There has always been the misconception that Wing Chun kung fu was developed by a girl for a girl, but in reality, Wing Chun is a method of combat that has been developed for human beings, regardless of gender, race, or even choice of eating habits. Wing Chun's success as one of the premier combat arts is due primarily to it simplicity, efficiency, and directness in both its techniques and concepts.
I have trained extensively in Wing Chun for many years and have taught it to quite a few people at my father's martial arts academy back in Chicago, so imagine my glee when I was offered a role as Chan Wah Shun (a.k.a Money Changer Wah) in a TV series about Wing Chun with a cast that included Sammo Hung (as Wong Wah Bo) and Yuen Biu (as Leung Jan). For those of you who might not know, Wing Chun's historical mythology has been made into films in the past, with one of the most recognized in the martial arts community (and beyond) being the Prodigal Son, and Sammo Hung and Yuen Biu both reprise their roles in this new re-imagining of the Wing Chun mythology! Also, a lesser known fact is that the real life counterpart to the character that I play, Chan Wah Shun,(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chan_Wah-shun) is the real life teacher of my teacher's teacher, driving home the fact that I'm acting as a historical figure that is in my direct martial art linage!
In addition to playing the role of Chan Wah Shun, I was also asked to be the Wing Chun kung fu advisor (due to my background as a choreographer and Wing Chun instructor), so besides having my hand in making sure the Wing Chun terminology used in the scrīpt is correct and helping with the fights that involved the use of Wing Chun, there are a few less obvious things that I did on this show which might be of interest if you watch this series. For example, at the end of the opening credits, you might notice a computer animated fellow doing some Wing Chun moves. Those were my movements in cartoon form, lol. In addition to that, you will notice that during Wong Wah Bo's (Sammo Hung) lessons to Leung Bik (Nic Tse), a series of Wing Chun techniques are demonstrated by anonymous men in black... look closely, the Wing Chun guy is me
In terms of my experience on this, I would have to say that in spite of minor difficulties, I rank this among my top 3 favorite projects that I have done up till now. It's analogous to being at summer camp with your friends and family, where the camp project was to make a kick ass television series about kung fu.
At first, I stared to watch it just to check it out that the scenes Phil(@Chan Wah Shun) appeared, but... when I started to watch it... as soon as I went like that "Eeeeeeek♪Yuen Biu♪", "Wooooow, Sammo Hung!", "Ji Chuan Hwa! so cool!" and of course, "Yes! there you are! Phil!" ... I can't stop myself...
ahhh.... I SHOULD watch the VCD that saori lent me (to check "the glasses-wearing Onimal" out...)...
Oh well. Phil@Chan Wah Shun is very cute. (In the end, you said it again.) (and again, and...)
I have fantasies about that the eyes, Chan Wah Shun makes them shine as he stares Leung Jan with all his heart, are exactly same as the eyes that Phil himself stared his Sifu,
Wong Shun Leung... Is it slightly sentimentalism??
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