An Interview with Hwang Jang Lee

Did you ever see those movies “Drunken Master” and “Snake in The Eagle’s Shadow” with Jackie Chan? Did you ever wonder about that lethal super-villain with the lightning fast kicks?

Known for his powerful charisma and presence, devastating kicks, and speed, he is the archetypal on-screen bad guy and has certainly proved one of the most notorious in martial arts movie history.

You may have seen some of his other hit films like “Hitman in The Hand of The Buddha“, “Hellz Windstaff” and “Secret Rivals“, where you’ll see some of the most amazing, dazzling, high-energy kicking and fighting sequences ever put to film!

Well, Hwang Jang Lee is the real deal, a real fighter and highly respected (9th dan) teacher in Tang Soo Do as well as being a really cool actor.

We had the rare privilege of meeting him last month in London and couldn’t believe we were meeting this very same legend we used to admire for so long from all those classic kung-fu movies watched and re-watched (until the VHS tapes wore out) with awe as kids, back in the day!

Turns out Grandmaster Hwang is one of the most friendly, generous and genuine people you could ever hope to meet. Guess you can never underestimate the effect of meeting such a great person in the flesh can you?

He told us frankly about his life, career, training and interests which we’ve condensed into a 15 minute interview – we hope you like it. So, without further ado, please sit back, relax and enjoy an audience with Grandmaster Hwang Jang-lee!

We’d love to hear your comments in the comments section below and while you’re here, why not subscribe to us on YouTube and follow us on Facebook?

Raj, a wing chun student, enjoys spending time studying various aspects of the martial arts, from theory to practically applied skills. He enjoys interviewing prominent and dedicated martial artists from all over the world, who have something inspiring and stimulating to share. He also manages projects in terms of filming, reviews of movies/books and other quality features.

7 Comments
  1. Reply
    Rtam October 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    He is a great martial artist …..we expect more martial arts movies from him …… 🙂

  2. Reply
    Jing Li November 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Really good to see him still so vigorous and healthy! He did many of wonderful Martial arts movies, Thank KFK for making this interview to show something about him .

  3. Reply
    Marton December 30, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Whoa, it’s so nice to see him since I saw the movie Drunken Master! Now I see an aged man who is still young in soul and heart. I really like how he enjoys giving answers and talking about his favourite stuff which in fact is mostly the same what I like. A great martial artist, wish the best for him!

  4. Reply
    Tyrone January 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    An awesome interview! Grandmaster Hwang Jang Lee is my favourite kicker
    in martial arts to date and it was remarkably inspiring to witness the
    magnitude of his humility regardless of all his achievements and contributions
    to the martial arts.

  5. Reply
    Spencer Lloyd Peet January 15, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for this very enjoyable and relaxed interview with Grandmaster Hwang Jung (Jang) Lee, a super nice guy and a true living legend. I also meet and interviewed Lee that weekend and can honestly say it’s been one of the highlights of my career. His answer to the last question he was asked in this video interview really validates his understanding of the true meaning of martial arts. It’s a message all aspiring martial artists should commit to memory and apply to their training.

  6. Reply
    Ahsan Mustafa January 17, 2015 at 3:09 am

    From his old movies, I always suspected this guy was a practitioner of either northern Kung Fu or Korean martial arts, but I didn’t know his name, otherwise it would have instantly clicked he is Korean. Hwang Jang Lee. Great interview which got the best out of the great man, proving that language is no barrier where there is mutual respect and a love of the martial arts. Big thumbs up from me! Well done, Raj! 🙂

  7. Reply
    Anthony P. Robinson January 19, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Incredible! Okay, I have to confess I had to geek out a little because I own most of the movies listed above, and have probably watched them more than any person should. I remember trying to emulate that same posture in class trying to get the hips to move that same way, failing horribly at first, but trying. It was great to see this interview. Now I am pretty sure I will be watching “Drunken Master” before bed.

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Kung-fu Kingdom