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Philippe Joly

Ambassador Philippe Joly is a French actor, screenwriter, filmmaker and entrepreneur. Born in Moscow, Russia, for the past eight years Philippe has made Hong Kong his home. Besides his native French, Philippe is fluent in many languages, including Italian, Russian, Spanish, English, and the filthiest parts of Cantonese and Mandarin. He is best known as an actor for his roles as ‘Zoltan’ in the 2015 film Pound of Flesh with Jean-Claude Van Damme and ‘Decimus’ in Jackie Chan’s epic film Dragon Blade.

Philippe regularly plays the villain in action films in Asia and appeared alongside Chow Yun Fat as a foreign gangster in From Vegas to Macau, and Andy Lau, whom he’s faced twice, first as a killer disguised as a maid in the film Mission Milano, and then as Chief Commissioner in Chasing The Dragon. Recent projects include Juno Mak‘s latest film Sons of The Neon Night (風林火山), and the Chinese sci-fi action film Ultimate Code (终极代码), in which he plays a lead role as the villain alongside a Chinese cast and David Belle.

An entrepreneur whose expertise and passion for mobile technologies gets him regularly solicited for consultancy work, Philippe has been involved in many projects in the digital space, including developing and launching mobile apps, web portals & social networks. In 2011 he won the Mobile Messaging Award for his venture He’s the author of non-fiction business book Potemkin, Inc. As well as being an ambassador, Philippe has contributed a great deal to the design and marketing of Mental Ideas.

Philippe was a guest in The Psychopathic Actor episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast and regularly collaborates with fellow Mental Idealist Sadie Kaye on film and comedy projects.

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