Anthony Wong (Hong Kong actor)

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Anthony Wong
Anthony Wong Chau-sang 2022-09-02.jpg
Wong in September 2022
Anthony William Perry

(1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 61)
EducationDiploma of Performing Arts at the Academy of Drama, Honorary Academician
Alma materHong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Occupation(s)Actor, singer
Years active1985–present
Ng Wai Zing
(m. 1996)
AwardsChangchun Film Festival
Best Supporting Actor
2002 Princess D
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Actor
1993 The Untold Story
1998 Beast Cops
Best Supporting Actor
2002 Infernal Affairs
2005 Initial D

Golden Bauhinia AwardsBest Actor
1998 Beast Cops
Best Supporting Actor
2002 Infernal Affairs

Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor
1998 Beast Cops
2002 Infernal Affairs

Golden Horse AwardsBest Supporting Actor
2002 Princess D
2003 Infernal Affairs
2005 Initial D

TVB Anniversary AwardsBest Actor
2015 Lord of Shanghai

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Hanyu PinyinHuáng Qiūshēng
JyutpingWong4 Cau1-sang1

Anthony Wong Chau-sang (born Anthony William Perry; 2 September 1961) is a Hong Kong film actor and singer.[1][2][3] He has worked with many significant directors of Hong Kong cinema since his debut in 1985, including John Woo, Andrew Lau, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To, and is known for his intense portrayals of often-amoral characters.[4] He has won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor three times: for The Untold Story (1993), Beast Cops (1998) and Still Human (2018).

He is best known to international audiences for his roles as Triad gangster Johnny Wong in Hard Boiled (1992), police Superintendent Wong Chi-shing Infernal Affairs trilogy (2002-03) and General Yang in the Hollywood film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).

Early life[edit]

Wong was born Anthony William Perry on 2 September 1961[5] to a Hong Kong Chinese mother Wong Juen Yee,[6] and an English father, Frederick William Perry (1914 – 1988), who served with the Royal Air Force during World War II and later as a colonial officer. Frederick Perry walked out on the family when Wong was four,[6] so he lived with his mother "in the staircase of a pre-war building in Wan Chai" until he was sent to live with various relatives for two years while his mother "held down three jobs."[6] He kept in touch with his father through letters until they lost contact when he was 12 years old, and he knew that he had three older half-siblings from his father's marriage.[7] He met his half-brothers in 2018.[6]

In his acting career, Wong's established a reputation for openly critiquing the Hong Kong film industry and its practices, actors' performances and pop culture in interviews and his personal microblog. In some of those critiques, he revealed his experiences of being bullied and discriminated against—for being a "mixed race foreigner" and "during the 1960s, English-Chinese mixed race people like me were regarded as bastards" and for being born outside Hong Kong—while growing up in Hong Kong and during the early years of his acting career.[8][9]

During his late teens, Wong moved to the United Kingdom to attend a college of further education.[9] He returned to Hong Kong to attend a training course in hairdressing until he quit to join Asia Television's (ATV) training programme when he was 21.[8]


After completing ATV's training programme, he continued his training at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.[9] He had stated in an interview that his mixed ethnicity initially caused him to be typecast as a villain, due to institutionalised racism in the Hong Kong film industry during this period.[10] He, however, won a Hong Kong Film Award for his performance as a real-life serial killer, who made meat buns from his victims' flesh, in The Untold Story in 1993.

In the following years, Wong appeared in a wide range of genre films including Rock n' Roll Cop, Hard Boiled, The Heroic Trio, Infernal Affairs, The Mission and The Medallion. He had also several appearances in the popular Young and Dangerous film series as Tai Fei; a rival Triad gangster to Ekin Cheng's character Chan Ho-nam, an ambitious Triad gangster, whom Tai Fei eventually befriends.

Wong had also appeared in a number of international English-language films including The Painted Veil and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

In 1995, Wong made his directorial debut with The New Tenant.

In 2014, Wong made his culinary debut in Dinner Confidential, where he would prepare one dish out of a table d'hote candle-lit dinner menu for guests.[citation needed]

In 2015, Wong became the first Hong Kong actor to have won the best lead actor role award in TV and movies when he won 2015 TVB Anniversary Awards for Best Actor and Best Drama for Lord of Shanghai, marking his triumphant return to TVB. He also became the first Hong Kong actor to have won Best Actor awards in films, stage theatre and TV. He also became the first Hong Kong actor to ever win TVB's Best Actor award on his first nomination.

In May 2020, Wong travelled to Taiwan for his role in the Public Television Service (PTS) drama Heaven on the Fourth Floor.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Wong married Jane Ng Wai Zing in 1996 and they have two sons, Wong Yat Yat (born 1996) and Ulysses Wong (born 1998).[7] Wong is taking care of his mother who now has dementia,[12] while his sons now live outside of Hong Kong. In June 2018, it was revealed that he had a son named William (born 1998), with a woman known only as "Joyce" who is the niece of veteran actor and producer John Shum.[13]

In March 2018, Wong met his half-brothers, twins John William and David Frederick Perry, after a BBC story[14] on Wong's search for his family was published.[15] He also has a half-sister, Vera Ann. His father died in 1988 in Australia, where he and his first family settled after they left Hong Kong. His half-siblings did not know of Wong's existence until the BBC story was produced.[6]

In a 2005 interview with Star eCentral, Wong stated that amongst his prolific output during the 1980s and the 1990s, a considerable number of films he appeared in were "terrible."[16] However, he does not regret making those films, as he needed the money to support his family.[16]

Wong is a supporter of the 2014 Umbrella Movement, a series of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.[17] This has reportedly led to limited acting opportunities for him in mainland China.[17][18] He has also voiced support for the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests.[19][20]

Wong travelled to Taiwan in May 2020, which fuelled speculation that he was moving to the island. However, Wong later revealed he was there for a filming commitment, nonetheless describing Taiwan's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as "excellent" and expressing interest in staying long term.[11][21] On 18 April 2021, Wong was approved for an Employment Gold Card, allowing him to work in Taiwan without needing to apply in advance. It also allows him to receive tax incentives and National Health Insurance.[22]



Year Title Role
1985 My Name Ain't Suzie (花街時代) Jimmy Koch
1990 When Fortune Smiles (無敵幸運星) Wei (曹家大哥/飛飛大哥)
1990 No Risk, No Gain: Casino Raiders - The Sequel Yeung Sing
1990 Dancing Bull (舞牛) Ngau Ban-tsiu (牛品超)
1990 The Big Score (絕橋智多星) Ma Kwan (馬坤)
1991 Erotic Ghost Story II (聊齋艷譚續集五通神) Ng Tung/Chau-sang (五通(男魔)/秋生)
1991 Don't Fool Me Nerd's brother Su (黑幫小弟)
1991 Casino Raiders II Pow
1992 Sting of the Scorpion (蠍子) Chow Kin (周健)
1992 Now You See Love, Now You Don't Dunno
1992 What a Hero! Saucer
1992 Hard Boiled Johnny Wong
1992 Lucky Encounter (踢到寶) Cheap Chan (賤人陳)
1992 Full Contact (1992) Sam Sei (沈四)
1992 Angel Hunter (女校風雲之邪教入侵) Kwok/The Bishop
1993 Rong shi qi an Lau
1993 Biao jie, ni hao ye! III zhi da ren jia dao Inspector Lu Ping
1993 Fight Back to School III Tailor Lam
1993 The Heroic Trio Kau
1993 Fu gui kuang hua
1993 Huang Fei Hong dui Huang Fei Hong
1993 The Eight Immortals Restaurant: The Untold Story Wong Chi Hang
1993 3 Days of a Blind Girl Sam Chu
1993 A Moment of Romance II Dino
1993 The Mad Monk Nine Lives Beggar
1993 Cheng shi nu lie ren Charlie Chan
1993 Executioners Mr. Kim/The Faceless Monster/Kau
1993 Di shi pan guan Kin
1993 Daughter of Darkness Officer Lui
1993 Love to Kill Sam Wai Wong
1994 Bomb Disposal Officer: Baby Bomb John Wu
1994 Meng chai ren
1994 Oh! My Three Guys Best Actor Winner
1994 Ti tian xing dao zhi sha xiong The prosecutor
1994 Xiang Gang qi an: Zhi xi xue gui li wang Tong Chi-Ming
1994 Yi xian sheng ji Inspector Kim Kuo-Hao
1994 Organized Crime & Triad Bureau Ho Kin Tung
1994 Guang Dong wu hu zhi tie quan wu di Sun Zhong Shan
1994 'Saang Gong yat ho tung chap faan Inspector Hung
1994 Gui mi xin qiao Liu Sheng-Ming
1994 Guai xia yi zhi mei
1995 Er yue san shi Raymond Shiu Chi-Li
1995 Hai shi jue de ni zui hao Wah Tino
1995 Jie fang chai ren Lau
1995 Ma lu ying xiong II: Fei fa sai che Doctor
1995 Xin fang ke Alan Tam
1995 The World of Treasure
1996 Tou tou ai ni
1996 Mongkok Story Lui Lone
1996 Xiu hua da dao
1996 Jing hua rou bo jiang jian dang
1996 Jin zhuang xiang jiao ju le bu Host/Inspector Wong/Mr. Shaw/John
1996 Zhong guo 'O' ji zhi xie xing qing ren Li Shu-pei
1996 Young and Dangerous 2 Tai Fai
1996 Ebola Syndrome Kai San
1996 Big Bullet Bird
1996 Young and Dangerous 3 Tai Fai
1996 Black Mask King Kau
1996 Viva Erotica Wong
1997 Armageddon Chiu Tai-Pang
1997 Hui zhuan shou shi Shing
1997 Young and Dangerous 4 Tai Fai
1997 Huo shao dao zhi heng hang Ba dao
1997 Ng yun ji dai
1997 Option Zero Sing
1998 The Untold Story 2 Officer Lazyboots
1998 Haunted Mansion Ah Gi's Husband
1998 The Demon's Baby Chin Hai-Ching Hoi
1998 Young and Dangerous 5 Tai Fei
1998 Beast Cops Tung
1998 Quan zhi da dao
1998 The Storm Riders Sword Saint
1998 Jiang jian xian jing Wong Lik-Tak
1999 Raped by an Angel 4: The Raper's Union Human Milk Drinking Doctor
1999 Wai Goh dik goo si
1999 A Lamb in Despair Charles
1999 Hak do fung wan ji sau chuk wong Chiu-chau Tsam
1999 Fascination Amour Eric
1999 Ordinary Heroes Peter Kam
1999 Gou hun e meng
1999 A Man Called Hero Pride
1999 Heaven of Hope Ah-Wah
1999 Baan gwat chai
1999 Hei she hui dang an zhi hei jin di guo
1999 Century of the Dragon Lam
1999 The Deadly Camp Boar
1999 The Mission Curtis
1999 The Legendary 'Tai Fei' Tai Fei
2000 Violent Cop Tai Pan Kim
2000 Evil Fade
2000 Nu nan jue
2000 Fist Power Charles Chau
2000 Those Were the Days... Dai Fei
2000 Q gei luen yan Lam
2000 Yau sau tung dong
2000 What Is a Good Teacher ching
2000 Time and Tide Uncle Ji
2000 Jiang hu: The Triad Zone Master Kwan Wan Cheung
2000 Miu meng ji tiu Wisdom
2000 Ai wo bie zou Rock
2000 Metade Fumaca
2000 Gen-X Cops 2: Metal Mayhem Dr. Tang
2001 United We Stand and Swim Coach Mao
2001 Yuk mong ji shing
2001 Runaway Ray
2001 Visible Secret Wong-Lin
2001 My Life as McDull School Principal (voice) and Logan (voice)
2002 Gwaai sau hok yuen
2002 Roaring Dragon, Bluffing Tiger
2002 Yi wen ji bao biao Peter's Dad
2002 Seung fei Joker's Father
2002 Just One Look Crazy
2002 Demi-Haunted Hung
2002 Infernal Affairs SP Wong Chi Shing
2003 Love Under the Sun
2003 Cat and Mouse Judge Bao Zheng
2003 The Twins Effect Prada
2003 Kap sze moon yat goh gei kooi Anthony
2003 Colour of the Truth S.P. Wong Jiang
2003 The Medallion Lester
2003 Fu bo
2003 Infernal Affairs II Inspector Wong Chi Shing
2003 Infernal Affairs III SP Wong Chi Shing
2003 Golden Chicken 2 Chow
2004 Magic Kitchen Tony Ho
2004 20 30 40 Shi Ge
2004 McDull, Prince de la Bun principal (voice)
2004 A-1 Headline Lam Hei Fei
2004 Kung Fu Soccer (TV series) Lam Chung Fu
2005 Slim till Dead Sergeant Tak
2005 House of Fury Yue Siu Bo
2005 2 Young Nam's Pop
2005 Initial D Bunta 'Tofuman' Fujiwara
2005 Mob Sister Whacko
2005 All About Love
2006 McDull, the Alumni
2006 Isabella Chen-Shing's boss
2006 On the Edge Lung
2006 Exiled blazed
2006 The Painted Veil Colonel Yu
2007 Sweet Revenge Ching Shing
2007 Dancing Lion Great Uncle
2007 Mr. Cinema Zhou Heung Kong
2007 Simply Actors Theatre janitor
2007 Secret Chiu
2007 The Sun Also Rises Teacher Liang
2007 Bullet and Brain Brain
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor General Yang
2008 Plastic City Yuda
2008 Ying han Dragon
2008 True Women for Sale Lau Fu-yi
2009 I Corrupt All Cops Unicorn Tang
2009 Vengeance Kwai
2009 McDull, Kung Fu Kindergarten Principal/Master/Xiongbao (voice)
2009 Turning Point Brother one
2009 The Last Night of Madam Chin Cheng Rong-fa
2010 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Liu Yutian
2011 Punished Wong Ho-chiu
2011 A Beautiful Life
2011 A Simple Life Grasshopper - Elderly home's owner
2011 The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake
2011 White Vengeance Fan Zeng
2012 Motorway Lo
2012 McDull: The Pork of Music principal
2012 The Four Zhuge Zhenwo
2012 Naked Soldier
2012 Westgate Tango
2013 Ip Man: The Final Fight Ip Man
2013 The Four II
2014 Golden Chicken 3
2014 The Four III
2014 McDull: Me & My Mum
2014 Gangster Payday
2015 Hot Blood Band
2015 12 Golden Ducks
2016 The Mobfathers
2016 McDull: Rise of the Rice Cooker
2017 Cook Up a Storm Mountain Ko
2017 The Sleep Curse
2017 77 Heartbreaks
2018 Still Human
2019 A Home with a View
2019 Declared Legally Dead
2022 The Sunny Side of the Street
TBA Initial D 2 Bunta Fujiwara

Television series[edit]


  • Equus (May 2014)
  • Le Dieu Du Carnage (August 2015)
  • Le Dieu Du Carnage (Re-run - January 2016)
  • Le Dieu Du Carnage (Huayi - Chinese Festival of Arts - February 2016)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (September 2016)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts - February 2017)
  • Speed-the-Plow (September 2017)

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film Result
1993 12th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Love: Now You See It... Now You Don't Nominated
1994 13th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor The Untold Story Won
Best Supporting Actor Rong shi qi an Nominated
1996 16th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Young and Dangerous 3 Nominated
1999 18th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Beast Cops Won
5th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Won
2000 19th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Ordinary Heroes Nominated
2002 39th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actor Seung fei Won
2003 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Just One Look Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Seung fei Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Infernal Affairs Won
40th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
9th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Won
2005 42nd Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actor Initial D Won
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Won
2006 25th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2014 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Ip Man: The Final Fight Nominated
2015 19th TVB Anniversary Awards Best Actor Lord of Shanghai Won
2018 25th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Still Human Won
2019 38th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Won
2020 25th Asian Television Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role The Republic Won
2022 59th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actor The Sunny Side of the Street Won
29th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards[25] Best Actor Nominated


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  2. ^ Botang Zhuo, Tong Cheuk Pak Hong Kong New Wave Cinema: (1978-2000) - 2008 Page 194 "Cheung, a senior police, is actually a traitor, working in complicity with Anthony Wong. ... Besides being in complicity with Anthony Wong, he also frequently made use of his position to interfere with Lee Sau- yin's movements, in order to enable ..."
  3. ^ Gina Marchetti Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs: The Trilogy -2007 Page 151- "Anthony Wong plays Tung who bridges both sides of the law in Gordon Chan and Dante Lam's Beast Cops (1998), and he won the 1999 Hong Kong Film Award for best actor for that role. Thus, the revelation that SP Wong is literally in bed ...
  4. ^ Linda Williams The erotic thriller in contemporary cinema 2005- Page 389 "A prolific action figure such as Anthony Wong, for instance, is able to star in the exemplary Cat III violent shocker The Untold Story (a Sweeny Toddesque tale of everyday cannibalism - he even got a Hong Kong Film Award for the role) or the ..."
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