ROBIN SHOU actor/writer/director
A veteran star in over 40 Hong Kong action movies, Robin has made himself a household name in Hollywood. Starring as Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat, his career exploded in America.
Robin was the most sought after martial arts actor in Hollywood, starring in blockbusters such as Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Beverly Hills Ninja, Deathrace 1, 2,and 3, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, etc. Robin was often compared to the legendary Bruce Lee for his martial arts skills and charisma. But his passion in filmmaking lies in the telling of a good story, "After three decades as an actor, I'm ready to hang up my black belt and go behind the scene. It's much more rewarding because I can dive into ordinary people's lives and tell their story."
Transitioning from actor to writer/director, his first directorial debut of Red Trousers: The Life of a Hong Kong Stuntman garnered him many accolades, including “Best Achievement in Filmmaking.”
Over his years of travel to various countries for work, Robin was especially fascinated by the beauty, history, and culture of Southeast Asia. And this is where “Earthbound”, a narrative short film, was conceived. “The 2004 Indian ocean tsunami had a huge impact on me. Being a husband and father really put things in perspective of losing a loved one. I had no idea thirty percent of the victims in Sumatra were children. It literally broke my heart.”
“Earthbound” is truly a passion project. Robin wrote, produced, directed, and essentially had a hand in every aspect of the making of Earthbound. The film went on to win six international film awards.
"I don't speak Indonesian. People ask then why would I make an Indonesian movie if I didn't speak the language. I told them understanding the language isn't as important as understanding their culture and their way of life. The movie has to take place in Indonesia because the tsunami started there. I could not and cannot fathom the thought of 165,000 people dying. It's unimaginable. That being said,. I want to focus the film about people who didn't have any resources and how they found the strength to over come it all in the face of disaster. That's the story. The triumph of the human spirit."