Action movie star Jimmy Wang Yu, who has died, aged 79, pictured in 1968. The biggest martial arts film actor of his day, he struggled to make movies after breaking his contract with Shaw Brothers studio. Photo: SCMP
Action movie star Jimmy Wang Yu, who has died, aged 79, pictured in 1968. The biggest martial arts film actor of his day, he struggled to make movies after breaking his contract with Shaw Brothers studio. Photo: SCMP

Jimmy Wang Yu dies at 79: the martial arts superstar’s 10 best films, from One-Armed Swordsman to The Chinese Boxer

  • Shanghai-born actor made his name in Hong Kong martial arts cinema working for Shaw Brothers Studio in films by Chang Cheh before taking up directing himself
  • Equally adept at swordplay and hand-to-hand combat, Wang’s all-action style paved the way for fellow actors including Bruce Lee. He made his last film in 2013

Action movie star Jimmy Wang Yu, who has died, aged 79, pictured in 1968. The biggest martial arts film actor of his day, he struggled to make movies after breaking his contract with Shaw Brothers studio. Photo: SCMP
Action movie star Jimmy Wang Yu, who has died, aged 79, pictured in 1968. The biggest martial arts film actor of his day, he struggled to make movies after breaking his contract with Shaw Brothers studio. Photo: SCMP
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