Chow Yun-Fat

Age: 58
Birthplace: Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then British colony of Hong Kong near its famous Victoria Harbour, Chow's family moved to urban Hong Kong in 1965 and in early 1973, Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks and easy-going style, Chow was originally a heartthrob actor in non-demanding TV and film roles. However, his popularity increased with his appearance as white-suited crime boss Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular HK film Shang Hai tan xu ji (1983).

In 1985, Chow started receiving acclaim for his work and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Dang doi lai ming (1984). With these accolades, Chow came to the attention of Woo, who cast Chow in the fast-paced gangster film Ying hung boon sik (1986) (aka "A Better Tomorrow"). The rest, as they say, is history. The film was an enormous commercial success, and Chow's influence on young Asian males was not dissimilar to the adulation given to previous Asian film sensations such as Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Nearly every young guy in Hong Kong ran out and bought himself a "Mark Coat," as they became known--a long, heavy woolen coat worn by Chow in the movie (although it is is actually very unsuited to Hong Kong's hot and humid climate).

Further hard-edged roles in more John Woo crime films escalated Chow's popularity even higher, and fans all over the world flocked to see Ying hung boon sik II (1987) (aka "A Better Tomorrow 2"), Dip huet seung hung (1989) (aka "The Killer"), and Lat sau san taam (1992) (aka "Hard Boiled"). With the phenomenal global interest in the HK action genre, Chow was enticed to the United States and appeared in The Replacement Killers (1998) with Mira Sorvino, The Corruptor (1999) with Mark Wahlberg, and, for a change of pace, in the often-filmed romantic tale of Anna and the King (1999).

Chow then returned to the Asian cinema circuit and starred in the critically lauded kung fu epic Wo hu cang long (2000) (aka "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). His wide appeal can be seen in his "boy next door" type of personality and his ability to play such a broad spectrum of roles from a comedic buffoon to a lovestruck Romeo to a trigger-happy professional killer. A highly entertaining and gifted actor with dynamic on-screen presence, Chow continues to remain in strong demand in many film markets.

Movie Character Year
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3noilmb5uem3g6nfua8ilmw8vce A Better Tomorrow Mark Gor/Mark Lee 1986
Slnaxpay80fgwntqiasbni1li4y City on Fire Ko Chow 1987
2djj5ucvtavlocnkaizzgsyyhiv Tragic Hero Li Ah Chai 1987
Thsdvqu3tkcgtoodcxsjmoyerbk The Romancing Star Wong Yat Fat 1987
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5uricicheyfzcl9pg0bo6ygyn7g A Better Tomorrow II Ken / Mark Lee / Mark 'Gor' 1987
2obbwhugcm4wkcoft6orku1aoqo The Romancing Star II 1988
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Pehq99dlwz8uikeo1ukv8xu6spa All About Ah-Long 1989
Ah6d3hkgtsuq06n2gwfpgxfmlj The Killer Ah Jong 1989
Hkj6720ulrqqerwja936mxo2zqq A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon Mark Gor 1989
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Txtbqgycd1tfnstp0xn5o6veb73 Hard Boiled Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen 1992
Cvm6yn6jasgkjsx7xiscbspa4f The Replacement Killers John Lee 1998
K9edw5neyr0sm54yahtovcbafzz The Corruptor Lieutenant Nick Chen 1999
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2d7kikhuhbecjgoraspbyiqoxd6 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Master Li Mu Bai 2000
C6slleezhk4nzjyzatlasxuyebx Bulletproof Monk nameless monk 2003
Nujk5gam7gd37a3kyubtfz7a39y Curse of the Golden Flower King 2006
Iwalv0ogtsmkftqsshwou0cu0i Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Sao Feng 2007
Cseamdiaxpioere8p7whiz08l1x Dragonball Evolution Master Roshi 2009
Hkxcts8nqdk69ogvsfoz5o758zv Shanghai Anthony Lan-Ting 2010
3t4wiwaznbmphp6tkn3rnlxthen The Assassins Cao Cao 2012
1bm6u0wbbff3jdehsxjumbpmwd The Last Tycoon Cheng Daiqi 2012
1mr0py9qmbhewidxbosuep6t3em The Monkey King Jade Emperor 2013
26ajkfe51ctvbljrf2135ozzfgx From Vegas to Macau Ken 2014