|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)
Wú Zhìqiáng (Mandarin)
Ngh Ji Keung (Cantonese)
|Ancestry||Panyu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
21 December 1961 |
|Years active||1982 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Fiona Wong Lai-Ping (2002-)|
|Children||Feynman Ng (b. 2008)|
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
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.
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, 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.
He graduated from TVB's training classes in 1982 along with Stephen Chow and Tony Leung. 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.
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 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.
Although the Cinema of Hong Kong encountered a downturn in the late 1990s, however Ng still put on at least 10 films per year.
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".
- Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1982)
- The Old Miao Myth (1983)
- The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1983)
- The Duke of Mount Deer (1984)
- Sword Stained with Royal Blood (1985)
- Deadly Secret (1989)
- Everybody Loves Somebody (1989)
- The Final Combat (1989)
- Land of the Condors (1992)
- Family Squad (1992)
- Old Time Buddy (1997)
- Triumph in the Skies (2003)
- The Great Adventure (2005)
- Magic Chef (2005)
- Healing Souls (2008)
- Triumph in the Skies II (2013)
- Biography at lovehkfilm.com, accessed February 24, 2006
- "Francis Ng". imdb.com. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
- "Francis Ng". chinesemov.com. Retrieved April 12, 2010.