Jon Foo – Fresh Breakout Star

Jon Foo

Hello again everyone! It is that time again where we have another look at celebrity action movie stars. This time, we are showcasing Jon Foo. He is fairly new to the acting/film circuit, but he has a strong background in martial arts, martial art films as well as stunt work for other actors! Let’s have a look at these quick facts about him.

Jon Foo was born on 30 October 1982 in London, England, UK to a Chinese-Singaporean father and an Irish-English mother.

His siblings include a younger sister and two half-sisters from his father’s side. His family constantly moved as he grew up.

Both of his parents practice martial arts. His father practices karate and his mother practices judo.

He was eight years old when he started learning kung fu. Serious training in wushu began when he was 15. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Being a practitioner of wushu, Jon has had roles in Tom-Yum-Goong (US title: The Protector), Batman Begins, House of Fury, Left for Dead, and Life (Shi cha qi xiao shi).

Jon is also a stuntman for other actors.

His most well known role is Jin Kazama in the 2010 live action film Tekken. Foo also played Ryu in the short film Street Fighter: Legacy.

Starred in Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2010) as one of the first generation soldiers. Also, Jon is set to appear in a Thai martial arts-basketball film Fireball Begins, which is a prequel to the first film, Fireball.

Jon’s film roles include: lead role in Bangkok Revenge, he appears with Dominic Purcell in Vikingdom and Danny Glover in Extraction.

Jon has also taken the role of Detective Lee in the TV adaptation of Rush Hour. The role that was originally played by Jackie Chan in the Film series.

Cynthia Rothrock – The First Female Covergirl of Martial Arts

Cynthia Rothrock

Hello out there future movie stars and martial arts enthusiasts. I would like to welcome you to another post of our celebrity profile, where we select an action movie star and write up some information about them to showcase them as a martial artist and/or movie star. One day, we hope to be writing up about you!
This week we have decided to post one for the girls out there. And this one is none other than Cynthia Rothrock, an American martial artist and actress, who specialises in martial arts films and holds black belt rankings in seven styles of martial arts. Cynthia was a high level competitor in martial arts forms before becoming an actress. And also the first female to be featured on the cover of a martial arts magazine.

Here are some facts about this bad ass chick!

 

Born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Between 1981 and 1985, Rothrock was five-time World Champion in forms and weapons.

Took first place in forms 32 times and first place in weapons 12 times in her first 38 tournaments. As there was no Women’s Division, Cynthia compete in “Men’s Forms” three out of four times.

Inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame as “Female Competitor of the Year” in 1983.

It was the film, Yes, Madam (also known as Police Assassins or In the Line of Duty Part 2), that Cynthia had her first film role in. After it proved to be a box office success, Cynthia ended up staying in Hong Kong until 1988, doing seven films there.

She had become one of the few western performers to achieve genuine stardom in the local Hong Kong film industry before achieving success in their own country.

Retired from acting to teach private martial arts lessons at her martial arts studio in Studio City, California. This was after starring in the 2004 film Xtreme Fighter (a.k.a. Sci-Fighter), where she played Sally Kirk / The White Dragon.

Married to her Kung Fu instructor, Ernest Rothrock at the age of 21.

Currently, Cynthia works as a martial arts teacher, and co-owns a martial arts studio in Studio City, California, as part of the Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios chain of martial arts studios.

Her rankings are as follows:

  • 8th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Black belt in Karate
  • Black Belt in Eagle Claw
  • Black Belt in Wu Shu
  • Black Belt in Northern Shaolin
  • Black Belt in Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu

Toshiro Mifune – The Muse of Akira Kurosawa

Toshiro Mifune

Hello again everyone, hope we all had a great week. This week’s celebrity is all the way from Japan. One of the oldest and well known Japanese actors, Toshiro has served in the Japanese Imperial Army in the Arial Photography Unit during World War II. A star of many Japanese films and becoming popular in the Western film industry, Toshiro left a mark in Japan and Hollywood, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some facts about Toshiro.

Toshiro Mifune was born on 1 April 1920 in Qingdao, Shandong, China, to Japanese parents. His parents were Methodist missionaries working there.

Mifune first encountered director Akira Kurosawa when Toho Studios, the largest film production company in Japan, conducted a talent search. It was an event which hundreds of aspiring actors auditioned before a team of judges.

Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, was going to skip the auditions, but ultimately decided to show up when he was told that there was one actor who seemed promising. When an exhausted Mifune finished his audition, he sat down and gave the judges an ominous stare. He lost the competition, however, Kurosawa, had found his muse.

He became the most famous Japanese actor of his time. Easily the best known to Western audiences due to his imposing bearing, acting range, facility with foreign languages and lengthy partnership with acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa.

A lot of the time, Mifune portrayed samurai or rōnin who were usually coarse and gruff, inverting the popular stereotype of the genteel, clean-cut samurai

Mifune was also known for the effort he put into his performances. In order to prepare for Seven Samurai and Rashomon, Mifune reportedly studied footage of lions in the wild. While for Ánimas Trujano, he studied tapes of Mexican actors speaking, so he could recite all his lines in Spanish.

According to his daughter, Mifune turned down an offer from George Lucas to play Darth Vader or Obi Wan Kenobi.

In 1997, he died in Mitaka, Tokyo, aged 77. Mifune was survived by his two sons, his daughter, a grandson and two granddaughters.

Arafin Shuvo – Fresh in Bangladesh

Arafin Shuvo

Fresh in Bangladesh

Hello everyone out there! Hope we all had a lovely weekend. This week’s Action Movie Star profile was requested by Tanvir Hossain Unique, who is a follower of ours. Let’s have a look at this action movie star from Bangladesh.

 

  • Arafin was born on February 2, 1982 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • He started out as a ramp model and television actor.
  • His acting debut was in 2007, with an appearance in Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s television series “Ha/Na”.
  • The first film Arafin starred in was “Jaago” in 2010.
  • Shuvo made his film debut in 2010, with Khijir Hayat Khan’s sports drama film Jaago – Dare To Dream.
  • In 2014, Arifin Shuvo was first seen in Iftakar Chowdhury’s action thriller Agnee, alongside Mahiya Mahi. the film was a huge success and later went to become the highest grossing Bangladeshi film of 2014.
  • He is a recipient of several awards and nominations, including two Meril Prothom Alo Awards, which he was nominated for Best Villain.
  • He made his debut into mainstream cinema with Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini in 2013.

Check out the video below to see some Action and acting from Shuvo! And while you are at it, send us a message requesting an Action Movie Star from your country, we would love to check them out and share with everyone else.

 

Celebrity Profile – Donnie Yen

DONNIE YEN

Chinese actor, martial artist, film director, producer, action choreographer, and multiple-time world wushu tournament champion.

Hello everyone! We hope that you are all having a wonderful Easter and long weekend.

It is that time again where we showcase an Action Movie Star. Someone who you can aspire to one day become when you, yourself, become an Action Movie Star.

This week we would like to introduce Donnie Yen. Here are some fun facts about him as well as a favourite scene that showcases his talent.

  • Born 27 July 1963 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Donnie is credited for contributing to the popularisation of the traditional martial arts style known as Wing Chun.
  • He has displayed notable skills in a wide variety of martial arts, being well-versed in Tai chi chuan, boxing, kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Taekwondo, karate, Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wing Chun, and Wushu. That is a long list…
  • At the age of nine, Donnie started practising Karate. It was then at the age of fourteen, Yen focused on practising wushu seriously after dropping out of school.
  • Donnie’s family is also talented in music, all of his family members are musicians. His mother is a soprano, in addition to being a martial arts teacher in Boston, while his father is a violinist. From a young age, he was taught by his parents to play musical instruments, including the piano.
  • As well as being talented in martial arts, Donnie also knows hip-hop dancing and breakdancing.
  • Donnie Yen is considered as one of the top action choreographers in the world, having being invited to Hollywood to choreograph blockbusters such as Blade II, Highlander: Endgame, and Shanghai Knights. In Asia, he is the action choreographer for most of his movies and has won multiple awards for his action choreography.
  • His levels are as follows:
    6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
    Black Belt in Judo
    Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    Gold Medals in Wushu Competitions

 

Sonny Chiba – The Multi-Talented Martial Artist

Today is time for another celebrity profile. This week, Action Movie Star, would like to introduce you to none other than the multi-talented, Sonny Chiba. Sonny is a Japanese actor, singer, film producer, film director, and martial artist.

 

Following are some facts about his career so far:

  • Sonny was born January 22, 1939 Fukuoka, Japan.
  • His discovery was in a talent search (called “New Face”) by the Toei film studio in 1960.
  •  Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961) is Sonny’s movie debut.
  • Sonny established the Japan Action Club to develop and raise the level of martial arts techniques and sequences used in Japanese film and television.
  • Chiba’s Martial Art achievements are as follows:
Kyokushin Karate: 4th Dan 

Ninjutsu: 4th Dan 

Goju-ryu karate: 2nd Dan

Shorinji Kempo: 2nd Dan

Judo: 2nd Dan 

Kendo: 1st Dan