Richard Ng

Richard Ng
Richard Ng
Chinese name 吳耀漢 (Traditional)
Chinese name 吴耀汉 (Simplified)
Pinyin Wú Yào Hàn (Mandarin)
Jyutping ng4 yiu6 hon3 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Taishan, Guangdong
Born December 17, 1939 (1939-12-17) (age 71)
Republic of China Guangdong, China
Other name(s) Richard Woo
Occupation actor
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Susan Ng
Children Carl Ng
Alex Ng
Zoe Ng
Louise Ng

Richard Ng Yiu-Hon (born December 17, 1939) is a Hong Kong actor. He is known for playing comedic roles, particularly in Hong Kong films of the 1980s and 90s.


Film and television career

Ng has appeared in 80 films to date. He has twice been nominated for the Best Actor Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards, for his roles in Winners and Sinners and Beyond the Sunset. He has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hong Kong action cinema including Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Andy Lau and Jet Li.

1970s, 80s and 90s

His first role was in the 1976 Michael Hui comedy film The Private Eyes. It was the first of many films Ng would appear in with Sammo Hung throughout the next 30 years.

In 1979, Ng made his only film as director, Murder Most Foul. He also starred in the film and co-wrote it with Wong Jing.

In 1983, he appeared as "Exhaust Pipe" in Hung's film Winners and Sinners, a template to the Lucky Stars series. He would go on to appear in all of the subsequent Lucky Stars films throughout the 1980s, in fundamentally the same role, though his character name in the later films was "Sandy".

Ng came to the fore in all 4 of the Pom Pom series, alongside fellow Lucky Star, John Shum. The Pom Pom films were something of a spinoff from the Lucky Stars series, though more comedy than action-orientated. Sammo Hung worked as producer on the first three, and as action director on the first two, and all four films were released by Hung's production companies, Bo Ho Films and D&B Films. The first film, Pom Pom! featured cameos from Sammo Hung, Charlie Chin and Stanley Fung as their characters from Winners and Sinners. Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao, who had also appeared in the Lucky Stars films also made cameo appearances. In the series, Ng plays "Ng Ah Chow" (or Ng Ah Chau), whilst Shum plays "Beethoven", a pair of inept and lovelorn cops. The first three Pom Pom films fared well at the domestic box office, taking between HK $17 and HK $20 million each, a sum comparable to contemparies such as the original Lucky Stars trilogy, Chan's Project A and Hung and Biao's Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain.

Ng became an established actor, and was given supporting roles in a number of popular Hong Kong action comedies including Wheels on Meals (1984), Millionaire's Express (1986) and Jackie Chan's Miracles (1989).

Throughout the 1990s he appeared in at least 8 further films with Sammo Hung, including Once Upon a Time in China and America.

2000s: British TV and Father & Son films

As of 1997, Richard Ng moved to live in London, England[1] and was said to be semi-retired. However, he is clearly still very active, having made several appearances on British television since that time, and he is also continuing to work on Hong Kong films.

Since it started in 2002, Ng has appeared in several episodes of the ongoing BBC Scotland soap, River City (under the name Richard Woo). His character is "Johnny Wu", the owner of the "Wok My World" takeaway.

In 2003 he appeared in the second Tomb Raider film, The Cradle of Life.

In 2004, he appeared in a deleted scene in an episode of Black Books.

He also appeared in an episode of The Bill in 2005, and an episode of the Nickelodeon UK series, Genie in the House in 2006.

Ng could be seen on British television, playing a shopkeeper in an advertisement for RAC, alongside Lennox Lewis, and in another advertisement for satellite television, dressed as an eskimo. He also played the emperor of China in a Channel 4 docu-drama, The Great Wall of China. It was first shown on October 1, 2007 at 9pm. In 2008, he appeared as Sifu Chien, the Shaolin master of Hong Kong policeman, Terry Phoo (Eddie Shin) in the pilot episode of the BBC Three program, Phoo Action.

In 2000, Richard Ng appeared alongside his son, Carl Ng, in the film Love at First Sight aka Sausalito. The two have since appeared together several more times, including in Dante Lam's Jiang hu: The Triad Zone (2000), Lemon Crush (2002), Sammo Hung's Legend of the Dragon (2004) and the Jingle Ma film, Happy Birthday (2007).

Ng and son will also appear together in three forthcoming films. The first of these is Magazine Gap Road, which is completed and due for release in 2007. This will be followed by Bodyguard: A New Beginning, which is currently filming, and in 2008, Jessica Caught on Tape.

Personal life

Ng was educated in England,[2] and returned to live in London in 1997. He has four children, Alex Ng, Zoe Ng, Louise Ng and Hong Kong actor Carl Ng by with his wife, Susan, a British woman who worked as Bruce Lee's hair stylist in the 1970s.[1]


  • The Fortune Buddies (2011)
  • Men Suddenly in Love (2011)
  • Perfect Wedding (2010)
  • Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
  • Flirting Scholar 2 (2010)
  • Silver Lining (2010)
  • Here Comes Fortune (財神到) (2010)
  • Red Dwarf: Back to Earth (TV episodes, 2009) - The Nose Maker
  • Phoo Action (TV pilot, 2008) - Sifu Chien
  • Happy Birthday (生日快樂) (2007) - Xiao Mi's Dad
  • Mr. 3 Minutes (3分鐘先生) (2006) - Chung Gai-cheung
  • Legend of the Dragon (龍威父子) (2004)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) - buyer (as Richard Woo)
  • My Dream Girl (炮製女朋友) (2003) - Cheung Tin
  • My Wife Is 18 (我老婆唔夠秤) (2002)
  • Lemon Crush (2002)
  • Beijing Rocks (北京樂與路) (2001) - Wu De-hui
  • The Monkey King aka The Lost Empire (TV series, 2001) - Communist Official
  • Jiang hu: The Triad Zone (江湖告急) (2000)
  • Sausalito (一見鍾情) aka Love at First Sight (2000)
  • Hong Kong Night Club (香港大夜總會) (1997) - Yu Ten-sen
  • Once Upon a Time in China and America (黃飛鴻之西域雄獅) (1997) - Han
  • Ah Kam (阿金) (1996) - Detective
  • How to Meet the Lucky Stars (運財五福星) (1996) - Dee
  • Whatever Will Be, Will Be (仙樂飄飄) (1995) - Wing's Dad
  • Heaven Can't Wait (救世神棍) (1995) - Taoist
  • Once in a Lifetime (終身大事) (1995)
  • Don't Give a Damn (方面俾) aka Burger Cop (1995) - Old Bluffer on Bus
  • Mack the Knife 流氓醫生 (1995) aka Dr. Mack (1995) - Professor Bao
  • Under One Roof (同一屋簷下) (TV series, 1994) - Bobby (unknown episodes)
  • Perfect Couples (皆大歡喜) (1993)
  • Future Cops (超級學校霸王) (1993) - Uncle Richard Yu/Green Wolf/Blanka
  • Kung Fu Cult Master (倚天屠龍記之魔教教主) aka Evil Cult aka Lord Of The Wu Tang aka Kung Fu Master (1993) - King of Green Bat: Wai Yat Siu
  • Boys Are Easy (追男仔) (1993) - Ching Sing
  • Saviour of the Soul II (九二神鵰之痴心情長劍) (1992) - Devil King
  • Banana Spirit (精靈變) (1992) - Tang
  • Handsome Siblings (絕代雙驕) (1992)
  • The Banquet (豪門夜宴) aka Party of a Wealthy Family (1991) - Siu-Chi's Father
  • Son on the Run (帶子洪郎) (1991)
  • The Gambling Ghost (洪福齊天) (1991) - Roadblock Cop
  • Ghost Punting (五福星撞鬼) (1991) - Da Shan-Di
  • Slickers vs. Killers (黐線枕邊人) (1991) - Chow
  • Till Death Shall We Start (衰鬼撬牆腳) (1990)
  • License to Steal (龍鳳賊捉賊) (1990) - No. 1 (Inspector Tam)
  • Red Dust (滾滾紅塵) (1990) - Yu
  • Family Honour (無名家族) (1990) - Ming's Husband
  • Demon Intruder (夜魔先生) aka The Nocturnal Demon (1990) - Cab Driver
  • Mr. Sunshine (開心巨無霸) (1989)
  • Return of the Lucky Stars (福星闖江湖) (1989) - Tai-Shan
  • Unfaithfully Yours (花心三劍俠) (1989)
  • Excuse Me, Please! (猛鬼山墳) (1989) - Cock
  • Beyond the Sunset (飛越黃昏) (1989) - Wong
  • Run, Don't Walk (老虎出監) (1989) - Ng Shing-Choi
  • Miracles (奇蹟) aka Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989) - Captain Ho
  • Faithfully Yours (最佳女婿) (1988) - Ying's Father
  • Keep on Dancing (繼續跳舞) (1988)
  • Yes, Madam 2 (皇家師姐 III 雌雄大盜) aka In the Line of Duty Part 3 aka Force of the Dragon (1988) - Neddy the Ninja
  • Golden Swallow (金燕子) (1988) - Hsiang Yu
  • King of Stanley Market (褲甲天下) (1988)
  • Gaston en Leo in Hong Kong (Belgian film, (1988) - Agent 008
  • Mistaken Identity (烏龍賊替身) (1988) - Cheung Kan-Sing
  • Magnificent Warriors (中華戰士) aka Yes, Madam 3 aka Dynamite Fighters (1987) - Paulina Wong
  • My Cousin, the Ghost (表哥到) (1987) - Cousin Ng Dut Dai
  • Mr. Handsome (美男子) (1987) - Dr. Richard Chow
  • Mr. Vampire 3 (靈幻先生) (1987) - Mao Ming
  • The Wrong Couples (不是冤家不聚頭) (1987)
  • Millionaire's Express (富貴列車) aka Shanghai Express (1986) - Han
  • From Here to Prosperity (奪寶計上計) (1986)
  • Pom Pom Strikes Back (雙龍吐珠) (1986) - Chau
  • The Haunted Island (鬼猛腳) aka Spooky, Spooky, Spooky (1986) - East Bay Station Commander
  • Lucky Stars Go Places (最佳福星) aka The Luckiest Stars (1986) - Sandy
  • The S.I.B. Files (TV series, 1986)
  • Yes, Madam (皇家師姐) aka Police Assassins (1985) - Old Master's Roommate
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars (夏日福星) (1985) - Sandy
  • Mr. Boo Meets Pom Pom (智勇三寶) (1985) - Chau
  • My Lucky Stars (福星高照) aka Lucky Stars Superior Shine (1985) - Sandy
  • The Return of Pom Pom (雙龍出海) (1984) - Chau
  • Pom Pom (雙龍出海) (1984) - Chau/Walker
  • Heaven Can Help (上天救命) (1984) - Chan Siu-Ming
  • Wheels on Meals (快餐車) aka Million Dollar Heiress (1984) - Brilliant Patient
  • Winners and Sinners (奇謀妙計五福星) aka 5 Lucky Stars (1983) - Exhaust Pipe
  • The Return of the Condor Heroes (1983) - Luk Koon Ying
  • It Takes Two (難兄難弟) (1982)
  • Carry On Pickpocket (提防小手) (1982) - Wu
  • Itchy Fingers (神偷妙探手多多) 1979) - Tiny
  • Murder Most Foul (慌失失) (1979) (and director & co-writer)
  • The Pilferer's Progress (發錢寒) (1977) - Dragon Ng
  • The Private Eyes (半斤八兩) (1976) - Police Officer
  • Golden Needles (神奇奪命計) (1975) - Lin To's man



  1. ^ a b "Hong Kong Cinema UK". Richard Ng Yiu-Hon. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  2. ^ "HKMDb". Richard Ng Yiu-Hon. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Richard Ng at IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Richard Ng at HKMDb". Hong Kong Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Richard Ng at Hong Kong Cinemagic". Hong Kong Cinemagic. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 

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