Al Leong Retrospective

Living Legends: Douglas Wong, Al Leong and James Lew

Last month, Patrick Epino was invited to be a part of an Al Leong retrospective at an event in Burbank, CA called Monsterpalooza.

It was a very cool event replete with clips of Al’s greatest scenes, some good natured roasting and a crazy Chinese lion dance that ended with shreds of lettuce all over the stage. It was a good crowd with a lot of true action and martial arts fans in the house.

(From An Al Leong Retrospective, Awesome Asian Bad Guys)

The article has some fun photos and bits of trivia about Al’s career. Go check it out.

Death becomes him

Al Leong jumping with swords

Al Leong has been machine-gunned, strangled, sliced with a giant scythe, blown up and impaled for people’s entertainment for over 30 years. […]

It’s been a tough life on and offscreen: he’s broken all of his ribs, cracked his sternum, broken both arms and collarbones, been divorced by the mother of his two children and survived brain cancer. Extensive radiation left him without a right eardrum and only one saliva gland. On top of that, he’s suffered two strokes. […]

Now he’s due for a comeback, thanks to a crowd-funded web series called Awesome Asian Bad Guys that will bring him together with such kickass peers as Yuji Okumoto and George Cheung. It is being put together by filmmakers Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco. “I had not worked in eight years,” Leong says, “and all of a sudden these guys asked me to do Awesome Asian Bad Guys. And I said, ‘Well, I’ll try it.’ They gave me a script. I had two weeks. I played with it and I thought, ‘I can do this.'”

(from Al Leong: death becomes him, Dazed Digital)