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Stephen Chow
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Chinese name 周星馳 (traditional)
Jyutping Zau1 Sing1-ci4 (Cantonese)
Born (1962-06-22) 22 June 1962 (age 52)[1]
Hong Kong
Other name(s) (lit. Grandmaster Sing) 星仔 (Dear Sing)
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Years active 1981 – present
Parents Lin Bo Yee ( Mother )

Stephen Chow (Chinese: , Chow Sing-Chi; born 22 June 1962) is a Hong Kong actor, screenwriter, film director, producer and political adviser of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Chow began as a temporary actor for the television station TVB.[3][4] He entered TVB in early 1980s, and was trained there, although he had few opportunities to appear in films.[3] Chow graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982.[5] Chow began to find some success with the children programme 430 Space Shuttle.[6]In 1987, Chow entered into the movie industry through the film Final Justice, which won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.[6][7]

While Chow became quite well known on TVB for his comedies (especially 1989's The Final Combat), he shot to stardom in 1990's All for the Winner. This film made him the most sought-after stars in the Hong Kong film industry.[6] Chow would collaborate with Ng on many of his more successful comedies, including Shaolin Soccer. Chow became Hong Kong's undisputed No. 1 comedian . Chow's comedies are of the mo lei tau genre. With his expert comic timing and "rubber-faced mannerisms",[6] Chow ranked alongside Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan as the major box office draws of the 1990s.[8]

In 1994 Chow began directing films, starting with From Beijing with Love, which he co-directed with Lee Lik-Chi. In the later half of the 1990s, mainland China began to warm to Stephen Chow movies. His film duology A Chinese Odyssey (1995) became (and remains) a cult classic in mainland China, baffling many Hong Kong observers, as the duology did only moderately well in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, on the mainland Chow rapidly became one of Hong Kong's most iconic film stars. [9]

In 2001 his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over 60 million HK dollars.[10] The film won Best Picture, and Chow won Best Actor and Best Director at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards, and the film went on to garner additional awards including a Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Picture and Best Director.[11] It was his first international hit and established his reputation in the West. In 2004 he directed the film Kung Fu Hustle, which won a total of 18 awards, including the BAFTA award for Best Film not in the English Language, five Golden Horse Awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards.[12]

Chow's film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo.[13] In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7 (長江七號 Chang Jiang qi hao), a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6.[14] This film introduced newcomer Kitty Zhang as his romantic lead. In 2013, Chow directed (along with Derek Kwok) the film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, a loose adaptation of the novel of the same name. The film was a box office success, becoming the third highest-grossing film ever in China.[15]

Influence[edit]

Throughout the 1990s, Chow made lots of famous movies and his movie style became known as Mo lei tau(無厘頭),which means mindless; a rather crass form of humour he often employs in movies. Chow often casts relatively new young actresses to play opposite him, especially as romantic leads, and many of these actresses have gone on to have successful film or music careers of their own. These actresses are collectively called the "Sing girls", and include Karen Mok, Vicki Zhao, Sharla Cheung, Athena Chu, Michelle Reis, Christy Chung, Gigi Leung, Cecilia Cheung, Huang Shengyi, and Zhang Yuqi.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Award & Nomination
1988 Final Justice Actor Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
1988 Faithfully Yours Actor
1988 My Father's Son (1988 film) Actor
1988 He Who Chases After the Wind Actor
1988 Last Conflict, TheThe Last Conflict Actor
1989 The Justice of Life (TV Series) Actor
1989 Dragon Fight Actor
1989 Tragic Heroes Actor
1989 Thunder Cops II Actor
1989 The Final Combat (TV Series) Actor
1990 Love Is Love Actor
1990 My Hero Actor
1990 Lung Fung Restaurant Actor
1990 Unmatchable Match, TheThe Unmatchable Match Actor
1990 Curry and Pepper Actor
1990 Sleazy Dizzy Actor
1990 Look Out, Officer! Actor
1990 All for the Winner Actor Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1990 When Fortune Smiles Actor
1990 Triad Story Actor
1990 Legend of the Dragon Actor
1991 God of Gamblers II Actor
1991 Top Bet, TheThe Top Bet Actor
1991 Fist of Fury 1991 Actor
1991 Fight Back to School Actor Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1991 God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai Actor
1991 Magnificent Scoundrels, TheThe Magnificent Scoundrels Actor
1991 Banquet, TheThe Banquet Actor
1991 Crazy Safari Narrator
1991 Tricky Brains Actor
1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II Actor
1992 All's Well, Ends Well Actor
1992 Fight Back to School II Actor
1992 Justice, My Foot! Actor Asia Pacific Film Festival for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1992 Royal Tramp Actor
1992 Royal Tramp II Actor
1992 King of Beggars Actor
1993 Fight Back to School III Actor
1993 My Hero 2 Actor
1993 Flirting Scholar Actor
1993 Mad Monk, TheThe Mad Monk Actor
1994 Love on Delivery Director, Actor
1994 Hail the Judge Actor
1994 From Beijing with Love Director, Screenwriter, Actor Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box Actor
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella Actor Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1995 Out of the Dark Actor
1995 Sixty Million Dollar Man Actor
1996 Forbidden City Cop Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1996 God of Cookery, TheThe God of Cookery Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 Actor
1997 Lawyer Lawyer Actor
1998 Lucky Guy, TheThe Lucky Guy Actor
1999 King of Comedy Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1999 Gorgeous Actor
1999 Tricky Master, TheThe Tricky Master Actor
2001 Shaolin Soccer Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Director
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay
2004 Kung Fu Hustle Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Composer Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival for Silver Scream Award
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film
Golden Horse Award for Best Director
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Hundred Flowers Award for Best Film
Nominated—Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director
Nominated—Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Hundred Flowers Award for Best Film
Nominated—MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Outstanding Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Nominated—Southeastern Film Critics Association for Best Foreign Language Film
2008 CJ7 Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director
2008 Shaolin Girl Producer
2009 Dragonball Evolution Producer
2009 Jump Producer, Screenwriter(original story)
2010 CJ7: The Cartoon Producer, Screenwriter(characters)
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Action Choreography Nominated—Golden Horse Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Horse Award for Best Action Choreography

[17]

Awards[edit]

Awards won
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
Asia Pacific Film Festival
Blue Ribbon Awards
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Golden Horse Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
BAFTA Awards
  • 2006: nomination: Best Film not in the English Language for Kung Fu Hustle
Golden Globe Award

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Movie Reviews, Articles, Trailers, and more at Metacritic". Movietome.com. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Chow - The star of Shaolin Soccer doesn't mind if the joke is on him". [2]. 23 April 2003. 
  4. ^ "Lydia sums it up". [3]. 4 September 2004. 
  5. ^ "Stephen Chow Profile and Biography | Stareastasia". Men.stareastasia.com. 22 June 1962. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Stephen Chow Asia's Top Box Office Draw". China.org.cn. 1 March 2004. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Stephen Chow". Time. 28 April 2003. 
  8. ^ "独家:周星驰叱咤香港电影票房二十年评点(图)_影音娱乐_新浪网". Ent.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (III)". The Chinese Mirror. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Shaolin soccer kicks an international goal". [4]. 1 August 2003. 
  11. ^ "Siu lam juk kau (2001) awards". [5]. 1 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Kung Fu (2004) - Awards". [6]. 1 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Chow's Sci-fi/Comedy will give 'A Hope' to audiences". Twitch. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Stephen Chow's Movie 'A Hope' Changes Title". Asian Popcorn. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  15. ^ (Chinese) 影片历史排行
  16. ^ (Chinese) 邱致理 (Qiu Zhili) (10 December 2007). "张雨绮亲述一夜成名:30秒搞定周星驰 (Zhang Yuqi's overnight fame: 30 seconds to win over Stephen Chow". 南都周刊. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Stephen Chow". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Leslie Cheung
for Ashes of Time
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
1995
for A Chinese Odyssey
Succeeded by
Francis Ng
for Once Upon a Time in Triad Society
Preceded by
None
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
1996
for A Chinese Odyssey
Succeeded by
Kent Cheng
for The Log
Preceded by
Ang Lee
for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Director
2002
for Shaolin Soccer
Succeeded by
Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
for Infernal Affairs