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Mike Leeder (born 5 August 1968, in Croydon, England) is a Casting Director, Producer and Actor based in Hong Kong. Leeder has been responsible for the DVD and Blu-ray special features for countless Hong Kong movies released by such companies as Hong Kong Legends, Premier Asia, Dragon Dynasty, Media Blasters, Shout Factory and more. Leeder is considered an authority on Asian Cinema and International Cult and Action Cinema, as well as for his work in front and behind the camera, with his work on such projects as Fearless (2006), The Raid 2 (2014), The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Man of Tai Chi (2013), Ultimate Justice (2016) Rogue One (2016). "Chasing the Dragon", "Big Brother"
Since arriving in Hong Kong, Leeder has written extensively on the subject of Hong Kong, Asian and International action, martial arts and cult cinema, writing reviews, articles and conducting interviews with actors, directors, choreographers including Jackie Chan, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sammo Hung, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Ronny Yu, Yuen Woo-ping, Scott Adkins, Isaac Florentine, Tony Jaa, Gareth Evans and more for such publications as the South China Morning Post, Combat, Budo International, Karate Illustrated, Femme Fatales, Inside Karate, Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt magazine, Blitz International, Time Out Beijing, BC magazine, Hong Kong Magazine, Eastern Heroes, Screen Power, Jade Screen and of course Impact magazine, for which Leeder served as a contributor since the first issue and as Far East Editor from 2000-2017. Leeder also helped create the special features for numerous DVD & Bluray releases for such companies as Hong Kong Legends, Premier Asia, Media Blasters, BCI, Dragon Dynasty, Shout Factory, Germany's TVP-The Vengeance Pack and more, conducting interviews and recording audio commentaries.
Leeder has worked both in Asia and internationally as a Casting Director and Consultant, being involved in the casting of such projects as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jet Li's Fearless, Jackie Chan's Rush Hour 3 and CZ 12: Chinese Zodiac, RZA's The Man with the Iron Fists part 1 & 2, Keanau Reeves directorial debut Man of Tai Chi, various projects for HBOAsia including Serangoon Road & Grace, the Resident Evil franchise, the Ip Man series, Donnie Yen's Chasing the Dragon & Big Brother, Blood the Last Vampire, Yuen Woo-ping's True Legend, the black comedy Stegman is Dead starring Bernice Liu, the BBC's ill-fated Phoo Action, and the star studded martial arts adventure Triple Threat starring Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Tiger Chen, Celina Jade & Scott Adkins.
On the stunt side of things, Leeder's credits include The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor working with Vic Armstrong, The Raid 2 working as Stunt Liaison with Gareth Evans and Bruce Law Stunts Unlimited, Pound of Flesh, Abduction and Ultimate Justice.
As a Producer, Leeder's credits include indie action movies Ten Dead Men, The Silencer, the killer clown thriller Splash Area, Ross Clarkson's psychological thriller Captured, Underground & The Bodyguard: A New Beginning with Mark Strange, Albert Pyun's Interstellar Civil War: Shadows of the Empire, the Australian series Tiger Cops, Ernie Barbarash's Abduction & Pound of Flesh starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Noriko: The Hong Kong Dead, One Million Klicks, Ultimate Justice and the upcoming documentary Neon Grindhouse: Hong Kong.
Leeder refers to himself as an occasional actor, having played minor roles in such projects as ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 1 & 2, Jackie Chan's CITY HUNTER, the SAD STORY OF SAIGON, and larger supporting roles in such projects as FEARLESS, HELIOS, ULTIMATE JUSTICE, the PATH TO THE DREAM, ′′′NIGHTFALL′′′, ′′′MISSION MILANO′′′, ′′′CHASING THE DRAGON′′′, ′′′BIG BROTHER′′′, HBOAsia's ′′′SENT′′′, ′′′POUND OF FLESH′′′ & ′′′ABDUCTION′′′.
Leeder was the co-founder of Silent Partners, the production company responsible for One Million Klicks and Ultimate Justice. Leeder left the company in 2017, citing ongoing creative difference with his co-founder over the direction the company was heading.
In late 2017, Leeder began working with the UK's Goldfinch Studios (www.goldfinchstudios.co.uk) on a number of projects, and partnered with the company to form Goldfinch Neon, a more genre focused arm based in Hong Kong. to the detriment of his bank account.
Personal Life. Leeder was briefly married to a Taiwanese national, and is believed to have one son, who lives in Taiwan.
http://budomate.com/mike-leeder-interview/ http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/page.asp?aid=358&page=3 http://www.fareastfilms.com/?feature_post_type=interview-mike-leeder https://www.goldfinchstudios.co.uk/2018/01/25/goldfinchneon/
- "Mike Leeder". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2017-03-17.