Ti Lung

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Ti Lung
Chinese :狄龍
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Ti Lung in 2019
Tam Fu-Wing

(1946-08-19) 19 August 1946 (age 74)
Other namesTam Fu-Wing, Tommy Tam, Tommy Tam Fu-Wing
Tao Man-Ming
(m. 1975)
Awards Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting Actor
1999 The Kid

Golden Bauhinia AwardsLife Achievement Award
2007 Lifetime Achievement

Golden Horse AwardsBest Actor
1986 A Better Tomorrow

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Tam Fu-Wing
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Ti Lung (born 19 August 1946) is a Hong Kong actor, known for his numerous starring roles in a string of Shaw Brothers Studio's films, particularly The Blood Brothers , The Avenging Eagle , Clans of Intrigue , The Duel , The Sentimental Swordsman and its sequel, as well as the classic John Woo film A Better Tomorrow .


Early life

On 19 August 1946, Ti was born as Tam Fu Wing in Guangdong Province, China into a family with 4 members including himself, his parents and a younger sister. When he was 4 years old, the whole family moved to live in Hong Kong. He was educated at the Eton school in Hong Kong. However, after his father's death, he had to terminate his studies at the age of 11 in order to support his family. Initially, he worked as a delivery boy at a grocery store where he often delivered milk, newspapers and groceries. At 17, he trained as a tailor and studied Wing Chun with the master Jiu Wan in order to protect himself against street gangs.


In 1968, after he graduated year 2 college, Ti Lung responded to an advertisement placed by the Shaw Brothers and applied to the Shaw Acting Course. Upon graduation from the class, he was able to secure a minor role in Chang Cheh's Return of the One-Armed Swordsman starring Jimmy Wang Yu. Chang Cheh immediately recognized his potential and offered him the lead role in his next production Dead End opposite Golden Chan Hung-lit, a role which would launch his career as one of the best known faces in classic Wuxia films. At that time, he continued to study Wing Chun under the martial arts master Jiu Wan who described him as having the advantages of a strong body, intelligence, speed, good footwork, and a diligent work ethic. Jiu Wan granted Ti Lung a certificate upon completion of his martial arts training in Wing Chun, and Ti Lung subsequently learned other martial arts (and performance art skills) such as Judo, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Wushu and horseback riding. Later on in his career, Ti Lung became a common face associated with David Chiang, Alexander Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Chen Kuan-Tai, the Venom Mob, and other major Shaw Bros stars at the time, often cast as a dashing, noble hero as well as a capable martial artist.

Ti Lung is also perhaps more known for his collaborations with the most revered of Shaw Studio directors - Chang Cheh - who turned him into a star along with fellow actor and frequent co-star David Chiang in over 20 films: Dead End (1969), Have Sword, Will Travel (1969), Vengeance (1970), The Heroic Ones (1970), The Duel (1971), Duel of Fists (1971), The Deadly Duo (1971), Angry Guest (1972), Four Riders (1972), The Blood Brothers (1973), and The Pirate (1973). Due to their successes, the trio eventually became known as "The Iron Triangle." During the early 1970s, one of Ti Lung's most notable feature films was "The Blood Brothers" (1973) which netted him The Special Award for Outstanding Performance at the 11th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan and the Special Jury Award at the Asian Film Awards in 1973. In 1974 Ti Lung starred together with Les Humphries Singers in the German movie "Es knallt - und die Engel singer" directed by Roberto Leoni (as Butch Lion). Soon after, Ti Lung moved forward ins his career by teaming up with Lar Kar-Leung, Chu Yuan, Sun Chung, and Tong Gai to produce movies still loved today such as: The Magic Blade (1976), Clans of Intrigue (1977), The Sentimental Swordsman (1977), The Avenging Eagle (1978), and Shaolin Prince (1983).

The famous standard formula of wusia movies produced by the Shaw Brothers took Chu Yuan as the director, Gu Long as the original playwright and Ti Lung as the hero. Chu Yuan directed more Gu Long movies than any other director did, and Ti Lung appeared in Chu Yuan's movies more than other actor did, such as in 'Clans of Intrigue, Chu Liusiang' in 1977, 'Legend of the Bat, Bianfu Chuanci' in 1978, 'The Magic Blade, Tianya Mingyue Dao' in 1976 and 'The Sentimental Swordsman, Duocing Jianke Wucing Jian' in 1977. In 1979, he won a Best Actor Award at the 25th Asian Film Awards as Black Eagle Chik Ming-Sing in The Avenging Eagle in 1978.

After he left Shaw Brothers Studios in the 1980s, Ti Lung's career took a turn for the worse until 1986, when John Woo cast him opposite Chow Yun-fat in A Better Tomorrow for the role of a Triad member, Sung-Tse Ho. The movie was a massive box office success and placed Ti Lung squarely back in the public consciousness, although it changed his image from the handsome young martial artist to the tortured, would-be hero gangster. His role in the film also won him a Best Actor Award at the 23rd Golden Horse Awards in 1986. After that role, Ti Lung's next most recognizable appearance would be with Jackie Chan in Drunken Master II , in which he co-starred as Wong Kei-Ying, father of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung. In 1994-95, Ti Lung lead-starred as Bao Zheng in a Hong Kong version of the Justice Pao TV series for TVB. At the time this series was playing on Hong Kong television, many fans in Mainland China and Hong Kong favorably compared Ti Lung/TVB's Bao Zheng with Jin Chao-chun/Mainland China's Bao Zheng. Ti Lung also worked with Andy Lau in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon as the legendary Guan Yu. From there, he has continued to steadily work in television in a variety of roles.

In 1999, Ti Lung experienced a comeback in movies by playing the role of Sir Lung in The Kid (1999), which enabled him to achieve a Best Supporting Actor award at the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2000. In 2007, he received a Life Achievement Award at the Golden Bauhinia Awards. Until 2015, he played Master Lam in a Hong Kong and Malaysia feature film co-production, The Kid from the Big Apple . The role won him a Best Actor Award at the 7th Macau International Movie Festival. The sequel to the film is slated to premiere in Malaysia in November 2017.

The origin of the stage name "Ti Lung"

When he was a child, Ti Lung greatly admired the French actor Alain Delon. In 1968, at Shaw Brothers Studio, he asked production to choose a name for him which would sound like Alain Delon's in the hope of being as good an actor as he was. One day a secretary from the production (Mona Fong) found the name of "Ti Lung" for him and it stuck, 'Ti' being a lucky name and 'Lung' meaning dragon.

Personal life

Ti Lung married beauty queen and actress Tao Man Ming in 1975. In 1980, Tao gave birth to a son, Shaun Tam Chun-yin (谭俊彦). He is also the uncle of Jerry Lamb and Jan Lamb.



1969 Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (獨臂刀王)Lu Hong
Dead End (死角)Zhang Chun
Have Sword, Will Travel (保鏢)Siang
1970 Vengeance! (報仇)Guan Yulou
The Heroic Ones (十三太保) Shi Jingsi
The Singing Killer (小煞星)musiciancameo
1971 King Eagle (鷹王)Jin Fei
The New One-Armed Swordsman (新獨臂刀)Feng Junjie
The Duel (大決鬥)Tang Renjie
The Anonymous Heroes (無名英雄)Tie Hu
Duel of Fists (拳擊)Wen Lie
Deadly Duo (雙俠)Bao Tingtian
1972 Angry Guest (惡客)Wen Lieh
The Water Margin (水滸傳) Wu Song
Trilogy of Swordsmanship (群英會)Xu ShiyingSegment 3: "White Water Strand" (白水灘)
Young People (年輕人)Lam Tat
The Delightful Forest (快活林) Wu Song
Four Riders (四騎士)Feng Xia
1973 The Blood Brothers (刺馬) Ma Xinyi
The Generation Gap (叛逆)Ling Zhao
The Pirate (大海盜) Cheung Po Tsai
1974The Drug Addict (吸毒者)Kuan Cheng-chun
Shatter Tai Pah
Five Shaolin Masters (少林五祖)Tsai Te-chung
The Two Faces of Love (小孩與狗)
The Savage Five (五虎將)Fang Yi-fei
Es knallt - und die Engel singenSlim Chu Loveas Long Tin
Young Lovers on Flying Wheels (電單車)Song DaAlso director
1975The Young RebelGen LaiAlso writer and director
All Men Are Brothers Wu Song
Black MagicXu Nuo
The Empress Dowager Emperor Guangxu
1976 The Last Tempest Emperor Guangxu
7-Man Army Battalion Commander Wu Chaozheng
Shaolin Temple Cai De-zhong
The Snake PrinceSnake Prince
Black Magic Part 2Qi Zhong-ping
The Magic BladeFu Hung-hsueh
1977 Clans of Intrigue Chu Liuxiang
Pursuit Of VengeanceFu Hung-Hsueh
Death Duel Fu Hung-Hsueh
The Flying Guillotine 2Ma Tang
Inheritor of Kung Fu
The Jade TigerZhao Wuji
The Naval CommandosCaptain Liang Guan-qin
The Sentimental Swordsman Li Xunhuan
The Brave Archer Duan Zhixing
1978 The Avenging Eagle Black Eagle Chik Ming-sing
Legend of the Bat Chu Liuxiang
Soul of the SwordNameless
Swordsman and EnchantressMr. Xiao
1979 The Deadly Breaking Sword Tuan Changqing
The Kung Fu Instructor Wang Yang
Ten Tigers from Kwangtung Lai Yan-chiu
1980The Convict KillerTeng Piao/Iron Chain
The Heroes Ko Fei / Wong Fei
Return of the Sentimental Swordsman Li Xunhuan
1981 The Brave Archer 3 Duan Zhixing
Emperor and His Brother Chen Chia-lo
1982Clan FeudsTie Zhong-tang
Shaolin Prince Dao Xing
Tiger KillerWu Song
Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman Chu Liuxiang
Mercenaries from Hong KongLuo Yi
1983 The Hidden Power of the Dragon Sabre General Tieh Zhen
Roving SwordsmanShen Sheng-yi
1984A Friend from Inner SpaceJoe Weng
Destiny's ChampionBenson Zhang
Ninja in the Deadly Trap
Death Ring
Shanghai 13 Dock boss
Opium and the Kung-Fu Master Tie Qiao San
1985The Master Strikes BackInstructor Tong Tie-zheng
1986 A Better Tomorrow Sung Chi-ho
True ColoursHo Lung
The Kinemn Bombs
1987 A Better Tomorrow 2 Sung Chi-ho
The Legend of Wisley Pak Kei-wai
May JaneCommander
People's Hero Sunny Koo [1] [2]
1988 City War Ken Chow
Tiger on Beat Lung
Law or Justice?Long Fei
Love Me DadKen Chang
1989 Just Heroes LungCameo
Run, Don't WalkLuk Pui
1990The Killer's BluesWai Yi-ming
1991 The Banquet ChefCameo
1993Blade Of FuryTan Si-tung / Chong Fei
First Shot Wong Yat Chung
A Warrior's TragedyFu Hung-suet
The Bare-Footed Kid Tuen Ching-wan
1994 Drunken Master II Wong Kei-ying
1999 The Kid Sir Lung
2000 Clean My Name, Mr. Coroner! Officer CK Lau
High KZeng
Paramount MotelMaster Sun
2001Mist in JudgeFung Ka-wai
2002Frugal GameDelon
2003 Star Runner Brother Lung
2005New Born, Living Strong!
2006Heavenly MissionCho Hung
My Wife Is a Gangster 3 Boss Lam
One Last Dance CaptainSingaporean film
2008 Run Papa Run Mabel's dad
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon Guan Yu
The Butterfly Lovers Zhu Gongyuan
2010 The Jade and the Pearl King
The Warrior's Way Saddest Flute
Frozen San
2013 7 Assassins Prefect Cheuk
2015 All You Need Is Love Old Captain
2015 The Kid from the Big Apple Master Lin (Lin Chun Gen)
2017The Kid from the Big Apple 2: Before we forgetLin Chun Gen
2018Staycation (一家大晒)
2019Mermaid in the Sea


1995 TVB Justice Pao (包青天) Baau Cing
1996 TVB ICAC Investigators 1996 (廉政行動1996)Cheung Tin-yam
1998 TVB ICAC Investigators 1998 (廉政行動1998)Cheung Tin-yam
2003 Hunan TV My Fair Princess III (還珠格格3之天上人間) Qianlong Emperor
2004 Trail of the Everlasting Hero (俠影仙蹤) Wang Xizhi
Warriors of the Yang Clan (楊門虎將) Yang Ye
2010Qin Xianglian (秦香蓮) Bao Zheng
KBS The Fugitive: Plan B (도망자 플랜 B)General Wei
2011Qin Xianglian
2013Team of Sword (刀子队)

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1973 11th Golden Horse Awards The Blood Brothers Ma Xinyi The Special Award for Outstanding Performance
Asian Film Awards The Blood Brothers Ma Xinyi Special Jury Award
1979 25th Asian Film Awards The Avenging Eagle Black Eagle Chik Ming-singBest Actor
1986 23rd Golden Horse Awards A Better Tomorrow Sung Chi-hoBest Actor
2000 19th Hong Kong Film Awards The Kid Sir LungBest Supporting Actor
2007 12th Golden Bauhinia Awards Life Achievement Award
2015 7th Golden Lotus Awards The Kid from the Big Apple Master Lin (Lin Chun Gen)Best Actor
2017 PIFFA (Profima International fest & awards)Life Achievement Award

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