Monday, December 22, 2014

Profile of Tan Tao Liang - Happy 67th Birthday!

Today marks the 67th Birthday of Tan Tao Liang aka Dorian Tan aka Delon Tan!

The birthday boy, Tan Tao Liang aka Flash Legs

Tan Tao Liang was born in Pusan, Korea on this date of Dec 22 in 1947. He has an amazing agility in his kicks. Tan, more known for his flashy kicks than, say, Hwang Jang-Lee's powerful kicks, he was nicknamed "Flash Legs". He won many Tae Kwon Do (TKD) tournaments in his teens and early 20's and was a World Champion.

Tan is one of the best kickers in the 1970's/80's Hong Kong films along with Hwang Jang-Lee, John Liu, and Casanova Wong. He started teaching TKD in Monterey Park, California in 1987, but is now living in Taiwan. His students still run his TKD School in California. He retired from films in 1985.

'Flash Legs' Tribute 

Kung Fu Master Tribute 

Earlier today, I posted 2 full movies of Tan Tao Liang that he is best known for:

The Hot, the Cool, and the Vicious

The Leg Fighters aka The Invincible Kung Fu Legs

Happy 67th Birthday Tan Tao Liang!

Here are some of Master Tan's 'famous' pupils, some of whom you will recognize and some of whom may surprise you!

1) Kam Kong

Kam Kong in 1978's Invincible Kung Fu Trio

Kam Kong is probably best known for his role as 'Fung Sheng Wu Chi' in "Master of the Flying Guillotine [aka One-armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine (1976)]".

For 2 GIF Sets I've made from "Master of the Flying Guillotine [aka One-armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine (1976)]", please check out:

2) Shannon Lee

Daughter of Bruce Lee; she learned TKD from Master Tan for her role as 'Mandy' in "Enter the Eagles" aka "And Now You're Dead" which I posted here.

The beautiful and deadly daughter of the Dragon, Shannon Lee

Here are some GIFs I've made of Shannon in action:

3) John Liu Chung-Liang

Liu learned TKD from Master Tan when Liu attended the National Taiwan University. Liu goes on through Master Tan's rigorous training to join Tan as one of the superkickers of the 1970's/80's.

John Liu known for his Leg Holding Skills
From Secret Rivals II
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4) Jonathan Ke Quan

Quan, better known as 'Short Round' and 'Data' from "The Goonies", studied Taekwondo under Philip Tan on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  Quan would go on to further his TKD training under Master Tan.

Jonathan Ke Quan as "Short Round", 1984, 12 years old
Quan in 2013, 42 years old

WOW! Look at Short Round all grown up!

5) Yuen Biao

In 1976, John Woo directed a young Yuen Biao (as well as Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung) along with Master Tan in "Hand of Death". During the filming, Tan taught Yuen Biao TKD.

Yuen Biao in Shanghai Express
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Check out Yuen Biao in action, please check out these posted movies:

For more info on Tan Tao Liang, please see:



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