Jimmy Wang Yu, a Taiwanese actor who was as soon as one of many largest martial arts film stars, died in a Taipei hospital on Tuesday from an undisclosed sickness he had been battling for six years. He was 79 and his demise was introduced on Instagram by his daughter, Linda Wang.
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Born in Shanghai, China, Wang moved to Hong Kong and made a reputation for himself as an motion star on the Shaw Brothers Studio within the Sixties. His best-known movie was One-armed swordsman, which, because the title suggests, was about swordplay, an indicator of his fight abilities. The movie would develop into the primary Hong Kong movie to earn HK$1 million on the native field workplace.
Motion movies made Wang one in every of Asia’s largest stars and common in American underground homes specializing in low-budget movies.
One-armed swordsman noticed two suites, Return of the One-Armed Swordsman in 1969, wherein Wang reprized his function, and The brand new one-armed swordsman in 1971, with John Chiang and Ti Lung.
Wang’s resume contains greater than 40 motion and martial arts films, together with one arm boxer (1972), Hong Kong man (1975) and Flying Guillotine Grasp (1976).
The actor has had a colourful off-screen life as nicely. He was charged with homicide, however the prices have been later dropped. He additionally bragged that he was employed to assassinate a political rival, however the try by no means occurred.
Jackie Chan wrote on Fb: “The contributions you made to kung fu films, and the assist and knowledge you gave to youthful generations will without end be remembered by the business. And your movies will all the time stay within the hearts of your followers. We’ll miss you!”
Director Ang Lee launched an announcement mourning Wang. “It’s with deep disappointment that we realized of his passing as we speak. For a lot of followers like me, he represents the vibe of a sure period. His movies and his heroic spirit might be deeply missed.
Wang left performing in 1997, however returned in 2011 with the movie Wu Xiao. His final movie was the 2013 horror basic Soul.
He acquired the Lifetime Achievement Award on the 2019 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan.