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                  Hwang Jung Lee

Name : Hwang Jung Lee

aka: Hwang Jang Lee

aka: Hwang Jeong Ri   

  Born December 21st 1944 to present

       Years active in film : 1974 - 1996

out of Retirement :2009 -



There have been many great Kickers in film and Martial arts over the years from Tan Tao Liang ,Casanova Wong,and John Liu ,but one one man stands out amongst them all partly because of one reason! Lightning Fast Killer Kicks.

Hwang Jung the Korean Super Kicker often referred to as Thunderfoot or Silver Fox because of a couple of famous films that he starred in ,where he practically stole the show in terms of Martial art kicking ability,namely ''Drunken Master'' and ''Secret Rivals''. Plus  it is well known that Hwang Jung Lee actually killed a man with a spinning kick in real life,must have been a Thunderkick.

Born in Osaka Japan his family quickly relocated back to their home land to bring up their son.

Hwang Jung Lee began training in Taekwondo from the age of 14 and eventually gained his 7th Dan Black Belt .he later  became the Combat instructor for the Korean and South Vietnamese Armies, teaching Taekwondo from 1965.

After this he appeared in many films ,but it was in 1976 that producer Ng See Yuen discovered him and took him to Hong Kong  to star in a new film he was doing ''The Secret Rivals.This led to Hwang Jang Lee starring in Snake in Eagles Shadow and Drunken Master with Jackie Chan .It was these roles that made him the guy to have in your film as the villain ,this led to many films from 36 Deadly Styles  to No Retreat No Surrender 2 ' Raging Thunder'' along side Loren Avedon and Cynthia Rothrock.


                                               Hwang Jang Lee in Flight


If you pick up many 80's and early 90's flicks he will pop up somewhere ,you don't even have to see his face ,because once he starts Kicking ,you know it's Hwang Jang Lee.


 Master Hwang in the 36 Deadly Styles in 1979


In 1996 Hwang retired from acting and returned to South Korea ,first to Run a Golf Tee factory and a Hotel in Seoul.

He then ran a Bodyguard agency ,in 2003 he gained his 9th Dan in Taekwondo making him a Grand master.

During his time Hwang also made a Taekwondo training video called ''The art of High Impact Kicking by Hwang Jang Lee.This is a very informative and intense video on his kicking ability and any budding Taekwondo exponent should view this without fail as it outlines some very important techniques to getting the kicks right.

Now as with any good martial artists of Hwang Jang Lee's  capacity ,you know if he hits you for real your going to get hurt ,this applies to any one in martial arts if they have a technique of pat and they use it against you .it's gonna be painful.

Now the incident back in Hwang Jung Lee's early days ,what happened? Read Below.

Now it was while Hwang was in the Korean army as a Taekwondo instructor that his ability was tested for real . A Vietnamese knife fighter challenged Hwang to fight, knives against his kicks. Hwang had refused but when the knife fighter lunged at him, Hwang fired a round kick to the knife fighter’s head, killing him instantly. The killing of the Vietnamese fighter broke news but Hwang was never charged as it was determined that it was self-defense.

I say that was Justified in any ones book ,and if the same happened to you and you could defend ,i would say that was justified to.

Hwang Jang Lee is a inspiration to all Taekwondo artists out there ,and if you have not seen him in action or witnessed his kicks in film or demo then i know a high ranking Taekwondo instructor that will set you straight on the matter.


But one thing i know is Master Hwang Jung Lee is a very down to earth person who loves his fans and his dedication to Taekwondo never falters,  his passion for the art is as if he had just started ,even though in his later years he still throws a mean kick.

How do i know ? -  well i have had the pleasure of meeting him and taking a seminar with him . Some of the seminar pictures are below with many more on the event features page .

I am The Snake , telling it like it is!

In to Taekwondo ,look up Hwang Jung Lee.

                                Pictures of Hwang Jang Lee

copyright © 2009 MBC

This is a Korean TV series that Master Hwang appeared in 2009,he played Miyamoto Musashi and was credited as his Korean name Hwang Jeong Ri.

(above and below)

Still Looking as Cool as ever . Master Hwang  as Miyamoto Musashi

(above and Below) 

copyright © 2009 MBC


 Master Hwang in 2012 (below)

 This photo is linked to it's copyright owner

So for all things Korean ,click the picture.

                              Hwang Jung Lee in the UK 2014

Here are some photo's of Master Hwang Jung Lee on his visit to the UK , for the full picture visit the feature page on the event. 






                                 The films Hwang Jung Lee
  • Secret Envoy ( 1974)
  • Black Dragon River aka Martial mates (1975)
  • Year of the Dragon aka Kill the Shogun (1975)
  • Korean Connection (1975)
  • Secret Rivals (1976)
  • Bruce Lee's Secret (1976)
  • Shaolin Wooden Men (1976)
  • The Invincible Armour (1977)
  • The Secret Rivals 2 (1977)
  • Instant Kung Fu Man (1977)
  • Snuff Bottle Connection (1977)
  • Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
  • Drunken Master (1978)
  • Hell's Wind Staff (1979)
  • 36 Deadly Styles (1979)
  • Dragon's Claws (1979)
  • Demon Strike (1979)
  • Heroes of Shaolin (1979)
  • Lackey and the Lady Tiger (1980)
  • Two Fists Against the Law (1980)
  • Secret Ninja, Roaring Tiger (1980)
  • Tiger Over Wall (1980)
  • Young Hero (1980)
  • Ring of Death (1980)
  • Buddha Assassinator (1980)
  • Heroes of Shaolin (1980)
  • Blood child aka Five Fingers of Steel (1980)
  • Sangwoon (1980)
  • Hitman in the Hand of Buddha (1981)
  • The Eagle's Killer (1981)
  • The Phantom Thief (1981)
  • Return of the Deadly Blade (1981)
  • Game Of Death II, also known as Tower of Death (1981)
  • Ninja Strikes Back (1982)
  • Art of High Impact Kicking (1982)
  • Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)
  • Kid from Kwangtung (1982)
  • Secret Executioners (1982)
  • Raging Masters Tiger Crane (1982)
  • Eagle vs. Silver Fox (1982)
  • 5 pattern Dragon Claws (1983)
  • Duel of the Ultimate Weapons (1983)
  • Ghosts Galore (1983)
  • Martial Monks of Shaolin Temple (1983)
  • Canton Viper (1983)
  • Yong-pal in Shaolin Temple (1983)
  • Angry Young Man (1983)
  • Masters of Tiger Crane (1983)
  • Shaolin: The Blood Mission (1984)
  • Challenge of the Tiger (1985)
  • The First Vampire in China (1986)
  • Innocent Interloper (1986)
  • Where's Officer Tuba (1986)
  • Millionaire's Express aka. Shanghai Express (1986)
  • Ninja Terminator (1986)
  • Angel (1987)
  • No Retreat, No Surrender II: Raging Thunder (1987)
  • Magnificent Warriors (1987)
  • Bed Companion (1988)
  • Darkside of Chinatown (1989)
  • Live Hard (1989)
  • Future Hunters (1989)
  • Street Soldiers (1991)
  • Emperor of the Underworld (1994)
  • Boss (1996)
                                A look at High Impact Kicking               











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