The third and often overlooked member of the three dragons of Hong Kong kung-fu cinema, Yuen Biao (元彪, born 夏令震 (Xià Lìng-Zhèn, "Hsia Ling-Jun") in 26 July 1957 in Hong Kong) is the sixth child of his family. Trained in the Peking Opera School The China Drama Academy since age six, Yuen Biao would later become a cinematic legend in martial arts films, his acrobatic talents makes him a favorite choice in Hong Kong action cinema.
According to Jackie Chan's autobiography, when Yuen was first asked by his teacher to perform a backflip, Yuen (then barely 10 years of age) did a proper backflip on his very first try.
Tropes relating to this performer:
- Badass Adorable: In his earlier roles, but most notably The Prodigal Son.
- Beauty Mark: A rare male example, his mole on his cheek sticks out and can be seen a mile away.
- Deadpan Snarker: Some of his roles are like this.
- Fragile Speedster
- Only Known by Their Nickname: His name, Biao, means "Little Tiger". Most people, even hardcore fans of 80s kung fu cinema, is totally unaware of his real name Hsia Ling-Jun. note
- The Runt at the End: Third member of the Three Dragons trio after Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung. Bronze ain't bad though.
Yuen Biao's notable films:
- The Prodigal Son - Star-Making Role
- The Champions (1983)
- Circus Kids
- Deadful Melody
- Dragons Forever
- Enter the Dragon (stunts)
- Eastern Condors
- Game of Death (stunts)
- Heart of Dragon
- Hero (1997)
- A Kid From Tibet
- Kung Fu Master
- The Man from Hong Kong (stunts)
- My Lucky Stars - appears alongside Jackie Chan in the trilogy, but absent in all spinoffs
- Millionaires' Express
- Once Upon a Time in China - only appears in the first film of the series
- Project A
- Righting Wrongs
- The Sword Stained With Royal Blood
- Tough Beauty And The Sloppy Slop
- Wheels on Meals
- Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain