James Pax is an American actor who has acted in films produced in Hollywood, Hong Kong and Japan. Once Pax turned his attention to acting, he took on roles in Big Trouble in Little China, Year of the Dragon, In Love and War, Kinjite, and Bethune. He also guest starred in numerous television shows and appeared as a series regular on Nasty Boys in 1990. In 1992, he returned to Asia and started acting in the Hong Kong and Japanese movie industries. In 2003 he came to China for the filming of Shanghai Solution in Dalian. Pax appeared in Shanghai Solution, a true story based on the 30,000 Jews who fled to China in the 1940s, which aired on CCTV-8 in August 2005. He also starred in the Discovery Network program The First Emperor: The Man Who Made China in 2006.
Pax made directorial debut on the movies A Bowl of Fish, Passion Fruit and Last Tango in Shanghai in 2006.