I remember 'China O'Brien' coming out in the UK in 1990, and we were all blown away to see Hong Kong fight choreography in an American film.
Its star, Cynthia Rothrock, was the first and (so far!) only white woman to become a bona fide star in Chinese films, given that she had a unique background in traditional kung fu. Richard Norton was a student of my stepfather, Tino Ceberano, and he's still in amazing shape today. He just started work choreographing the new Mad Max movie, 'Fury Road'.
The third lead was Keith Cooke, who I thought would be the biggest star of the three, but who somehow vanished from the scene! I remember hanging out with him when he was shooting 'King of the Kickboxers' in Thailand; Corey Yuen shot this amazing introductory fight for his character.
We'll be uploading some more pasts from the blast, so link to our Reel East Youtube Channel and check it out!
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