Who is James Lew?
Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, The “Rock”, David Carradine, Chuck Norris, Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Kurt Russell, Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Lee and the list goes on and on, have all kicked James Lew’s butt in the movies!
Lew started his career as a stuntman in the original “Kung Fu” television series. From that time on he has been working nonstop. He has earned the highest respect in the industry as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, fight choreographer, director and actor. James was voted “Favorite Action Star” by fans of Inside Martial Arts magazine. Internet fans voted him into the Hall of Fame in the Martial Arts History Museum. Inside Kung Fu Magazine inducted him as one of the “Martial Arts Greats” alongside legends as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme and his longtime friend Jackie Chan.
Raised in South Central Los Angeles his destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular “Kung Fu” television series. James went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, “Young Dragon”. He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox’s cult film, “Big Trouble In Little China”. Hit Parader Magazine dubbed Lew “the king of big screen martial arts villains.” From the deadly killer in “Red Sun Rising” to the deadly fighter in the comedy spoof “Hot Shots Part Deux”, Lew has proven his chops in both drama and comedy. As a stunt/fight coordinator his creative talents shined in the television series, “The Crow”, the hit movie remake, “Get Smart” and the recent action movie, Ashton Kutcher’s, “Killers”. His formula for longevity in the film industry is diversity, hard work and having a whole lot of fun.
James Lew wrote, produced, directed and starred in a movie inspired by his personal hard knocks in the business titled “18 Fingers of Death”. The story follows Buford Lee, the famous “unknown” low budget martial arts movie star and Ronald Mack, a young black film maker from the hood. Together they laugh and bond together on their quest to finally make Buford’s break out movie. Wearing his producer hat, Lew put a distribution deal with Universal Studios Home Entertainment for his independent movie.
Most recently, he produced with his partner at Asgard Entertainment, “Tengu, The Immortal Blade”. It is a sci-fi martial arts drama…an “Asian Highlander” adventure set in modern day. Lew stars as the immortal hero, Asura!
Next on the to do list? Lew is developing his website: to provide the ultimate action entertainment network. In the works: a horror martial arts movie and a live action meets a “martial arts anime” movie in 3D! “I want to concentrate on producing and directing entertaining projects that inspire and matter. It can be movies, television, commercials or music videos…I love it all.”