Chow Yun Fat

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.

Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
1985
6
Lui Tung Ban Supporting Role
7.6
1983
30
Wai Yip-coeng Main Role
7.0
1982
20
So Chan Main Role
8.0
1980
25
Hui Man Keung Main Role
8.3

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2018
Unknown Role
N/A
2016
Oswald Kan Ngo Wai Guest Role
7.3
2016
Main Role
6.7
2015
Ho Chung Ping Main Role
7.3
2015
Main Role
7.4
2014
Hendrik / Ken Main Role
7.3
2014
Jade Emperor Main Role
7.0
2013
Cheng Daqi Main Role
8.3
2012
Cao Cao Main Role
6.8
2011
Yuan Shikai Main Role
6.7
2010
Wang Supporting Role
7.1
2010
Anthony Lan-Ting Main Role
7.3
2010
Confucius Main Role
6.8
2008
Chen Han Sheng Main Role
7.5
2006
Emperor Ping Main Role
7.6
2004
cameo Guest Role
7.2
2000
Li Mu Bai Main Role
8.2
1994
Ko Chun / The God of Gambler Main Role
7.8
1992
Gou Fei Main Role
7.7
1992
Inspector Tequila Yuen Main Role
8.1
1991
Joe Main Role
7.6
1990
Ko Chun / God of Gamblers Guest Role
8.0
1989
Li Man Ho Main Role
6.0
1989
Ah Jong Main Role
8.1
1988
Dick Lee Main Role
6.3
1989
Do shen Main Role
8.1
1988
Nelson Main Role
6.0
1988
Chow Ting Fat Main Role
6.3
1988
Sgt. Francis Lee Main Role
7.1
1987
Ken "Gor" Lee Main Role
8.4
1987
Chung Tin Ching / 41671 Main Role
7.7
1987
Cheung Ho Tin Main Role
7.5
1987
Samuel Pang Main Role
7.9
1987
Fred Main Role
6.5
1987
Li Ah-Chai Main Role
8.3
1987
Li Ah-Chai Main Role
7.7
1987
Ko Chow Main Role
7.5
1986
Wei Unknown Role
6.3
1986
Inspector Lan Main Role
6.3
1986
Mark Main Role
8.2
1986
Chung Supporting Role
9.0
1986
Song Yu Main Role
N/A
1984
Fan Liu Yuen Main Role
N/A

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    Happy birthday!

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    Happy birthday

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    katrina21 May 18, 2015

    happy 60th birthday Chow Yun Fat!!!! :D

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    EXO_HOLIC May 18, 2015

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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    lexies May 18, 2014

    He looked familiar and now I know why. I've seen lots of his movies.

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Details

  • Name:

    Chow Yun Fat
  • Native name:

    周潤發
  • Nationality:

    Hong Konger
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    May 18, 1955
  • Age:

    62