Chow Yun-Fat

 

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Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo. Born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then British colony of Hong Kong near its famous Victoria Harbour, Chow's family moved to urban Hong Kong in 1965 and in early 1973, Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks and easy-going style, Chow was originally a heartthrob actor in non-demanding TV and film roles. However, his popularity increased with his appearance as white-suited crime boss Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular HK film Shang Hai tan xu ji (1983). In 1985, Chow started receiving acclaim for his work and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Dang doi lai ming (1984)

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Chow Yun-Fat

Born 1955-05-18 (66 years ago) in Lamma Island, Hong Kong.
Height 183 centimeters.

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
Asian Films People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor (Let the Bullets Fly) 5th Asian Film Awards 2010 让子弹飞
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (All About Ah-Long) 9th Hong Kong Film Awards 1990 阿郎的故事
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (City on Fire) 7th Hong Kong Film Awards 1988 龍虎風雲
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (A Better Tomorrow) 6th Hong Kong Film Awards 1987 英雄本色
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (Confucius) 30th Hong Kong Film Awards 2011 Konfucius
Asian Film Award for Best Actor (Let the Bullets Fly) 5th Asian Film Awards 2010 让子弹飞
Asian Films People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor (Let the Bullets Fly) 5th Asian Film Awards 2010 让子弹飞
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (City on Fire) 7th Hong Kong Film Awards 1988 龍虎風雲
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (Prison on Fire) 7th Hong Kong Film Awards 1988 監獄風雲
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (An Autumn's Tale) 7th Hong Kong Film Awards 1988 秋天的童話
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Love unto Waste) 6th Hong Kong Film Awards 1987 Love unto Waste
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (A Better Tomorrow) 6th Hong Kong Film Awards 1987 英雄本色
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (Women) 5th Hong Kong Film Awards 1986 Elles
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (Hong Kong 1941) 4th Hong Kong Film Awards 1985 等待黎明
Relationships
Name From To Relationship type
Jasmine Tan(Gifta: 1986-05-06–) 1986-05-06 Gifta
Candice Yu(Gifta: 1983–1983) 1983 1983 Gifta
Parents

Rongyun Zhou, Lifang Chen

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Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then British colony of Hong Kong near its famous Victoria Harbour, Chow's family moved to urban Hong Kong in 1965 and in early 1973, Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks and easy-going style, Chow was originally a heartthrob actor in non-demanding TV and film roles. However, his popularity increased with his appearance as white-suited crime boss Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular HK film Shang Hai tan xu ji (1983).

In 1985, Chow started receiving acclaim for his work and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Dang doi lai ming (1984). With these accolades, Chow came to the attention of Woo, who cast Chow in the fast-paced gangster film Ying hung boon sik (1986) (aka "A Better Tomorrow"). The rest, as they say, is history. The film was an enormous commercial success, and Chow's influence on young Asian males was not dissimilar to the adulation given to previous Asian film sensations such as Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Nearly every young guy in Hong Kong ran out and bought himself a "Mark Coat," as they became known--a long, heavy woolen coat worn by Chow in the movie (although it is is actually very unsuited to Hong Kong's hot and humid climate).

Further hard-edged roles in more John Woo crime films escalated Chow's popularity even higher, and fans all over the world flocked to see Ying hung boon sik II (1987) (aka "A Better Tomorrow 2"), Dip huet seung hung (1989) (aka "The Killer"), and Lat sau san taam (1992) (aka "Hard Boiled"). With the phenomenal global interest in the HK action genre, Chow was enticed to the United States and appeared in The Replacement Killers (1998) with Mira Sorvino, The Corruptor (1999) with Mark Wahlberg, and, for a change of pace, in the often-filmed romantic tale of Anna and the King (1999).

Chow then returned to the Asian cinema circuit and starred in the critically lauded kung fu epic Wo hu cang long (2000) (aka "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). His wide appeal can be seen in his "boy next door" type of personality and his ability to play such a broad spectrum of roles from a comedic buffoon to a lovestruck Romeo to a trigger-happy professional killer. A highly entertaining and gifted actor with dynamic on-screen presence, Chow continues to remain in strong demand in many film markets.

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