HK Comedian Yu Ming On Bruce Lee

HK Comedian Yu Ming On Bruce Lee

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January 21st, 2016, 7:44 am #1

Yu Ming, HK famous comedian and Bruce’s brother-in-law (cousin – Lee Chow Jun’s husband) talked about Bruce at the backstage of the TVB studio during an exclusive interview in mid 1972 (HK 1972 WOTD’s Special Magazine).

Yu Ming said, “It was around 1946, Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-Chuen was filming “Wealth Is Like A Dream” (directed by Yu Leung, elder brother of Yu Ming) and I was working as the set supervisor there, so, I got to know about Bruce and his family. Bruce was a kid then but surprisingly he knew how to act, I mean, he just has the talent in acting and is fated to walk this path...”

After making “Wealth Is Like A Dream,” Yu Ming became a regular visitor to Bruce’s house that lived a big family.

Yu Ming continued, “That time, Bruce was living in Nathan Road with his family of about 20 persons. So, it was very packed and lively during meal’s time. Bruce is an extrovert guy and his active personality makes the big family even more warming.”

Yu Ming recalled, “When Bruce was still a child, he was quite persistent in whatever he was doing and would not give up easily. Until today, he still possesses these traits and if he wants to do something, he’ll just do it, and never worry about this and that.”

“Bruce’s father had never pinned too much hopes on Bruce who once wanted to carve his future career in martial arts. He rather Bruce be like his brother, Peter Lee, studied diligently and do well in his academic result. However, Bruce loves martial arts more and focuses more in this area. Although Bruce did not get the likings of his father, he was liked by the people in the entertainment circle such as Fung Yin-Fan, Tso Tat-Hwa, Ng Chor-Fan etc. They all doted on him,”Yu Ming said.

Yu Ming added, “As Bruce grew up, he likes martial arts even more and would always practiced his Kung Fu secretly behind his father’s back. He hung a heavy bag and placed a wooden dummy at the corridor, and practiced diligently. Once, he grabbed my wrist and broke my watchband which was made of steel. At that time, I just took him as just another energetic lad, and never would I expect that he would accomplish such a great achievement today.” Lee Hoi-Chuen too, might not have also expected his son would become so famous today. Bruce is also the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a 4 million box-office record superstar, a philosopher with lots of theories...with such a versatile son, Lee Hoi-Chuen would be pleased and smiled contently in the heaven.

Yu Ming remembered, “When Bruce was a teenager, he used to dress fashionably and always tried to be unique among the rest...He was very good in Cha-Cha and could dance superbly. Bruce left for the States after completing his high school in HK and then pursued his study in the University over there. Then, several years later, I heard that he has started a Kung Fu school in the U.S. and teaching students. Those few years, I’ve not learnt much about him.”

“When Bruce returned to HK for his father’s funeral and stayed in HK for about a month.
We saw each other several times and I found that he has grown more mature but is still a warm-hearted and passionate guy.”

“When he returned to HK to film “The Big Boss,” I found he has become more serious and the biggest change I found in him was that he has changed from a well-dressed youngster to a much more carefree youth. He will leave his beard unshaved when not filming...” This makes people think of what Bruce once said, “In recent years, I’ve realised something, i.e. to express yourself honestly as beauty does not last.”

Yu Meng said, “Although we now do not meet very often but when we meet, he is always very warm and I believe he is a person who cares about friendship and is loyal to his friends. Both he and his wife are hospitable, without putting on air that other famous stars do. Also, Linda speaks Cantonese quite fluently.”

In the final words, Yu Ming said, “What Bruce has achieved today is by no means lucky. He gets up early every morning and trains diligently with perseverance and devotion. In addition, I think that he has a very good philosophy about life. For instance, he knows how to make the right choice as far as movie is concerned. From his serious attitude towards work, I believe his life in the no. 8th arts (movie) would be a long lasting one.”

Bruce Lee & his brother-in-law, Yu Ming: http://postimg.org/image/6f1g8tpdx/

(Note: Yu Ming is 90 years old and is currently residing in HK and is still an active and lively old man)

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January 21st, 2016, 9:05 am #2

Good article. Is he the guy who played with Lee in "Wise guys who fooled around"? (1956)
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January 21st, 2016, 11:04 am #3

Yu Ming, HK famous comedian and Bruce’s brother-in-law (cousin – Lee Chow Jun’s husband) talked about Bruce at the backstage of the TVB studio during an exclusive interview in mid 1972 (HK 1972 WOTD’s Special Magazine).

Yu Ming said, “It was around 1946, Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-Chuen was filming “Wealth Is Like A Dream” (directed by Yu Leung, elder brother of Yu Ming) and I was working as the set supervisor there, so, I got to know about Bruce and his family. Bruce was a kid then but surprisingly he knew how to act, I mean, he just has the talent in acting and is fated to walk this path...”

After making “Wealth Is Like A Dream,” Yu Ming became a regular visitor to Bruce’s house that lived a big family.

Yu Ming continued, “That time, Bruce was living in Nathan Road with his family of about 20 persons. So, it was very packed and lively during meal’s time. Bruce is an extrovert guy and his active personality makes the big family even more warming.”

Yu Ming recalled, “When Bruce was still a child, he was quite persistent in whatever he was doing and would not give up easily. Until today, he still possesses these traits and if he wants to do something, he’ll just do it, and never worry about this and that.”

“Bruce’s father had never pinned too much hopes on Bruce who once wanted to carve his future career in martial arts. He rather Bruce be like his brother, Peter Lee, studied diligently and do well in his academic result. However, Bruce loves martial arts more and focuses more in this area. Although Bruce did not get the likings of his father, he was liked by the people in the entertainment circle such as Fung Yin-Fan, Tso Tat-Hwa, Ng Chor-Fan etc. They all doted on him,”Yu Ming said.

Yu Ming added, “As Bruce grew up, he likes martial arts even more and would always practiced his Kung Fu secretly behind his father’s back. He hung a heavy bag and placed a wooden dummy at the corridor, and practiced diligently. Once, he grabbed my wrist and broke my watchband which was made of steel. At that time, I just took him as just another energetic lad, and never would I expect that he would accomplish such a great achievement today.” Lee Hoi-Chuen too, might not have also expected his son would become so famous today. Bruce is also the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a 4 million box-office record superstar, a philosopher with lots of theories...with such a versatile son, Lee Hoi-Chuen would be pleased and smiled contently in the heaven.

Yu Ming remembered, “When Bruce was a teenager, he used to dress fashionably and always tried to be unique among the rest...He was very good in Cha-Cha and could dance superbly. Bruce left for the States after completing his high school in HK and then pursued his study in the University over there. Then, several years later, I heard that he has started a Kung Fu school in the U.S. and teaching students. Those few years, I’ve not learnt much about him.”

“When Bruce returned to HK for his father’s funeral and stayed in HK for about a month.
We saw each other several times and I found that he has grown more mature but is still a warm-hearted and passionate guy.”

“When he returned to HK to film “The Big Boss,” I found he has become more serious and the biggest change I found in him was that he has changed from a well-dressed youngster to a much more carefree youth. He will leave his beard unshaved when not filming...” This makes people think of what Bruce once said, “In recent years, I’ve realised something, i.e. to express yourself honestly as beauty does not last.”

Yu Meng said, “Although we now do not meet very often but when we meet, he is always very warm and I believe he is a person who cares about friendship and is loyal to his friends. Both he and his wife are hospitable, without putting on air that other famous stars do. Also, Linda speaks Cantonese quite fluently.”

In the final words, Yu Ming said, “What Bruce has achieved today is by no means lucky. He gets up early every morning and trains diligently with perseverance and devotion. In addition, I think that he has a very good philosophy about life. For instance, he knows how to make the right choice as far as movie is concerned. From his serious attitude towards work, I believe his life in the no. 8th arts (movie) would be a long lasting one.”

Bruce Lee & his brother-in-law, Yu Ming: http://postimg.org/image/6f1g8tpdx/

(Note: Yu Ming is 90 years old and is currently residing in HK and is still an active and lively old man)
Great read and excellent pics thanks LJF.

Here's something I've found:

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/2013 ... 200389.htm



HK Film Archive's "Morning Matinee" to feature comedian Yu Ming in June (with photos)
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From playing antagonist characters like womanisers, traitors and thugs to acting in comedies in everyman roles, like the nice guy in romance films and the sidekick strategist who helps the hero formulate schemes, Yu Ming gave extraordinarily performances in a wide range of acting styles. As a tribute to the genre-crossing actor, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)'s "Morning Matinee" series will screen four of Yu's films at 11am on Friday mornings in June.

"The Wonderfully Humorous Yu Ming" series will be screened on June 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Cinema of the HKFA. The films to be shown are "Red Lips of May" (1968), featuring Yu as the hero's strategist; "A Fool's Luck" (1961), in which Yu plays an evil eunuch; "Beware of the Husband" (1964), with Helena Law and Yu as a hilarious couple; and "Making a Living in a Blind Way" (1967), featuring the comic pairing of Yu and Sun Ma Si-tsang.

Today an 89-year-old veteran actor, Yu Ming entered the film industry with his elder brother Yu Leung. Yu Ming has acted in over 300 films and has been popular in both film and TV. He played a wide variety of roles - from antagonists to everyman characters - and his style of playing the bumbling, over-the-top comic relief became a signature style that audiences loved.

"Red Lips of May" is one of Yu's favourite films, and he showed off his great comic timing as the strategist of the film's hero. To help his boss to woo Josephine Siao, Yu poses as a rich businessman. A comic chase scene with a security guard is the comic highlight of the film. In "A Fool's Luck", starring Yam Kim-fai, Law Yim-hing and Mak Bing-wing, Yu plays an evil eunuch attempting to usurp the throne. Yu plays the conniving villain with his distinguished style and captures the audience's attention.



Uproarious comedy unfolds in "Beware of the Husband" after Yu, playing a driver, engages in an act of debauchery. He visits a prostitute but is exposed in the end by his feisty wife, played by Helena Law, and gets a well-deserved beating from her. Yu's scene with Law is the comic high point, and it marked the beginning of a great acting partnership. In "Making a Living in a Blind Way", Yu and Sun Ma Si-tsang are paired as good friends. When Yu wins the lottery, he abandons his friends, only to have his fortune scammed away by con artists. From portraying an honest labourer to playing a heartless man consumed by greed, Yu displays the wide range of his acting talent in this film.

All films are in Cantonese without subtitles. "The Morning Matinee" series is guest-curated by film researcher Yuen Tsz-ying.

Tickets priced at $20 are available at all URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Credit card bookings can be made at 2111 5999 or on the Internet at www.urbtix.hk.

Detailed programme information can be obtained in the "ProFolio 67" leaflet, which is distributed at all performance venues of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. For enquiries, please call 2739 2139 or 2734 2900 or browse the website at www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/film ... m_film.htm

Ends/Monday, May 20, 2013
Issued at HKT 16:56



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January 22nd, 2016, 4:28 am #4

Yu Ming, HK famous comedian and Bruce’s brother-in-law (cousin – Lee Chow Jun’s husband) talked about Bruce at the backstage of the TVB studio during an exclusive interview in mid 1972 (HK 1972 WOTD’s Special Magazine).

Yu Ming said, “It was around 1946, Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-Chuen was filming “Wealth Is Like A Dream” (directed by Yu Leung, elder brother of Yu Ming) and I was working as the set supervisor there, so, I got to know about Bruce and his family. Bruce was a kid then but surprisingly he knew how to act, I mean, he just has the talent in acting and is fated to walk this path...”

After making “Wealth Is Like A Dream,” Yu Ming became a regular visitor to Bruce’s house that lived a big family.

Yu Ming continued, “That time, Bruce was living in Nathan Road with his family of about 20 persons. So, it was very packed and lively during meal’s time. Bruce is an extrovert guy and his active personality makes the big family even more warming.”

Yu Ming recalled, “When Bruce was still a child, he was quite persistent in whatever he was doing and would not give up easily. Until today, he still possesses these traits and if he wants to do something, he’ll just do it, and never worry about this and that.”

“Bruce’s father had never pinned too much hopes on Bruce who once wanted to carve his future career in martial arts. He rather Bruce be like his brother, Peter Lee, studied diligently and do well in his academic result. However, Bruce loves martial arts more and focuses more in this area. Although Bruce did not get the likings of his father, he was liked by the people in the entertainment circle such as Fung Yin-Fan, Tso Tat-Hwa, Ng Chor-Fan etc. They all doted on him,”Yu Ming said.

Yu Ming added, “As Bruce grew up, he likes martial arts even more and would always practiced his Kung Fu secretly behind his father’s back. He hung a heavy bag and placed a wooden dummy at the corridor, and practiced diligently. Once, he grabbed my wrist and broke my watchband which was made of steel. At that time, I just took him as just another energetic lad, and never would I expect that he would accomplish such a great achievement today.” Lee Hoi-Chuen too, might not have also expected his son would become so famous today. Bruce is also the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a 4 million box-office record superstar, a philosopher with lots of theories...with such a versatile son, Lee Hoi-Chuen would be pleased and smiled contently in the heaven.

Yu Ming remembered, “When Bruce was a teenager, he used to dress fashionably and always tried to be unique among the rest...He was very good in Cha-Cha and could dance superbly. Bruce left for the States after completing his high school in HK and then pursued his study in the University over there. Then, several years later, I heard that he has started a Kung Fu school in the U.S. and teaching students. Those few years, I’ve not learnt much about him.”

“When Bruce returned to HK for his father’s funeral and stayed in HK for about a month.
We saw each other several times and I found that he has grown more mature but is still a warm-hearted and passionate guy.”

“When he returned to HK to film “The Big Boss,” I found he has become more serious and the biggest change I found in him was that he has changed from a well-dressed youngster to a much more carefree youth. He will leave his beard unshaved when not filming...” This makes people think of what Bruce once said, “In recent years, I’ve realised something, i.e. to express yourself honestly as beauty does not last.”

Yu Meng said, “Although we now do not meet very often but when we meet, he is always very warm and I believe he is a person who cares about friendship and is loyal to his friends. Both he and his wife are hospitable, without putting on air that other famous stars do. Also, Linda speaks Cantonese quite fluently.”

In the final words, Yu Ming said, “What Bruce has achieved today is by no means lucky. He gets up early every morning and trains diligently with perseverance and devotion. In addition, I think that he has a very good philosophy about life. For instance, he knows how to make the right choice as far as movie is concerned. From his serious attitude towards work, I believe his life in the no. 8th arts (movie) would be a long lasting one.”

Bruce Lee & his brother-in-law, Yu Ming: http://postimg.org/image/6f1g8tpdx/

(Note: Yu Ming is 90 years old and is currently residing in HK and is still an active and lively old man)
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March 18th, 2016, 11:42 pm #5

Yu Ming, HK famous comedian and Bruce’s brother-in-law (cousin – Lee Chow Jun’s husband) talked about Bruce at the backstage of the TVB studio during an exclusive interview in mid 1972 (HK 1972 WOTD’s Special Magazine).

Yu Ming said, “It was around 1946, Bruce’s father, Lee Hoi-Chuen was filming “Wealth Is Like A Dream” (directed by Yu Leung, elder brother of Yu Ming) and I was working as the set supervisor there, so, I got to know about Bruce and his family. Bruce was a kid then but surprisingly he knew how to act, I mean, he just has the talent in acting and is fated to walk this path...”

After making “Wealth Is Like A Dream,” Yu Ming became a regular visitor to Bruce’s house that lived a big family.

Yu Ming continued, “That time, Bruce was living in Nathan Road with his family of about 20 persons. So, it was very packed and lively during meal’s time. Bruce is an extrovert guy and his active personality makes the big family even more warming.”

Yu Ming recalled, “When Bruce was still a child, he was quite persistent in whatever he was doing and would not give up easily. Until today, he still possesses these traits and if he wants to do something, he’ll just do it, and never worry about this and that.”

“Bruce’s father had never pinned too much hopes on Bruce who once wanted to carve his future career in martial arts. He rather Bruce be like his brother, Peter Lee, studied diligently and do well in his academic result. However, Bruce loves martial arts more and focuses more in this area. Although Bruce did not get the likings of his father, he was liked by the people in the entertainment circle such as Fung Yin-Fan, Tso Tat-Hwa, Ng Chor-Fan etc. They all doted on him,”Yu Ming said.

Yu Ming added, “As Bruce grew up, he likes martial arts even more and would always practiced his Kung Fu secretly behind his father’s back. He hung a heavy bag and placed a wooden dummy at the corridor, and practiced diligently. Once, he grabbed my wrist and broke my watchband which was made of steel. At that time, I just took him as just another energetic lad, and never would I expect that he would accomplish such a great achievement today.” Lee Hoi-Chuen too, might not have also expected his son would become so famous today. Bruce is also the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a 4 million box-office record superstar, a philosopher with lots of theories...with such a versatile son, Lee Hoi-Chuen would be pleased and smiled contently in the heaven.

Yu Ming remembered, “When Bruce was a teenager, he used to dress fashionably and always tried to be unique among the rest...He was very good in Cha-Cha and could dance superbly. Bruce left for the States after completing his high school in HK and then pursued his study in the University over there. Then, several years later, I heard that he has started a Kung Fu school in the U.S. and teaching students. Those few years, I’ve not learnt much about him.”

“When Bruce returned to HK for his father’s funeral and stayed in HK for about a month.
We saw each other several times and I found that he has grown more mature but is still a warm-hearted and passionate guy.”

“When he returned to HK to film “The Big Boss,” I found he has become more serious and the biggest change I found in him was that he has changed from a well-dressed youngster to a much more carefree youth. He will leave his beard unshaved when not filming...” This makes people think of what Bruce once said, “In recent years, I’ve realised something, i.e. to express yourself honestly as beauty does not last.”

Yu Meng said, “Although we now do not meet very often but when we meet, he is always very warm and I believe he is a person who cares about friendship and is loyal to his friends. Both he and his wife are hospitable, without putting on air that other famous stars do. Also, Linda speaks Cantonese quite fluently.”

In the final words, Yu Ming said, “What Bruce has achieved today is by no means lucky. He gets up early every morning and trains diligently with perseverance and devotion. In addition, I think that he has a very good philosophy about life. For instance, he knows how to make the right choice as far as movie is concerned. From his serious attitude towards work, I believe his life in the no. 8th arts (movie) would be a long lasting one.”

Bruce Lee & his brother-in-law, Yu Ming: http://postimg.org/image/6f1g8tpdx/

(Note: Yu Ming is 90 years old and is currently residing in HK and is still an active and lively old man)
I remember that Yu Ming was supposed to appear Game of Death (Lee's Version) which I think it's mentioned in his 12 page storyline. I'm not sure if Jackie Chan was supposed to get a role in the film, even Yu Ming, if I'm wrong that he was supposed to play a fan asking for Hai Tien's autograph.
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March 18th, 2016, 11:46 pm #6

That's what I heard, Tue, is that Jackie Chan would be playing the autograph fan aboard the plane, and that his name was Yu Ming.
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