Jimmy Wang Yu (Chinese: 王羽; pinyin: Wáng Yǔ; Yale: Wong4 Jyu5; born March 28, 1943 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, also known as Wong Yu-lung and Wang Yue) is a Chinese actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He shot to fame with the Shaw Brothers Studio's martial arts film, The One-Armed Swordsman, in 1967. His film, The Chinese Boxer, in 1969, is credited with being the first Hong Kong martial arts film that kick started the unarmed combat genre that took Asia by storm in the 1970s.
Born Wang Zheng-quan (simplified Chinese: 王正权; traditional Chinese: 王正權; pinyin: Wáng Zhèngquán) in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, Jimmy was a former ROC soldier and Hong Kong swimming champion, as well as a racing car enthusiast, before joining Shaw Brothers in 1963. He teamed up with the famous sword-fighting director, Chang Cheh, and acted in The Golden Swallow with Cheng Pei-Pei, in 1968. Jimmy starred in several notable films including Temple of the Red Lotus (1965), One Armed Boxer (1971), Return of The Chinese Boxer (1975) and Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976).
If One Armed Swordsman was the movie that launched Jimmy's acting career, The Chinese Boxer was the film that sealed his fame in the realm of