Tony Leung

Tony Leung

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  • First Name: Tony
  • Family Name: Leung
  • Native name: 梁朝偉
  • Also Known as: Leung Chiu Wai;Little Tony;梁朝伟
  • Nationality: Hong Konger
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: June 27, 1962
  • Age: 57

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Tony Leung

Tony Leung

  • Name: Tony Leung
  • Native name: 梁朝偉
  • Also Known as: Leung Chiu Wai;Little Tony;梁朝伟
  • Nationality: Hong Konger
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: June 27, 1962
  • Age: 57
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is a Hong Kong film actor and former TVB actor. A major film star since the 1990s, Leung has won the Hong Kong Film Awards five times and the Golden Horse Best Actor awards thrice (in 1994, 2003 and 2007). Leung also won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for his role in Wong Kar-wai's 2000 film 'In the Mood for Love.'
After quitting his studies, Leung worked in a variety of jobs, first as a grocer's runner at his uncle's shop, then a showroom salesman in a Hong Kong shopping center. He met actor and comedian Stephen Chow who influenced his decision to become an actor and remains a good friend.
In 1982 he passed the training courses of television channel TVB. Due to his boyish looks, TVB cast him as host of a children's programme, 430 Space Shuttle. Leung enjoyed comedies during his television years; it was for these he became well known. So, in the 1980s, he was named as one of "TVB's Five Tigers" (their five up-and-coming male TV stars) along with Andy Lau, Felix Wong , Michael Miu and Kent Tong. Leung starred in the highly successful Police Cadet TV serial in 1984 (later named Police Cadet 84 to distinguish it from subsequent sequels). He played an outgoing young man who decides to become a police officer; Maggie Cheung, who also started her career at the same time, played a shy bookworm, Leung's upstairs neighbour and love interest. Since then they have worked together on The Yang's Saga (1985), Days of Being Wild (1991), Ashes of Time (1994), In the Mood for Love (2000), Hero (2002), and 2046 (2005). Interviewed by Wong Kar Wai, Leung said that he considered Maggie to be his alter ego. "Maggie is a truly formidable partner - one to waltz with. We do not spend a lot of time with each other, as we like to keep some mystery between us. Whenever I see her, I discover something new about her".
Many consider Leung's role in director John Woo's 1992 action film Hard Boiled in which he co-starred with Chow Yun-fat, as his breakthrough role in film. However, Leung first gained international exposure through Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness, which won the Venice Golden Lion.
Leung often collaborates with director Wong Kar-wai and has appeared in many of his films. His most notable roles in Wong Kar-wai's films include the lonely policeman in Chungking Express (1994), a gay Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in Happy Together (1997), and a self-controlled victim of adultery in In the Mood for Love (2000), for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes.
He is considered by many to be the finest actor of his generation in Hong Kong. Robert De Niro is an admirer of his work, and Leung has been called Asia's answer to Clark Gable.
Leung also has an on-and-off Cantopop and Mandarin pop singing career and sang the theme song of Infernal Affairs with Andy Lau.
Leung speaks flawless English and is well read and well versed on historical issues. During the late 1990s, some predicted that it would be difficult for him to break into Hollywood since he would not take on degrading roles because of his pride and character. To date, he has not done a Hollywood film, but is primed to appear in one after signing on with an American film agent.
In addition to Cantonese, English, and Spanish, Leung is also able to speak Mandarin (accented) and some Japanese (as heard in Tokyo Raiders). Lust Caution is the first film where he has a Mandarin-speaking role in which he used his own voice. (The first one was actually Hero, but his voice was dubbed over by someone else.)
During the promotion of the film Hero, some politicians and commentators in Hong Kong attacked Leung for expressing the view that the Tiananmen Square demonstration crackdown was necessary to maintain stability. Under constant political pressure and boycott threats, Leung made a single statement that he may have been quoted out of context but refused to retract his statement in the magazine. However, the movie magazine editor maintained that the original statement was not out of context and challenged people to read the complete interview.
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1989 Hap Hak Hang
Hong Kong Drama, 1989, 20 eps
Shek Po Tin / Shek Chung Yuk (Main Role)
20
Shek Po Tin / Shek Chung Yuk
Main Role
7.6
1988 Two Most Honorable Knights
Hong Kong Drama, 1988, 20 eps
Siu Yu Yee (Main Role)
20
Siu Yu Yee
Main Role
8.0
1987 The Grand Canal
Hong Kong Drama, 1987, 60 eps
Cheung Sam Lang / Qiu Yan Ke (Main Role)
60
Cheung Sam Lang / Qiu Yan Ke
Main Role
7.4
1986 The New Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre
Hong Kong Drama, 1986, 40 eps
Cheung Mo Gai (Main Role)
40
Cheung Mo Gai
Main Role
8.3
1985 Police Cadet '85
Hong Kong Drama, 1985, 40 eps
Cheung Wai Kit (Main Role)
40
Cheung Wai Kit
Main Role
8.5
1985 The Yang's Saga
Hong Kong Drama, 1985, 6 eps
Yeung Yin Chi/Yeung Chat Long (7th son) (Main Role)
6
Yeung Yin Chi/Yeung Chat Long (7th son)
Main Role
7.9
1985 The Rough Ride
Hong Kong Drama, 1985, 40 eps
Chow Kim Hung (Main Role)
40
Chow Kim Hung
Main Role
8.0
1984 Police Cadet '84
Hong Kong Drama, 1984, 40 eps
Cheung Wai Kit (Main Role)
40
Cheung Wai Kit
Main Role
0.0
1984 The Duke of Mount Deer
Hong Kong Drama, 1984, 40 eps
Wai Siu Bo (Main Role)
40
Wai Siu Bo
Main Role
8.0
1982 The Emissary
Hong Kong Drama, 1982, 20 eps
(Main Role)
20
Main Role
7.0
1982 Soldier of Fortune
Hong Kong Drama, 1982, 30 eps
Ying Chi Him (Main Role)
30
Ying Chi Him
Main Role
6.0
1982 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils
Hong Kong Drama, 1982, 50 eps
a monk (extra, ep14) (Support Role)
50
a monk (extra, ep14)
Support Role
7.6
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2018 Europe Raiders
Hong Kong Movie, 2018,
Lin Zai Feng (Main Role)
Lin Zai Feng
Main Role
7.7
2018 Monster Hunt 2
Chinese Movie, 2018,
Xu Chengyi (Main Role)
Xu Chengyi
Main Role
8.3
2016 See You Tomorrow
Chinese Movie, 2016,
Chen Mo (Main Role)
Chen Mo
Main Role
7.1
2013 The Grandmaster
Hong Kong Movie, 2013,
Ip man (Ye Wen) (Main Role)
Ip man (Ye Wen)
Main Role
7.5
2012 The Silent War
Hong Kong Movie, 2012,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.3
2011 The Great Magician
Chinese Movie, 2011,
Zhang Xian (Main Role)
Zhang Xian
Main Role
7.4
2011 I Love Hong Kong
Hong Kong Movie, 2011,
Ng Son (Main Role)
Ng Son
Main Role
7.4
2009 Red Cliff 2
Chinese Movie, 2009,
Zhou Yu (Main Role)
Zhou Yu
Main Role
8.6
2008 Ashes of Time Redux
Hong Kong Movie, 2008,
Blind Swordsman (Support Role)
Blind Swordsman
Support Role
7.5
2008 Red Cliff
Chinese Movie, 2008,
Zhou Yu (Main Role)
Zhou Yu
Main Role
8.4
2007 Lust, Caution
Chinese Movie, 2007,
Mr. Yee (Main Role)
Mr. Yee
Main Role
7.9
2006 Confession of Pain
Hong Kong Movie, 2006,
Detective Lau Ching-Hei (Main Role)
Detective Lau Ching-Hei
Main Role
7.3
2005 Seoul Raiders
Hong Kong Movie, 2005,
Lam (Main Role)
Lam
Main Role
6.9
2004 2046
Hong Kong Movie, 2004,
Chow Mo-wan (Main Role)
Chow Mo-wan
Main Role
7.7
2003 Sound of Colors
Hong Kong Movie, 2003,
Ho Yuk Ming (Main Role)
Ho Yuk Ming
Main Role
6.8
2003 Infernal Affairs III
Hong Kong Movie, 2003,
Chan Wing-yan (Main Role)
Chan Wing-yan
Main Role
7.8
2003 My Lucky Star
Hong Kong Movie, 2003,
Lai Liu Po (Main Role)
Lai Liu Po
Main Role
7.1
2002 Infernal Affairs
Hong Kong Movie, 2002,
Chan Wing Yan (Main Role)
Chan Wing Yan
Main Role
8.6
2002 Hero
Chinese Movie, 2002,
Broken Sword (Main Role)
Broken Sword
Main Role
8.3
2002 Chinese Odyssey
Hong Kong Movie, 2002,
Li Yilong (Main Role)
Li Yilong
Main Role
7.2
2001 Love Me, Love My Money
Hong Kong Movie, 2001,
Richard 'Bastard' Ma (Main Role)
Richard 'Bastard' Ma
Main Role
6.6
2001 Healing Hearts
Hong Kong Movie, 2001,
Dr. Lawrence Ching (Main Role)
Dr. Lawrence Ching
Main Role
6.1
2001 Fighting For Love
Hong Kong Movie, 2001,
Veg Chiang Tung-Choi (Main Role)
Veg Chiang Tung-Choi
Main Role
7.0
2000 In the Mood for Love
Hong Kong Movie, 2000,
Chow Mo-wan (Main Role)
Chow Mo-wan
Main Role
8.5
2000 Tokyo Raiders
Hong Kong Movie, 2000,
Lam (Main Role)
Lam
Main Role
7.1
1999 Gorgeous
Hong Kong Movie, 1999,
Albert (Support Role)
Albert
Support Role
7.7
1998 Your Place or Mine
Hong Kong Movie, 1998,
Wai (Main Role)
Wai
Main Role
6.2
1998 Flowers of Shanghai
Taiwanese Movie, 1998,
Wang (Main Role)
Wang
Main Role
6.8
1998 Timeless Romance
Hong Kong Movie, 1998,
Lau Yat Lo / Zhuge Liang (Main Role)
Lau Yat Lo / Zhuge Liang
Main Role
4.0
1997 '97 Aces Go Places
Hong Kong Movie, 1997,
Chu Cheong / Drunk Shooter (Support Role)
Chu Cheong / Drunk Shooter
Support Role
7.4
1997 Happy Together
Hong Kong Movie, 1997,
Lai Yiu-fai (Main Role)
Lai Yiu-fai
Main Role
8.1
1995 Dr. Mack
Hong Kong Movie, 1995,
Dr. Lau Mack (Main Role)
Dr. Lau Mack
Main Role
7.6
1994 Ashes of Time
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
Blind Swordsman (Support Role)
Blind Swordsman
Support Role
7.7
1994 Chungking Express
Hong Kong Movie, 1994,
[Cop 663] (Main Role)
[Cop 663]
Main Role
8.5
1993 The Magic Crane
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Ma Kwun Mo (Ma Jin Wu) (Main Role)
Ma Kwun Mo (Ma Jin Wu)
Main Role
6.4
1993 Hero - Beyond the Boundary of Time
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Wai Siu Bo (Main Role)
Wai Siu Bo
Main Role
5.1
1993 Tom, Dick and Hairy
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Tom Chan (Main Role)
Tom Chan
Main Role
6.0
1993 The Eagle Shooting Heroes
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Ouyang Feng (Main Role)
Ouyang Feng
Main Role
7.2
1993 Butterfly And Sword
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Meng Sing-Wan (Main Role)
Meng Sing-Wan
Main Role
7.1
1992 The Days of Being Dumb
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Fred Tung (Main Role)
Fred Tung
Main Role
7.5
1992 Hard Boiled
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Alan (Main Role)
Alan
Main Role
8.1
1992 Lucky Encounter
Hong Kong Movie, 1992,
Dian Fa (Main Role)
Dian Fa
Main Role
5.0
1991 A Chinese Ghost Story III
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Fong (Shi Fang) (Main Role)
Fong (Shi Fang)
Main Role
7.4
1991 The Tigers
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Dandruff / Scalp / Tau Pi (Main Role)
Dandruff / Scalp / Tau Pi
Main Role
6.4
1991 Great Pretenders
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Snake Wai (Main Role)
Snake Wai
Main Role
0.0
1991 Don't Fool Me
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Cheung Ho Kit (Main Role)
Cheung Ho Kit
Main Role
0.0
1991 The Royal Scoundrel
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Beach Boy (Main Role)
Beach Boy
Main Role
0.0
1991 The Banquet
Hong Kong Movie, 1991,
Wai [Tsang's assistant] (Main Role)
Wai [Tsang's assistant]
Main Role
6.9
1990 Bullet in the Head
Hong Kong Movie, 1990,
Ben (Siu Bun) (Main Role)
Ben (Siu Bun)
Main Role
8.1
1989 A City of Sadness
Taiwanese Movie, 1989,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.3
1989 My Heart Is That Eternal Rose
Hong Kong Movie, 1989,
Cheung (Main Role)
Cheung
Main Role
5.3
1987 People's Hero
Hong Kong Movie, 1987,
Sai (Support Role)
Sai
Support Role
6.6
1986 Love Unto Waste
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Jean Cheung (Main Role)
Jean Cheung
Main Role
6.7
1986 The Lunatics
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Doggie (Support Role)
Doggie
Support Role
8.5
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