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Lo Wei
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    (December 12, 1918-January 20, 1996)
    Born in Jiangsu Province, China
    Appeared in the films ‘Prisoner of Love’ (1951), ‘A Scholar’s Adventures’ (1952), ‘The Pistol’ (1961), ‘Empress Wu’ (1963), ‘Land of the Brave’ (1964), ‘Summons to Death’ (1967), ‘The Golden Sword’ (1969), ‘Vengeance of a Showgirl’ (1971), ‘A Man Called Tiger’ (1973) and ‘Life Is Cheap… But Toilet Paper Is Expensive’ (1989)
    Directed the films ‘Summons to Death’ (1967), ‘Dragon Swamp’ (1969), ‘Brothers Five’ (1970), ‘Vengeance of a Showgirl’ (1971), ‘The Big Boss’ (1971), ‘Fist of Fury’ (1972), ‘A Man Called Tiger’ (1973), ‘Naughty! Naughty!’ (1974), ‘The Girl with the Dexterous Touch’ (1975), ‘New Fists of Fury’ (1976), ‘To Kill with Intrigue’ (1977), ‘Immortal Warriors’ (1978) and ‘Dragon Fist’ (1979)
    He was called ‘the Orson Welles of Hong Kong’; unfortunately, the nickname was not a tribute to his directorial talents, but was inspired by his weight, temper and ego.
    He often would listen to horse or dog races on the radio while the actors were filming a scene.
    He angered Bruce Lee by claiming to have taught him how to fight on camera.
    After the successes of ‘The Big Boss’ and ‘Fist of Fury,’ he began calling himself ‘the million dollar director,’ further pissing off his million dollar star.
    After the filming of ‘Fist of Fury,’ he and Lee not only refused to work together, if they were about to run into each other at the studio, they would turn their backs to each other and walk away.
    He directed the films that made stars out of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
    He urged producer Raymond Chow to sign Bruce Lee to a film contract.
    During an argument, Bruce Lee pulled a knife on him.

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