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Our passion for action films has inspired us to do in-depth analyses of fight sequences with action filmmakers around the world. 

Andy Cheng Pt 1: Shang Chi Fight Coordinator, Jackie Chan Horse Fights, & The Beauty of Hong Kong Filmmaking Action Filmmaking Decoded- The Story of Action Films

Welcome to the final stretch of Shang Chi Week! This week featured Joseph Le and Vi-Dan Tran. Today, we are… Introducing: Andy Cheng. He is known as fight coordinator for Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He is also a veteran of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team working on films such as Who Am I, Mr Nice Guy, Shanghai Noon, and Rush Hour 1 & 2. Other works of his include: Into the Badlands, The Rundown, Scorpion King, and 6 Underground. In this episode, Andy regails us with his exploits as a Tae Kwon Do athlete and Bronze medalist. He’s been knocked out, knocked out others, and even had to fight his own teammate on TV! He also details his younger years imitating Jackie Chan stunts with his friends, including one near-death experience involving a loose pipe on the top of a building. We talk about the blending of action movie styles for Shang Chi and break down scenes from the Jackie Chan film Mr. Nice Guy, including the horse carriage scene which resulted in someone “breaking their head.” We look at the construction site scene too, a scene that had the team filming absolutely nothing for two straight days as Jackie sat and thought about the sequence. Andy also tells us about living with Jackie and throwing a Tomahawk at Jackie’s head! In Part II, we’ll be breaking down other Jackie Chan works like Who Am I and Rush Hour 1 & 2, Andy Cheng’s works featuring Dwayne Johnson including The Getaway and Scorpion King, as well as his work on Michael Bay’s 6 Underground. We also cover Andy’s amazing fights on AMC’s Into the Badlands and, of course, dive into Shang Chi. Join us as we chat with Andy Cheng: Taekwondo Champion, Stunt Golf Champion, Action Filmmaking Champion – Edited by Luigi Hernandez If you enjoyed this episode, you can support us at Subscribe and leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or the podcast app of your choice. Find us at or on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok at @actionfilmmakingpodcast Until next time, thanks for listening. — Support this podcast:
  1. Andy Cheng Pt 1: Shang Chi Fight Coordinator, Jackie Chan Horse Fights, & The Beauty of Hong Kong Filmmaking
  2. Vi-Dan Tran & Joseph Le Pt 2: Shang Chi Bus Scene Changes, PlayStation Controlled Cameras, & Action Orgasms
  3. Vi-Dan Tran & Joseph Le Pt 1: Shang Chi Action Designers, Jackie Chan Stunt Team, & Making an Action Musical
  4. AFD News: Spider-Man NWH Trailer, Matrix 4 Resurrection First Look, Cowboy Bebop Live Action Photos, Shang Chi Breakdown
  5. CC Ice: Scarlet Witch & Black Widow Stunt Double (Wandavision, Infinity War, Endgame)

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