Jeffrey Falcon has every reason to be pleased with a film career that has seen him move from Taiwan to Hong Kong and then on to an American debut. Jeffrey was discovered by Golden Harvest while studying in Taiwan and was lured to Hong Kong by Jackie Chan. Since then his credits appear in more than 15 martial arts films as well as a 14-part series for ATV. But right now he is riding high on his American film debut called Six-String Samurai, which he not only starred in but also co-wrote the script and directed. 'We were very lucky,' says Jeffrey who, with his friend and co-director Lance Mungia, shot the first 20 per cent of the film on a shoestring budget of US$60,000 (HK$464,000). Having run out of money, it looked as though the project was doomed. Then came a break. A short film Lance had made a year earlier was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and caught the favourable attention of several independent film-makers who were willing to finance Six-String Samurai. 'We finally found a backer and in 28 days we completed the movie,' says Jeffrey who is a gold medal kung-fu champion, having studied martial arts with some of the top masters in Beijing. 'My aim is to make more movies with martial arts in them rather than movies just based on martial arts. In that way I don't get stereotyped,' says Jeffrey.