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Yun-Fat Chow



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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
4% Shanghai
  • Anthony Lan-Ting
2015
88% 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 From Vegas to Macau (The Man from Macau)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Last Tycoon
  • Cheng Daiqi
2012
No Score Yet The Assassins (Tong que tai)
  • Cao Cao
2012
72% Let the Bullets Fly
  • The Godfather
2012
25% The Beginning of a Great Revival
  • Yuan Shikai
2011
93% A Better Tomorrow
  • Mark
2010
45% Confucius
  • Confucius
2010
14% Dragonball Evolution
  • Master Roshi
2009
30% The Children of Huang Shi
  • "Jack" Chen Hansheng
2008
45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Captain Sao Feng
2007
66% Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Emperor
2006
No Score Yet The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (Yi ma de hou xian dai sheng huo)
  • Pan Zhichang
2006
No Score Yet Land of Destiny
  • Actor
2005
23% Bulletproof Monk
  • Monk with No Name
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
49% The Corruptor
  • Nick Chen
1998
35% The Replacement Killers
  • John Lee
1998
No Score Yet Hong Kong Specialist
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Shanghai Killer
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet God of Killers
  • Actor
1997
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 Tao fan (Prison on Fire II)
  • Chung
1991
60% Zong heng si hai (Once a Thief)
  • Joe
1991
No Score Yet Now You See Love...Now You Don't
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Du sheng (All for the Winner)
  • God of Gamblers
1990
No Score Yet Hong Kong Corruptor
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet All About Ah-Long
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet A Better Tomorrow III
  • Cheung Chi-Keung (Mark)
1989
100% 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
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Triads: The Inside Story
  • Lee Man-Ho
1989
No Score Yet Ji xing gong zhao (The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon)
  • Actor
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 The Eighth Happiness
  • Fang Chien-lang
1988
No Score Yet When Tat Fu Was Young
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Cherry Blossoms: When Tat Fu Was Young
  • Actor
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
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 Seventh Curse
  • Actor
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 Scared Stiff
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Witch From Nepal
  • Joe Wong
1985
No Score Yet Hoh bit yau ngoh (He bi you wo ) (Why Me?)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Nu ren xin (Women)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Occupant
  • Actor
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 Xun cheng ma (The Postman Strikes Back) (Patrol Horse)
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Executor
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Postman Fights Back
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Xi gan xian (Hard Boiled Killers) (Modern Heroes) (Police Sir)
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Triad Savages
  • Actor

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