Yun-Fat Chow

Yun-Fat Chow

Highest Rated: 98% The Killer (1989)

Lowest Rated: 4% Shanghai (2015)

Birthday: May 18, 1955

Birthplace: Lamma Island, Hong Kong

One of the most instantly recognizable faces in Asia, Chow Yun-Fat is an actor of phenomenal renown and popularity. An icon of the action genre thanks to his numerous collaborations with Hong Kong directors John Woo and Ringo Lam, Chow gained fame playing the killer with a soul (and two large guns) in such films as Woo's classic A Better Tomorrow, and in doing so, inspired new trends in action filmmaking. However, although he is best known on the international level for his work in action films, Chow has also acted in films of almost every conceivable genre, proving himself equally adept in melodramas, romances, and comedies alike. Born May 18, 1955, on Lamma, a small island off of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor, Chow got his start as a professional actor while still in his teens. Chow's first break came in 1973, when he enrolled in Hong Kong TV station TVB's training program for young actors performing in a number of soap operas. In the early '80s, he would star in the station's popular series Shanghai Beach, earning lasting fame as the ultra-cool gangster Hui Man-Keung. Chow broke into films in the mid-'70s, winning a lead role in the forgettable Massage Girls in 1976. He had his first critical success five years later as the star of Ann Hui's The Story of Wu Viet. He won a Best Actor award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival and Taiwan's prestigious Golden Horse for his performance in Leung Po-Chi's Hong Kong 1941 (1984), a romantic drama set against the backdrop of World War II. Two years later, he had his true breakthrough when then-obscure director John Woo cast him as hitman Mark Gor in A Better Tomorrow, a hugely influential movie responsible for the birth of the Hong Kong gangster film genre. The character of Gor has remained one of Chow's most popular to date, and made him -- to say nothing of Woo -- an instant star in Asia. The actor's portrayal won him a prestigious Hong Kong Film Award, and Gor became something of an icon in the action genre, influencing such international directors as Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.Chow would star in the two Better Tomorrow sequels, which followed in 1988 and 1989, but in the meantime he continued to prove his abilities in a number of other films like Dream Lovers, An Autumn's Tale, My Will, I Will, Prison on Fire, and the particularly acclaimed City on Fire - which became the inspiration for Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. One of the most standout films Chow would appear in during this period would be Woo's Hard-Boiled - a movie that would earn acclaim on both sides of the Pacific. Cast as a tough cop with a heart of gold who teams up with a precariously unstable undercover agent (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), Chow did his part to help amass one of the highest body counts in cinematic history, and in doing so, he further exhibited the kind of graceful will to destruction that had become his trademark. The film was Woo's last before he departed for Hollywood, and was the inspiration for Face/Off, starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in variants of the Chow/Leung roles.Having attained such unparalleled popularity in Asia, it was almost inevitable that Chow would make the crossover to American films. He did so in 1998 as the star of Antoine Fuqua's The Replacement Killers. The film received mixed reviews, but Chow kept at with The Corruptor, and Anna and the King. Interestingly, Chow would find more success in America with a movie based on Chinese folklore in director Ang Lee's martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Released to standing ovations at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, the picture -- which cast Chow as a warrior haunted by the unavenged death of a friend -- enjoyed a long and healthy life at the North American box office, eventually becoming the most successful foreign-language picture ever released in the States up to that point. Better yet, Chow's work was universally cited by critics as one of the actor's most soulful, compassionate turns.American audiences wou


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Asesinos Actor 2019
56% Cold War 2 Oswald Kan $0.6M 2016
4% Shanghai Anthony Lan-Ting $45.2K 2015
86% Office (Hua li shang ban zu) Chairman Ho Chung-ping 2015
No Score Yet From Vegas to Macau II Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Monkey King (Da nao tian gong) Jade Emperor 2014
No Score Yet The Man from Macau (Du cheng feng yun) Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Last Tycoon Cheng Daiqi 2012
No Score Yet The Assassins (Tong que tai) Cao Cao 2012
75% Let the Bullets Fly The Godfather $43.1K 2012
25% The Beginning of a Great Revival Yuan Shikai $0.2M 2011
93% A Better Tomorrow Mark 2010
45% Confucius Confucius 2010
15% Dragonball Evolution Master Roshi $9.4M 2009
31% The Children of Huang Shi "Jack" Chen Hansheng $0.7M 2008
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Captain Sao Feng $309.5M 2007
65% Curse of the Golden Flower Emperor $6.5M 2006
No Score Yet The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo) Pan Zhichang 2006
23% Bulletproof Monk Monk with No Name $23.1M 2003
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights Actor 2002
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Li Mu Bai 2001
51% Anna and the King King Mongkut 2000
48% The Corruptor Nick Chen 1998
35% The Replacement Killers John Lee 1998
No Score Yet Woh ping faan dim (The Peace Hotel) Actor 1995
No Score Yet Peace Hotel The King of Killers 1995
No Score Yet Treasure Hunt (Hua qi Shao Lin) Chang Ching 1994
No Score Yet Du shen 2 (God of Gamblers' Return) Ko Chun 1994
No Score Yet Cinema of Vengeance Actor 1994
94% Lat sau san taam (Hard-Boiled) Tequila 1992
88% Full Contact Jeff 1992
No Score Yet Prison on Fire II Ching 1991
60% Zong heng si hai (Once a Thief) Joe 1991
No Score Yet Du sheng (All for the Winner) God of Gamblers 1990
No Score Yet A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon Cheung Chi-Keung (Mark) 1989
98% The Killer Jeffrey Chow 1989
No Score Yet Ban wo chuang tian ya (Wild Search) Mickey Lau 1989
No Score Yet All About Ah Long Ah-Long 1989
No Score Yet Du shen (God of Gamblers) Do San 1989
No Score Yet City War Officer Dick Lee Chiu 1989
No Score Yet Triads: The Inside Story Lee Man-Ho 1989
No Score Yet Fractured Follies Joe Leung 1988
No Score Yet Diary of a Big Man Chow Ting-fat 1988
No Score Yet Tiger on the Beat Francis Li 1988
No Score Yet Gong zi duo qing (The Greatest Lover) Qian Jin 1988
80% A Better Tomorrow II Ken/Mark Lee/Mark 'Gor' 1988
No Score Yet Lo foo chut gang (Tiger on the Beat) Actor 1988
No Score Yet Cherry Blossoms: When Tat Fu Was Young Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Eighth Happiness Fang Chien-lang 1988
No Score Yet Prison on Fire Ching 1987
No Score Yet Code of Honor Actor 1987
No Score Yet Jiang hu long hu men (Flaming Brothers) (Dragon and Tiger Fight) Actor 1987
No Score Yet An Autumn's Tale Samuel Pang 1987
No Score Yet Cheng chong chui lui chai (The Romancing Star) Actor 1987
No Score Yet Rich and Famous Chai 1987
No Score Yet Ying hung ho hon (Tragic Hero) Chai 1987
92% City on Fire Chow Yun Fat 1987
No Score Yet Spiritual Love Actor 1987
No Score Yet 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife Football Fat 1986
No Score Yet Love Unto Waste (Dei ha ching) Sgt. Lau 1986
No Score Yet The Lunatics (Din lo jing juen) Chung 1986
No Score Yet Dream Lovers Song Yu 1986
No Score Yet A Better Tomorrow Mark 'Gor' Lee 1986
No Score Yet The Seventh Curse (Yuan Zhen-Xia yu Wei Si-Li) Wisely 1986
No Score Yet A Hearty Response Ho Ting-Bon 1986
No Score Yet Witch From Nepal Joe Wong 1985
No Score Yet Nu ren xin (Women) Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Occupant Valentino Chow 1984
No Score Yet Dang doi lai ming (Hong Kong 1941) (Waiting For Dawn) Yip Kim-Fei 1984
No Score Yet Love in A Fallen City (Qing cheng zhi lian) Actor 1984
No Score Yet Lie tou (Long Goodbye) (The Head Hunter) Nguyen Dich 1982
No Score Yet The Postman Fights Back Fu Jun 1981
No Score Yet Postman Fights Back Actor 1981


Emperor Ping says: There are many things in Heaven and Earth, but you can only have what I choose to give you.

Sydney Fung says: Don't let me die like this. I hate it. Will you give me a hero's death, old friend? You see, I... I didn't keep one last bullet.

Jeffrey Chow says: I understand, Sydney. I have one.

Detective "Eagle" Lee says: Do all killers have a sense of honor?

Jeffrey Chow says: The world has changed. Honor is now a dirty word.

Tequila says: We either conquer the world or you kill me tonight with this gun.

The Bulletproof Monk says: Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten while hot dog buns come in packages of just eight?

The Bulletproof Monk says: Somehow I sense he has a lot of potential.

Jade/Bad Girl says: Really? I sense he's mostly full of s****.

The Bulletproof Monk says: An enlightened man would offer a humble traveler shelter for the night and share a quiet conversation over a bowl of cocoa puffs.

King Mongkut says: I never danced with an Englishwoman before, mem.

Anna Leonowens says: Nor I with a king.

Bulma says: You have no right to give away a third of the royalties to my invention. One day Dragonballs could power the world.

Master Roshi says: Don't worry. A third of zero is still zero.

Li Mu Bai says: A sword by itself rules nothing. It only comes alive in skilled hands.

Li Mu Bai says: I've already wasted my whole life.I want to tell you with my last breath...I have always loved you. I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side... as a condemned soul... than enter heaven without you. Because of your love...I will never be a lonely spirit.

Li Mu Bai says: I would rather be a ghost drifting by your side as a condemned soul than enter heaven without you... because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit

Tequila says: You're full of shit! There's the toilet.

Master Roshi says: In an ancient time, Earth was nearly destroyed. Not by man, but by Gods from the sky.