Hong Kim Bao: ‘When I was a child, I was miserable but happy’


Hong Kong martial arts star Hong Kim Bao made a film about his childhood practicing martial arts, saying it was difficult at that time but had many good memories.

Upcoming movie artist Seven people band (English name: Septet: The Story of Hong Kong), as director and screenwriter. The script was inspired by Hong Kim Bao’s childhood living in the Peking Opera troupe, practicing martial arts every day.

Hong Kim Bao instructs a child actor to play the part “Practicing exercises” in the movie “Seven people band”, which is expected to be released in July. Photo: Mpweekly

Above Mpweekly, the actor said his living environment in the 1950s was harsh. Children like Hong Kim Bao learn martial arts from early morning until late at night, regardless of whether it’s hot or raining. His master – martial artist Vu Chiem Nguyen – educated his students with whips. The artist was once kicked up by the master, then fell to the ground.

Hong Kim Bao said that those days were miserable but also full of joy. “Now that I think about it, I see that Master left me with good memories and valuable lessons. Thanks to him, I love Peking Opera, martial arts, and live with passion.”

Hong Kim Bao made the film with the hope of breathing new life into the traditional arts of Hong Kong. He invited his son – Hong Thien Minh – to play martial arts master Vu Chiem Nguyen in the work. Hong Thien Minh said that thanks to participating in the film, he felt the hardships of his father when he was a child. The actor said: “Father achieved his present achievements thanks partly to martial arts, partly thanks to the strong will that he trained since childhood.”

Hong Kim Bao (right) and Jackie Chan are brothers and sisters in Peking Opera School, having collaborated in many martial arts and comedy films in the 1970s and 1980s.  Photo: HK01

Hong Kim Bao (right) and Jackie Chan are brothers and sisters in Peking Opera School, having collaborated in many martial arts and comedy films in the 1970s and 1980s. Image: HK01

Born in 1952, Hong Kim Bao joined Vu Chiem Nguyen’s Peking Opera School at the age of 10. In this period, in addition to practicing performing and martial arts, Hong Kim Bao acted in a number of movies. From the age of 18, he worked as a dragon tiger martial artist – a dangerous stunt job.

In the 1970s, thanks to his knowledge of Taekwondo and Wing Chun, Hong Kim Bao designed action for many Golden Harvest movies. Since 1977, he began to play the main role, successfully through many films such as Hitchhiking Phi Long, The Little Guy, Beware of Thieves, My Lucky Stars, That Tieu Phuc… From the 2000s to the present, Hong Kim Bao plays famous works such as Killing the Lang, Ip Man, Cam Y Ve

Hong Kim Bao fights Donnie Yen in "Ip Man 2"

Hong Kim Bao and Donnie Yen in “Diep Man” 2. Video: Golden Screen

In recent years, Hong Kim Bao has diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood fat, so he applies a frugal diet. In 2017, the artist operated on the knee, the doctor asked him to be sedentary. Since then, the actor has often had to use a wheelchair.

The actor married in 1991 with Gao Le Hong – Miss Hong Kong 1984, the two had no children. Before that, he had a wife and four children. Above OnHong Kim Bao once said that she is always grateful that Gao Le Hong takes good care of her stepchildren and nurtures family harmony.

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