Johnny Tri Nguyen: Impact on Vietnam’s Film and MMA Scene

Welcome to Vietnam Untold. Today, we bring you an exciting story from the world of action cinema. Our spotlight is on the talented actor, stuntman, and martial artist, Johnny Tri Nguyen leaving a lasting impact on both movie making & the martial arts community. 

Born into a family with a rich martial arts tradition and movie industry, Johnny’s journey was shaped by his legendary grandfather, a master in disciplines such as Kung Fu, Wing Chun, and Judo.  

Johnny’s uncle, Nguyen Chanh Tin, is a respected movie star and director in Vietnam, with over 30 years of active career in the film and TV industry. 

At the age of 9, Johnny immigrated to America, where his passion for martial arts ignited. Through years of dedicated training, he became a master in disciplines such as Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Wushu, in addition to his expertise in Wushu. His talent in martial arts led him to compete in various championships, winning numerous awards and representing the US in the national Wushu team. It was this combination of skills that made him an ideal choice for stunt and action roles. 

Johnny began his film career as a stuntman, appearing in blockbuster movies such as “We Were Soldiers,” “Spider-Man,” and “Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation.” His name started gaining attention, and he was selected to act in the Thai action film “Tom-Yum-Goong,” where he showcased his martial arts talent with breathtaking fight scenes. 

Johnny’s talent and versatility also let him venture into international cinema, securing supporting roles in major films from countries like Thailand and India. Notably, he appeared in Tony Jaa’s ‘Tom-Yum-Goong’ from Thailand and had roles in Indian films such as ‘7aum Arivu’ and ‘Irumbu Kuthirai’. 


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However, Johnny’s passion for his Vietnamese heritage and the local film industry eventually brought him back to Vietnam. In 2007, he starred in the highly successful period martial arts film “The Rebel,” directed by his brother Charlie Nguyễn. The movie garnered unprecedented attention and acclaim in Vietnam, establishing Johnny as a prominent figure in the industry. 

Continuing to collaborate with his brother, Johnny worked on several hit films including “Clash” in 2009, “Để Mai Tính” in 2010, and “Tèo Em” in 2013. These films broke box office records at the time, solidifying Johnny’s status as a beloved actor and box office draw in Vietnam. 

While Johnny stepped away from the bustling film sets, he embraced a quieter lifestyle in Lien Phong Dojo to pursue his passions for martial arts and motorcycles. 

One of his notable projects is the establishment of the Lien Phong dojo, where he trains and nurtures new talents in the martial arts community while providing training facilities for film crews. His students have achieved remarkable success, with fighters like Tran Quang Loc winning the Lion Championship in both 2022 and 2023. 

Johnny also organizes the Dragon Fight League tournaments at the Lien Phong dojo, aimed at developing the MMA community and raising the skill levels of domestic fighters to an international standard.  

Furthermore, he offers various courses to become an MMA coach, personal trainer for adults, and martial arts classes for children, promoting physical fitness, building resilience, confidence, and the ability to face challenges. 

Through these initiatives, Johnny Tri Nguyen is actively contributing to the growth and development of the MMA community, nurturing talent, and empowering individuals of all ages to embrace the physical and mental aspects of martial arts. 

Johnny Tri Nguyen has indeed become a force to be reckoned with in both the film industry and the MMA scene in Vietnam, leaving a lasting impact on the martial arts community. 

And that concludes our special news on Johnny Tri Nguyen. Stay tuned for more news and updates.