Charles Heung Wah-Keung assures skeptics and law enforcement types he’s not a triad member. He’s just played one in popular Chinese movies. (His late father, Heung Chin, founded the Sun Yee On triad in 1919.)
Heung’s background is featured on the International Union of Operating Engineers-sponsored investigative website Casinoleaks-Macau.com. On the site, Heung is linked to Sun City Group, a prominent Macau casino VIP room operator. (VIP room operations have long been reported to have ties to triad organized crime members.)
In addition to being a suspected triad member, Heung is known as a popular actor and producer of blockbuster action movies with organized crime and casino themes through his China Star Entertainment Group.
Don’t take my word for it. Check out this video excerpt from "The God of Gamblers," a 1989 movie starring Chow Yun Fat and Heung. The trailer includes a dandy running body count.
For a pretend triad killer, Heung sure has a way with a semiautomatic. Perhaps he will grant me an interview the next time he’s in Las Vegas enjoying the life of a high-rolling casino gambler on the Strip.
Meanwhile, enjoy this shootout.