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A statue of Wong Fei-Hung in Foshan, China. Movies tend to give him a whole lot of Adaptational Attractiveness to boot.

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.


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Appears in the following works:

  • The Master Of Kung Fu: From Hong Kong's prestigious Shaw Brothers studios. Spawns two sequels, Challenge of the Masters and Rivals of Kung Fu and an unrelated follow-up, Martial Club.
  • Drunken Master series: Jackie Chan plays a young and brash In Name Only 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 Star-Making Role and one of the most influential wuxia film series of the 90s.
  • Around the World in 80 Days (2004): 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.
  • The Unity of Heroes: A Role Reprise for Vincent Zhao, who plays Wong in the fourth and fifth installments of Once Upon a Time in China, where he gets to play Wong again after two decades. Followed by two sequels, Kung fu Alliance and Wrath of Sea.
  • Bookworm Adventures: The sequel has Wong appear as a companion, with his name misspelled as "Wong Fei Hong".

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