Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, The “Rock”, David Carradine, Chuck Norris, Dennis Quaid, Kurt Russell, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Sara Michelle Gellar, Kathleen Turner, Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Lee, Snoop Dog and the list goes on and on, have all kicked James Lew’s butt in the movies! James started his career as a stuntman in the original “Kung Fu” television series. From that time on he has been working nonstop. He has earned the highest respect in the industry as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, fight choreographer, second unit director and actor.
James was voted “Favorite Action Star” by fans of Inside Martial Arts magazine. Internet fans voted him into the Hall of Fame in the Martial Arts History Museum. Inside Kung Fu Magazine inducted him as one of the “Martial Arts Greats” alongside legends as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme and his longtime friend Jackie Chan.
Raised in South Central Los Angeles his destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular “Kung Fu” television series. James went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, “Young Dragon”. He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox’s now cult film, “Big Trouble In Little China”.
Hit Parader Magazine dubbed Lew “the king of big screen martial arts villains.” From the deadly killer in “Red Sun Rising” to the deadly fighter in the comedy spoof “Hot Shots Part Deux”, Lew has proven his chops in both drama and comedy. As a stunt/fight coordinator his creative talents shined in the television series, “The Crow” to recent work on the hit video game, “Matrix, The Path of Neo”. He handpicked elite members for his company, “Hong Kong Wire Action Team” to bring state of the art action to movies. His formula for longevity in the film industry is diversity, hard work and having a whole lot of fun.
Most recently, James Lew wrote, directed and starred in a movie inspired by his personal experiences in the business titled “18 Fingers of Death”. The story follows Buford Lee, the most famous unknown “B” minus low budget martial arts movie star and Ronald Mack, a young black kid from the hood. Together they laugh and bond together on their quest to finally make Buford’s break out movie, “18 Fingers of Death”.