Chow Yun-Fat

Hong Kong Actor Chow Yun-Fat

Career Timeline

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.

Birth Date
Age 64
Lamma Island, Hong Kong
  • Actor
  • Writer
Film Industry

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Top Earning Movies


Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
2019 Cold War III Oswald Kan Actor 0.00
2018 Project Gutenberg Hong Kong Actor 0.00
2017 Duckweed China (archive footage) Actor 0.00
2016 Cold War II China, Hong Kong Oswald Kan Actor 0.00
2016 From Vegas To Macau III Hong Kong Ken Shek / Ko Chun Actor 0.00
2015 Office Hong Kong, China Ho Chung-ping Actor 0.00
2015 From Vegas to Macau II Hong Kong Ken Actor 0.00
2014 The Monkey King China, Hong Kong Jade Emperor Actor 0.00
2014 From Vegas to Macau China, Hong Kong Ken Actor 0.00
2012 The Assassins China Chancellor Cao Cao Actor 0.00
2012 The Last Tycoon China Cheng Daqi Actor 0.00
2011 Beginning of the Great Revival China Yuan Shikai Actor 0.00
2010 Let the Bullets Fly China, Hong Kong Si-lang Huang Actor 0.00
2010 Confucius China Confucius Actor 0.00
2006 Curse of the Golden Flower China, Hong Kong Emperor Ping Actor, Writer 0.00
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, United States Master Li Mu Bai Actor 8.00
1996 God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage Hong Kong Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' (archive footage) Actor 0.00
1995 Peace Hotel Hong Kong The Killer Actor 0.00
1994 Treasure Hunt Hong Kong Jeffrey Chang Ching Actor 0.00
1994 God of Gamblers' Return Hong Kong Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' Actor 0.00
1992 Now You See Love... Now You Don't Hong Kong Ng San Shui Actor 0.00
1992 Hard Boiled Hong Kong Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen Actor 0.00
1992 Full Contact Hong Kong Jeff / Gou Fei Actor 0.00
1991 Prison On Fire II Hong Kong Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat) Actor 0.00
1991 Once a Thief Hong Kong Joe Actor 0.00
1990 The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon Hong Kong Lam Bo Sun / Mr. Stink Actor 0.00
1989 A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon Hong Kong Mark Gor Actor 0.00
1989 The Killer Hong Kong Jeff Actor 0.00
1989 All About Ah-Long Hong Kong Ah Long Actor 0.00
1989 Wild Search Hong Kong Sgt. Lau Chun-Pong Actor 0.00
1989 Triads: The Inside Story Hong Kong Lee Man-Ho Actor 0.00
1989 God of Gamblers Hong Kong Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' Actor 0.00
1988 Fractured Follies Hong Kong Joe Leung Actor 0.00
1988 The Diary of a Big Man Hong Kong Chow Ting Fat Actor 0.00
1988 City War Hong Kong Dick Lee Actor 0.00
1988 When Tat Fu Was Young Hong Kong Actor 0.00
1988 The Eighth Happiness Hong Kong Fang Chien Lang/Fong Kim Long Actor 0.00
1988 The Romancing Star II Hong Kong Big Mouth Fat [cameo] Actor 0.00
1988 Goodbye My Friend Hong Kong Hung Actor 0.00
1988 Tiger on the Beat Hong Kong Sgt. Francis Li Actor 0.00
1988 The Greatest Lover Hong Kong Qian Jin / Nelson Chow Actor 0.00
1987 Prison on Fire Hong Kong 41671 / Chung Tin Ching Actor 0.00
1987 Rich and Famous Hong Kong Boss Li Ah Chai Actor 0.00
1987 City on Fire Hong Kong Ko Chow Actor 0.00
1987 Spiritual Love Pu Yung Tsai Actor 0.00
1987 Flaming Brothers Hong Kong Tin Actor 0.00
1987 Code of Honor Hong Kong Fai Actor 0.00
1987 The Romancing Star Hong Kong Wong Yat Fat Actor 0.00
1987 Tragic Hero Hong Kong Boss Li Ah Chai Actor 0.00
1987 Scared Stiff Hong Kong Inspector Chow Actor 0.00
1987 An Autumn's Tale Hong Kong Samuel Pang Actor 0.00
1986 A Hearty Response Hong Kong Ho Ting-Bon Actor 0.00
1986 A Better Tomorrow Hong Kong Mark Gor / Mark Lee Actor 0.00
1986 Love Unto Wastes Hong Kong Detective Lan Actor 0.00
1986 Lost Romance Hong Kong Charles and Ga Ming [2 roles] Actor 0.00
1986 Witch from Nepal Hong Kong Joe Actor 0.00
1986 Dream Lovers Hong Kong Song Yu Actor 0.00
1986 The Lunatics Hong Kong Chung Actor 0.00
1986 The Seventh Curse Japan, Hong Kong, China Wesley Actor 0.00
1986 The Missed Date Hong Kong Peter Actor 0.00
1986 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife Hong Kong Fa Actor 0.00
1986 My Will, I Will Hong Kong Detective Actor 0.00
1985 Women Hong Kong Derek Sun Actor 0.00
1985 Why Me? Hong Kong Mr Chow Actor 0.00
1984 The Occupant Insp Valentino Chow Actor 0.00
1984 Hong Kong 1941 Hong Kong Yip Kim-Fay Actor 0.00
1983 The Last Affair Hong Kong Kwong Ping Actor 0.00
1983 Blood Money Bullet (as Chow Yun-Fat) Actor 0.00
1982 The Head Hunter Hong Kong Yuen Lik/Nguen Dich (as Chow Yun Fat) Actor 0.00
1982 The Postman Fights Back Hong Kong Fu Jun Actor 0.00
1981 The Story of Woo Viet Hong Kong Wu Yuet Actor 0.00
1981 The Executor Hong Kong Ng Tao Actor 0.00
1980 See-Bar Hong Kong Git Actor 0.00
1980 Joy to the World Hong Kong Yam Chung-Lung Actor 0.00
1980 Modern Heroes Hong Kong Sgt Chu Hwa Tai Actor 0.00
1980 Pursuit Hong Kong Killer Actor 0.00
1978 Their Private Lives Hong Kong Ko Ming Chung Actor 0.00
1977 Hot Blood Hong Kong Ah Cheng Actor 0.00
1976 The Hunter, the Butterfly and the Crocodile Hong Kong Actor 0.00
1976 Learned Bride Thrice Fools the Bridegroom Hong Kong Actor 0.00

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