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July 2, 2011

Flicks: Chinese Hercules (1973)

First, came Black Samson. Now: Chinese Hercules... God bless you, Mr. B-movie script writer.

“Kill ‘em. Dump ‘em.” So sez perennial Kung-Fu baddie Bolo Heung in Chinese Hercules (1973) - a meditation on the ageless value of chop sockey in on-going labor disputes that gave future Transporter (2002) and DOA: Dead Or Alive (2006) director Corey Yuen Kwai his start as a Fight Co-Ordinator.

Bolo "The Beast From The East" Yeung, co-villain of Chinese Hercules, was long known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger of China. Over his long film career Bolo repeatedly portrayed himself as a kind of an evil doppelganger to the Governator whose punchlines usually erupted in bloody clouds instead of dim-witted one liners.

In fact, Bolo became a marital arts student at 10, trained w/good friend Bruce Lee and was a body-building legend in Hong Kong in the late 1970's and early 1980's. He appeared in Enter the Dragon (1973), Bloodsport (1988) and Double Impact (1991) and has a part in The Expendables II set for a 2012 release...

Today, Bolo, now a full-fledged imperialist citizen, lives and works as a fight trainer in his own gyms in LA.

Wikipedia, Bolo Yeung
IMDB, Chinese Hercules
IMDB, Bolo Heung Bio
Hong Kong Cinemagic, Chinese Hercules (1973)
Kung Fu Cinema, Chinese Hercules (1973)
Gluetube, Chinese Hercules

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