo Ping's protege and Keanu Reeves's teacher and friend. He was also Uma Thurman's stunt double.[4]


Early life[edit]

Tiger Chen was born on 3 March 1975 in Chengdu, Sichuan, where he studied the Chinese martial arts. By age 18, he enrolled into Sichuan Wushu Team. He won the National Youth Martial Arts Competition in China.

At the age of 19, Tiger Chen went to the United States,[4] where he lived in a small wooden shack. He said: "In China, at least you can practice kung fu and attend martial arts competitions, but in the United States, you will find that most of your time in washing the dishes and being a porter."[5] Tiger Chen became a student of Hong Kong martial artist Yuen Woo-ping in 2000s.[1]

Film career[edit]

In 1998, Tiger Chen began his film career by holding a post on the fight choreography team as an assistant under Yuen[6] in The Matrix, a science fiction action film starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving and Joe Pantoliano. At the same time, he became best friends with Keanu Reeves. Chen also held the post of choreographer in Charlie's Angels (2000), Once in the Life (2000) and Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003).

Tiger Chen had a minor role as a ronin in The Matrix Reloaded (2003), the second film of the Matrix trilogy. In 2005, he appeared as a martial artist in House of Fury with Anthony Wong, Gillian Chung, Stephen Fung and Charlene Choi.

In 2012, Tiger Chen played the lead role in Kung Fu Man, alongside Vanessa Branch and Jiang Mengjie.

After years in minor and supporting roles, Tiger Chen played the titular character in Man of Tai Chi, opposite the film's director Keanu Reeves, Karen Joy Morris and Yam Tat-wah.[2][7][8][9]

In 2018 Tiger made a special appearance in the Malaysian military film PASKAL as a Chinese UN Observer accompanying the Malaysian UN Observers during a mission in Angola.

In 2019 Tiger co starred with Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais in the film Triple Threat, he also has an uncredited cameo as a Triad assassin in the film John Wick 3: Parabellum



Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1999 The Matrix 黑客帝国 Choreographer[1]
2000 Charlie's Angels 霹雳娇娃 Choreographer
Once in the Life 一生一次 Loe
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 杀死比尔 Choreographer
The Matrix Reloaded 黑客帝国2:重装上阵 Ronin
2005 House of Fury 精武家庭 Martial artist
2012 Kung Fu Man 功夫侠 Chen Ping [10]
2013 Man of Tai Chi 太极侠 Chen Linhu [11][12]
2015 Monk Comes Down the Mountain 道士下山
2016 Revenge of Gold 流金
2017 Kung Fu Traveler 功夫机器侠 Chen Wu/General Chen
Kung Fu Traveler 2 功夫机器侠2 A Jie/General Chen
Romantic Assassin
2018 PASKAL: The Movie Sgt. Chen Han Malaysian Produced with Royal Malaysian Navy and Special Appearance
2019 Triple Threat Long Fei
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Triad Uncredited Cameo
Special Forces King 3

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  • Champion of National Youth Martial Arts Competition
  • All Around Champion of San Francisco International Martial Arts Tournament
  • Champion of National Karate (Men's -60 kg)
  • World Stunt Awards nominations for Matrix 2[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Tiger Chen goes from stuntman to leading man". philstar.com. 2013-07-22.
  2. ^ a b "Tiger Chen goes from stuntman to leading man in Keanu Reeve's directorial debut". straitstimes.com. 2013-07-02. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ 陈虎否认整容:功夫片随时可能一拳打在脸上. Tencent (in Chinese). 2013-07-19.
  4. ^ a b c "Tiger Chen: From Sichuan to Hollywood". wu-jing.org. 2004-06-06. Archived from the original on 2016-08-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ 功夫演员陈虎:我的“美漂”生活比王宝强惨. Chinanews (in Chinese). 2013. 他住在木棚里,他自己叙述自己在美国的漂泊生活说:“在中国,你起码可以练功夫,比赛,到了美国之后你会发现,大部分时间都在洗盘子、做搬运工。”
  6. ^ Lee, Tom (2 July 2013). "Crouching Tiger". That's Shanghai. Urbanatomy Media. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Keanu Reeves and Tiger Chen are Men of Tai Chi". Nerdist. 2013-11-11.
  8. ^ "Fantastic Fest: Keanu Reeves' MAN OF TAI CHI". Nerdist. 2013-09-09.
  9. ^ "Keanu Reeves spent five years on his latest film: Why?". csmonitor.com. 2013-05-20.
  10. ^ “武打新星”陈虎:功夫圈需更新换代 需要新血液. Chinanews (in Chinese). 2013-07-15.
  11. ^ 陈虎登纽约时报 《太极侠》获赞好莱坞水平. 163.com (in Chinese). 2013-11-08.
  12. ^ 基努里维斯导演作角逐金球奖 陈虎:期待有斩获. Tencent (in Chinese). 2013-11-26.
  13. ^ Tiger Chen at douban.com
  14. ^ Tiger Chen at chinesemov.com

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