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Black Belt Magazine salutes Sammo Hung for his Lifetime Achievement Award

Updated: Apr 20

In the vibrant tapestry of Hong Kong cinema, few figures shine as brightly as Sammo Hung Kam-bo, a titan whose legacy spans continents and generations. He was recently honored on April 14  at the 42nd Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong  with a prestigious lifetime achievement award, recognizing his profound impact on the Hong Kong cinema landscape. 

Sammo Hung

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With an illustrious career spanning over 40 years, he has showcased his talents as an actor, director, producer, martial arts choreographer, and action director, solidifying his status as an icon in the industry.

We were first introduced to this emerging superstar in the opening fight scene of the iconic "Enter the Dragon," where he faced off against Bruce Lee.

Sammo Hung and Bruce Lee
Sammo Hung engaged in the first glimpse of mixed martial arts alongside Bruce Lee in the classic film "Enter the Dragon." released by Warner 

Sammo’s path to stardom was paved with discipline and dedication. At the renowned Peking Opera, also known as the Chinese Drama Academy, he honed his craft alongside luminaries like Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. Here, amidst the whirlwind of martial arts and acrobatics, Hung absorbed the stylized movements of Chinese opera, laying the groundwork for his future as a martial arts film icon.

Sammo Hung on Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels with the Three Musketeers of Hong Kong cinema Jacky Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. Produced by Golden Harvest 1984 

His ascent to international fame was marked by milestones that showcased both his versatility and mastery. In the 1990s, American audiences were introduced to his dynamic presence when CBS cast him opposite Arsenio Hall in the hit series Martial Law. His portrayal of a tough-as-nails law enforcer captivated viewers and solidified his status as a global action star.

Hung's path to stardom was paved with discipline and dedication. 

But it is in the realm of cinema where Sammo truly reigns supreme. With over 200 films under his belt, his filmography reads like a compendium of martial arts classics. From the iconic IP Man2, Millionaires Express, My Lucky Stars to the adrenaline-fueled The Bodyguard, his performances are legendary in every way.

The Bodyguard
Sammo Hung fights off thugs in his 2016 film The Bodyguard released by Media Asia

Congratulations to Sammo Hung for a career filled with remarkable achievements that we are truly honored to have witnessed.

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