Alexander Fu Sheng (1954-1983) was one of Hong Kong's most talented and celebrated performers. Favored son of Shaw Brothers legendary director Chang Cheh and star pupil of martial arts master Lau Kar-Leung, Alex was a charismatic performer known for his impish nature, ingenuous ways, and physical adroitness. He starred in many old school, kung fu classics such as "The Brave Archer," "Chinatown Kid," "Five Shaolin Masters," "The Avenging Eagle," and "Heroes Two." At a time when actors were trying to emulate the recently deceased Bruce Lee, Fu Sheng was his own trendsetter in which his persona was eventually imitated. His worldwide popularity was soaring when a wrong turn proved fatal in a 1983 motor vehicle accident.
Now, for the first time ever, a book-length biography is available on the life and times of Alexander Fu Sheng.
Alexander Fu Sheng: Biography of the Chinatown Kid is a 90,000-word tribute to the late actor. The book encompasses over 5500 pages of research, 1100 translated pages, and six years of interviews, fact-checking, and multiple rewrites. Clocking in at 342 pages, the bio includes 250 quotes, 370 footnotes, rare photos, behind-the-scenes tales, biographical background on the filmmakers and co-stars, and the history of the films’ source materials.
Alexander Fu Sheng: Biography of the Chinatown Kid is neither a book of reviews nor a rehashing of previous material. It provides unique insight by those who knew and worked alongside the actor. Each of Fu Sheng’s forty-three finished movies are examined. Unfinished projects are also revealed, his family, marriage and impending divorce are explored, and we read in Alex’s own words his thoughts about his fame and what the future might bring. This is a must-have book, not just for fans of Fu Sheng, but for anyone who grew up watching Shaw Brothers films.
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