Born in Hong Kong 1952 Lam Ching-ying (Lam Gun-Bo) was the third of seven children, Lam attended school in Hong Kong for a short while before attending the rival Peking Opera school in Hong Kong run by Madame Fan Fok-fa, the other school being master Yu Jim Yuen where Jackie Chan ,Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao attended .
It was here he learned the same type of skills that master Yuen was teaching his students,and the fact being the rivalry was friendly and the students from both schools mingled on occasion.
Now Lam was a balanced martial artist and actor and stunt expert. At the age of seventeen he became a stuntman for Shaw brothers , But it was when he went to work with Golden Harvest that he met Bruce Lee. Lam was employed to work on the Big Boss , Now many of the Hong Kong stuntmen at the time where not so enamoured with Bruce , implying Bruce was not as powerful or as well versed as others touted.
Whilst working on the Big Boss Lam was boastful about his art and challenged Bruce , Bruce accepted and Lam and his mates went with Bruce and Bruce demonstrated how good he was to lam, by full on kicking him across a room , Lam was impressed but so was Bruce with Lam's confidence.
At Nineteen Lam Ching - Ying was employed by Bruce to be his personal assistant and assistant action director.
Lam worked with Bruce Lee on all his completed films in the action direction role as well as starring in small roles in those films. Lam Ching-Ying worked with Bruce Lee till Lee's death , which affected Lam quite a bit.
It was then that he joined Sammo Hung's stunt group who also was a friend of Bruce Lee's. You see many of the major stars of today and the eighties and Nineties where doing work with Bruce Lee before they where famous.
People say there's nothing like Bruce Lee and the truth is there probably isn't but would his films been as good with out the stunt work and Choreography of these film greats that we respect today, From Sammo,Jackie Yuen Biao,Yuen Wah and Lam Ching-Ying and many others.
Lam was a good friend of Sammo Hung and it was he who helped Lam in some of his most memorable parts ,namely The Vampire series which was a genre that Sammo invented and that Lam Ching-Ying had played so well .
Playing the Famous Taoist Priest that vanquished demons and ghosts Lam became a household name .
But also Lam starred in one of the greatest martial art flicks of all time opposite Sammo and Yuen Biao the brilliant Prodigal Son ( Pull No Punches ) where Lam and Sammo played opposing teachers teaching Yuen the art of Wing Chun.
He also starred in a John Woo film , Heroes Shed no Tears .
Here he played a crazed Soldier on the trail of Eddie Ko who had Injured and maimed him.
His role was pretty nasty here and it gave him a chance to play the Bad guy which was a change for him.
Lam Ching- YING married Cheng Bing Bing in 1983 to they had two children , But they divorced in 1988 .
Later in 1995 he got into another relationship with actress Kingdom Yuen but later broke it off in 1996 .
Lam Ching -Ying new he was ill and did not want to burden anyone.. By 1996 he was living alone dealing with his illness , something he never confirmed to anyone other then very close family.
There are many great films that Lam Ching-Ying starred in , action directed and did stunt work for . He was a fastidious worker and if you look at the many great films of the 70's' 80's and 90's from Hong Kong your more often then not spot Master Lam Ching-Ying attached in some capacity.
Because it is only fitting to respect the works of such a true talent and great martial artist .
Lam Ching-Ying is no longer with us but the films he made make sure he will never be forgotten.
Lam Ching-Ying passed away on the 8th November 1997 at the age of 44 ,he was suffering from liver cancer.
1983 Best action choreography for Prodigal Son -Hong Kong film awards
1984 Best action choreography for Winners&Sinners -Hong Kong Film awards
1986 Best action choreography for My Lucky Stars -Hong Kong Film awards -Nominee only
1986 Best supporting actor in Mr Vampire -Hong Kong Film awards -Nominee only
A selection of Films that Lam Ching-Ying either starred ,action choreographed or directed are listed below, Just click the button to go to the review