Friday, April 3, 2009

Profile: Carter Wong

Whether you're a fan of hard training bald headed Shaolin monks, or evil white haired kung fu villains, you've probably seen this next Face of Fu, Carter Wong. Carter was definitely a familiar face in films of the 70's and early 80's. Before becoming an actor, Carter trained in the martial art of Goju Kai Karate. His Black Belt skills got him a job as the head martial arts instructor of the Hong Kong police force. A student of Carter's knew director Huang Feng, and suggested he check out Carter for a potential kung fu actor. Huang sat in on one of Carter's classes and was immediately impressed by his youth and martial arts prowess. Huang decided to cast Carter alongside his other 'discoveries' Sammo Hung & Angela Mao in the Golden Harvest film "Hapkido." This movie was filmed concurrently at an adjacent soundstage as Bruce Lee's "Enter the Dragon," and Bruce once visited Carter's set and demonstrated some martial arts for him!

Carter's film career continued as he did other Golden Harvest films such as "When Taekwondo Strikes," "The Tournament," and "The Skyhawk." In 1975, after Carter's contract with Golden Harvest expired, he went on to act in Chang Cheh's Shaw Brothers production "Marco Polo" alongside such genre greats as Alexander Fu Sheng, Gordon Liu, Kuo Chui, and... Beardy! After that he continued to act in many independent productions in Hong Kong and Taiwan throughout the late 70's and early 80's. After 1982, Carter's acting career slowed down, but in 1986 he played the role of "Thunder" in John Carpenter's "Big Trouble In Little China."

Today, Carter still occasionally pops up in movies, but spends most of his time spreading the word about a new Tai Chi training system he has developed. He has worked alongside some of the genre's greatest actors and left behind a legacy of classic kung fu films. So... the next time you're in the mood for some old school action, grab a Carter Wong film and enjoy the work of this legendary Face of Fu!


Hapkido (1972)
When Taekwondo Strikes (1973)
18 Bronzemen (1976)
Shaolin Kung Fu Mystagogue (1976)
Born Invincible (1978)

From "Born Invincible"

"Buddha's name be praised..."


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