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Chow Yun-fat

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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May 18, 1955 In Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Reincarnation 1976-03-31
Latest Project:
Series The Legend of Master So 2018
Known For
Poster of Hotel
Poster of The Battle Among the Clans
Poster of The Super Power
Poster of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer
Series The Battle Among the Clans Unknown 2018
Series The Legend of Master So Unknown 2018
Series Hotel Unknown 2018
Series The Super Power Unknown 2018
Series Conflict Unknown 2018
Series The Radio Tycoon Unknown 2018
Movie Duckweed [archive footage] 2017-01-28
Movie From Vegas To Macau III Ken Shek / Ko Chun 2016-02-06
Movie The Monkey King: The Legend Begins Jade Emperor 2016-11-30
Movie Cold War II Oswald Kan 2016-09-08
Movie From Vegas to Macau II Ken 2015-02-19
Movie Office Ho Chung-ping 2015-09-24
Movie The Monkey King Jade Emperor 2014-01-09
Movie From Vegas to Macau Ken 2014-01-30
Movie The Last Tycoon Cheng Daqi 2013-01-03
Movie The Assassins Chancellor Cao Cao 2012-09-26
Movie Beginning of the Great Revival Yuan Shikai 2011-01-01
Movie Confucius Confucius 2010-02-11
Movie Shanghai Anthony Lan-Ting 2010-06-10
Movie Let the Bullets Fly Si-lang Huang 2010-12-16
Movie Dragonball Evolution Master Roshi 2009-04-01
Movie The Children of Huang Shi Chen Hansheng 2008-07-03
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Sao Feng 2007-05-19
Movie The Postmodern Life of My Aunt Pan Zhichang 2006-03-08
Movie Curse of the Golden Flower Emperor Ping 2006-12-21
Movie Waiting Alone Fa Ge (cameo) 2005-08-10
Movie Bulletproof Monk nameless monk 2003-03-28
Movie Golden Chicken 2 archive footage 2003-12-24
Movie Ultimate Fights from the Movies archive footage 2002-04-16
Movie Golden Chicken archive footage 2002-12-26
Movie An Autumn Diary An Autumn's Tale footage 2001-06-11
Movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Master Li Mu Bai 2000-10-01
Movie The Corruptor Lieutenant Nick Chen 1999-03-12
Movie Anna and the King King Mongkut 1999-12-16
Movie The Replacement Killers John Lee 1998-02-06
Movie Eastern Heroes: The Video Magazine - Volume 2 Himself 1996-07-22
Movie God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' (archive footage) 1996-12-13
Movie Peace Hotel The Killer 1995-04-12
Movie Cinema of Vengeance Himself (uncredited) 1994-01-01
Movie Treasure Hunt Jeffrey Chang Ching 1994-01-29
Movie God of Gamblers' Return Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' 1994-12-24
Movie Film ohne Fesseln - Das neue Hongkong Kino Himself 1993-01-01
Movie Hard Boiled Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen 1992-04-16
Movie Now You See Love... Now You Don't Ng San Shui 1992-02-01
Movie Full Contact Jeff / Gou Fei 1992-07-23
Movie Once a Thief Joe 1991-02-02
Movie Prison On Fire II Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat) 1991-06-22
Movie The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon Lam Bo Sun / Mr. Stink 1990-01-18
Movie God of Gamblers II Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' 1990-12-13
Movie All About Ah-Long Ah Long 1989-03-16
Movie Triads: The Inside Story Lee Man-Ho 1989-01-01
Movie Wild Search Sgt. Lau Chun-Pong 1989-06-03
Movie A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon Mark Gor 1989-10-20
Movie The Romancing Star III Mechanic in flashback 1989-12-21
Movie The Killer Jeff 1989-07-06
Movie God of Gamblers Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' 1989-12-14
Movie Tiger on the Beat Sgt. Francis Li 1988-03-19
Movie The Eighth Happiness Fang Chien Lang/Fong Kim Long 1988-02-11
Movie The Romancing Star II Big Mouth Fat [cameo] 1988-01-21
Movie Fractured Follies Joe Leung 1988-07-06
Movie Goodbye My Friend Hung 1988-10-05
Movie The Diary of a Big Man Chow Ting Fat 1988-07-21
Movie City War Dick Lee 1988-12-21
Movie Cherry Blossoms Yu Ta Fu (adult) 1988-09-23
Movie The Greatest Lover Qian Jin / Nelson Chow 1988-07-30
Movie Rich and Famous Boss Li Ah Chai 1987-05-27
Movie Scared Stiff Inspector Chow 1987-03-06
Movie Code of Honor Fai 1987-01-01
Movie The Romancing Star Wong Yat Fat 1987-06-25
Movie Tragic Hero Boss Li Ah Chai 1987-02-20
Movie City on Fire Ko Chow 1987-02-13
Movie An Autumn's Tale Samuel Pang 1987-07-16
Movie Prison on Fire 41671 / Chung Tin Ching 1987-11-13
Movie A Better Tomorrow II Ken Gor / Ken Lee 1987-12-17
Movie Spiritual Love Pu Yung Tsai 1987-10-15
Movie Flaming Brothers Tin 1987-07-30
Movie Witch from Nepal Joe 1986-02-27
Movie Lost Romance Charles and Ga Ming [2 roles] 1986-02-21
Movie The Seventh Curse Wesley 1986-01-01
Movie Dream Lovers Song Yu 1986-04-25
Movie The Lunatics Chung 1986-01-01
Movie Love Unto Wastes Detective Lan 1986-08-30
Movie My Will, I Will Detective 1986-11-20
Movie A Hearty Response Ho Ting-Bon 1986-10-30
Movie 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife Fa 1986-09-24
Movie The Missed Date Peter 1986-05-24
Movie A Better Tomorrow Mark Gor / Mark Lee 1986-08-02
Movie Women Derek Sun 1985-06-12
Series The Yang's Saga Lui Dong-bun 1985-09-23
Movie Why Me? Mr Chow 1985-10-29
Series The Smiling, Proud Wanderer Unknown 1984-04-02
Movie Love in a Fallen City Fan Liu-Yuan 1984-08-02
Series Police Cadet Cheung Ging Sing 1984-10-29
Movie Hong Kong 1941 Yip Kim-Fay 1984-11-02
Movie The Occupant Insp Valentino Chow 1984-09-29
Movie Blood Money Bullet (as Chow Yun-Fat) 1983-03-22
Movie The Last Affair Kwong Ping 1983-12-09
Movie The Head Hunter Yuen Lik/Nguen Dich (as Chow Yun Fat) 1982-03-25
Movie The Postman Fights Back Fu Jun 1982-06-03
Movie Soul Ash 1981-01-12
Movie The Story of Woo Viet Wu Yuet 1981-04-23
Movie The Executor Ng Tao 1981-03-04
Movie See-Bar Git 1980-01-23
Series The Bund Hui Man Keung 1980-03-10
Movie Modern Heroes Sgt Chu Hwa Tai 1980-09-18
Movie Pursuit Killer 1980-06-26
Movie Joy to the World Yam Chung-Lung 1980-06-07
Series The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1979-09-01
Movie Miss "O" Koon 1978-04-28
Movie Their Private Lives Ko Ming-Chung 1978-01-12
Movie Bed for Day, Bed for Night 1977-03-31
Movie Hot Blood Ah Cheng 1977-09-23
Movie The Reincarnation 1976-03-31
Movie Learned Bride Thrice Fools the Bridegroom 1976-04-29
Movie Massage Girls Ah Gin 1976-09-23
Movie The Hunter, the Butterfly and the Crocodile 1976-11-25