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Chow Yun-fat is a Actor and Scriptwriter Chinois born on 18 may 1955 at Hong Kong (Chine)

Chow Yun-fat

Chow Yun-fat
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Nationality Chine
Birth 18 may 1955 (64 years) at Hong Kong (Chine)
Awards Silver Bauhinia Star

Donald Chow Yun-fat, SBS (born May 18, 1955), commonly known by his transcribed Chinese name, is a Hong Kong actor. He is best known in Asia for his collaborations with filmmaker John Woo in the heroic bloodshed genre films A Better Tomorrow, The Killer and Hard Boiled; and in the West for his roles as Li Mu-bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sao Feng in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. He mainly plays in dramatic films and has won three Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor and two Golden Horse Awards for Best Actor in Taiwan.

In 2014, Chow was the second-highest earning actor in Hong Kong, earning 170 million HKD (21.9 million USD).


Chow was born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong to a mother who was a cleaning lady and vegetable farmer, and a father who worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. Of Hakka origins, he grew up in a farming community on Lamma Island in a house with no electricity. He woke up at dawn each morning to help his mother sell herbal jelly and Hakka tea-pudding on the streets; in the afternoons he went to work in the fields. His family moved to Kowloon when he was ten. At seventeen, he left school to help support the family by doing odd jobs including bellboy, postman, camera salesman and taxi driver. His life started to change when he responded to a newspaper advertisement and his actor-trainee application was accepted by TVB, the local television station. He signed a three-year contract with the studio and made his acting debut. Chow became a heartthrob and a familiar face in soap operas that were exported internationally.

Chow has been married twice; first in 1983, to Candice Yu, an actress from Asia Television; the marriage lasted nine months. In 1986, Chow married Singaporean Jasmine Tan. The couple have no children, although Chow has a goddaughter, Celine Ng, a former child model for Chickeeduck, McDonald's, Toys'R'Us and other companies.

Best films

Usually with

Wong Jing
Wong Jing
(12 films)
John Woo
John Woo
(12 films)
Shing Fui On
Shing Fui On
(16 films)
Ringo Lam
Ringo Lam
(6 films)
Andy Lau
Andy Lau
(12 films)
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Filmography of Chow Yun-fat (76 films)

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Duckweed (2017)
, 1h42
Origin Chine
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Time travel films
Actors Zhao Liying, Mason Lee, Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung
Roles (archive footage)
Rating64% 3.2485453.2485453.2485453.2485453.248545
L'histoire de la réconciliation d'un père et de son fils. Ah Lang, un jeune homme d'une petite ville, croit que son père Ah Zheng ne l'a jamais réellement compris. Au cours d'un accident mortel, il réalise la vie difficile que son père a eu autrefois.
From Vegas to Macau III
Directed by Andrew Lau
Origin Hong kong
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Nick Cheung, Carina Lau
Roles Ken Shek / Ko Chun, the God of Gamblers

From Vegas to Macau II, 1h50
Directed by Wong Jing
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Nick Cheung, Carina Lau, Shawn Yue Man Lok, David Chiang, Jin Qiaoqiao
Roles Ken
Rating46% 2.3178852.3178852.3178852.3178852.317885
L’organisation DOA se lance à la recherche de Mark Ko, un ancien employé parti subitement en Thaïlande avec la bagatelle de 1.5 billions $HK. Mais ils ne sont pas les seuls à sa recherche puisque Interpol également, et ils vont se faire aider de Han Ken, un joueur de carte professionnel extrêmement habile de ses mains…
Office (2015)
, 1h57
Directed by Johnnie To
Origin Hong kong
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Sylvia Chang, Eason Chan, Tang Wei
Roles Ho Chung-ping (何仲平)

Billion-dollar company Jones & Sunn is going public. Chairman Ho Chung-ping (Chow Yun-fat) has promised CEO Winnie Cheung (Sylvia Chang), who has been his mistress for more than twenty years, to become a major shareholder of the company. As the IPO team enters the company to audit its accounts, a series of inside stories start to be revealed.
Office (2015)
, 1h59
Directed by Johnnie To
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Sylvia Chang, Eason Chan, Tang Wei, Stephanie Che, Cheung Siu-fai
Roles Ho Chung-ping
Rating61% 3.050473.050473.050473.050473.05047
Hong-Kong, 2008. Le jeune idéaliste Lee Xiang et la surdouée Kat Ho font leurs débuts chez Jones & Sunn, une multinationale sur le point d’entrer en bourse. Alors que la banque Lehman Brothers fait faillite aux États-Unis, la tension commence à se faire sentir au sein de l’entreprise. Lee Xiang et Kat Ho vont petit à petit découvrir le monde extravagant et outrancier de la finance…
The Monkey King, 1h59
Directed by Soi Cheang
Origin Chine
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Films based on mythology, Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat, Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen, Kelly Chen, Louis Fan
Roles Jade Emperor
Rating49% 2.4527752.4527752.4527752.4527752.452775
The film is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng'en's classical novel Journey to the West and will tell the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven.
From Vegas to Macau, 1h33
Directed by Wong Jing
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Nicholas Tse, Chapman To, Hui Shiu-hung, Annie Wu Chen Chun, Philip Wan-Lung Ng
Roles Ken
Rating48% 2.4087252.4087252.4087252.4087252.408725
Benz, his son "Cool" and nephew Ngau-Ngau are part of a team of vigilantes who rob gangsters at night and distribute the loot to the needy. However, his wife is suffering from cancer and knows nothing of their activities. Unbeknownst to all of them, Benz's stepson Lionel, a police officer, is on a deep undercover assignment as an employee of a multinational company called DOA. It is later revealed that DOA is merely the corporate front of a large criminal syndicate and is run by the ruthless Mr. Ko. Lionel, who had a camera surgically implanted onto a contact lens which he wore so the police could track the syndicate's activities and eventually nab them.
The Assassins, 1h47
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Liu Yifei, Hiroshi Tamaki, Annie Yi, Roy Cheung
Roles Chancellor Cao Cao
Rating56% 2.8031952.8031952.8031952.8031952.803195
The film is set in China in the late 210s – the years preceding the end of the Han dynasty. In the earlier two decades, Cao Cao had defeated Lü Bu and other rival warlords to gain supremacy in northern and central China. In 216, Cao Cao is granted the title of a vassal king, "King of Wei", by Emperor Xian, the figurehead Han ruler controlled by him. He constructs the Bronze Sparrow Platform as a showcase of his power.
The Last Tycoon, 1h58
Directed by Wong Jing
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Action, Historical, Crime, Romance
Themes Gangster films
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Sammo Hung, Huang Xiaoming, Francis Ng, Yuan Quan, Yuan Li
Roles Cheng Daqi
Rating65% 3.2973953.2973953.2973953.2973953.297395
The story begins in the 1910s in early Republican China. Cheng Daqi, a young fruit vendor from Chuansha, is arrested and imprisoned after being framed for murder. He is saved by Mao Zai, an agent working for the Nationalist Government's secret police, after which he travels to Shanghai in search of a new life. In Shanghai, he meets Hong Shouting, a mob boss, and becomes one of Hong's apprentices. He also falls in love with Bao, a singer whom he eventually marries, even though his true love is actually Ye Zhiqiu, an opera actress from his hometown. At one point, Hong unknowingly offends the son of a general and is captured by the general's men. Cheng negotiates with the general and succeeds in striking up in a deal with him to release Hong and invest in their banking business. Hong feels so grateful to Cheng that he becomes sworn brothers with him later.
Beginning of the Great Revival, 1h58
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Actors Liu Ye, Fàn Bīngbīng (范冰冰), Chen Kun, John Woo, Daniel Wu, Zhou Jie
Roles Yuan Shikai
Rating29% 1.4556151.4556151.4556151.4556151.455615
During the early 20th century, China is marked by political disunity and a handful of individuals, including Mao Zedong, Li Dazhao, and Zhou Enlai, envision a unified China, especially in the political crises that followed the 1911 Xinhai Revolution, which ended centuries of dynastic rule in the country. After World War I, the Western Allies give Tsingtao and Kiaochow Bay to the Empire of Japan at the Treaty of Versailles, stirring sentiments amongst China's youth, leading to the May Fourth Movement of 1919. In March 1920, Grigori Voitinsky comes to China in an attempt to spread communism to the Far East and, on 22 July 1921, 13 representatives from throughout China meet in a Shanghai's women's dormitory to found what would become the Chinese Communist Party.
Let the Bullets Fly, 2h12
Directed by Jiang Wen
Genres Comedy, Documentary, Action
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Jiang Wen, Carina Lau, Liao Fan, Feng Xiaogang, Chen Kun
Roles Si-lang Huang
Rating73% 3.6971453.6971453.6971453.6971453.697145
Set in China during the warring 1920s,"Pocky Mark" Zhang Mazi (张麻子; Jiang Wen) leads a group of bandits (each of whom is numbered rather than named). The gang ambush a government train carrying Ma Bangde (马邦德; Ge You), who is on his way to Goose Town (鹅城 E-cheng) to assume the position of governor. Ma's train is derailed, killing both his bodyguards and his counselor, Tang (汤师爷 Tang-shiye; Feng Xiaogang). Ma has no money, having spent it all to buy his position; to avoid being killed by Zhang's bandits he lies to them, claiming that he is actually Counselor Tang and that his wife (Carina Lau) was the dead governor's wife. He tells the bandits that, if they spare him and his wife, he will help Zhang to impersonate Ma and pilfer Goose Town's finances.
Shanghai (2010)
, 1h45
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Morse, Ken Watanabe
Roles Anthony Lan-Ting
Rating63% 3.1989453.1989453.1989453.1989453.198945
In December 1941, just before the USA's entry into World War II, an American agent from the Naval Intelligence Office (Cusack) arrives in Shanghai to find his friend Conner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was recently murdered. Determined to find out who killed Conner and why, he begins working at the Herald using the alias Paul Soames, a Nazi-sympathizer cover he used while stationed in Berlin. He meets Anthony Lan-Ting (Chow Yun-Fat) an influential crime lord and Captain Tanaka (Ken Watanabe) at the German embassy in Shanghai, during an invitation only event. He later befriends Anthony when he saves him during an attack on Japanese officers by the Chinese Resistance at a night club.
Confucius (2010)
, 1h55
Directed by Hu Mei
Genres Drama, Biography, Fantasy, Historical
Actors Chow Yun-fat, 周迅 (Zhou Xun), Chen Jianbin, Lu Yi
Roles Confucius
Rating61% 3.0983253.0983253.0983253.0983253.098325
The film begins with Confucius as an old man, thinking back. Then we see him in his early 50s, being promoted from Mayor to Minister for Law in his home state of Lu. He is confronted with ethical issues after saving a slave-boy who was due to be buried alive with his former master who has just died. There is a lot of complex politics and war, ending with Confucius being rejected and becoming a wandering scholar. After many hardships and losses, he is invited back as an old man. We see him finally preparing the Spring and Autumn Annals, expecting that this book will determine his future influence.
Dragonball Evolution, 1h25
Directed by James Wong
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Films based on mythology, Films about religion, Sports films, Films set in the future, Martial arts films, L'enfance marginalisée, Political films, Kung fu films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Chow Yun-fat, Jamie Chung, James Marsters, Joon Park
Roles Master Roshi
Rating25% 1.2505451.2505451.2505451.2505451.250545
Two thousand years ago, the demon Lord Piccolo (James Marsters) came to Earth, wreaking havoc with his minion Ōzaru (Ian Whyte). Seven mystics created the Mafuba and thought they sealed him away for eternity. However, Piccolo breaks free and with his ninja henchwoman Mai (Eriko), begins to search for the seven Dragonballs (each one has stars numbering between one and seven), killing anyone in his way.
The Founding of a Republic, 2h18
Origin Chine
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Tang Guoqiang, Donnie Yen, Zhang Guoli, Xu Qing, Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi
Rating49% 2.453662.453662.453662.453662.45366
In 1945 after the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Mao Zedong and members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) travel to Chongqing for a meeting with Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang (KMT). With help from the China Democratic League, the Double Tenth Agreement is signed between the KMT and CPC, with both sides agreeing to stop the civil war and to establish a multi-party government in China.