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June 2010

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Let me start this interview at the beginning of your career for a change: How did you intitially get into martial arts, and what can you tell us about your career as a fighter up to your introduction into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 1991?


I was into sports all my life, and when my brother got into kung fu, I thought it was cool and I decided to try martial arts. I started with Tae Kwon Do, then switched to Kung Fu.

Did a little Tae Kwon Do at 8 years old. Then started Kung Fu at 13 years old.

I practiced 4 to 8 hours a day. My main goal was to compete and do well. Pacticed Lama Kung Fu, Seven Star Praying Mantis, Tae Kwon Do, Wu Shu, Shaolin Kung Fu.

Competed on a professional team for a few years and I was fortune it enough to do well and got inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.


How did you get into the film business in the first place?


The people from the Ninja Turtles movies came to a tournament and saw me compete and asked me to come to LA and audition. I did that and got the role of Raphael in TMNT II.


You played a role in the videogames Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat 2 in the early 1990's. What can you tell us about that, you subsequent career in videogames, and for all of us not familiar with the videogame world: How do you play a role in a videogame?


My friend asked me to do the video game because he knew I was a martial arts champion and I just got done doing TMNT II. Doing the game was a great experience. We also toured to promote the game for the home systems.

I have done video games since then but now they use motion capturing movements and draw in the characters.

In MK1 and MK2 we filmed the actors and placed them directly on the screen. So it is one of the only games in which you play real people. I think that is one of the reasons it was so popular.


How did you get a role in Jackie Chan's Legend of the Drunken Master/Drunken Master 2, and a few words about the film and Mr Chan?


The director, Lau Kar Leung came to the set of TMNT III and saw me and asked if I would be in his film. It happened to be Drunken Master 2.

Spent 8 months in Asia doing the movie. Had a wonderful time playing the role of Henry.

Jackie is a good guy. This is before he made it big in America but I am sure he is still the same, very down to earth.


A few words about the WMAC Masters, in which you participated as Superstar?


WMAC was great. We filmed in Orlando. They got all the great martial artists at the time and we got the do what we do best. Also, working with my brother, Hoyoung Pak, was great.


You have over the years done action choreography on numerous films, but the most unusual project you have worked on was probably doing some choreography for Madonna's Drowned World-tour in 2001. What can you tell us about your work on that one, and how did you get involved with the whole thing in the first place?


My friend asked me to come teach Madonna Kung Fu and she liked what I did so I taught her and choreographed the fight scenes for the tour. I liked working with her because she is a perfectionist.


In Epoch of Lotus from 2000, you played your first lead in a feature film. What can you tell us about that one, and how easy was it for you to get into acting in a lead role?


Working with the people in Epoch was a really wonderful experience. The role was not a difficult one because I played a warrior.


In 2005, you not only starred in but co-wrote and co-produced two films, Book of Swords and Fist of the Warrior/Lesser of Three Evils. What are these two films about?


Fist of the Warrior is about 3 characters whose lives entangle each others. I play an assassin that wants to walk away from the mob but they will not let me. It was a cool character to play.

Book of Swords is about a guy who finds out his true destiny. Just a good kick ass fighting film.


What made you decide to take the step and go into producing these films?


I have an MBA (masters in Business) and I thought I should use it. So producing these films was part of my business goal.


You wrote the stories for both Book of Swords and Fist of the Warrior. What were your main inspirations?


Characters that young men would like to see. And characters that have a love interest. And fights of course.


A few words about GenOne, the production company of Book of Swords and Lesser of Three Evils, which you are somehow involved in?


We are hoping to make more films in the next few years.


After your experiences with Book of Swords and Fist of the Warrior, what do you see yourself first and foremost, a martial artist, a stunt choreographer, an actor, a producer or a writer?


Good question. I like acting and producing the most.

Martial arts is a part of my life so anything to do with that, I enjoy.


In 2005 you also made two films with the for some reason notorious director Uwe Boll, Alone in the Dark and BloodRayne. What can you tell us about these movies and Mr Boll?


Uwe is a really good guy. I think he has a lot of passion for his films. For some reason his films do not do well but it is not because of a lack of passion and love of film making. Had a good experience on his films. And he is really nice and down to earth.


A few words about the wonderfully titled 18 Fingers of Death?


Funny film with James Lew as director and actor.


Speaking of wonderful titles, what can you tell us about Dead and Deader?


LOL... the movie is better than the title.


Any other films or projects I have somehow missed you'd like to mention?


I will let you know about other project soon... thanks for asking.


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Thanks for the interview!


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