KFMG Podcast S06 Episode 73: Max Huang

Posted in Podcasts by - July 12, 2021
KFMG Podcast S06 Episode 73: Max Huang

“I want to bring back the spirit of martial arts on the big screen, and I want to remind people of what real martial arts movies are about… it is about the art.”

Max Huang‘s turn as Kung Lao – the deadly, hat-throwing, Shaolin-trained kung fu cousin of Liu Kang – in the 2021 reboot of Mortal Kombat was a delightful surprise; a scene-stealing performance complete with comedy, drama, action, and an almighty ‘fatality’ which just about steals the movie. But the notion of Max being something of an ‘overnight success’ could not be further from the truth. The German wushu wunderkind has been planning this career from the moment his dad first introduced him to Bruce Lee movies on VHS as a child. His training took him to Asia and, eventually, the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, where his childhood hero would personally oversee his development from a young, eager stunt performer to an assistant stunt coordinator on films like The ForeignerΒ (2017) and Bleeding SteelΒ (2017). Max’s short film, No Way Out (2020), is a masterful expression of his many talents: he acts, directs, writes, produces, handles the action and even sings the theme song. We now find Max at an interesting crossroads in his career; still very much in his prime, full of ideas, and with opportunities available in Europe, Asia and Hollywood. So what will he do next? Find out more about Max Huang via his IMDb page, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. Mortal Kombat lands on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and digital on 13 July from Warner Bros. Buy it now from Amazon.

Jackie Chan and Max Huang on the set of Skiptrace (2016).

Max Huang as Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat (2021).

This post was written by
Editor and creator of Kung Fu Movie Guide and the host of the Kung Fu Movie Guide Podcast. I live behind a laptop in London, UK.


  • Sothia Chhoeum

    Max Huang is amazing awesome wonderful fantastic actor martial artist stunt coordinator director singer!! He did terrific job as Kung Lao in MK movie- I hope he comes back for a sequel soon! I enjoyed the podcast interview- thank you for sharing Ben Johnson! ❀️πŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ»πŸŽ©πŸ‰πŸ”₯πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’ͺ

    • No worries – thank you for listening Sothia!

      • Sothia Chhoeum

        You’re welcome Ben! Sorry it took so long to reply back to you- forgive me. I love Max Huang- Kung Lao ❀️πŸ₯°πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ©πŸ‰πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ”₯

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