James Lew

James Lew

  • Born on
    • September 6th, 1952
Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu (1972) television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon (1976). He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox's now cult film, Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Dwayne Johnson, David Carradine, Chuck Norris, Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russell, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kathleen Turner, Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Lee, Snoop Dogg and the list goes on and on. James was voted "Favorite Action Star" by fans of Inside Martial Arts magazine. Internet fans voted him into the Hall of Fame in the Martial Arts History Museum. Inside Kung Fu Magazine inducted him as one of the "Martial Arts Greats" alongside legends as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and his longtime friend Jackie Chan. Hit Parader Magazine dubbed him "the king of big-screen martial arts villains." From the deadly killer in Red Sun Rising (1994) to the deadly fighter in the comedy spoof Hot Shots 2 (1993), Lew has proven his chops in both drama and comedy. As a stunt/fight coordinator his creative talents shone in the television series The Crow to recent work on the hit video game, The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005). He handpicked elite members for his company, "Hong Kong Wire Action Team," to bring state of the art action to movies. His formula for longevity in the film industry is diversity, hard work and having a whole lot of fun. Most recently, James Lew wrote, directed and starred in a movie inspired by his personal experiences in the business titled 18 Fingers of Death! (2006). The story follows Buford Lee (James Lew), the most famous unknown "B"-minus, low-budget, martial-arts movie star and Ronald Mack (Maurice Patton), a young black kid from the hood. Together they laugh and bond together on their quest to finally make Buford's break out movie, 18 Fingers of Death! (2006).

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Acting (46 Credits)

2018Cucuy: The Boogeyman as Beat Cop
2017Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine as Sinjin
2015Frankenstein as Hotel Manager
2013G.I. Joe: Retaliation as Chinese Leader
2012The Girl from the Naked Eye as Eddie
2012Safe as Underground Casino Guard (uncredited)
2010Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as Shang Tsung (uncredited)
2009Angel of Death as Tommy
2009Star Trek as Romulan (uncredited)
2008Tropic Thunder as Flaming Dragon Compound Person (uncredited)
2008Superhero Movie as Shaolin Monk (uncredited)
2007Rush Hour 3 as Triad Assassin (uncredited)
200618 Fingers of Death! as Buford Lee
2003Sin as Leo Thamaree
2001Rush Hour 2 as Triad Gangster (uncredited)
2000Deep Core as Lou Chang
2000Traffic as DEA Agent - CalTrans
1998Boogie Boy as Jason
1998The Replacement Killers as Bodyguard
1998Lethal Weapon 4 as Freighter's Captain
1998Rush Hour as Juntao's Man in Los Angeles (uncredited)
1997High Voltage as Harry
1996Night Hunter as Tom Cutter
1996Escape from L.A. as Hershe Gang Member
1995Under Siege 2: Dark Territory as Mercenary (uncredited)
1994On Deadly Ground as Mercenary at Aegis 1 (uncredited)
1994The Shadow as Mongol
1994Timecop as Knife #1
1993American Ninja 5 as Viper
1993Undercover Blues as Novacek's Man
1993Showdown as Hit Man
1993Hot Shots! Part Deux as Kick Boxer Opponent
1992Mission of Justice as Akiro
1992Rapid Fire as Tau's Men at Laundry (uncredited)
1991Do or Die as Lew
1991Martial Law II: Undercover as Spencer Hamilton Man (uncredited)
1991Showdown in Little Tokyo as Yoshida's Man (uncredited)
1991The Perfect Weapon as Crewcut
1990Guns as Ninja #1
1990Martial Law as Tong Member
1989Best of the Best as Sae Jin Kwon
1989Savage Beach as Agent #1
1989Ninja Academy as Ninja Trainer
1988Action Jackson as Martial Arts Instructor
1986Big Trouble in Little China as Chang Sing #1
1976The Killing of a Chinese Bookie as Guard (uncredited)

Director (1 Credits)


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