Jimmy Wang Yu, a Taiwanese actor who was as soon as one of many largest stars of martial arts cinema, died Tuesday in a Taipei hospital from an undisclosed sickness he battled for six years. He was 79 and his loss of life was introduced on Instagram by his daughter, Linda Wang.
Born in Shanghai, China, Wang moved to Hong Kong and made his identify as an motion star at Shaw Brothers Studio throughout the Sixties. His best-known movie was One-Armed Swordsman, which, because the title suggests, was about swordplay, a trademark of his fight expertise. The movie would grow to be the primary Hong Kong movie to make HK$1million on the native field workplace.
The motion movies made Wang one of many largest stars in Asia, and standard within the U.S. underground grindhouses that specialised in low-budget movies.
One-Armed Swordsman noticed two sequels, Return of the One-Armed Swordsman in 1969, through which Wang reprised his function, and The New One-Armed Swordsman in 1971, which starred John Chiang and Ti Lung.
Wang’s résumé embrace greater than 40 motion and martial arts movies, together with One-Armed Boxer (1972), The Man From Hong Kong (1975) and Grasp of the Flying Guillotine (1976).
The actor had a colourful life off-screen as properly. He was charged with a homicide, however costs have been later dropped. He additionally boasted that he was employed to assassinate a political rival, however the try by no means occurred.
Jackie Chan wrote on Fb, “The contributions you’ve made to kung fu motion pictures, and the assist and knowledge you’ve given to the youthful generations will all the time be remembered within the business. And your motion pictures will all the time stay within the hearts of your followers. We’ll miss you!”
Director Ang Lee issued a press release mourning Wang. “It’s with the deepest sorrow that we discovered of his passing immediately. For a lot of followers like me, he represents the vibe of a sure period. His movies and his heroic spirit will likely be deeply missed.”
Wang left appearing in 1997, however returned in 2011 with the movie Wu Xia. His last movie was the 2013 horror basic Soul.
He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award on the 2019 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.