Valerie Chow

Valerie Chow

Highest Rated: 87% Chungking Express (1996)

Lowest Rated: 13% Phantoms (1998)

Birthday: Dec 16, 1970

Birthplace: Hong Kong

Valerie Chow was born in Hong Kong as Ka-Ling Chow, the only daughter of a well-off family. In 1991, she won Miss Hong Kong Pageant as the first runner up. She went back to Hong Kong University to finish her law degree before returning, in 1993, to her acting career. Chow's career kicked off with a good start with "Wan 9 Zhao 5" (Twenty Something), in which she played Alice, a girl who tries to find true love in Hong Kong's club scenes. Then came her big break, "Chungking Express", in which she plays the woman who broke Tony Leung's heart. She had only a few scenes, but made quite an impression. The blurry image of her wearing a bra and a skirt, walking around the house as if she is swaying in and out of space (and Leung's memory), made Valerie a symbol of mysterious seduction. After Chungking Express, Chow did a 20-eposide TV series, playing the outside interest of a honest married man; who eventually divorced his fat, cooking-oil-soaked wife. The series itself was a huge success, but her role was not warmly received, and her career began to go downwards. She went on to star in a string of insignficant films, which either showed her as a two-dimensional seductress, or tried unsuccessfully to "cleanse" her image as a home-wrecker. She finally decided to move to the States and start afresh. However, Chow's career in Hollywood was equally uneventful, with the exception of her Revlon contract. After returning to Hong Kong, she found a job working for the marketing and events department of Lane Crawford, the Hong Kong equivalent of Neiman Marcus; and acting became her part-time job. Ironically, one of her latest part-time job, a 40-eposide TV series called "Hap Qua Yin Som" (Healing Hearts), was her biggest success ever. Her role, a lawyer named Flora, was recognized as the perfect modern woman--smart, beautiful, and independent. The success of Healing Hearts led to another major cosmetic contract--Chow signed on to become the spokeperson for Neutrogena's whitening mask, a new line that was launched in Hong Kong.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Yee do hung gaan (Inner Senses) Actor 2002
No Score Yet Healing Hearts Actor 2000
No Score Yet Yi jian zhong qing, (Sausalito) Actor 2000
No Score Yet Bridge of Dragons Princess Halo 1999
No Score Yet Futuresport (Future Sport) Jat 1998
13% Phantoms Yamaguci 1998
No Score Yet Ma Wing Jing (Hero) Actor 1997
87% Chungking Express Air Hostess 1996
No Score Yet Street Angels Actor 1996
No Score Yet Dao (The Blade) Actor 1995
No Score Yet Ghostly Bus Ling-Ling 1995
No Score Yet Yue hei feng gao Actor 1995
No Score Yet High Risk Fai-Fai 1995
No Score Yet Twenty Something (Wan 9 zhao 5) Actor 1994
No Score Yet Lover of the Last Empress Actor 1994
No Score Yet Dream Killer (Ye xing de xie hou) Actor


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