Francis Ng

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Francis Ng
Chinese name 吳鎮宇 (traditional)
Chinese name 吴镇宇 (simplified)
Pinyin Wú Zhènyǔ (Mandarin)
Jyutping Ng4 Zan3-jyu5 (Cantonese)
Birth name 吳志強 (Traditional)
吴志强 (Simplified)
Wú Zhìqiáng (Mandarin)
Ngh Ji Keung (Cantonese)
Ancestry Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Born (1961-12-21) 21 December 1961 (age 52)
Hong Kong
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse(s) Fiona Wong Lai-Ping (2002-)
Children Feynman Ng (b. 2008)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ng.

Francis Ng Chun-yu (born 21 December 1961) is a Hong Kong actor and director.[1] He is known for the TVB series Triumph in the Skies. He has a helicopter licence to be used in Mainland China.

Early life[edit]

Ng was born in Hong Kong to a family with ancestry from Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He attended St. Marlo College. He is the uncle of a member of the Hong Kong National Football Team, Ng Wai Chiu[2]

Ng revealed in a stand-up comedy, saying that when he was a child he told his mother that his dream was to get a job that does not need any academic qualification, without a fixed working hours and high pay. Then, his mother asked him to become a beggar. So, he went to Wong Tai Sin, a famous temple in Hong Kong, to observe those beggars there. He realized that becoming beggar is too busy and need to perform manual labour, which does not suit his free and unconstrained attitude. Consequently, he gave up and decided to become a movie star because being a movie star fulfilled all the condition he requested.[3]

During that time, the only way to become a movie star was to get into TVB Training Classes, so Ng signed up. After failing thrice entering the training classes, he eventually gave up. He went for a short period Pabbajja for 7 days,[4] shaved his head bald. After the event, he decided to try applying for the training classes again and this time he succeeded. He said in an interview that he succeeded because the interviewer thought that he Knew Shaolin KungFu due to his baldhead.[3]

Television career[edit]

He graduated from TVB's training classes in 1982 along with Stephen Chow and Tony Leung.[5] He acted in minor roles for the first few years in his television career. Until 1985, he started to involve in a great deal of TV Series, he was very outstanding in playing villainous roles in TV series such as The Price Of Growing Up and The Final Combat. Later on, he played as a protagonist in situation comedies such as Everybody Loves Somebody and The Family Squad, which make him gradually disengage from being the stereotypical villain.

His contract with TVB ended in 1993 and he broke into the movie industry. In 1997, he returned to TVB to star a nostalgic comedy series Old Time Buddy with Gallen Lo, Maggie Cheung and Jessica Hsuen, which was one of the highest rating TV series that year. Later in 2003, he was invited back to TVB again to film Triumph in the Skies casting an airline pilot. He was the leading man role of the series, that series was cited as one of the best serial drama in TVB. He also involved in the sequel of the series Triumph in the Skies II which was aired on July 15, 2013.

Film career[edit]

Ng entered the movie industry in 1986, the first movie he took part in was Midnight Girls. As a newcomer, he was only able to be minor roles. After becoming a freeman in 1993, he had the chance to be involved in bigger production film such as Flirting Scholar with Stephen Chow and Kung Fu Cult Master with Jet Li.

Ng's turning point in his filming career came in Young and Dangerous (1995), as villain Ugly Kwan, which was so popular that it spun an unofficial spin-off in Once Upon a Time in Triad Society (1996). His output has steadily increased since then. During 1999, he has won the Golden Horse Awards Best Actor for The Mission[6] and the HK Film Critics Society Best Actor for Bullets Over Summer. In 2002, he also won the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Supporting Actor for 2000 AD.[7]

Although the Cinema of Hong Kong encountered a downturn in the late 1990s, however Ng still put on at least 10 films per year.

Ng also ventured into the arena of directing. He has directed a few movies including 9413 (1998), What is a Good Teacher (2002), Dancing Lion (2003) and Tracing Shadow (2009).[8]

Along with Lau Ching-Wan and Anthony Wong, he was named as one of the major three character actors working in the Hong Kong film industry at the 25th Hong Kong International Film Festival. His intense, compelling personas on and off-screen have earned him the nickname "Mental".

Other performances[edit]

Other than television series and movies, Ng once was involved in stand-up comedy with Cheung Tat-ming and Dayo Wong in 1998 and 2000.

He supplied the voice for Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr in the Cantonese version of Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles.

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
1986 Midnight Girls
1989 Final Run
Proud and Confident
Lucky Guys
Devil Hunters
1990 Dragon Fighter
Fire Phoenix
1991 Fatal Game
In the Lap of God
1992 Mighty Gambler
Handsome Siblings Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1993 The Bride with White Hair
Kung Fu Cult Master
Flirting Scholar
Legal Innocence
Kidnap Of Wong Chak Fai
1994 I Wanna Be Your Man!
Naughty Couple
Easy Money
From Zero to Hero
Reckless Barrister
1995 Fake Emperor
The Golden Girls
Those Were the Days...
1996 Young and Dangerous
Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star (Yun cai zhi li xing)
Sexy and Dangerous
Satan Returns
Once Upon a Time in Triad Society
Big Bullet
Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2
God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage
1997 A Queer Story
All's Well, Ends Well 1997
Too Many Ways to be No. 1
24 Hours Ghost Story
97 Aces Go Places
Full Alert
Those were the Days
Theft Under the Sun
Behind the Yellow Line
1998 Portland Street Blues
Raped by an Angel 2: The Uniform Fan
Till Death Do Us Part
The Group
Young and Dangerous: The Prequel
Magnificent Team
The Extra
9413
Wipe Out
1999 The Mission
H.K. Triad
Last Ghost Standing
A Wicked Ghost
Bullets Over Summer Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
King of Debt Collecting Agent
Gen-X Cops
A Man Called Hero
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Lord of Amusement
Never Compromise
2000 2000 AD Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chinese Midnight Express II
Juliet in Love Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
What is a Good Teacher
A War Named Desire
Clean My Name, Mr. Coroner!
2001 Bakery Amour
Horror Hotline... Big Head Monster
A Gambler's Story
Loser's Club
Leaving in Sorrow
Good Boys 2
Fall for You
2002 Beauty and the Breast
Women from Mars
2003 Shiver
Heroic Duo
Colour of the Truth
Infernal Affairs II Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2004 Fantasia
Love Trilogy
The White Dragon
2005 Crazy N' The City
Himalaya Singh
"One Last Dance"
Hands in the Hair
The Curse of Lola
Teacher in University
2006 McDull, the Alumni
Karmic Mahjong
Exiled
On the Edge
Wo Hu
2007 Zhui Bu
One Last Dance
It's a Wonderful Life
The Closet
Dancing Lion
Shamo
Bullet and Brain
2008 Deadly Delicious
Buttonman
2009 Tracing Shadow
Turning Point
2010 Wind Blast
Midnight Beating
2011 The Warring States
Love Never Dies
Turning Point 2
2012 Crazy Stupid Thief
My Way
Passion Island
Good-for-Nothing Heros
Game of Assassins
The Last Tycoon
2013 Pay Back
2014 The House That Never Dies
Two Thumbs Up
Triumph in the Skies

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