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Mainland martial artist Ji Chunhua who excelled in playing villains yesterday passed away in Hengzhou. Three months ago he saw a doctor for back pain and was confirmed to have terminal lung cancer. Ji Chunhua once was a Zhejiang province wushu team member. In the 80s he caught director Chang Hsin Yen's eyes for SHAOLIN TEMPLE. In the film he had many action scenes with film star Jet Li (Lee Nin Kt), made a name for himself and thus was known as "Vulture". Later he participated in the Zhang Yimou film REG SORGHUM as "Pu Sanbao" and became a gold label villain martial art actor. Over 30 years he made many films like FONG SAI YUK II and the Wong Jing directed THE NEW LEGEND OF SHAOLIN. In recent years he made the jump to television. In 2015 he worked on the Mainland series WU DI TIE QIAO SAN with Kara Wai Ying Hung.
Ji Chunhua once said that his wife and daughter were in Canada and that his daughter liked to study martial art. After Ji Chunhua's passing, Ken Ho Ka King and Vincent Zhao Wenzhou all remembered him online. Filmmaker Tsui Siu Ming even revealed, "Character actor Vulture -- Ji Chunhua passed away yesterday. We have known each other for a very long time. In the early 80s I met him when he came to Hong Kong to promote SHAOLIN TEMPLE with Lee Nin Kit. We saw each other again last year, which I never expected to be our last!"