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Chan Shen

Other names : 詹森
Chan Sheng
Chan Yi Sheng
Chim Sam
Jim Sum
Zhan Sen
Zhan1 Sen1
Birthdate : 11/3/1940
Date of death : 26/4/1984
Nationality : Taiwan
Workplace : Hong Kong
Activities : Actor (155), Brief appearance (1)


A prolific and dependable character actor who worked exclusively for the Shaw Brothers, bug eyed, bad boy Chan Shen elevated the playing of scum almost to an art form in countless exploitation and martial art movies for the studio.

Born in Taichung (Taiwan), Chan Shen started out in 1971 and given his look and solid acting chop quickly establish himself in sinister henchman/gangster type role. He also excel at playing lecher, pimps, rapist and womanizing dirt bag. In fact it can even be deemed that he was Shaw “specialist” for sex and rape scenes. As a result although he first started out in martial art films he quickly establish himself as a regular for Shaw’s exploitation cinema in the early seventies (Kiss of Death, Sinful City, Dream of Eroticism).

Besides being menacing or repellent Chan Shen was also at ease in comedy which allowed him to play the comic foil for the hero to make fun of in many movies.

Highly prolific Chan Shen appeared in an average of a dozens movies each year, in usually small but noticeable part. The movies that gave him the most international exposure were King Boxer, Legend of the 7 Golden vampires, Bamboo house of Dolls and Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold. Chan Sing rarely venture to play good guy or dignified role though he played a benevolent Shaolin abbot in Lau Kar Leung’s great classic 36th Chamber Of Shaolin as well as the later Shaolin Vs Wu Tang also by Master Lau. Typically he also played abbot that were either not that great or outright evil (Brave Archer, Shaolin Prince, Shaolin Intruders).

Very little is known of his history and private live, except that he was reportedly Taiwanese born and that he was briefly wed to Shaw Brothers sex-pot starlet Shirley Yu which lasted only minutes as they got into a big argument while registering to be married and Shirley Yu tore-up the marriage certificated as soon as they walk out of city hall.

Sadly Chen Shen died prematurely at only 44 of age in 1984 (the last film he worked on before his death by apoplexy was Lust For Love Of A Chinese Courtesan). He had been so prolific that about half a dozen movies where he appeared in were release after his passing.

Yves Gendron (November 2005)

 [ 1980 - 1970 - 1960 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 Crazy Shaolin Disciples 1985 Actor
 Disciples Of The 36th Chamber 1985 Actor
 Pursuit Of A Killer 1985 Actor
 Lust For Love Of A Chinese Courtesan 1984 Actor
 Opium And The Kung Fu Master 1984 Actor
 Pale Passion 1984 Actor
 Return Of The Bastard Swordsman 1984 Actor
 Wits Of The Brats 1984 Actor
 Bastard Swordsman 1983 Actor
 Fast Fingers 1983 Actor
 Holy Flame Of The Martial World 1983 Actor
 Shaolin Intruders 1983 Actor
 Shaolin Prince 1983 Actor
 Shaolin Vs Wu Tang 1983 Actor
 Take Care, Your Majesty 1983 Actor
 Usurpers Of Emperor's Power 1983 Actor
 82 Tenants, The 1982 Actor
 Brave Archer And His Mate 1982 Actor
 Coolie Killer 1982 Actor
 Emperor And The Minister, The 1982 Actor
 Five Elements Ninjas 1982 Actor
 Godfather From Canton 1982 Actor
 My Rebellious Son 1982 Actor
 Ode To Gallantry 1982 Actor
 Passing Flickers 1982 Actor
 Tiger Killer 1982 Actor
 Battle For The Republic Of China, The 1981 Actor
 Bloody Parrot 1981 Actor
 Challenge Of The Gamesters 1981 Actor
 Emperor And His Brother, The 1981 Actor
 Gambler's Delight 1981 Actor
 Imp, The 1981 Actor
 Notorious Eight 1981 Actor
 Revenge Of The Corpse 1981 Actor
 Sword Stained With Royal Blood, The 1981 Actor
 Bat Without Wings 1980 Actor
 Deadly Secret, A 1980 Actor
 Emperor Chien Lung And The Beauty 1980 Actor
 Every Man For Himself 1980 Actor
 Flag Of Iron, The 1980 Actor
 Haunted Tales 1980 Actor
 Hex Vs Witchcraft 1980 Actor
 Kid With A Tattoo 1980 Actor
 Lost Souls 1980 Actor
 Rendezvous With Death 1980 Actor
 Shaolin Abbot 1980 Actor
 Swift Sword 1980 Actor
 Tiger And The Widow 1980 Actor
 Brothers, The 1979 Actor
 Daredevils, The 1979 Actor
 Deadly Breaking Sword, The 1979 Actor
 Full Moon Scimitar 1979 Actor
 Funny Children 1979 Actor
 Ghost Story, The 1979 Actor
 Heaven And Hell 1979 Actor
 Invincible Enforcer 1979 Actor
 Kung Fu Instructor, The 1979 Actor
 Last Judgement, The 1979 Actor
 Proud Twins, The 1979 Actor
 Return Of The Dead 1979 Actor
 Shaolin Rescuers 1979 Actor
 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, The 1978 Actor
 Brave Archer 2, The 1978 Actor
 Clan Of Amazons 1978 Actor
 Heaven Sword And Dragon Sabre, Part I 1978 Actor
 Heaven Sword And Dragon Sabre, Part II 1978 Actor
 Hello Sexy Late Homecomers 1978 Actor
 Invincible Shaolin 1978 Actor
 Legend Of The Bat 1978 Actor
 Mad Monk Strikes Again, The 1978 Actor
 Proud Youth, The 1978 Actor
 Shaolin Hand Lock 1978 Actor
 Soul Of The Sword 1978 Actor
 Swordsman And Enchantress 1978 Actor
 Voyage Of Emperor Chien Lung, The 1978 Actor
 Adventures Of Emperor Chien Lung, The 1977 Actor
 Assault - The Criminals, Part IV 1977 Actor
 Brave Archer, The 1977 Actor
 Call Girls, The 1977 Actor
 Clans Of Intrigue 1977 Actor
 Death Duel 1977 Actor
 Dream Of The Red Chamber, The 1977 Brief appearance
 Dreams Of Eroticism 1977 Actor
 He Has Nothing But Kung Fu 1977 Actor
 Jade Tiger 1977 Actor
 Judgement Of An Assassin 1977 Actor
 Mad Monk, The 1977 Actor
 Pursuit Of Vengeance 1977 Actor
 Sentimental Swordsman, The 1977 Actor
 To Kill A Jaguar 1977 Actor
 Brotherhood 1976 Actor
 Condemned, The 1976 Actor
 Crazy Sex 1976 Actor
 Criminals, The 1976 Actor
 Drug Connection, The 1976 Actor
 Emperor Chien Lung 1976 Actor
 Homicides - The Criminals, Part II 1976 Actor
 Killer Clans 1976 Actor
 King Gambler 1976 Actor
 Last Tempest, The 1976 Actor
 Love Swindlers 1976 Actor
 Magic Blade, The 1976 Actor
 Moods Of Love 1976 Actor
 Web Of Death, The 1976 Actor
 Big Hold Up, The 1975 Actor
 Bloody Escape, The 1975 Actor
 Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold 1975 Actor
 Cuties Parade 1975 Actor
 Forbidden Tales Of Two Cities 1975 Actor
 Golden Lion, The 1975 Actor
 Imposter, The 1975 Actor
 Lady Of The Law 1975 Actor
 Lover's Destiny 1975 Actor
 Protectors, The 1975 Actor
 Spiritual Boxer 1975 Actor
 Stranger And The Gunfighter, The 1975 Actor
 Golden Lotus 1974 Actor
 Gossip Street 1974 Actor
 Hong Kong 73 1974 Actor
 Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, The 1974 Actor
 Rat Catcher, The 1974 Actor
 Rivals Of Kung Fu 1974 Actor
 Sex, Love And Hate 1974 Actor
 Shadow Boxer, The 1974 Actor
 Sinful Confession 1974 Actor
 Sorrow Of The Gentry 1974 Actor
 Tea House, The 1974 Actor
 Village Of Tigers 1974 Actor
 Ambush 1973 Actor
 Bamboo House Of Dolls, The 1973 Actor
 Bastard, The 1973 Actor
 Call To Arms 1973 Actor
 Happiest Moment, The 1973 Actor
 Heroes Of Sung 1973 Actor
 House Of 72 Tenants, The 1973 Actor
 Kiss Of Death, The 1973 Actor
 Master Of Kung Fu, The 1973 Actor
 Payment In Blood 1973 Actor
 Villains, The 1973 Actor
 Devil's Mirror 1972 Actor
 Fists Of Vengeance, The 1972 Actor
 Fourteen Amazons, The 1972 Actor
 Fugitive, The 1972 Actor
 Gourd Fairy, The 1972 Actor
 Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan 1972 Actor
 King Boxer 1972 Actor
 Stranger In Hong Kong 1972 Actor
 Young Avenger 1972 Actor
 Golden Seal, The 1971 Actor
 Lady Professional, The 1971 Actor
 Oath Of Death, The 1971 Actor
 Rescue, The 1971 Actor
 Six Assassins 1971 Actor
 Swift Knight, The 1971 Actor
 Knight Of Old Cathay, The 1968 Actor
 Commander Underground 1967 Actor

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 Chan Shen pictures :  (Hide)
Crazy Shaolin Disciples
Disciples Of The 36th Chamber
Opium And The Kung Fu Master
Return Of The Bastard Swordsman
Wits Of The Brats
Bastard Swordsman
Fast Fingers
Holy Flame Of The Martial World
Shaolin Intruders
Usurpers Of Emperor's Power
Brave Archer And His Mate
Five Elements Ninjas
Five Elements Ninjas
Godfather From Canton
Ode To Gallantry
Tiger Killer
Bloody Parrot
Challenge Of The Gamesters
The Sword Stained With Royal Blood
A Deadly Secret
Bat Without Wings
Lost Souls
Lost Souls
Lost Souls
Rendezvous With Death
Rendezvous With Death
Shaolin Abbot
Shaolin Abbot
The Flag Of Iron
Heaven And Hell
Heaven And Hell
Shaolin Rescuers
The Brothers
The Daredevils
The Deadly Breaking Sword
The Kung Fu Instructor
The Proud Twins
The Proud Twins
Heaven Sword And Dragon Sabre, Part I
Invincible Shaolin
Legend Of The Bat
Swordsman And Enchantress
Swordsman And Enchantress
The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin
The Proud Youth
Clans Of Intrigue
Death Duel
Dreams Of Eroticism
Jade Tiger
Judgement Of An Assassin
The Adventures Of Emperor Chien Lung
The Brave Archer
The Sentimental Swordsman
Emperor Chien Lung
Killer Clans
The Magic Blade
The Web Of Death
Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold
Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold
Spiritual Boxer
Spiritual Boxer
The Bloody Escape
The Bloody Escape
The Imposter
The Protectors
The Protectors
Gossip Street
Hong Kong 73
Rivals Of Kung Fu
The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires
The Tea House
The Kiss Of Death
Devil's Mirror
Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan
King Boxer
The Swift Knight
The Twelve Gold Medallions
 Other Chan Shen pictures :  (Hide)
Pursuit Of A Killer (1)
Opium And The Kung Fu Master (2)
Return Of The Bastard Swordsman (1)
Usurpers Of Emperor's Power (1)
Brave Archer And His Mate (1)
Five Elements Ninjas (2)
Godfather From Canton (1)
Ode To Gallantry (1)
The Emperor And The Minister (2)
Bloody Parrot (1)
More pictures in the gallery

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