Re: Re: RumorFebruary 1 2015 at 6:02 PM
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In fact, Jimmy Wang Yu was already very popular way back in 1967 when his Shaw's production, "One Armed Swordsman" smashed 1 million HK box office record. In the same year, Bruce was still struggling to meet his daily needs after the cancellation of "The Green Hornet" tv series. Jimmy was the No.1 action star in the Southeast Asia from 1967-1970, followed by Ti-Lung, David Chiang, Lo Lei, Chan Kwan-tai. In 1971, "The Big Boss" smashed 3 million HK box office record. Bruce Lee became an overnight sensation. He immediately replaced Jimmy as the No.1 action star of Asia. Jimmy and Bruce were Raymond Chow's valuable stars but it seemed that Raymond favored Bruce more over Jimmy. Thus, Jimmy should feel unpleased about his popularity being overshadowed by Bruce, much so as compared to James Tien, who was reduced to 2nd lead actor in "The Big Boss".
Jimmy's deteriorating career was mainly due to his out-of-date traditional sword-fighting style and his quick production but poor quality made movies. According to HKMDB, he had made 29 movies in just 2 years, from 1971-1973. His career did not turn better even after Bruce's death. In 1974, Michael Hui's new kind of comedy movie captured the attention of the audience and broke the box office record many times before Jackie Chan's new flavor Kung Fu comedy movie became the next big hit in 1977. The rest is history. Meanwhile, Jimmy had retreated to Taiwan in 1975 and made some cheap production movies over there. He then turned into a businessman and occasionally, had some cameo appearances in the movies. Not forgetting, Jimmy is still the leader of a triad society in Taiwan till today. Jackie used to get his help when he had trouble in making movies over there in the 80s.
There is a saying, "one mountain cannot retain two tigers" which is quite true to some extent. Though some photos showed Jimmy and Bruce shaking hands with each other with smiles on their face but both should feel not at eased when the two tigers met each other. After Bruce's death, Jimmy boasted in front of the press that he ever beat Bruce in an arm-wrestling at Bruce's Kowloon house in 1973. He also found that Bruce's physical power were very weak as compared to before. He lied because kickboxing champion Chan Wai-Man and muscular Bolo Yeung were all defeated by Bruce's strong wrestling power, how could Jimmy who is weaker than them beat Bruce. Jimmy was trained in Karate during his younger days but he looked awkward and unbalance in most of his action movies.
Recently, during a movie promotion in Korea, Jimmy boasted to the press again that he could beat his "friend" Bruce, in alcoholic drinking because he is a great drinker. What a joke! But some young Bruce's fans tend to believe what this old man said in the public. Mocking at a dead person who considered to be a friend, do you guys think this kind of personality deserve the respect of the fans?
The man from Hong Kong - Anonymous on Feb 1, 2015, 7:46 PM