Carina Lau

Carina Lau

Highest Rated: 92% Center Stage (1992)

Lowest Rated: 20% From Vegas to Macau III (2016)

Birthday: Dec 8, 1965

Birthplace: Suzhou, China

A veteran of East Asian cinema, Carina Lau cornered the girl-next-door market during the 1980s but later established herself as one of her Chinese homeland's greatest actresses thanks to a number of more challenging dramatic roles. Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu in 1965, Lau emigrated to Hong Kong aged fifteen where she gained entry into the actors training program at commercial channel TVB. After making her on-screen debut in "The Duke of Mount Deer" (TVB 1984), she played her future husband Tony Leung Chiu-Wai's half-sister in "Police Cadet" (TVB 1984) and appeared opposite action heroes Jackie Chan in "Project A Part II" (1987) and "Armour of God" (1987) and Chow Yun-fat in "Rich and Famous" (1987) and "Tragic Hero" (1987). Lau's career then skyrocketed following her appearance as wealthy heiress Sandy Ngai Chor Gwun in one of Hong Kong's most-watched ever series, "Looking Back In Anger" (TVB 1989), and she subsequently went onto receive the first of six Hong Kong Film Award nominations for her performance in "Her Beautiful Life Lies" (1989). During the filming of "Days Of Being Wild" (1991), one of her many collaborations with New Wave auteur Wong Kar-wai, Lau was kidnapped for several hours by four men working for a triad boss as punishment for refusing a particular film offer. Alongside her high-profile celebrity relationship, the ordeal transformed Lau into a permanent tabloid figure. But her impressive turn as vivacious cabaret dancer Leung Fung-ying in the aforementioned arthouse drama put the focus back onto her talents and after scene-stealing martial arts epic "Saviour Of The Soul" (1991), she continued to showcase her versatility with impressive performances as legendary Chinese actress Li Lili in Ruan Lingyu biopic "Center Stage" (1992), pop superstar Rose in cross-dressing comedy "He's A Woman, She's A Man" (1994) and call-girl Chung in offbeat romance "Gigolo and Whore" (1994). Following parts in the wuxia classic "Ashes Of Time" (1994) and James Bond pastiche "Forbidden City Cop" (1997), Lau once again attracted the attention of various awards juries with her measured portrayals of bisexual silk factory owner Wan in "Intimates" (1997) and prostitute Pearl in 19th Century epic "Flowers Of Shanghai." Appearances as Hon Sam's wife in the two "Infernal Affairs" sequels and an android in Wong Kar-wai's sci-fi-tinged "2046" (2004) saw Lau build further on her international profile. Lau then stepped in the shoes of Sarah Jessica Parker for the Hong Kong version of "Sex & The City" (HBO 1998-2004), "Sex & The Beauties" (2004) before winning rave reviews for her performances as unhappily-married Rose in the low-budget "Rashomon"-esque thriller "Curiosity Kills The Cat" (2006) and the Tang Dynasty Empress of China, Wu Zetian, in the blockbuster "Detective Dee & The Mystery Of The Phantom Flame" (2010). After receiving a Best Actress nod at Cannes for her turn as a rich housewife abandoned by her husband in slow-paced drama "Bends" (2013), Lau landed the lead role of Jia Ling in the big-screen adaptation of "Beijing Love Story" (2014).

Highest rated movies

Flowers of Shanghai
Center Stage
Days of Being Wild
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Ashes of Time Redux
Let the Bullets Fly
Project A 2




30% 46% Dynasty Warriors Master of the Sword Forge Castle (Character) - 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet A City Called Macau Sister Faye (Character) - 2019
60% 70% Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings Wu Zetian (Character) $132.0K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Beautiful Moment Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 0% Mission Milano Unknown (Character) - 2016
20% 12% From Vegas to Macau III Molly (Character) $347.6K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Macau II Molly (Character) - 2015
33% 53% Beijing Love Story Unknown (Character) $427.9K 2014
No Score Yet 43% Bends Anna (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 53% Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Wu Zetian (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 24% All's Well, Ends Well 2011 Mona (Character) - 2011
80% 62% Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Empress Wu Zetian (Character) - 2010
76% 72% Let the Bullets Fly Mrs. Ma (Character) $60.0K 2010
78% 76% Ashes of Time Redux Peach Blossom (Character) $173.5K 2008
No Score Yet 44% Itchy Heart Bing (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 29% Sex and the Beauties Selina (Character) - 2004
86% 85% 2046 Lulu/Mimi (Character) $261.5K 2004
No Score Yet 9% Mighty Baby Samantha (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 20% Cop Shop Babes Mona Lui (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 51% La Brassiere Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Generation Hong Kong Maggie (Character) - 1998
92% 78% Flowers of Shanghai Pearl (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 79% Intimates Wan (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 77% Forbidden City Cop Kar-Ling (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 88% He's a Woman, She's a Man Rose (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 46% Deadful Melody Tam Yuet-Wah (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 59% The Eagle-Shooting Heroes: Dong Cheng Xi Jiu Chou Po-tung (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow Cop Witty (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 89% He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father Laura Watt (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rose Rose I Love You Pearl Chan / White Rose (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lord of East China Sea II Ms. Liu (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 93% C'est la Vie, Mon Cheri Tracy (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 25% Crazy Hong Kong Shirley (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Super Cops Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 26% Saviour of the Soul Pet Lady (Character) - 1992
92% No Score Yet Center Stage Lily Li (Character) - 1992
91% 88% Days of Being Wild Leung Fung-ying (Character) $141.9K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet My American Grandson Jiao Li (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Guys Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Shoots Straight Huang Chia-Ling (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return of the Lucky Stars Banana (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Profiles of Pleasure Miss Chu (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 35% The Romancing Star II Fong Fong (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 58% Rich and Famous 2 Lau Po-Yee (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 59% Rich and Famous Lau Po Yee (Character) - 1987
71% 66% Project A 2 Beattie (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Violent Caper Unknown (Character) - 1986