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Philippe Joly (Chinese: 狼森; pinyin: Lángsēn) (born 2 January 1976) is a French actor and screenwriter, born in Moscow, Russia. Joly is best known for his role as Zoltan in the 2015 film Pound of Flesh[1] with Jean-Claude Van Damme and his role as Decimus in Jackie Chan’s film Dragon Blade [2] directed by Daniel Lee, in which he appears alongside American actors John Cusack and Adrien Brody, and French singer/actress Lorie Pester.

Joly regularly plays the villain [3] in Action films in Asia, and appeared alongside major Hong Kong actors including Chow Yun Fat as a foreign gangster in From Vegas to Macau, and Andy Lau, whom he faced twice, first as a killer disguised as a maid in the film Mission Milano, and then as Chief Commissioner in Chasing The Dragon. Recent projects include Juno Mak's latest film "Sons of The Neon Night" (Chinese: 風林火山), and the Chinese Sci-fi action film Ultimate Code (Chinese: 终极代码) in which Joly plays a lead role as the main villain alongside a Chinese cast and fellow french actor and Parkour founder David Belle.

Philippe Joly
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Philippe Joly, actor
Born (1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 42)
Moscow, Russia
NationalityFrench
OccupationActor, Screenwriter, Producer, model
Years active2010–present
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)

As well as acting, Joly has also written many screenplays, and produced and directed a couple of Independent films in Hong Kong.[4] Joly speaks several languages (French, Russian, Italian and English), is an avid practitioner of close-up magic and card manipulation, and has trained in various Martial Arts since the age of 5. While not a stuntman, Joly often has to perform stunts as required by the Action film genre and the type of characters he plays. In the film Lust & Found, he choreographed the fight scene sequence.

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FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2018 The White Storm 2 - Drug Lords 扫毒2天地对决 Jozsef Starring Andy Lau, Louis Koo. Directed by Herman Yau. [5]
2018 Abduction (formerly Twilight Zodiac) 生死鬼蜮 Mogilov Starring Scott Adkins, Andy On, Truong Ngoc-anh. Directed by Ernie Barbarash. Executive Producer Roger Corman for Iqiyi, Producers Henry Luk and Mike Leeder.[6]
2018 Call Me Agent 我要做特務 Mafia Boss Starring Cantopop singer Poyiu Wong (of the Hong Kong girl group Staries), Vincent Luk, Malaysian singer Belle Lee and veteran Hong Kong actor Gabriel Wong Yat San. Co-directed by Hong Kong director Eric Lam, who wrote the screenplay, and Malaysian director Michael Chuah, who also serves as producer.[7]
2017 The Ultimate Code 终极代码 Mick Style: Action. Starring David Belle[8]
2017 Sons Of The Neon Night 風林火山 Enzo Style: Crime Drama Thriller. Director: Juno Mak.[9]

Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Sean Lau, and Louis Koo.

2017 Captured Jean-Pierre Bonnet Directors: Ross W. Clarkson. Starring Oliver Williams, Sara Malakul Lane, Katrina Grey, Andrew Ng, Emilie Guillot
2017 Chasing The Dragon 追龍 Chief Commissioner of Police Directors: Jason Kwan, Wong Jing. Starring Donnie Yen and Andy Lau.[10]
2017 OCTB 反黑 Jay (George's henchman) Director: Jones Soong (Chinese: 宋本中). Starring Jordan Chan, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan, Sam Lee, Michael Chan Wai-man, Frankie Ng Chi Hung.[11]
2017 Agent Mr Chan 棟篤特工 French Chef Director: Jeff Cheung Ka-Kit.
Starring: Dayo Wong Chi-Wah and Charmaine Sheh See-Man.
2017 Change Of Gangster 转型团伙 Gangster Mob Comedy directed by Francis Ng.[12]
Starring Francis Ng, his son Feynman Ng, Simon Yam, Frankie Ng Chi-Hung, and Qiao Shan.
2016 Ghost In The Shell Section 6 Agent Directed by Rupert Sanders. Starring Scarlett Johansson,[13] and Pilou Asbæk .
2016 Mission Milano 王牌逗王牌 Killer Chinese-Hong Kong action adventure comedy film directed by Wong Jing. Starring Andy Lau.
2015 Pound of Flesh Zoltan Directed by Ernie Barbarash.
Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and the late Darren Shahlavi.
2015 Dragon Blade 天將雄師 General Paullus Directed by Daniel Lee.
Starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Lorie Pester, and Choi Siwon.
2015 Helios 赤道 Mr. Big’s bodyguard Starring Chang Chen, Janice Man, Nick Cheung, Jacky Cheung, and Choi Siwon.
2015 Little Big Master 五個小孩的校長 Director of French Museum Starring Miriam Yeung, and Louis Koo.
The film is the 12th highest grossing Hong Kong film of all time.[14]
2015 Lust & Found Kimchi Directed by Lawrence Gray
2014 VOR[15] Alexander Orlov Written and directed by Philippe Joly.
2014 Hacker Columbian Assassin Directed by Kazakh director Akan Satayev[16]
Starring Callan McAuliffe and Lorraine Nicholson.
2014 My Name Is Tanyusha Vernon the magician Philippe Joly is also co-writer and co-producer.
2014 From Vegas to Macau 賭城風雲 American Gangster Directed by Wong Jing. Starring Chow Yun Fat.
Produced by Andrew Lau, who directed the film Infernal Affairs,
which was remade[17] by Martin Scorsese in 2006 as
The Departed.

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2014 Tiger Cubs II 飞虎II Terrorist Produced by TVB
2014 Lord of Shanghai 梟雄 Police officer Produced by TVB
2014 The Ultimate Addiction 點金勝手 Chef Produced by TVB

Short FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Angel Stefan Written and Directed by Owen Fitzpatrick.
Action and Fight Choreography by Philippe Joly
2016 Insomnia Rudy, Psychiatrist Written and Directed by Solomon Wong.
2014 Paid In Full Written and Directed by Philippe Joly.
2014 Beef & Broccoli Thug Directed by Damon Dash
Kung-Fu short inspired by true events, shot on location in Hong Kong.

ModelingEdit

Philippe occasionally works as a model for brands and advertising campaigns including:

  • Tai Pan Row - luxury tailor in Hong Kong
  • Kraftek - luxury Apple watch cases and bracelets
  • 3D Robotics - 3DR Drone mini series
  • Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary - TV commercial "Together, Progress, Opportunity".[18]
  • Rangerfone - Outdoor phone brand

Early yearsEdit

Before becoming an actor and getting involved in the film industry, Philippe Joly was an entrepreneur and digital marketing expert.[19] He founded a number of technology start-ups in Ireland, Italy and Hong Kong, including:

  • Safebox - Award-winning [20] application that pioneered the field of mobile privacy in pre-smartphone Era
  • clickSUMO - Leading A2P messaging platform
  • Yeloworld - Mobile VoIP application acquired by talk360 [21]
  • SIMchronise - Mobile data synchronisation company that was part of the High Potential Start-Ups unit of Enterprise Ireland

He is also the author of a book on start-ups and entrepreneurship called "Potemkin, Inc.".[22]

Philippe first got into films as a screenwriter. His first screenplay was "No Tomorrow", which he co-wrote with his friend Paolo Rizzardini.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hollywood Reporter film review Hollywood Reporter (18 February 2015)
  2. ^ Dragon Blade film review Variety.com (26 February 2015)
  3. ^ AroundDB Magazine Interview Philippe Joly talks about Indie Filmmaking in Hong Kong (June 2014)
  4. ^ cGuide Macau Interview Philippe Joly discusses Indie films VOR and My Name is Tanuysha (February 16, 2014)
  5. ^ "The White Storm 2 Stars Andy Lau and Louis Koo". JayneStars. June, 2018.
  6. ^ "ABDUCTION: Scott Adkins' Upcoming Action Flick with Andy On Gets a Name Change and New Images!". Action-flix.com. March, 2018.
  7. ^ "Malaysia-HK spy movie ‘Call Me Agent’ being filmed across Klang Valley". Star2.com. May, 2018.
  8. ^ "Action movie The Ultimate Code press conference held in Shenzhen". China.com News. July, 2017.
  9. ^ "HK FilMart: Juno Mak to Deconstruct Hong Kong in Sons of the Neon Night". Variety.com. March, 2015.
  10. ^ "DONNIE YEN To Play Notorious Gangster In CHASING THE DRAGON With ANDY LAU". Martial Arts Action Cinema. May, 2017.
  11. ^ "反黑 OCTB Hong Kong Crime/Thriller series in VOD passes 1 million views". HK01.com. Sept 23, 2017.
  12. ^ "Change of Gangster 轉型團伙". Hong Kong Cinema. June 2017.
  13. ^ "Hollywood star starts shooting Hong Kong scenes for new film". South China Morning Post. June 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "HKSAR Film Top 10 Box Office" (25 May 2015).
  15. ^ VOR ! breaks out in Hong Kong Impact Online Magazine (January 17, 2014)
  16. ^ "Kazakhstan Director Akan Satayev To Helm Canadian Indie Hacker". Hollywood Reporter. 09/06/13.
  17. ^ "Infernal Affairs vs. the remake, The Departed". Film.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Hong Kong SAR 20th Anniversary". Hong Kong Government. July 17.
  19. ^ "General Assembly Instructor Profile". General Assembly. June 17.
  20. ^ "Safebox Wins At 2011 Global Messaging Awards". Irish Internet Association.2011.
  21. ^ "Mobile VoIP provider Talk360 acquires Yeloworld". Talk360.2014.
  22. ^ "100 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read". Sujan Patel.August 2012.

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