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Bruce Law: The accidental stuntman

Posted by jahanzaibmemon on December 5, 2007

HONG KONG, China — Hong Kong’s veteran stuntman and special effects expert Bruce Law is busy coordinating car stunts and pyrotechnic effects on the Shanghai set of the new Hollywood production “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” — or “Mummy 3” for short — starring Jet Li.

Law recently took a break to discuss his career, from his first Hong Kong action movies to his latest work shooting in China.

You started out as a professional Thai boxer, and you were even part of Hong Kong’s Auxiliary Police Force. What finally brought you to the film industry?

I actually got into the industry by accident. When the opportunity came up to work within the industry, I jumped at it. Meanwhile, my previous experiences had laid a somewhat diverse, but very useful, foundation for me.

At 15, I was learning fencing and trampoline. When I was 16, I started to learn both Chinese martial arts and the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. By the time I was 18, shortly after I earned my black belt, I entered and won the Hong Kong Tae Kwon Do Black Belt championship. It was also when I first started playing around with motorcycles, and when I was 22, I returned to professional Thai boxing.

I was 24 when I entered the film industry, and my first movie was Jackie Chan‘s “Police Story.” The next movie I did was for director and producer Guy Lai, who asked me to be the car-stunt coordinator for his film “Sister Cupid.”

I formed Bruce Law Stunts Unlimited in 1987 or 1988. I had already been involved in a lot of movies, but my name hadn’t been mentioned in the credits of many of them. One film that really encouraged me in a big way was being mentioned in the opening credits of John Woo‘s “The Killer.” That gave me a tremendous boost.

In 1992, I worked not only on Jackie Chan’s “Police Story 3: Super Cop” but also “Crime Story” as the car-stunt director as well as the pyrotechnics and explosion director, which was another affirmation of myself.

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