Karen Mok

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Karen Mok
Karen Mok at the 2009 Hong Kong International Film Festival.jpg
Chinese name 莫文蔚
Pinyin Mò Wénwèi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Mok6 Man4-wai3 (Cantonese)
Birth name Karen Joy Morris
Born (1970-06-02) 2 June 1970 (age 44)
Hong Kong
Occupation singer, actress, composer, producer, designer
Genre(s) Cantopop, C-Rock, Alternative pop, Pop rock
Instrument(s) Piano,Oboe, Gu Zheng
Voice type(s) Mezzo-soprano
Label(s) Star Records (1993–1995)
Rock Records (1996–2001)
Sony BMG (2002–2008)
Universal Music (2009–present)
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Johannes (m. 2011)
Official Website karenmok.com
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Mok.

Karen Joy Morris (born 2 June 1970), better known as Karen Mok or Mok Man-wai among Chinese-speaking communities, is a three-time Golden Melody Award-winning Hong Kong actress and singer-songwriter.

Biography[edit]

Mok is the sister of the writer and producer Trevor Morris, and a granddaughter of Alfred Morris, the first principal of King's College, Hong Kong. She speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, and French.[1]

She is of mixed ancestry: her father is half Chinese and half Welsh, while her mother is half-Chinese, quarter-Iranian, and quarter-German.[2][3] Mok attended Diocesan Girls' School from primary to secondary grade in Hong Kong. When she was a F.5 student, she received the 1st Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards. She later left Hong Kong in 1987 and studied abroad.[4] She attended United World College of the Adriatic near Trieste, Italy from 1987 to 1989, and majored in Italian literature when studying at the University College London, University of London.

Mok is often credited as "Karen Mok" in Chinese and Hong Kong films, but as "Karen Joy Morris" (her birth name) in Hollywood productions such as Around the World in 80 Days (2004). She supplied the voice of Princess Kida for the Cantonese dub of Walt Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Mok performed in the 10th anniversary Asian tour of the hit Broadway musical Rent in the lead role of Mimi in 2005 and 2006.

Mok carried the torch at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing[5] and performed at the opening and closing ceremonies.[6] In October 2008, she launched her own brand of perfume in Hong Kong.[7]

Mok has completed many endorsement agreements with leading companies such as Canon,[8] Kappa,[9] Cadillac,[10] Clear,[11] Chow Tai Fook,[12] Lux,[13] Titus,[14] and Mandarin Oriental.[15][16]

Mok married her first boyfriend, German-born Johannes Natterer, at a church near Florence, Italy, on 1 October 2011.[17][18][19]

Activism[edit]

Mok is an advocate for animals and one of only five Asian celebrities to make People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific's (PETA) first-ever Best-Dressed 2008 list.[20] She has joined efforts to help bears in China whose bile is used for medicinal purposes/[21]

In 2007, Mok was involved with MTV EXIT, a campaign against human trafficking in Asia. She presented Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, a documentary on trafficking.[22] Karen currently serves as ambassador for UNICEF, SPCA, Animals Asia Foundation, Habitat for Humanity,[23] Enlighten-Action for Epilepsy, and Roll Back Malaria (RBM).[24]

Filmography[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1993 The Tigers – The Legend of Canton 廣東五虎之鐵拳無敵孫中山 Feminist cameo
1994 Family Affair 清官難審
1995 Fallen Angels 墮落天使 Blondie
1995 Out of the Dark 回魂夜 Kwan
1995 Heaven Can't Wait 救世神棍 Joan
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box 西遊記之月光寶盒 Pak Jing-jing
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella 西遊記2之仙履奇緣 Pak Jing-jing
1996 The God of Cookery 食神 Twin Dagger Turkey
1996 Viva Erotica 色情男女 May
1996 Black Mask 黑俠 Tracy Lee
1996 Best of the Best 飛虎II之傲氣比天高 Karen Kook
1996 Kitchen 我愛廚房 Jenny
1996 Four Faces of Eve 四面夏娃 Mistress of Chan Giu's husband
1996 Young and Dangerous 3 古惑仔III之隻手遮天 Lam Shuk-fan
1996 Sexy and Dangerous 古惑女 Van Chai / Chan Lai-wan
1996 Those Were the Days 4個32A和一個香蕉少年 Patricia (adult)
1996 wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net commercial short film
1997 Task Force 熱面最強 Shirley Lau
1997 Lawyer Lawyer 算死草 Wu Man
1997 First Love: The Litter on the Breeze 初纏戀後之二人世界
1997 Young and Dangerous 4 97古惑仔之战无不胜 Wasabi / Lam Shuk-fan
1999 King of Comedy 喜劇之王 Sister Cuckoo
1999 Tempting Heart 心動 Chen Li
2000 Dragon Heat 龍火
2000 The Teacher Without Chalk 流氓師表 Sister Teresa
2000 The Roaring Wheels 車神傳說 Suki Fung
2000 Bruce Law Stunts 特技猛龍 (herself) documentary film
2001 Goodbye, Mr. Cool 九龍冰室 Helen Poon / Macau Hung
2001 Shaolin Soccer 少林足球 Dragon Twin
2001 La Brassiere 絕世好bra Shirley
2002 Haunted Office Office有鬼 Pat
2002 The Irresistible Piggies 豬扒大聯盟 So Mei
2002 So Close 夕陽天使 Kong Yat-hung
2002 Red Snow 極地營救
2003 The Twins Effect 千機變 Ivy
2003 Love Under the Sun 愛在陽光下
2004 Enter the Phoenix 大佬愛美麗 Julie Lui
2004 Around the World in 80 Days 環遊世界80天 General Fang
2005 DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang 龍刀奇緣 Ying Ying (voice)
2005 Wait 'til You're Older 童夢奇緣 Tsui Man
2006 The Heavenly Kings 四大天王 (herself)
2006 Magic & Me 千變魔手 (herself)
2007 Mr. Cinema 老港正傳 Luk Min
2008 Lost Indulgence 迷果 Su Dan
2008 The Coffin Zoe Thai film
2010 Go Lala Go! 杜拉拉升职记 Rose
2010 The Road Less Traveled 一路有你 Susan
2011 The Law of Attraction 万有引力 Mei
2011 East Meets West 東成西就2011 Chung Siu-ming / Sammi
2013 Man of Tai Chi 太極俠 Sun Jing Shi
2013 Better and Better 越來越好·村晚
2014 The Great Hypnotist 催眠大師

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

No. Album title Language Year of release
1st 同名專輯 Karen Cantonese 1993
2nd 全身莫文蔚 Karen Mok in Totality Cantonese 1996
3rd 做自己 To Be Mandarin 1997
4th 我要說 I Say Mandarin 1998
5th 就是莫文蔚 This Is Karen Mok Mandarin 1999
6th 你可以 You Can Mandarin 1999
7th 莫文蔚NO.1新曲+精選 Karen More Mandarin 2000
8th 十二樓的莫文蔚 Karen Mok on the Twelfth Floor Mandarin 2000
9th 一朵金花 Golden Flower Cantonese 2001
10th [i] Mandarin 2002
11th 愛死妳 X Mandarin 2003
12th 如果沒有你 Without You Mandarin 2006
13th 拉活...莫文蔚 L!VE is... KAREN MOK Mandarin 2007
14th 就i Karen 莫文蔚精選 I Love Karen Mok Best Collection Mandarin 2008
15th Hui Wei (回蔚)(also available as a digital album) Mandarin 2009
16th 寶貝 Precious Mandarin 2010
17th Somewhere I Belong English 2013

EPs[edit]

No. Album title Language Year of release
1st 愛自己 Love Yourself Chinese 1997
2nd 莫文蔚我愛你 Karen Mok I Love You Chinese 1998
3rd Silent English 1998
4th 回家 BACK Cantonese 1999
5th 實況轉播 Live Show Chinese 1999
6th Karen Mok Cantonese 2000
7th 再生 Live Again Cantonese 2000

Movie/TV soundtracks[edit]

No. Album title Year of release
1st 我愛你 電影原聲大碟 I Love You 1998
2nd 海上花 電影原聲大碟 Flowers of Shanghai 1998
3rd 喜劇之王 電影原聲大碟 King of Comedy 1999
4th 走到底 電影原聲大碟 All the way 2001
5th 夕陽天使 電影原聲大碟 So Close 2002
6th 求婚事務所 電視原聲大碟 Say Yes Enterprise 2004

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
1996
1997
2000
2003
  • 14th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan: Won Best Female Mandarin Artist
2006
2008
  • 19th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan: Won Best Mandarin Album of The Year
  • 19th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan: Nominated Best Female Mandarin Artist
  • Hong Kong Film Award: Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Mr. Cinema)
  • MTV Asia Awards: Inspiration Awards
2011
  • 22nd Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan: Won Best Female Mandarin Artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ GiantRobot profile and interview[dead link]
  2. ^ TIMEasia Karen Mok: 'My Best is Yet to Come' 3/13/2000[dead link]
  3. ^ Beech, Hannah (23 April 2001) "Eurasian invasion", Time Asia.
  4. ^ Episode 44, 19 April 2008 – Be My Guest
  5. ^ "http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-06/01/content_8295302.htm". News.xinhuanet.com. 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  6. ^ "http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/jonlKbwIayl/2008+China+Mobile+Wireless+Music+Awards/C58IER3DvHW/Karen+Mok". Zimbio.com. 2008-12-28. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  7. ^ "http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/entertainment/2008-10/10/content_7094888.htm". Chinadaily.com.cn. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  8. ^ shubiduwashubiduwa (2009-03-29). "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6H7H0-fLa0". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  9. ^ http://www.idea-everything.com/?p=473[dead link]
  10. ^ "http://www.autoblog.com/2011/06/01/chinese-cadillac-srx-ad-with-karen-mok-captures-romance-of-route/". Autoblog.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  11. ^ http://karenmok.com/karenmok/CLEAR--profile-707877.html[dead link]
  12. ^ oopsderekyan (2007-11-22). "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A8AIVhU-tQ". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  13. ^ jillAlyx (2007-06-24). "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgQd7zrDAAs". YouTube.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  14. ^ http://www.myfreepandorastores.com/iphone-cases/323[dead link]
  15. ^ "Celebrity Fans | Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group". Mandarinoriental.com. 28 February 2014. 
  16. ^ AsiaOne Thursday, 26 April 2012 (26 April 2012). "Karen Mok joins Mandarin Oriental's celebrity fan campaign". News.asiaone.com. 
  17. ^ "http://www.jaynestars.com/news/celebrity-weddings-karen-mok-and-johannes/". Jaynestars.com. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  18. ^ "Karen Mok to marry German first love, tells all about Johannes". Channel News Asia. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2012. [dead link]
  19. ^ "Editor's Letter". February 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Maggie Q, Karen Mok, And Sun Li Make Peta'S Exclusive Best-Dressed List". Petaasiapacific.com. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ [2][dead link]
  23. ^ "Habitat for Humanity China". Habitatchina.org. 
  24. ^ http://www.todayonline.com/daily-focus/health/roll-back-malaria-partnership-appoints-karen-mok-its-new-champion

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