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Lam Ching Ying

Lam Ching Ying
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Nom de naissance 林根寶 Lín Gēnbǎo Lam4 Gan1bou2
Nationalité Chine
Naissance 27 décembre 1952
Mort 8 novembre 1997 (à 44 ans)

Lam Ching Ying (Chinese: 林正英; birth name: Lam Gun-bo 林根寶; 27 December 1952 - 8 November 1997) was a Hong Kong stuntman, actor, film producer, action director and director. A physically talented and graceful martial artist, Lam was best known for playing the stoic Taoist priest in Mr. Vampire (1985). He had a reputation for being disciplined, headstrong, restrained, and self-willed. As an actor, action choreographer, martial artist, and teacher he touched many people with his candor and uncompromising professionalism. He left behind a lasting cinematic legacy, which can be enjoyed and respected by generations all over the world. Lam died in 1997 of liver cancer.


Childhood years
Lam Ching Ying (林正英) was born Lam Gun Bo (林根寶) on December 27, 1952 in the year of the Dragon, in Hong Kong. His family originated from Shanghai, in the Republic Of China. Both of his parents made a living by doing catering services. Lam was the third child of six children. His family was poor, and his parents weren't educated. Lam attended Shun Yi Association Elementary School in Hong Kong, but eventually dropped out after 2 years. His father sent him to Chun Chau Drama Society to learn the Peking Opera style under the guidance of Madame Fan Fok Fa.

Due to his slender and fragile body structure, Lam specialized in female roles and often performed stunt-doubling for actresses. However, he was reported as a mischievous and disobedient child. Thus, after half a year of training, Madame sent him on stage to express himself and control his drive. Lam's first show was called "White Beach", but his Beijing Opera career only lasted for 5 years. He realized that there was not much demand for opera styles anymore. Through a friend's introduction, Lam joined the film industry.

Early life
At age 17, Lam became a stuntman and martial arts coach at the Shaw Brothers Studio. Due to his slender build, he was often called upon to substitute female actors. He received $HK60 a day, $HK20 of which went to his master, and another $HK20 he took home to his parents. Lam used the remaining money to treat his brothers to snacks. Lam once mentioned those were his happiest days in his life.

There was a story that Lam challenged Bruce Lee in a hotel room because he didn't believe Lee was as strong as the rumors said. Lam put a pillow over his chest and stomach, then Bruce struck the pillow and sent him flying across the room. Bruce Lee was so impressed that he hired Lam as his personal assistant. Lam was 19 at the time.

Lam started to work as an co-action choreographer, and personal assistant to Bruce Lee on Lee's movies including The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Enter the Dragon, Return of the Dragon, and Game of Death. In his youth, Lam seemed to have quite a temper and always got into fights. During the filming of "The Big Boss", Lam was arrested for fighting, and Lee had to bail him out of jail.

Despite having little education, Lam impressed Lee with interesting philosophical discussions. Although they hardly talked about their relationship, Lee liked good conversations, and this self-willed young man soon became Lee's favorite.

When Lee died, Lam was devastated. He later joined Hung's stuntman association (known as the Hung Kar Pan).

Lam worked behind the camera as assistant director and became Sammo's right-hand man of the stunt team. His talent as an actor and martial artist was revealed in The Magnificent Butcher. Lam played the fan-wielding assassin who fought against Yuen Biao.

In 1982, Lam won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Direction, in the film Prodigal Son. Prodigal Son featured what is widely acknowledged as among the best Wing Chun caught on film, performed by Lam. Lam played the strict kung fu master Leung Yee Tai. This was probably his most historic role. Lam even shaved his own eyebrows to give Master Leung a more feminine portrayal. He was able to bring a cool, sweet quality to this sharp and hard-nosed character.

He also played a frail, elderly Taoist priest in The Dead and the Deadly (1983).

Lam's star did not rise until 1985, with the release of Mr. Vampire, the movie that fueled the hopping vampire genre. Lam was nominated for Best Actor for his role as the Taoist priest. The character was an engaging mixture of naivety and stoic authority, and became a favorite for audiences. Lam was to reprise this role many times throughout his career.

Shortly after the release of Mr. Vampire, the Golden Harvest film company attempted to make an English version of the movie with Tanya Roberts (of Charlie's Angels) and Jack Scalia. Lam's role was played by longtime kung fu film actor Yuen Wah. Due to various difficulties, the film was never made.

In the following years, Lam starred as the Taoist Priest in countless sequels and spin-offs of Mr. Vampire such as Mr. Vampire II (1986), Mr. Vampire III (1987), Vampire Vs. Vampire (1989), Magic Cop (1990), Encounters of the Spooky Kind II (1990)

He also appeared in different movie genres such as The Return of Pom Pom (1984), School on Fire (1988), Painted Faces (1988), and Her Vengeance (1988). Lam proved that his dramatic acting skill was just as good as his kung fu skill. It is argued that whether the huge success of Mr. Vampire was the best thing happened in his career because it forever typecast him as the vampire slayer. Yet Lam had many heartbreaking and mind-stirring portrayals in other movie genres.

In 1989, Lam directed his first movie Vampire Vs. Vampire. The movie starred him as the usual One Eyebrow Priest, Chin Siu Ho and Liu Fong as his naughty disciples. Due to the production cost going over budget, he didn't take his director's fee. The movie showed light of his moving-making style which was prone to realistic fights and dark humor. The movie didn't become a huge success, but his candor made people re-think the purposes of film-makings. It also suggested new ideas in the genre which later influenced other Hong Kong ghost movies. Vampire Vs. Vampire offered a new look about the encounter between Chinese and Western culture. The One Eyebrow Priest also raised a vampire kid in his own house. This went against traditional rules of Maoshan Taoism. Even until now, people often find Lam Ching Ying's shadow in later Chinese ghost movies.

The success of Mr. Vampire eventually became burdensome on Lam, who found himself typecast in the role. As the Hong Kong movie industry began to experience a decline, quality roles for Lam also began to dry. However, he continued to take on his usual role as the Taoist priest as well as supporting roles in low budget movies.

In 1990, Lam became the film producer for Magic Cop (1990), a underrated action movie. He starred in and action directed the movie. The fight scenes between him and the Japanese again showed his excellence as an action choreographer.

Some of his other ghost movies during these years are Crazy Safari (1991), An Eternal Combat (1991), The Ultimate Vampire (1991) Spiritual Trinity (1991), Mad Mad Ghost (1992), Banana Spirit (1992). Again, his serious acting side can be seen in Pom Pom and Hot Hot (1992), Lover's Tear (1992). He had supporting roles in these movies, but his roles are very memorable.

In 1995, although the film market was in a depression, ATV offered Lam the starring role in a television series called Vampire Expert (殭屍道長). He was hired with a million HK dollars salary to work in the series. It was a far cry from his time as $HK60 a day stuntman. The series was a success and revived Lam's career. The story followed Mo Siu Fong (Lam Ching Ying) who destroyed ghosts and saved the day. During the filming, Lam developed a relationship with his co-star Kingdom Yuen. In the series, Yuen played a female priest who fell in love with Mo Siu Fong (Lam Ching Ying). At the end of the filming, they were actually in love.

The second series was filmed and aired in 1996. The series starred Lam Ching Ying again as the humble priest, Mang Hoi, Frankie Lam and Annie Man as his disciples. Like the first series, the second series received high rating and support from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Soon after that, Lam signed for another TV series called Coincidentally (情定阴阳界). The series borrowed the cast of Vampire Expert and had Lam in a supporting role. Lam played a priest who tried to prevent a man from becoming a cruel spirit. However, this series didn't mark the end of his career. Lam's last role was in A Monk at Thirty (一枝花和尚). The role was so heartbreaking that many of his fans doubted he was actually playing his own death.

In 1997, production on the third series of Vampire Expert began. The production was halted because Lam died. Contrary to rumors that the cancer was caused by years of heavy drinking, the cancer was hereditary.

Ses meilleurs films

Opération Dragon (1973)
La Fureur de vaincre (1972)

Le plus souvent avec

Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung
(53 films)
Yuen Biao
Yuen Biao
(36 films)
Wu Ma
Wu Ma
(24 films)
Chung Fat
Chung Fat
(28 films)
Yuen Wah
Yuen Wah
(22 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmographie de Lam Ching Ying (77 films)

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Painted Skin, 1h34
Réalisé par King Hu
Origine Hong kong
Genres Drame, Science-fiction, Fantasy, Horreur, Romance
Acteurs Adam Cheng, Joey Wong, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching Ying, Wu Ma
Rôle Purple Taoist
Note55% 2.767962.767962.767962.767962.76796
Quand un jeune homme amoureux tend à croiser une jeune femme séduisante qui a besoin de son aide, il ne lui est pas difficile de se précipiter à son secours en s'imaginant dans ses bras. Bien qu'il soit marié, il garde un fort désir de coucher toute jolie femme en vue. À son grand étonnement, il découvre plus tard que la jolie femme dont il fantasmait est un fantôme.
Kui moh do jeung, 1h32
Réalisé par Wu Ma
Origine Hong kong
Genres Art martial, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Action, Horreur, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Vampire, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Lam Ching Ying, Wu Ma, Collin Chou
Rôle Master Chiou
Note60% 3.004643.004643.004643.004643.00464
Priest Wu (Wu Ma) is due to re-open a church after a priest died there twenty years ago, Uncle Nine (Lam Ching-ying) recommends he does not re-open the church but Priest Wu goes ahead. The priest who died there becomes a vampire who wants to turn eveyone in the town into a vampire.
Evil Cult
Evil Cult (1993)
, 1h38
Réalisé par Sammo Hung, Wong Jing
Origine Hong kong
Genres Science-fiction, Fantastique, Fantasy, Action, Historique
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Kung-fu, Wu Xia Pian
Acteurs Sharla Cheung, Jet Li, Chingmy Yau, 黎姿 (en anglais : Gigi Lai, lychee, JJ. ), Sammo Hung, Francis Ng
Rôle Cameo appearance
Note63% 3.198933.198933.198933.198933.19893
Les écoles d'arts martiaux les plus réputées dont Shaolin et Wu Tang, décident de s'allier afin de protéger le pays contre la secte Ming. Mais une suite de traîtrises vient mettre en péril leur alliance. L'espoir va venir de Chang Mo Kei, jeune orphelin, pourtant frappé par une étrange malédiction qui l'empêche de se battre va essayer de sauver l'unité de la Chine grâce à un moine rénégat de Shaolin qui accepte de lui enseigner "La technique des 9 Yang".
M. Vampire 1992, 1h28
Origine Hong kong
Genres Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Horreur
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Vampire, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Lam Ching Ying, Ricky Hui, Chin Siu-ho (錢小豪), Sandra Ng, Bowie Lam, Billy Lau
Rôle Master Lam Ching Ying
Note62% 3.1444653.1444653.1444653.1444653.144465
Maître Lam et ses deux disciples doivent combattre une horde de vampires chinois afin d'obtenir la poussière nécessaire pour guérir un général malade. Pendant ce temps, la femme du général est enceinte, et l'esprit mauvais d'un bébé avorté veut posséder le corps de l'enfant à naître pour sa résurrection.
Yin le jiang shi, 1h30
Origine Hong kong
Genres Art martial, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Action, Horreur, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Vampire, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Lam Ching Ying, Xiong Xin-xin, Rachel Lee, Loletta Lee, Stanley Fung, Charlie Cho
Rôle Uncle Master
Note57% 2.87742.87742.87742.87742.8774
A crazy scientist reanimates a corpse with a chemical, creating a super hopping ghost. The corpse can only be controlled by the sound of music. Tao Priest (Lam Ching-ying) and his two assistants must stop it before it destroys the countryside.
Jiang shi zhi zun, 1h28
Réalisé par Andrew Lau
Origine Hong kong
Genres Art martial, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Action, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Vampire, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Lam Ching Ying, Chin Siu-ho (錢小豪), Carrie Ng, Ku Feng
Rôle Master Chiu
Note63% 3.1866653.1866653.1866653.1866653.186665
Master Gau (Lam Ching-ying) village get overtaken by vampires, Master Gau must and his assistants join forces to rid their village of the vampires. Master Gau must also take care of his assistants who befriends a ghost.
Crazy Safari, 1h36
Origine Hong kong
Genres Comédie, Action, Horreur
Thèmes Afrique post-coloniale, Vampire
Acteurs Nǃxau ǂToma, Lam Ching Ying, Stephen Chow, Ng Man-tat, Peter Pau, Paddy O'Byrne
Rôle Taoist priest
Note55% 2.751622.751622.751622.751622.75162
Un très vieux cadavre chinois, toujours charnu, est vendu aux enchères en Angleterre et acheté par un jeune homme d'affaires (Sam Christopher Chow). Le cadavre se révèle être le corps de son troisième arrière-grand-père qu'il compte enterrer comme il se doit à Hong Kong. Pour l'empêcher de devenir un jiangshi, le descendant engage un prêtre taoïste (Lam Ching-ying ) pour le maintenir sous contrôle en utilisant un talisman jaune. Ils décident que le meilleur moyen de rapatrier le précieux ancêtre est de prendre un vol direct pour Hong Kong en jet privé.
Slickers vs. Killers, 1h39
Réalisé par Sammo Hung
Origine Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Comédie, Action, Policier, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Tueur en série, Kung-fu
Acteurs Sammo Hung, Carol Cheng, Lam Ching Ying, Jacky Cheung, Collin Chou, Clifton Ko
Rôle Owl
Note64% 3.213373.213373.213373.213373.21337
Témoin d'un meurtre un commercial est alors poursuivi par deux tueurs.
驱魔警察, 1h27
Origine Hong kong
Genres Action, Horreur
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Lam Ching Ying, Michael Miu, Wu Ma, Billy Chow, Frankie Chan
Rôle Uncle Feng
Note68% 3.4378753.4378753.4378753.4378753.437875
Uncle Feng, an experienced policeman, lives a quiet and beautiful life in Tung Ping Chau. One day, the old lady living next door comes to ask him to go to Hong Kong Island to return the body of her daughter, a stewardess killed by the police after being suspected of being a drug smuggler. Feng finds that the "stewardess" had actually been killed before her return to Hong Kong. She had been turned into a "living corpse", and is being controlled by a Japanese magician for smuggling. With Feng's supernatural skills and detective techniques, they finally find the location of the secret altar of the Japanese magician.
Le prince du Tibet, 1h22
Origine Chine
Genres Comédie, Action, Aventure
Thèmes Sport, Le Tibet, Arts martiaux, Kung-fu
Acteurs Cynthia Rothrock, Lam Ching Ying, Sheila Chan, Jeffrey Falcon
Rôle Khenlun
Note53% 2.6649552.6649552.6649552.6649552.664955
Un enfant aux pouvoirs extraordinaires, est traqué par les forces du mal. Sa mission est de sauver un enfant sacré du Tibet.
L'Exorciste chinois 2, 1h25
Origine Hong kong
Genres Art martial, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Fantasy, Action, Horreur, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Sammo Hung, Lam Ching Ying, Collin Chou
Rôle Master Jiao
Note65% 3.2862653.2862653.2862653.2862653.286265
Po est, depuis sa naissance, destiné à épouser Perle, la fille de M. Chu. Cependant, un homme riche dénommé Sze, tombe sous le charme de la jeune fille et est prêt à tout pour la conquérir en allant même jusqu'à engager un taoïste pour évincer son rival. Disposé à ne pas se laisser faire, Po pourra compter sur son maître, Hoi mais aussi Hung, une fantôme restée sur Terre pour aider sa mère malade.
Swordsman (1990)
, 2h
Réalisé par Tsui Hark, Ann Hui, Ching Siu-tung, King Hu
Origine Hong kong
Genres Drame, Action, Aventure, Historique, Romance, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Wu Xia Pian
Acteurs Jacky Cheung, Cecilia Yip, Sharla Cheung, Yuen Wah, Lam Ching Ying, Wu Ma
Rôle Kuk
Note68% 3.446373.446373.446373.446373.44637
Une nuit, dans la bibliothèque impériale, un homme s'introduit furtivement et vole un parchemin appelé le volume sacré, écrit sous la Dynastie Ming, qui contiendrait les bases d'un art de combat surnaturel. Peu de temps après, le coffret du volume sacré est retrouvé vide. Rapidement, les soupçons se tournent vers un ancien officier, le maître Lam Chun Nam. Bien que la demeure du Maître Lam soit encerclée par les soldats impériaux, deux disciples de l'école de la montagne Wah, Ling Wu Chung et Kiddo, parviennent à entrer dans la demeure pour apporter un document et un message de la part de leur maître, Ngok. Mais très vite, le clan de Lam et les deux disciples doivent fuir sous l'oppressante menace de Zhor, allié des troupes impériales. Pendant la fuite, Chun Nam trouve la mort mais confie à Ling, durant son agonie, où se trouve le fameux manuscrit afin que ce dernier aille le confier à son tour à Ping Gi, son fils.
Pedicab Driver, 1h35
Réalisé par Sammo Hung
Origine Hong kong
Genres Drame, Art martial, Comédie, Action, Romance
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Kung-fu
Acteurs Sammo Hung, Liu Chia-liang, Max Mok, Nina Li Chi, Billy Chow, John Shum
Rôle Uncle Sheng
Note73% 3.6822453.6822453.6822453.6822453.682245
Lo Tung, Bonbon Sucré, Shan Cha et Pot de Riz travaillent tous les quatre comme chauffeurs de vélo-taxi à Macao. Dans la ville, un réseau de prostitution est dirigé tyranniquement par Maître Yu et ses hommes de main. Leurs vies restent plus ou moins paisibles mis à part une brouille continuelle avec la bande de Tan. Lo Tung tombe amoureux de Ping, une employée d'une boulangerie, tandis que Bonbon Sucré tombe amoureux de Hsiao Tsui, qui se révèle être une prostituée travaillant pour Yu. Les problèmes arrivent très vite lorsque cette dernière décide de se retirer du réseau sans le consentement de son patron.
Réalisé par Lam Ching Ying
Genres Art martial, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Action, Horreur, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux, Vampire, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs Lam Ching Ying, Chin Siu-ho (錢小豪), Maria Cordero, Billy Lau, Sandra Ng, Regina Kent
Rôle One-Eyebrow Priest
Note61% 3.099493.099493.099493.099493.09949
Chinese exorcist One-Eyebrow Priest (Lam Ching Ying) leads a peaceful life with two disciples Ah Hao (Chin Siu Ho) and Ah Fang (Lui Fong) in a small town together with a mischievous miniature jiangshi. While finding new water sources one day, the priest encounters a European vampire in the nearby church who is aided by a dead countess. Although the priest manages to get rid of the countess, his Chinese exorcism fails on the European vampire.