Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Buddhist Personality : Wong Yuen San

Name : Wong Yuen San
Country : Hong Kong
Profession : Monk ( present ), Actor ( past )
Date Of Birth : 1948

Wong Yuen San was born to a poor family in China in 1948. The family later emigrated to Hong Kong when he was still a little boy. He started learning Chinese martial arts at age 13. One day, seeing Wong Yuen San's skill in martial arts, his younger brother registered his name for a screen test with a movie producer. He passed the test and filmed his first movie in 1973. He made almost 2 dozens movie from 1973 to the early 1980s. In the 1980s, when the Hong Kong movie industry was not doing well, he switched to filming drama with local television station. In 1981, he filmed a drama, Legendary Fok (Huo Yuanjia) with ATV and that drama became a huge hit in Hong Kong. His name became more well known in 1985 after the drama was aired in China. He continued to make drama with ATV until 1989 and at the same time started to learn about Buddhism. In 1989, feeling disillusioned with the mortal world, he decided to leave his wife and children to become a monk. He entered a monastery in Lantou Island, Hong Kong and led a peaceful monastic life since. During this period, many friends and film directors tried to persuade him to return to movie making but they were unsuccessful. In 2005, Wong finally discarded his robe and left monkhood and is now leading a secluded life in the US.