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Scott Shaw
Born September 23, 1958 (1958-09-23) (age 63)
Hollywood, California
Occupation film actor, film director, film producer, author

Scott Shaw (born September 23, 1958) [1][2] is an American poet, actor, prose author, journalist, film director, film producer, musician, academic,[3] and martial artist.



Shaw was born in Hollywood, California. He spent his early years in South Central Los Angeles and then returned to Hollywood for his adolescence.[4] He became involved with the martial arts and eastern mysticism at a very early age. Both of these subjects have come to define much of his life. He graduated from Virgil Junior High School in 1973 and from Hollywood High School in 1976.[5][6]


Shaw has had a career in both the arts and the sciences. He became noticed as an author when his poetry and literary fiction began to be published in literary journals in the late 1970s.[3] Beginning in the mid-1980s Shaw's writings also began to be published on the subjects of anthropology and the social sciences.

Though his writings span many genres, Shaw is best known as an author on the subject of the martial arts, due to the voluminous amount of written work he has composed on the subject. Over 300 of his articles on the martial arts have been published and he is also the author of several books on the subject.[7]

The foundation for Shaw's writings on the martial arts began when he was 6 years old, when he began his study of the Korean martial art of Hapkido.[8]

Shaw studied and taught Hapkido and Taekwondo until in 1987 he was the 1st American to be awarded the 7th Degree Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo In 1988 he earned the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt in Kumdo.[9] In 1996 he was the 1st non-Korean to be promoted to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt by The Korea Hapkido Federation.[10] Previously he had been certified a Hapkido 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido Moo Hak Kwan.[11] Since that time he has been promoted to 8th Degree Black Belt in both Hapkido and Taekwondo.[10] [12]

Shaw has also written numerous articles and several books on Zen Buddhism, Yoga, Eastern Religion and Asian culture. These writings are based in the fact that from his youth forward Shaw has been involved with eastern meditative thought. He was a direct disciple of Swami Satchidananda.[13] In addition, he studied with such teachers as Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan and Thich Thien-An. By the age of 18 he was a certified instructor of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.[14] At this point in his life he traveled to India where he was initiated into various Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi sects and became Sannyasa.[15]

Shaw is also a Frater Rosae Crucis of the Rosicrucian Order. He is known to frequently travel in East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia documenting Asian Culture in words and on film.[15] He lives much of every year at his home in Kamakura, Japan.[16]

Zen filmmaking[]

In association to his writings, Shaw is also an active actor and filmmaker.[17][18] In 1991 he developed a new style of filmmaking that he titled Zen Filmmaking.[16] This style of filmmaking is defined by the fact that no screenplays are used in the creation of the film. In an interview in Variety Shaw explains, "In Zen filmmaking the spontaneous creative energy of the filmmaker is the only defining factor. This allows for a spiritually pure source of immediate inspiration to be the only guide in the filmmaking process."[19] He also extensively defined this style of filmmaking in a book he authored in 2008 titled, Zen Filmmaking.


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  • Blade in Hong Kong (1985)
  • Guongdong Province, China: Poverty and Promise (1990) (Director)
  • Long Feng cha lou (1990)
  • Sunset Beat (1990)
  • Just a Moment That Passes in Time (1991) (also Producer/Director)
  • Zhi zai chu wei (1991)
  • Wu fu xing chuang gui (1991)
  • The Roller Blade Seven (1991) (also Producer)
  • Long mao shao xu (1991)
  • The Divine Enforcer (1991)
  • Capital Punishment (1991)
  • Palomino (1991)
  • Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell (1992) (also Producer/Director)
  • Nu hei xia huang ying (1992)
  • The Player (1992)
  • The Naked Truth (1992)
  • The Legend of the Roller Blade Seven (1992) (also Producer)
  • Jing ling bian (1992)
  • Return of the Roller Blade Seven (1993) (also Producer)
  • Samurai Johnny Frankenstein (1993) (also Producer/Director)
  • Atomic Samurai (1993) (also Producer/Director)
  • Samurai Ballet (1994) (also Producer/Director)
  • Exploding Angel (1995)
  • Cambodia: Living in the Killing Field (1996) (Director)
  • Max Hell Frog Warrior (1996) (also Producer/Director) (also known as Hell Comes to Frogtown III, Toad Warrior and Max Hell Comes to Frogtown)
  • Shotgun Boulevard (1996) (also Producer)
  • Hollywood Cops (1997) (also Producer/Director)
  • Guns of El Chupacabra (1997) (also Producer)
  • Guns of El Chupacabra II: The Unseen (1998) (also Producer/Director)
  • Armageddon Boulevard (1998) (also Producer)
  • Ride with the Devil (1999) (also Producer)
  • Ghost Taxi (1998) (also Producer)
  • Quest of the Invisible Ninja (2000) (also Producer/Director
  • Poppugurûpu Koroshiya (2000)
  • Liquid Tokyo (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • No Boundaries (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Slip Into Oblivion (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Undercover X (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Sedona (2001) (also Producer/Director)
  • Hollywood P.D. Undercover (2002) (also Producer/Director)
  • Hitman City (2003) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Rock n' Roll Cops (2003) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Blvd. (2004) (also Producer/Director)
  • Super Hero Central (2004) (also Producer/Director)
  • Legend of the Dead Boyz (2004) (Producer/Director)
  • Interview: The Documentary (2005) (Producer/Director)
  • The Final Kiss (2005) (also Producer/Director)
  • Dinner and Drinks (2005) (also Producer/Director)
  • 9mm Sunrise (2006) (also Producer/Director)
  • Killer: Dead or Alive (2006) (also Producer/Director)
  • One Shot Sam (2006) (Director)
  • Vampire Noir (2007) (also Producer/Director)
  • Yin Yang Insane (2007) (Producer/Director)
  • Witch's Brew (2007) (also Producer/Director)
  • Angel Blade (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • A Drive with Linnea and Donald (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • The Adventures of Ace X and Kid Velvet (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • A Little Bit About What's Going On (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • Naked Avenger (2008) (Producer/Director)
  • Frogtown News (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • Sealed with a Bullet (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Hard Edge of Hollywood (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Black Trail of the Dead (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • The Cancelled Movie (2008) (also Producer/Director)
  • Vampire Abstracta (2009) (also Producer/Director)
  • Crimes of the Chupacabra (2009) (also Producer/Director)
  • Bluegrass Christmas Party (2009) (also Producer/Director)
  • DGJ Q and A (2010) (Producer)
  • Mimes: Silent But Deadly (2010) (Producer/Director)
  • Count Vlogula (2010) (also Producer/Director)
  • Crimes of Tomorrow (2010) (Producer)
  • El Chupacabra: Las entrevistas perdido (2010) (also Producer/Director)
  • Cinematografia {{{2}}} (2010) (also Producer/Director)
  • Diary of a Michigan Migrant Film Worker (2011) (also Producer/Director)
  • The White Cat (2011) (Producer/Director)
  • Speaking Chinese in Hollywood (2011) (Producer/Director)
  • The Back of Beyond (2011) (also Producer/Director)
  • Abraxas: Day of the Warrior (2012) (also Producer/Director)
  • Conrad Talks Hollywood (2012) (Producer/Director)
  • Preachin' the Gospel (2012) (Producer/Director)
  • Roller Blade Seven: The Unseen Scenes (2012) (Producer/Director)
  • A Space in the Time (2013) (also Producer/Director)


  • Nights of Gothic Horror
  • Ambient Light
  • Just Zen
  • Themes from the Zen Movies
  • Beggar's Grave
  • Jail House Brew
  • The Second Passageway of the Golden Illusion
  • Vague Illusions
  • Cinema Noir
  • Angels Oblivion
  • Coriander Shades of Tibet Tears
  • Vampire
  • Sanskrit
  • The Back of Beyond (Soundtrack)
  • Nuclear Tan
  • Synth
  • Cave of Siddhi

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