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Actors Biographies and Filmography
Chi Kuan Chun
Biography
Born in Canton around 1949, Chi Kuan Chun refugee to Hong Kong with his family at an early age. An expert in the Shaolin Animal Styles and Hung Gar technique, Chi Kuan Chun was the perfect candidate to represent a loyal Shaolin man in nearly all of Chang Cheh's Shaolin series of films. Chi Kuan Chun would go on to play essentially the same types of roles in all of the Shaolin series, not just in terms of playing the anti-ch'ing revolutionary, but also playing the part of legendary Shaolin rebel Hu Wei Chien in several films, including "Death Chambers", and "Men From The Monastery". In "Five Masters of Death", which was more or less the loose predecessor of Death Chambers, he played Shaolin man Li Si Kai, however when Chang Cheh followed up on the success of "Five Masters", the story and characters were changed to the fate of the rebels who escaped South with Hung Sze Kwan, and Li Si Kai was swapped with perhaps what was the more recognizable hero of the two, Hu Wei Chien, even though Chi Kuan Chun's role was ideally the same. His role in these films, as indeed they were for nearly the whole of his acting career, depicted a serious, driven warrior with a chiseled body and superior martial arts skills. One who was willing to give his life for the cause, and who often came across as being cold and unfriendly, when in fact the truth was quite the opposite- he would rather have died himself than endure the loss of life of one of his brothers. In "Shaolin Martial Arts", a short dialogue with his almost constant Shaolin co-star, Alexander Fu Sheng intimates that Chi Kuan Chun's character is a bit on the slow-witted side, however, his character's) were just entirely single-minded in purpose, and seemed to rarely speak or think of anything else but the cause: to remove the Chings from power and restore the Ming's. The chemistry between Chi Kuan Chun and Fu Sheng was literally mesmerizing. Chi Kuan Chun's grim determination was completely complimented by Fu Sheng's playful childishness- a childishness which literally drove the serious Chi Kuan Chun out of his mind on more than one occasion. But in the end, the compassion the two shared for each other was always brought to light, and demonstrated the true brotherhood of the characters in these films in a most effective and touching manner. Likewise in 1977's "Iron Monkey", Chi Kuan Chun had a similar (but not identical) brotherhood with Chen Kwan Tai, but though the demonstration of this relationship was effective, it did not hit its mark as efficiently as the Fu Sheng/Chi Kuan Chun relationships were wont to do. Like fellow Shaw Brothers actor Lo Meng, Chi Kuan Chun was mentored and managed by Chang Cheh, allowing him better treatment and the ability to negotiate or haggle in terms of salary. In 1977, Chi Kuan Chun left Shaw Brothers and like his fellows David Chiang, Ti Lung, Kuo Chui, etc, he pursued the Independent Taiwanese circuit, creating "Shaolin Kung Fu Master" as well as others, including the terrible yet classic "Eagle's Claw", where he starred as the dangerously misunderstood older brother to Wang Tao, as well as such classics as "The Massive", and the charming historical piece, "Iron Neck Li", where he starred as Taiwanese unstoppable hero, Li Yung. Shortly after this, Chi Kuan Chun opened his own film company, Champion Films, and directed, produced, wrote and starred in these films in various combinations. Many of these, as well as many of his independent films in general are what I consider to be high above the mark when it comes to the independent sector of Kung Fu films. The fight choreography was superb, and Chi Kuan Chun made use of these films to highlight his incredibly versatile and exciting martial arts skills. He continues to work in film in Taiwan today. Chi Kuan Chun is a martial arts master, a trained actor, and had one of the most entrancing personalities ever to grace the Hong Kong cinema screen. Today he has established his own successful Hung Boxing school and continues to receive honors and accolades in the industry.
Filmography
Men from the Monastery (1974)



Shaolin Martial Arts (1974)



Five Shaolin Masters (1974)



Disciples of Shaolin (1975)



Bloody Escape, The (1975)



Marco Polo (1975)



Spiritual Fists (1976)



Seven Man Army (1976)



Shaolin Avengers, The (1976)



Shaolin Temple (1976)



Snake Shadow Lama Fist (1976)



Bloody Avengers (1976)



Naval Commandos, The (1977)



Magnificent Wanderers (1977)



Iron Monkey, The (1977)



Eagle's Claw (1977)



Golden Mask (1977)



Shaolin Red Master (1978)



Green Jade Statuette (1978)



Ways of Kung Fu (1978)

(Dir/Actor)

Showdown at the Cotton Mill (1978)



Shaolin Kung Fu Master (1978)



Murder of Murders (1978)



Yoga and the Kung Fu Girl (1979)



Big Rascal (1979)

(Prod/Dir/Actor)

Immortal Warriors (1979)



Relentless Broken Blade (1979)



Iron Fisted Eagle's Claw (1979)



Roving Heroes (1980)



Beggars Have No Equal (1980)



Eagle Fists (1981)



Eagle's Claw and Butterfly Palm (1981)



Shaolin Invincible Guys (1981)



Iron Neck Li (1981)



Black Eagle's Blades (1981)



Crazy Horse, Intelligent Monkey (1982)



Bloody Mission (1982)



Revenge of the Shaolin Kid (1982)



Lone Ninja Warrior (1982)



Little Flying Dragon (1982)



Shanghai 13 (1984)



Wolf of Revenge (1992)



Lady Killer (1992)



Drunken Monkey (2002)


Seven Swords (2005)