Chow Yun-Fat

Chow Yun-Fat

actor, writer, soundtrack

Chow Yun-Fat was born on May 18, 1955 in Hong Kong. Chow Yun-Fat's big-screen debut came with The Hunter, the Butterfly and the Crocodile directed by Kuen Yeung in 1976, strarring . Chow Yun-Fat is known for Waiting Alone directed by Dayyan Eng, Yu Xia stars as Chen Wen and Bingbing Li as Liu Rong. Chow Yun-Fat has got 13 awards and 34 nominations so far. The most recent award Chow Yun-Fat achieved is Online Film & Television Association. The upcoming new movie Chow Yun-Fat plays is The Monkey King: The Legend Begins which will be released on Nov 02, 2022.

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.Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong, near its famous Victoria Harbour. His mother was a vegetable farmer and cleaning lady, and his father worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. 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 gangster Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular drama TV series Shang Hai tan (1980).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 Le syndicat du crime (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 Le syndicat du crime 2 (1987) (aka "A Better Tomorrow 2"), The Killer (1989) (aka "The Killer"), and À toute épreuve (1992) (aka "Hard Boiled"). With the phenomenal global interest in the HK action genre, Chow was enticed to the United States and appeared in Un tueur pour cible (1998) with Mira Sorvino, Le corrupteur (1999) with Mark Wahlberg, and, for a change of pace, in the often-filmed romantic tale of Anna et le roi (1999).Chow then returned to the Asian cinema circuit and starred in the critically lauded kung fu epic Tigre et dragon (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.

  • Birthday

    May 18, 1955
  • Place of Birth

    Lamma Island, Hong Kong
  • Also known

    주윤발, 发哥, 小马哥, Fat Tsai, Châu Nhuận Phát, 周潤發, 周润发, Chow Yun Fat, Yun-Fat Chow, Zhōu Rùnfā

Known For


13 wins & 34 nominations

Online Film & Television Association
Winner - OFTA Film Hall of Fame
Huading Award
National Top 10 Film Actor
Winner - 1978 Excellence Award
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