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Creator / Robin Shou

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He knows Mortal Kombat.

Robin Shou (仇雲波, born July 17, 1960 in Hong Kong) is a martial artist, actor and stuntman, best known in the West for his role as Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat: The Movie and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.

Prior to his success in Hollywood, Shou frequently appears in low-budget Hong Kong films, usually B-movies alongside Yukari Oshima and Alex Fong.

Besides acting, Shou is also an accomplished stunt choreographer and trainer.

A detailed commentary from Robin Shou on the films he worked on can be found here.


Notable Films:

Television Roles

Video Game Roles:


Do not ask this man to park your tropes:

  • Cast the Expert: Robin Shou was a working stuntman and proficient in kung fu before he was cast as the Big Screen Liu Kang. In fact, he was friends with Ho Sung-Pak, Liu Kang's actor in the first two Mortal Kombat games.
  • Casting Gag: Robin admitted that before he got parts in movies, he was a hired bodyguard in Hong Kong in his early years. In the film In The Line Of Duty III Force Of The Dragon, he plays a unnamed, dogged bodyguard who quits after his boss mistreats him and another bodyguard.
  • Fun with Subtitles: Occurs in the Death Race Remake series. He speaks Cantonese and English.
  • '90s Hair: A carry over type and a hilarious rebel hair type. While filming The Most Wanted, Robin did not want to cut his hair. When he went to audition for Mortal Kombat, he wore a mullet while he portrayed Liu Kang for the Big screen debut. He also carried said style with him into Beverly Hills Ninjas as Gobei and when directing Red Trousers.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: His portrayal of Liu Kang and Gobei have him acting in this manner.
  • Typecasting: Robin seems to find himself playing characters with ties to the Triads or characters that have bad backgrounds such as hired assassins. Waise Chow wouldn't be the first time Robin played a fictional member of the Triad and wouldn't be the last. His earliest portrayal was in Long Arm of the Law 3 where his character was known only as 966. His later portrayals of 14K in the Death Race Remake Trilogy and Conroy Wu from Sleeping Dogs would be proof of that.