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Chow Yun-fat

 

Chow Yun-fat Actor Information

Chow Yun-fat is one of Hong Kong’s most iconic movie stars and a classic case of rages to riches and fame. Hit hits include the famed God of Gamblers movies that enthralled a generation of Chinese movie goers and block buster western movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Replacement killers. He is charismatic, extremely versatile and the roles he has played have ranged from comedic buffoons to love struck Romeos and trigger happy psychotic killers.

Names
English name – Chow Yun-fat
Chinese name – 周润发
Pinyin – Zhou Run Fa

Details
Date of birth – 18th May 1955
Place of Birth- Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Height – 1.85 meters

Background
Chow Yun-fat was born in a small farming community in Hong Kong’s Lamma Island. His mother was a cleaning lady and vegetable farmer and his father was a worker on a Shell Oil company tanker. His home had no electricity and his early life was very tough with him daily helping his mother sell their produce in the mornings and working in the fields in the afternoon.

He moved to Kowloon when he was 10 and quit school when he was 17 to support his family by work in odd jobs such as a taxi driver, hotel bell boy and camera sales. One of the reasons for Chow Yun-fat’s success is the work ethic he developed in his early life.

 

Acting Career

Chow’s acting career began when he responded to a newspaper advertisement for a trainee actor at Hong Kong’s commercial television station TVB. He signed up for a three year contract and quickly became a house hold name from his appearances in TV series such as The Bund. Chow Yun-fat’s first few movies were low budget failures and it was not until he appeared in the John Woo gangster movie A Better Tomorrow in 1986 that he achieved success.

Since 1986, Chow has set the standard for gun fu (heroic action movies with lots of skilled gun fighting) with a string of hits that are now classic Chinese gangster movies. One of his most outstanding movies was the God of Gamblers where he used a combination of suave charm, comedy and action to create a mesmerizing character. God of Gamblers broke Hong Kong’s all time box office records and spawned a number of successful sequels.

He moved to Hollywood in the mid 90’s and made The Replacement Killers (1998) and The Corrupter (1999) that were both box office failures. His third film Anna and the King with Jodie Foster was also unsuccessful. His first film to achieve success in the west was Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000). Chow’s next US movie the Bullet Proof Monk in 2003 was also a box office success. Chow Yun-fat’s success in the US and western market was limited to Asian action hero roles and his ability at comedic or dramatic roles was not recognized.

Personal Life
Chow’s first notable romance was with TV star Idy Chan in 1978 that lasted for 5 years and he attempted suicide over the breakup. He married a fellow Hong Kong TV star Candice Yu in 1983 and divorced 9 months later. He married again in 1986 to Jasmine Tan from Singapore who is the daughter of one of China’s richest businessmen.

Chow Yun-fat Yen Trivia
-Chow’s action movie trademark is a toothpick in his mouth, dark shades, twin berretta hand guns and a long heavy woollen coat.
-Chow Yun-fat made four movies and two TV series with Andy Lau and helped Andy Lau with his movie career when Andy was down and out.

Chinese Titles
From Vegas to Macau (2014)
Ken

The Monkey King (2013)
Jade Emperor

The Assassins (2012)
Cao Cao

The Last Tycoon (2012)
Cheng Daqi

Beginning of he Great Revival (2011)
Yuan Shikai

Let the Bullets Fly (2010)
Master Huang

Confucius (2010)
Confucius

The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Chen Hansheng

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Emperor Ping

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006)
Pan Zhichang

Waiting Alone (2004)
Fa Ge(cameo)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Master Li Mu Bai

Peace Hotel (1995)
Killer

God of Gamblers' Returns (1994)
Ko Chun

National Treasure (1994)
Chang Ching

Xian ren zhang (1994)
Hall

Full Contact (1992)
Gou Fei (as Chow Yun Fat)

Hard Boiled (1992)
Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen

Wo ai chou wen chai (1992)
Ng Shan-shui

Dei ha ching (1991)
Detective Lan

Prison on Fire II (1991)
Chung Tin Ching

Once a Thief (1991)
Joe or Red Bean Pudding

God of Gamblers II (1991)
Ko Chun

The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon (1990)
Lam Bo Sun/Mr. Stink

God of Gamblers (1989)
Ko Chun

A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon (1989)
Mark

The Killer (1989)
Ah Jong

Ban wo chuang tian ya (1989)
Lau Chung Pong/'Mew-Mew'

All About Ah-Long (1989)
Ah-Long Yeung

Wo zai hei she hui de ri zi (1989)
Li Man-Ho

Yi dan hong chun (1988)
Officer Dick Lee Chiu

Daai jeung foo yat gei (1988)
Chow Chen-fat

Chang duan jiao zhi lian (1988)
Joe

Tiger on Beat (1988)
Sgt. Francis Li

The Eighth Happiness (1988)
'Handsome' Long

Jing zhuong zhui nu zi zhi er (1988)
Wong Yat Fat

Gong zi duo qing (1988)
Locomotive

Yu Ta-fu chuan ji (1988)
Yu Da Fa as adult

Zai jian ying xiong (1988)
Hung

A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
Ken

Prison on Fire (1987)
41671 / Chung Tin Ching

Flaming Brothers (1987)
Chang Ho-tien

An Autumn's Tale (1987)
Boat-head / Figurehead / Figgy 

Cheng chong chui lui chai (1987)
Wong Yat Fat

Rich and Famous (1987)
Li Ah-Chai

Xiao sheng meng jing hun (1987)

Tragic Hero (1987)
Li Ah Chai

City on Fire (1987)
Ko Chow

Gui xin niang (1987)
Double Circle Pu

Code of Honour (1987)
Hui

A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Mark

Meng zhong ren (1986)
Song Yu

Chu yi shi wu (1986)
Peter

Din lo jing juen (1986)
Chung

Ni qing wo yuan (1986)
 

100 Ways to Murder Your Wife (1986)
Football Fat

A Hearty Response (1986)
Ho Ting-Bon

Yuan Zhen-Xia yu Wei Si-Li (1986)
Wei

Nu ren xin (1985)

Hoh bit yau ngoh (1985)
Mr. Chow

1985 Mei gui de gu shi
Charles Wong/Ga-Ming

Witch From Nepal (1985)
Joe

Dang doi lai ming (1984)
Yip Kim Fay

Qing cheng zhi lian (1984)
Fan Liu-Yuan

Ling qi bi ren (1984)
Valentino Chow

Blood Money (1983)
Bullet

Shang Hai tan xu ji (1983)

Fa sing (1983)
Kwong-Ping

Xun cheng ma (1982)
Fu Jun

Lie tou (1982)
Nguyen Dich

Ai yu kuang chao (1982)
Ko Ming-Chung

God of Killers (1981)
Wu Yuet

Zhi fa zhe (1981)

Xi gan xian (1980)
Chu Ka-Wah

Meng nu da zei sha zhen tan (1980)

Ban ye (1980)
Hei kek wong

Jen Lung (1980)

See-Bar (1980)

'O' nu (1979)
Kuan Yen-Ping

Jing wang shuang xiong (1978)
Ng To (as Chow Yun Fat)

Ren ce (1977)

Bed for Day, Bed for Night (1977)

Lao jia xie pai gu ye zi (1976)

Chi nu (1978)

Xin Su xiao mei san nan xin lang (1976)

Tou tai ren (1976)

International Titles

Shanghai (2010)
Anthony Lan-Ting

Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
Master Roshi

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Captain Sao Feng

Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Monk With No Name

Anna and the King (1999)
King Mongkut

The Corruptor (1999)
Nick Chen

The Replacement Killers (1998)
John Lee

TV Series
Yang ka cheung (1986)
Lui Dong-bun

The Battle Among the Clans (1985)
Lok Ching Hing

San jaat si hing – juk jaap (1985)
Ging Shing

Siu mo kong wu (1984)
Lingwu Chung

But dou san hung (1983)

Bo yum yan (1983)
Wai Yip-Cheung

Shang Hai tan (1983)
Hui Man-keung

Fo fung wong (1982)
Ngai Chun

Sou hat yi (1982)
Beggar So

Chin wong kwun ying wui (1981)
Lung

Mong chung yan (1979)
Ching Wai

Keung yan (1978)

Ga bin (1977)

Saat sau qi shi er siu si (1976)
Leui Gong

 

Awards for Film and TV

30th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Confucius

27th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – The Postmodern Life of My Aunt

26th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Curse of the Golden Flower

20th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

15th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Peace Hotel

14th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Treasure Hunt

11th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Once a Thief

9th Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – All About-Ah Long
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – God of Gamblers
Nominee – Best Original Film Song – Chow Yun-Fat – Triads: The Inside Story

8th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Original Film Song – Chow Yun-Fat – The Diary of a Big Man

7th Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – City on Fire
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Prison on Fire
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – An Autumn's Tale

6th Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – A Better Tomorrow
Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Love Unto Waste

5th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Women

4th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Hong Kong 1941

24th Golden Horse Awards (1987)
Winner – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – An Autumn's Tale

23rd Golden Horse Awards (1986)
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – A Better Tomorrow

22nd Golden Horse Awards (1985)
Winner – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Hong Kong 1941

2011 Huabiao Film Awards
Winner – Outstanding Abroad Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Confucius

2011 Asian Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Let the Bullets Fly

2001 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films – Saturn Award
Nominee – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

1984 Asia-Pacific Film Festival
Winner – Best Actor – Chow Yun-Fat – Hong Kong 1941

2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Nominee – Favorite Action Team – Chow Yun-Fat – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

1999 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
Winner – Career Award – Chow Yun-Fat

2000 Next TV Awards
Winner – Century Unforgettable Role – Chow Yun-Fat – The Bund

1992 Next TV Awards
Winner – Top Ten TV Artist – Chow Yun-Fat

1991 Next TV Awards
Winner – Top Ten TV Actor – Chow Yun-Fat

Supporting websites for Chow Yun-fat

IMDb Actor Database for Chow Yun-fat

Hong Kong Film Archive for Chow Yun-fat