With the news that Eddie Peng will play Wong Fei Hong in the upcoming Rise of the Legend we want your opinion on the best Wong Fei Hong pre-Eddie. The last two film incarnations have been Jet Li and Vincent Zhao. Which one best embodied what we as fans believe that Wong Fei Hong should be? Of course, Kwan Tak Hing was virtually THE Wong Fei Hong archetype for many years during the golden era of kung fu films. But what about modern times? Let’s take a brief look at Jet and Vincent and see how they stack up.
Mainland Chinese born Li Lian Jie trained in Wu Shu (martial arts) since he was eight years old and went on to win fifteen gold medals in various Wu Shu championships! He has mastered the following Wu Shu styles and routines: Changquan( Long Fist), Fanziquan(tumbling fist), Taijiquan, Baguazhang, Zuiquan (DRunken boxing) just to anme a few. His somewhat stoic on screen nature and the aforementioned martial arts skill made him a perfect Wong Fei Hong and one many fans associate with the folk hero.
Vincent was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and like Jet was trained in Mainland Chinese Wu Shu. Vincent also won championships such as National Junior Championship, National All Around Championship, and the prestigious National Martial Arts championship. Zhao is a noted specialist in the internal Chinese Wu Shu styles of Chen and Yang Taijiquan. He brought a reflective, scholarly presence to the role of Wong Fei Hong as well as considerable martial prowess.