China is known worldwide for its martial arts; many amazing martial artists of the world came from this country. But now even the entertainment industry of China is getting pace and its dramas are also getting recognition from all around the world. Actors of these shows are gaining popularity for a lot of reasons like their acting skills, good looks, personality, muscular built, and many more. So, here is a list of some past and present Chinese actors who are good at martial arts: -
1. Bruce Lee
Talking about martial arts and not taking the name of the great Bruce Lee would be like a crime. He is one of the very few black belt martial artists who have influenced this art all around the world. He has worked in a lot of action movies such as ‘Fist Of Fury’, ‘The Big Boss’, ‘The Way Of The Dragon’ and the list goes on. These movies and his amazing martial skills have gotten him appreciation and recognition all around the world.
2. Jackie Chan
None other than the martial master can deserve the second spot on this list. Jackie Chan has attracted 3 generations with his martial arts from all around the globe. His movies are famous for his unique stances like - risky stunts, comic timing, amazing cycling, etc. Some of his great works are “The Karate Kid’, ‘Who Am I?’, ‘The Spy Next Door, ‘Rush Hour Series”, etc.
3. Ji Chunhua
He is a really popular Kung Fu star in China who has starred in a lot of movies and series and is a known face for people all over the globe. Born in the year 1961, he began his career in 1982 with a blockbuster movie based on martial arts named ‘Shaolin Temple’. He usually plays the role of a villain in the movies.
4. Chin Siu Ho
Born in the year 1963, he has been into martial arts since his teenage years. This amazing actor and martial artist has worked in a lot of remarkable movies like ‘Fist Of Legend’, ‘Vampire vs Vampire’, ‘Rigor Mortis’, ‘New Mr. Vampire’ and many more. He gained interest in this field after winning his first competition at the age of 14.
5. Michelle Yeoh
She is a Malaysian-born martial artist who has worked in a lot of amazing movies like ‘Super cop’, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sword of Destiny’, ‘The Mummy’ and many more. She was born in the year 1962 and is one of the few female artists to make it to this list. She is appreciated worldwide for her acting skills, martial arts, and beautiful looks.
6. Cheng Pei-Pei
Yet another female who made it to this list is Cheng Pei-Pei. She has worked in a lot of films, most of which were related to martial arts. She was starred in an Oscar-winning movie named ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragons’. For acting and martial arts, she took courses at a very young age and was finally able to become an actress with Shaw Brothers.
7. Man Cheuk Chiu
This Harbin-born actor is a very popular martial artist. He is 49 years old and has starred in a lot of movies and TV shows such as ‘Once Upon A Time in China’, ‘True Legend’, ‘The Unity of Heroes’, and many more. He is appreciated widely for his amazing acting and martial art skills.
8. Ha Ling Chun
This 64-year-old, Hong Kong-born actor is very popular in China for his martial arts skills. He is also known by nicknames like Jimmy Yuen, Bill Yuen, etc. Some of his well-known works are ‘Dragons Forever', ‘Eastern Condors’, ‘The Prodigal Son’, etc. He can be considered as a perfect mix of acting skills and martial arts, leaving his fans in awe.
9. Wu Jing
He was introduced to the public by a TV series named ‘Tai chi Boxer’ and with his first appearance, he won the hearts of millions. This 47-year-old is very fit and has also received some professional training in his younger life. Due to his amazing skill in both fields, he even made it to Forbes Chinese celebrity lists in the years 2019 and 2020.
10. Sammo Hung
Also known as Kam-bo, he is one of the few actors who have both the skills of humor and martial arts. He is very talented with a list of skills like acting, martial arts, producing, and directing, etc... He is 69 years old and looks extremely fit for his age. Some of his remarkable movies are ‘Wheels on Meals’, ‘My Lucky Stars’, ‘Enter the Fat Dragon’, and many more.