Bey Logan 近彼岸 / 龍比意

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Writer/producer and Hong Kong film historian Bey Logan has worked with Media Asia and Emperor Multimedia Group on movies including Gen-X Cops, its sequel Gen-Y Cops, wrote The Medallion and produced The Twins Effect.  From 2005, he was Vice President of The Weinstein Company. In 2009, he founded B&E Productions and produced a number of Asian-themed films. In 2015, he co-produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.

Bey has an abundant and unique experience in the Asian film industry.  His wide-ranging expertise covers scriptwriting, producing, acquisition and sales. He was instrumental in building the successful UK DVD brand Hong Kong Legends, Premier Asia, and US brand Dragon Dynasty. Empire Magazine named Bey as “Top 10 DVD Heroes”. His book Hong Kong Action Cinema is an authoritative text on the subject.

Film Career

Bey Logan began his film career shooting a Chinese production, Guns and Roses (1993), on location in Europe. He subsequently relocated to Asia, and established himself as the most prolific and successful non-Chinese film-maker working in Hong Kong cinema.

On arriving in Hong Kong, Logan wrote the international action movie White Tiger (1996) and played the antagonist, opposite stars Donnie Yen and Yuen Biao, in the film Circus Kids (1994).

In 1998, he joined the Media Asia film company, where he worked on a series of projects for action superstar Jackie Chan. These included two documentaries, Jackie Chan: My Story (1998) and Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999), the film Gen-X Cops (1999), and its sequel, Gen-Y Cops (2000), starring Paul Rudd and Maggie Q.

Bey then moved to Hong Kong’s Emperor Multimedia Group, where he wrote the script for the US$40m Jackie Chan vehicle The Medallion (2003) and produced the hit action comedy The Twins Effect (2003).

In 2003, he formed Shankara Productions, in partnership with actress Maggie Q (M: I-3 the Hunt is On (2006), Die Hard 4.0: Hacker Underworld (2007), and the TV series Nikita (2010), and produced the Hong Kong action thriller Dragon Squad (2005), starring Michael Biehn, Sammo Hung and Maggie Q.

In October 2005, Bey joined The Weinstein Company as Vice President of Co-production, and worked on many of the company’s Asian-themed films, including The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) and Shanghai (2010). In 2009, he formed B&E Productions. The company’s film releases have included the 3D animation Little Gobie (2010), the live-action thriller The Blood Bond: Shadowguard (2010), the sports comedy Beach Spike! (2011) and the contemporary martial arts action thriller, Borderland (2014, aka Covert Operation). Bey wrote and co-produced the martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016), starring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh, shot on location in New Zealand. The film was directed by the legendary Chinese filmmaker Yuen Woo-ping, and produced by Harvey Weinstein, Pete Berg (Lone Survivor (2013)) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game (2014)). On returning to Hong Kong, Bey wrote and produced the martial arts epic Lady Bloodfight (2016) with the Oscar-winning LA production company Voltage Pictures. The film was subsequently distributed worldwide, enjoying theatrical distribution in several Asian territories. Logan was a producer on the movie Kickboxer: Retaliation (2017), a Hollywood production shot on location in Thailand. The film stars action icons Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mike Tyson and Christopher Lambert, and is set for worldwide release in early 2017.

Film Expert Commentary and Historian

Active as both a participant in and devotee of the Hong Kong action genre, Logan has worked with numerous companies to promote Chinese martial arts cinema in the worldwide market. He has recorded over 200 DVD commentaries and is likely the most prolific and well-known film commentator worldwide.

CNN and other major media outlets regularly turn to Logan for expert commentary on the current pulse of Hong Kong cinema. He was asked by the Academy to provide the background introduction prior to the granting of a lifetime achievement Oscar Award for Jackie Chan.

Writing and Public Speaking

Bey is the author of Hong Kong Action Cinema (1996), a narrative history of the industry, and Bruce Lee and I (2016), a biography of the legendary star. He is currently writing a third book, an insider’s guide to the genre, entitled My Life in 36 Chambers (est. 2017).

He has been a well-received guest speaker at The Smithsonian, Birmingham City University, Beijing Film Academy, The University of Hong Kong, Suzhou-Liverpool University etc.

As of October 2016, Logan re-launched the Bey Logan’s Reel East platform to share his vast knowledge on Hong Kong’s action cinema with the local community through multi-media events and with the global audience by tapping into the powers of the internet, social media, and phone apps. This could be accessed through the facebook page at fb.com/reeleast.  Bey also produces and often collaborates in podcasts available on Soundcloud and iTunes platform.

An accomplished Hung Kuen kung fu exponent, Logan also runs a Hung Kuen kung fu martial arts school in Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung district.

Languages

Fluent in English, Cantonese and French