Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

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Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
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Chinese name (traditional)
Jyutping Loeng4 Ciu4wai5 (Cantonese)
Born (1962-06-27) 27 June 1962 (age 52)
Hong Kong
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Five Tiger Generals
Spouse(s) Carina Lau (2008–present)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Leung.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (born 27 June 1962) is a Hong Kong actor and C-pop singer. He was the winner of Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor for his role in Wong Kar-wai's film In the Mood for Love. Leung is also a nine-time winner of Hong Kong Film Award and three-time winner of Golden Horse Film Awards.

Tony Leung collaborated with Wong Kar Wai for 7 films, and three of them had been officially selected as competition film in Cannes Film Festival, including Happy Together (1997), In the Mood for Love (2000) and 2046 (2004).

Leung also stars in three Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winning films, including A City of Sadness (1989), Cyclo (1995) and Lust, Caution (2007), which was directed by Oscar winning director Ang Lee. Leung also stars in Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated film Hero.

Early life[edit]

Leung was born in Hong Kong. Leung's early childhood was punctuated with parents' quarrels and arguments about money. A mischievous boy in his early years, Leung's personality changed when his father, a chronic gambler, left the family when he was eight; he and his younger sister were brought up by their mother.[1][2]

Leung was a reticent, quiet child. He has said that his childhood experiences paved the way for his acting career, which allows him to openly express his feelings: "You don't know what happened, just one day your pop disappears. And from that day on I try not to communicate with anyone. I'm so afraid to talk to my classmates, afraid that if someone says something about family I won't know what to do. So I became very isolated. So that's why I love acting, because I can express all my feelings the way I couldn't for so long." .[3] "I'm a quiet person. And then when I went to TV it all came out; I cried and I wasn't ashamed. The audience thinks it's the character's feelings, but really it's my feelings, all coming out in a rush."[1]

Leung went to private school, but he quit at the age of 15 due to financial difficulties. He was a well-behaved teenager who was very close to his mother. During an interview on the making of Hero, he says that he sees his mother as his definition of a "hero[ine]" for having brought up two children alone.

Television career[edit]

After quitting his studies, Leung worked in a variety of jobs, first as a grocer's runner at his uncle's shop, then a showroom salesman in a Hong Kong shopping centre. He met actor and comedian Stephen Chow who influenced his decision to become an actor and remains a good friend.

In 1982, he passed the training courses of television channel TVB. Due to his boyish looks, TVB cast him as host of a children's programme, 430 Space Shuttle. Leung enjoyed comedies during his television years; it was for these he became well known. So, in the 1980s, he was named as one of "TVB's Five Tigers" (their five up-and-coming male TV stars) along with Andy Lau, Felix Wong, Michael Miu and Kent Tong. Leung starred in the highly successful Police Cadet TV serial in 1984 (later named Police Cadet 84 to distinguish it from subsequent sequels). He played an outgoing young man who decides to become a police officer; Maggie Cheung, who also started her career at the same time, played a shy bookworm, Leung's upstairs neighbour and love interest. Since then they have worked together on The Yang's Saga (1985), Days of Being Wild (1991), Ashes of Time (1994), In the Mood for Love (2000), Hero (2002), and 2046 (2005). Interviewed by Wong Kar Wai, Leung said that he considered Maggie to be his alter ego. "Maggie is a truly formidable partner – one to waltz with. We do not spend a lot of time with each other, as we like to keep some mystery between us. Whenever I see her, I discover something new about her".[4]

Film career[edit]

Leung's hand print and autograph at the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.

Many consider Leung's role in director John Woo's 1992 action film Hard Boiled in which he co-starred with Chow Yun-fat, as his breakthrough role. However, Leung first gained international exposure in Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness, which won the Venice Golden Lion.

Leung often collaborates with director Wong Kar-wai and has appeared in many of his films. His most notable roles include the lonely policeman in Chungking Express (1994), a gay Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in Happy Together (1997), and a self-controlled victim of adultery in In the Mood for Love (2000) for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes.[5] He trained for five years in wing chun to prepare for his role as Yip Man in Wong's The Grandmasters.[6] He is considered by many to be one of the finest actors of his generation in Hong Kong. Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt are admirers of his work,[7] and Leung has been called Asia's answer to Clark Gable.[2]

Leung also has an on-and-off Cantopop and Mandarin pop singing career and sang the theme song of Infernal Affairs with Andy Lau.

During the late 1990s, it was difficult for him to break into Hollywood because he would not take on any roles that degrade his character and image in Hong Kong. To date, he has not done a Hollywood film, but is primed to appear in one after signing on with an American film agent.[8][9]

In addition to Cantonese, English, and Spanish, Leung speaks Mandarin (accented) and some Japanese (as heard in Tokyo Raiders). Lust Caution is the first film where he has a Mandarin-speaking role in which he used his own voice. (His Mandarin dialogue in Hero was dubbed by someone else.)

During the promotion of the film Hero, some politicians and commentators in Hong Kong attacked Leung for expressing the view that the Tiananmen Square demonstration crackdown was necessary to maintain stability. Under constant political pressure and boycott threats, Leung made a single statement that he may have been quoted out of context but refused to retract his statement in the magazine.[10] However, the movie magazine editor maintained that the original statement was not out of context and challenged people to read the complete interview.

The fine art print of "Tony Leung in Beijing" became Singapore's most expensive art piece in 2012. The photograph was taken by Dominic Khoo in (2008). [11]

In 2014 he was selected as a member of the jury for the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.[12]

Relationship and marriage with Carina Lau[edit]

Leung has dated Carina Lau since the end of 1989. He had known her since The Replica in 1984 as she had been good friends with Margie Tsang, his previous girlfriend. He worked on-screen with Lau in Replica (1984), Duke of Mount Deer (1984), Police Cadet (1984, 1985, 1988), The Yangs' Saga (1985), Days of Being Wild (1991), He ain't heavy, he's my father (1993), Ashes of Time (1994), and 2046 (2005).

In 1990, during the filming of Days of Being Wild, Lau was abducted for several hours. Wong Kar-wai said, "Originally, there were plans for Days of Being Wild I and II, and the sequence featuring Leung was meant to be the opening scene of the second movie. But two things happened, one of which was that Days of Being Wild didn't do well in Hong Kong, so the producers said, "No Part 2." The other reason was Carina Lau's kidnapping.[3]

On 21 July 2008, the couple got married in Bhutan in royal fashion. The wedding created a media frenzy in Hong Kong, with companies spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue the wedding party.[13]

According to Ming Pao Daily News, Faye Wong and her husband actor Li Yapeng had taken them to India in 2007 to visit the 17th Karmapa. The Karmapa's counsel helped them to resolve a crisis in their relationship, and he also suggested Bhutan as a wedding venue.[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

(9 Best Actor Nominations, 3 Best Supporting Actor Nominations)

Filmography[edit]

Film[16][17]
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Mad, Mad 83
1985 Young Cops Leung Siu-bo
Fascinating Affairs
1986 The Lunatics Doggie
Love Unto Waste Tony Cheung Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
You Will I Will
1987 People's Hero Sai Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Happy Go Lucky
1988 I Love Maria Chong Chi-keung
1989 My Heart is that Eternal Rose Cheung Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
A City of Sadness Wen Ching
Seven Warriors
Two Painters
1990 Bullet in the Head Ben / Ah B
The Royal Scoundrel beach boy
1991 The Banquet Wai Jai
A Chinese Ghost Story III Little Monk Sap-fong
Days of Being Wild Pat-cheung
Don't Fool Me Chiang Ho-chie
Fantasy Romance comic book artist
The Great Pretenders Snake Wai
The Tigers Tau-pi
1992 Come Fly the Dragon Miu Wai-man
The Days of Being Dumb Fei
Hard Boiled Alan Kong Leung Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Lucky Encounter Wai
1993 Butterfly and Sword Mang Sing-wan
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father Chor Yuen
The Eagle Shooting Heroes Au-yeung Fung
End of the Road Fan Lung
Hero – Beyond the Boundary of Time Wai Siu-bo
The Magic Crane Ma Kwan-mo
Three Summers Wai
Tom, Dick, and Hairy Chan Dai-man
Two of a Kind Lam Dai-chi
1994 Always Be the Winners Third Master Sha
Ashes of Time Blind Swordsman
Chungking Express Cop 633 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
The Returning Chung
1995 Cyclo Poet
Doctor Mack Doctor Mack Lau
Heaven Can't wait Wong Dai-fung
Tomorrow
1996 Blind Romance Wing
War of the Underworld Hung Fei
1997 97 Aces Go Places
Chinese Midnight Express Ching On
Happy Together Lai Yiu-fai Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actor
1998 Flowers of Shanghai Wang Lianshang
The Longest Nite Inspector Sam Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Timeless Romance Lau Yat-lo
Your Place or Mine Cheung Suk-wai
1999 Gorgeous Albert
2000 Healing Hearts Lawrence
In the Mood for Love Chow Mo-wan Nominated—Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Tokyo Raiders Lin
2001 Fighting for Love Tung Choi
Love Me, Love My Money Richard "Bastard" Ma
2002 Chinese Odyssey 2002 Li Yilong
Infernal Affairs Chan Wing-yan Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actor
Hero Broken Sword
2003 Infernal Affairs III Chan Wing-yan
My Lucky Star Lai liu po
Sound of Colors Ho Yuk-ming
2004 Super Model
2046 Chow Mo-wan Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actor
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
2005 Seoul Raiders Agent Lam
2006 Confession of Pain Detective Lau Ching-hei Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2007 Lust, Caution Mr. Yee Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
Asian Film Awards for Best Actor
2008 Red Cliff: Part 1 Zhou Yu Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2009 Red Cliff: Part 2 Zhou Yu
Ashes of Time Redux Blind Swordsman
2012 The Great Magician Chang Hsien
The Silent War He Bing Nominated—Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2013 The Grandmaster Yip Man Nominated-Hong Kong Film Awards For Best Actor
1905 Yan Yunlong Production cancelled February 2013[18]
2014 Paris Raiders
2015 The Ferryman
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Young Heroes of Shaolin Shaolin monk
1982 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils monk, episode 44
The Legend of Master So waiter
Manager & Messenger general manager
Hong Kong '82
Wut Lik Sap Yat Hung Kwok-choi
Soldier of Fortune Ying Chi-him
The Emissary brother
1983 The Superpower Kwok Hak-chung
Beyond the Rose Garden Tin-yau
Encounter with Fortune
Angels and Devils Kong Ho-man
1984 The Clones Cheung Ka-wai / Chiang Ka-wai
The Duke of Mount Deer Wai Siu-bo
It's a Long Way Home Yau Ga-kei
Police Cadet '84 Cheung Wai-kit
No Regrets for Our Youth Frankie
1985 The Rough Ride Chow Kim-hung
Police Cadet '85 Cheung Wai-kit
The Yang's Saga Yeung Yin-chi (Yeung Chat-long) / Duke of Thunder
1986 New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre Cheung Mo-kei
1987 The Grand Canal Cheung Sam-long
1988 Police Cadet '88 Cheung wai-kit
Behind Silk Curtains Lin Kar-yip
Everybody's Somebody's Favourite
Two Most Honorable Knights "Little Fishie" Kong Siu-yu
1989 Hap Hak Hang Shek Po-tin / Shek Chung-yuk

Discography[edit]

  • Raining Night (1986)
  • Who Wants (1988)
  • Love Day by Day (1993)
  • One Life One Heart (1994)
  • Trapped by Love (1994)
  • Day and Night (1994)
  • Cannot Forget Collection (1995)
  • The Past and the Future (1995)
  • Too Affectionate (1995)
  • Tony Leung Greatest Hits (June 2000)
  • In the Mood for Love (November 2000)
  • Wind Sand (2004) (reissued January 2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b HK Mr Charming Tony Leung born to be an actor
  2. ^ a b Wise, Damon (18 October 2007). "Why Tony Leung is in the mood for lust". The Times (London). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Karen Durbin (7 August 2005). "Still in the Mood for a Collaboration". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "ITony Leung: the unforgettable cowboy leading man of Asian cinema shows his true grit to a legendary director and fellow frontiersman" BNet. September 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2011
  5. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: In the Mood for Love". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  6. ^ http://twitchfilm.com/2012/07/paris-cinema-iff-interview-yuen-wo-ping.html Interview] with Yuen Woo-ping
  7. ^ Tony Leung in the mood for acting. China View, 21 April 2005. Retrieved 26 December 2006.
  8. ^ Tony Leung to appear in Hollywood film. ChinaDaily.com, 10 August 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  9. ^ Tony Leung Heads for Hollywood. CRI English.com, 18 August 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  10. ^ Tony Leung Chiu-Wai claims he was misquoted. HK Entertainment Review, 19 December 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  11. ^ http://www.storm.sg/blog?p_p_id=33&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&p_r_p_564233524_tag=tony+leung&p_r_p_564233524_categoryId=
  12. ^ "Berlinale 2014: International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 2013-12-31. 
  13. ^ International Herald Tribune. "IHT." Actors' wedding leads to Hong Kong media frenzy. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  14. ^ Why Tony, Carina nuptials in Bhutan
  15. ^ Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 2005 at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ "Tony Leung Chiu-Wai". imdb.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "Tony Leung Chiu-Wai". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "中堅映画会社のプレノン・アッシュが破産 尖閣問題の影響でトニー・レオンが出演見送り" [Film company Prenom H goes bankrupt – Tony Leung's involvement cancelled due to Senkaku dispute]. MSN Sankei News (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Asian Film Awards
Preceded by
Song Kang-ho
for The Host
Best Actor
2008
for Lust, Caution
Succeeded by
Masahiro Motoki
for Departures
Cannes Film Festival
Preceded by
Emmanuel Schotte
for Humanité
Best Actor
2000
for In the Mood for Love
Succeeded by
Benoît Magimel
for The Piano Teacher
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Preceded by
Kent Cheng
for The Log
Best Actor
1998
for Happy Together
Succeeded by
Anthony Wong Chau-sang
for Beast Cops
Preceded by
Hu Jun
for Lan Yu
Best Actor
2003
for Infernal Affairs
Succeeded by
Simon Yam
for PTU
Preceded by
Simon Yam
for PTU
Best Actor
2005
for 2046
Succeeded by
Simon Yam
for Election
Golden Horse Award
Preceded by
Jackie Chan
for Crime Story
Best Actor
1994
for Chungking Express
Succeeded by
Lin Yang
for Super Citizen
Preceded by
Leon Lai
for Three Going Home
Best Actor
2003
for Infernal Affairs
Succeeded by
Andy Lau
for Infernal Affairs III
Preceded by
Aaron Kwok
for After This Our Exile
Best Actor
2007
for Lust, Caution
Succeeded by
Zhang Hanyu
for Assembly
Hong Kong Film Award
Preceded by
Paul Chun
for The Lunatics
Best Supporting Actor
1988
for People's Hero
Succeeded by
Jacky Cheung
for As Tears Go By
Preceded by
Jacky Cheung
for As Tears Go By
Best Supporting Actor
1990
for My Heart is that Eternal Love
Succeeded by
Ng Man-tat
for A Moment of Romance
Preceded by
Anthony Wong Chau-sang
for The Untold Story
Best Actor
1995
for Chungking Express
Succeeded by
Roy Chiao
for Summer Snow
Preceded by
Kent Cheng
for The Log
Best Actor
1998
for Happy Together
Succeeded by
Anthony Wong Chau-sang
for Beast Cops
Preceded by
Andy Lau
for Running Out of Time
Best Actor
2001
for In the Mood for Love
Succeeded by
Stephen Chow
for Shaolin Soccer
Preceded by
Stephen Chow
for Shaolin Soccer
Best Actor
2003
for Infernal Affairs
Succeeded by
Andy Lau
for Running on Karma
Preceded by
Andy Lau
for Running on Karma
Best Actor
2005
for 2046
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Ka-fai
for Election
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Preceded by
Andy Lau
for Running on Karma
Best Actor
2004
for 2046
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Ka-fai
for Everlasting Regret