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Chow Yun Fat

Yun Fat Chow

Details

  • Name: Chow Yun Fat
  • Native name: 周潤發
  • Nationality: Hong Konger
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: May 18, 1955
  • Age: 62
Yun Fat Chow

Yun Fat Chow

  • Name: Chow Yun Fat
  • Native name: 周潤發
  • Nationality: Hong Konger
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: May 18, 1955
  • Age: 62
It did not take long for Chow to become a household name in Hong Kong following his role in the hit series The Bund in TVB in 1980. The Bund, about the rise and fall of a gangster in 1930s Shanghai, made him a star. It was one of the most popular TV series ever made in Hong Kong and was a hit throughout Asia.



Although Chow continued his TV success, his goal was to become a big screen actor. His occasional ventures onto the big screens with low-budget films, however, were disastrous. Success finally came when he teamed up with director John Woo in the 1986 gangster action-melodrama A Better Tomorrow, which swept the box offices in Asia and established Chow and Woo as megastars. A Better Tomorrow won him his first Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. It was the highest grossing film in Hong Kong history at the time, and it set the standard for Hong Kong gangster films to come. Taking the opportunity, Chow quit TV entirely. With his new image from A Better Tomorrow, he made many more 'gun fu' or 'heroic bloodshed' films, such as A Better Tomorrow 2 (1987), Prison on Fire, Prison on Fire II, The Killer (1989), A Better Tomorrow 3 (1990), Hard Boiled (1992) and City on Fire an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs.



Chow may be best known for playing honorable tough guys, whether cops or criminals, but he also starred in comedies like Diary of a Big Man (1988) and Now You See Love, Now You Don't (1992) and romantic blockbusters such as Love in a Fallen City (1984) and An Autumn's Tale (1987), for which he was named best actor at the Golden Horse Awards. He brought together his disparate personae in the 1989 film God of Gamblers (Du Shen), directed by the prolific Wong Jing, in which he was by turns suave charmer, broad comedian and action hero. The film surprised many, became immensely popular, broke Hong Kong's all-time box office record, and spawned a series of gambling films, as well as several comic sequels starring Andy Lau and Stephen Chow.



The Los Angeles Times proclaimed Chow Yun-Fat "the coolest actor in the world."[citation needed] Being one of the biggest stars in Hong Kong, Chow moved to Hollywood in the mid '90s in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to duplicate his success in Asia. His first two films, The Replacement Killers (1998) and The Corruptor (1999), were box office disappointments. In his next film Anna and the King (1999), Chow teamed up with Jodie Foster, but the film suffered at the box office. Unable to play down the Asian stereotype, Chow took advantage of it by accepting the role of Li Mu-Bai in the (2000) film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It became a winner at both the international box office and the Oscars. In 2003, Chow came back to Hollywood and starred in Bulletproof Monk in yet another Asian stereotyped role of a martial art expert. In 2006, he teamed up with Gong Li in the film, Curse of the Golden Flower, directed by Zhang Yimou.



In 2007, Chow was cast as the pirate captain Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. His character, however, was omitted when the movie was shown in mainland China. His character was criticized as demeaning as it "vilifies and humiliates the Chinese." Despite the censorship, the unedited version of the movie was freely sold on the black market without government intervention because viewers wanted to see Chow Yun-Fat.



Chow had often wished to be regarded as a serious dramatic actor in Hollywood. Unfortunately, he often landed in roles that stereotyped him as an Asian action hero.



In the live action version of Dragonball Evolution, which performed poorly in the USA and grossed $57 million worldwide, Chow Yun-fat played Master Roshi.
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2018 The Invincible 12
Hong Kong Movie, 2018,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
2016 From Vegas to Macau III
Hong Kong Movie, 2016,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.8
2015 Office
Chinese Movie, 2015,
Ho Chung Ping (Main Role)
Ho Chung Ping
Main Role
7.2
2015 From Vegas to Macau II
Hong Kong Movie, 2015,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
2014 From Vegas to Macau
Hong Kong Movie, 2014,
Hendrik / Ken (Main Role)
Hendrik / Ken
Main Role
7.4
2014 The Monkey King
Hong Kong Movie, 2014,
Jade Emperor (Main Role)
Jade Emperor
Main Role
7.0
2013 The Last Tycoon
Hong Kong Movie, 2013,
Cheng Daqi (Main Role)
Cheng Daqi
Main Role
8.3
2012 The Assassins
Chinese Movie, 2012,
Cao Cao (Main Role)
Cao Cao
Main Role
6.8
2011 Beginning of the Great Revival
Chinese Movie, 2011,
Yuan Shikai (Main Role)
Yuan Shikai
Main Role
6.5
2010 Let the Bullets Fly
Chinese Movie, 2010,
Wang (Support Role)
Wang
Support Role
7.1
2010 Shanghai
Chinese Movie, 2010,
Anthony Lan-Ting (Main Role)
Anthony Lan-Ting
Main Role
7.3
2010 Confucius
Chinese Movie, 2010,
Confucius (Main Role)
Confucius
Main Role
6.8
2008 The Children of Huang Shi
Chinese Movie, 2008,
Chen Han Sheng (Main Role)
Chen Han Sheng
Main Role
7.6
2006 Curse of the Golden Flower
Chinese Movie, 2006,
Emperor Ping (Main Role)
Emperor Ping
Main Role
7.6
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Chinese Movie, 2000,
Li Mu Bai (Main Role)
Li Mu Bai
Main Role
8.2
1994 God of Gamblers' Return
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
Ko Chun / The God of Gambler (Main Role)
Ko Chun / The God of Gambler
Main Role
7.8
1992 Full Contact
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Gou Fei (Main Role)
Gou Fei
Main Role
7.6
1992 Hard Boiled
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Inspector Tequila Yuen (Main Role)
Inspector Tequila Yuen
Main Role
8.1
1991 Once a Thief
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Joe (Main Role)
Joe
Main Role
7.6
1990 The Fun, The Luck and The Tycoon
Hong Kong Movie, 1990,
Lam Bo Sun / Stink (Main Role)
Lam Bo Sun / Stink
Main Role
7.0
1989 A Better Tomorrow 3: Love and Death in Saigon
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Mark Gor (Main Role)
Mark Gor
Main Role
7.7
1989 Triads: The Inside Story
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Li Man Ho (Main Role)
Li Man Ho
Main Role
6.0
1989 The Killer
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Ah Jong (Main Role)
Ah Jong
Main Role
8.1
1988 City War
Hong Kong Movie, 1988,
Dick Lee (Main Role)
Dick Lee
Main Role
6.5
1989 God of Gamblers
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Do shen (Main Role)
Do shen
Main Role
8.1
1988 The Greatest Lover
Hong Kong Movie, 1988,
Nelson (Main Role)
Nelson
Main Role
6.8
1988 Diary of a Big Man
Hong Kong Movie, 1988,
Chow Ting Fat (Main Role)
Chow Ting Fat
Main Role
6.3
1988 Tiger On The Beat
Hong Kong Movie, 1988,
Sgt. Francis Lee (Main Role)
Sgt. Francis Lee
Main Role
7.1
1987 A Better Tomorrow 2
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Ken "Gor" Lee (Main Role)
Ken "Gor" Lee
Main Role
8.4
1987 Prison on Fire
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Chung Tin Ching / 41671 (Main Role)
Chung Tin Ching / 41671
Main Role
7.5
1987 Flaming Brothers
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Cheung Ho Tin (Main Role)
Cheung Ho Tin
Main Role
7.0
1987 An Autumn’s Tale
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Samuel Pang (Main Role)
Samuel Pang
Main Role
7.9
1987 The Romancing Star
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Fred (Main Role)
Fred
Main Role
6.7
1987 Rich and Famous
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Li Ah-Chai (Main Role)
Li Ah-Chai
Main Role
8.0
1987 Tragic Hero
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Li Ah-Chai (Main Role)
Li Ah-Chai
Main Role
7.4
1987 City On Fire
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Ko Chow (Main Role)
Ko Chow
Main Role
7.3
1986 Love Unto Waste
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Inspector Lan (Main Role)
Inspector Lan
Main Role
6.3
1986 A Better Tomorrow
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Mark (Main Role)
Mark
Main Role
8.2
1986 The Lunatics
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Chung (Support Role)
Chung
Support Role
8.5
1986 Dream Lovers
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Song Yu (Main Role)
Song Yu
Main Role
0.0
1984 Love in a Fallen City
Hong Kong Movie, 1984,
Fan Liu Yuen (Main Role)
Fan Liu Yuen
Main Role
6.5
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1985 The Yang's Saga
Hong Kong Drama, 1985, 6 eps
Lui Tung Ban (Support Role)
6
Lui Tung Ban
Support Role
7.5
1983 The Radio Tycoon
Hong Kong Drama, 1983, 30 eps
Wai Yip-coeng (Main Role)
30
Wai Yip-coeng
Main Role
6.8
1982 The Legend of Master So
Hong Kong Drama, 1982, 20 eps
So Chan (Main Role)
20
So Chan
Main Role
8.0
1980 The Bund
Hong Kong Drama, 1980, 25 eps
Hui Man Keung (Main Role)
25
Hui Man Keung
Main Role
8.3
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