Useful Notes: Wong Fei-hung

A Chinese Folk Hero, Wong Fei-hung (1847-1924) was a Real Life historical figure and Martial Artist. Fei-hung (his given name, with Wong being his family name) was the son of Wong Kei-ying, one of the Ten Tigers of Canton and the man who trained Fei-hung. Fei-hung is the most famous practitioner of the hung ga style of kung fu, a style most famous in the west for being the basis of Earthbending in Avatar: The Last Airbender. In addition to his martial skill, Fei-hung was also a physician, practicing traditional Chinese medicine at Po-Chi-Lam, a clinic on Foshan that he opened.

Fei-hung has been portrayed in film 89 times (77 of which were by Kwan Tak-hing, which is the cinematic record for most times an actor has portrayed the same character). In addition to the many portrayals of Wong Fei-hung himself, he has been a direct inspiration for a great many other fictional characters.

Tropes as portrayed in fiction:

  • Drunken Master: Most notably in the Drunken Master series, but other portrayals of him have shown him using Drunken Boxing.
  • Signature Move: The Shadowless Kick. What exactly is is depends on the work, ranging from just a very fast kick to laserblasts launched by kicking. In real life, it's usually a combination of a low-kick and a grapple.
  • Star-Making Role: For both Jackie Chan and Jet Li, two of the most prominent Chinese action stars in recent years.


Appears in the following works:

  • Drunken Master series: Jackie Chan plays a young and brash Wong Fei-hung. Notably, he largely uses Drunken Boxing through much of the movie, but is shown doing a great deal of stance training more appropriate to hung ga.
  • Iron Monkey: Fei-Hung has a smaller role, as he's just a child in this film. However, his father, Wong Kei-ying is the Deuteragonist.
  • Once Upon a Time in China: Jet Li's Breakout Role and one of the most influencial wuxia film series of the 90s. Most references for Wong Fei-hung are based off of this incarnation.
  • Around the World in 80 Days: In the Jackie Chan movie, Fei-hung is one of many historical characters to make cameos. He's played by Chan's friend Sammo Hung.
  • Related: Fei-hung's father Wong Kei-ying appears in Atomic Robo as a member of the heroic team the Centurions of Science, alongside Robo's creator Nikola Tesla and other historical figures.

Fictional Characters Based on Wong Fei-hung: