Sean Lau

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Sean Lau
Chinese name 劉青雲 (traditional)
Pinyin Líu Qīngyún (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Cing1-wan4 (Cantonese)
Born (1964-02-16) 16 February 1964 (age 53)
Hong Kong
Spouse(s) Amy Kwok (m. 1998)
Ancestry Sanshui, Guangdong, China

Sean Lau Ching-wan (born 16 February 1964) is a Hong Kong actor who has acted in both films and television series. He won Best Actor in the 2007 and 2015 Hong Kong Film Awards and in the 2000 and 2007 Golden Bauhinia Awards.

Lau was born in Hong Kong in 1964. He joined the TVB acting classes in 1983 and made his first appearance on television in the following year in the drama Draw Out the Rainbow. Dark-skinned with no matinee-idol look, he struggled with minor roles until the immensely popular stock market drama The Greed of Man (1992), where he first achieved his leading man status, and acted opposite Adam Cheng. His wife, Amy Kwok, who won the Miss Hong Kong Pageant in 1991, is also a well-known former television actress and co-starred with him on The Greed of Man. Lau starred in two series with ATV in 1991 and again in 2000.

Lau is one of few Hong Kong actors who has made the successful transition from television to film; he has appeared in more than a hundred films since 1986.

Career[edit]

Lau made his film debut in 1986 and since then has been cast in numerous roles. His critically acclaimed roles include acting opposite Anita Yuen as a down-and-out musician in C'est la vie, mon chéri (1993) and in a number of cop thrillers, such as Big Bullet (1996), Full Alert (1997), The Longest Nite (1998), Running out of Time (1999), Running Out of Time 2 (2001) and Mad Detective (2007). He is considered one of Hong Kong's most versatile actors, known for his comedic roles as well, such as in La Brassiere (2001) and Three of a Kind (2003).

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Network Notes
1983 Woman on the Beat 警花出更 TVB Jade Bit part
1983 Hong Kong '83 香港八三 TVB Jade Bit part
1983 The Man in the Middle 夾心人 TVB Jade
  • Alternative title: Sandwiches
  • Bit part
1984 The Fearless Duo 天師執位 TVB Jade Bit part
1984 The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung 楚留香之蝙蝠傳奇 TVB Jade Bit part
1984 Rainbow Round My Shoulder 畫出彩虹 Law Ka-kan TVB Jade
1984 Police Cadet '84 新紮師兄 Ngai-fung / Fit Lo TVB Jade
1984 Qiu Jin: A Woman to Remember 秋瑾 Yeung Hok-ling TVB Jade
1984 It's A Long Way Home 家有嬌妻 Dang Hin-coeng TVB Jade
1984 The Smiling, Proud Wanderer 笑傲江湖 Mai Wai-ji TVB Jade
1984 The Duke of Mount Deer 鹿鼎記 Wan Yau-fong TVB Jade
1985 Take Care, Your Highness! 皇上保重 Chiu Nam-sing TVB Jade
1985 The Fallen Family 武林世家 TVB Jade
1985 The Pit Fall 種計 TVB Jade
1985 Police Cadet '85 新紮師兄續集 Ngai-fung / Fit Lo TVB Jade
1985 The Battle Among the Clans 大香港 Lam Cho TVB Jade
1986 Movie Maze 銀色旅途 TVB Jade
1986 The Superlative Affections 赤腳紳士 TVB Jade
1987 Genghis Khan 成吉思汗 Chilaun TVB Jade
1987 When Silken Hands Get Rough 靜待黎明 TVB Jade
1987 The Grand Canal 大運河 TVB Jade
1987 Born to Be a King 大明群英 TVB Jade
1987 The Dragon Sword 天龍神劍 TVB Jade
1987 The Runaway 血網迷情 TVB Jade
1988 Twilight of a Nation 太平天國 Siu Chiu-kwai TVB Jade
1988 The Story of Two Women 藍色時份 TVB Jade
1988 Destined to Rebel 薛剛反唐 TVB Jade
1988 And Yet We Live 當代男兒 TVB Jade
1989 The Shanghai Conspiracy 上海大風暴 TVB Jade
1989 The Fatal Game 遊戲邊緣 Mike TVB Jade
1989 My Son-In-Law 婆媽女婿 TVB Jade
1990 It Runs in the Family 孖仔孖心肝 TVB Jade
1990 A Time of Taste 燃燒歲月 TVB Jade
1990 A World Apart 水鄉危情 TVB Jade
1990 The Challenge of Life 人在邊緣 TVB Jade
1991 Heartbreak Blues 與郎共舞 TVB Jade
1991 Generation Empress 一代皇后大玉兒 Asia Television
1992 The Greed of Man 大時代 Fong Chin-bok TVB Jade
2000 Divine Retribution 世紀之戰 Fong San-hap Asia Television

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1986 Silent Love 聽不到的說話 Kelly Mak
1988 Set Me Free! 我要逃亡
1988 Police Story 2 警察故事續集 CID in restaurant
1989 Live Hard 鐵膽雄風 Fai / Chief
1989 My Dear Son 我要富貴 Maddy
1991 The Roar of the Vietnamese 越青 Fan Wan-tin
1992 Angel Hunter 女校風雲之邪教入侵 Jack Chow Man-kit
1992 The Happy Massage Girls 快樂按摩女郎
1992 Tulips in August 八月鬱金香
1992 The Shootout 危險情人 Liu
1993 Thou Shalt Not Swear 七月十四 Chow's sidekick
1993 C'est la vie, mon chéri 新不了情 Kit
1993 Executioners 現代豪俠傳 Tak
1993 The Gods Must Be Crazy IV 香港也瘋狂 / 非洲先生 John alternative title: Crazy Hong Kong
1993 All Men Are Brothers: Blood of the Leopard 水滸傳之英雄本色 Tso Wu
1993 Pink Bomb 人生得意衰盡歡 Daniel
1994 Bomb Disposal Officer: Baby Bomb 拆彈專家寶貝炸彈 Peter Chan
1994 I Wanna Be Your Man!!! 神探磨轆 / 聰明笨探 Liu Che-mo
1994 The Most Wanted 龍虎新風雲 Black Cat / Ho Chi-yung
1994 Don't Shoot Me, I'm Just a Violinist! 山雞變鳳凰 Mozart
1994 Oh! My Three Guys 三個相愛的少年 Ching Yu-hoi
1994 Beginner's Luck 運財童子 / 狂賭一族出頭天 Mark
1994 Tears and Triumph 昨夜長風 Xie Shi-wen
1994 The Tragic Fantasy - Tiger of Wanchai 醉生夢死的灣仔之虎 Dee alternative title: The Tragic Fantasy - Tiger of Waichai
1994 Return to a Better Tomorrow 新英雄本色 Lobster Tsui
1994 Shanghai Fever 股瘋 Alan Tam
1994 The Third Full Moon 正月十五之一生一世 Inspector Lau
1994 Hello! Who Is It? 喂,搵邊位? Officer Ma Fai
1994 I've Got You, Babe!!! 播種情人 Charcoal Lau
1994 It's a Wonderful Life 大富之家 Hou Chung
1995 Sea Root 海根 / 後現代男女 Sea Root
1995 The Golden Girls 山水有相逢 Chun Wai
1995 Romantic Dream 追女仔95之綺夢 Hung Chi-lung
1995 Loving You 無味神探 Lau Chun-hoi
1995 Once in a Lifetime 終身大事 Kei-on
1995 Happy Hour 歡樂時光 Chong Tsang
1995 Tricky Business 整蠱王 Ko Hing
1995 Mother of a Different Kind 不一樣的媽媽 Cheung Hung
1995 Mack the Knife 流氓醫生 Chiu alternative title: Dr. Mack
1995 Only Fools Fall in Love 呆佬拜壽 / 新威龍闖天關—傻瓜與野丫頭 Chiu Ford
1995 New Tenant 新房客 Joe Cameo
1995 The World of Treasure 富貴人間 Lion Dancer
  • alternative title: Land of Treasure
  • Cameo
1996 Viva Erotica 色情男女 / 聲色男女 Yee Tung-sing
1996 Black Mask 黑俠 Shek Wai-ho
1996 Muto Bontie 摩登菩呢提 / 錯體陽謀 Lam Chak-chi
1996 Big Bullet 衝鋒隊─怒火街頭 / EU衝鋒隊 Sergeant Bill Chu alternative title: EU Strike Force
1996 Tristar 大三元 Lau Ching-fatt
1996 Beyond Hypothermia 攝氏32度 Long
1997 Full Alert 高度戒備 Inspector Pao
1997 Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 一個字頭的誕生 Kau
1997 Final Justice 最後判決 Father Li Chi-ho
1997 Lifeline 十萬火急 / 烈火雄心119 Chief Yau Sui
1997 My Dad Is a Jerk! 對不起,多謝你 Li Lap-cheong
1998 A Hero Never Dies 真心英雄 Martin
1998 Expect the Unexpected 非常突然 Sam
1998 Step Into the Dark 夜半無人屍語時 Dr. Care Kwan
1998 The Longest Nite 暗花 / 暗花之殺人條件 Tony alternative title: The Longest Night
1999 The Victim 目露凶光 Manson Ma
1999 The H.K. Triad O記三合會檔案 Ho alternative title: The Hong Kong Triad
1999 Where a Good Man Goes 再見阿郎 Michael Cheung
1999 Running Out of Time 暗戰 Inspector Ho Sheung-sang
2001 Lunch with Charles 與查理斯午餐 Tong
2001 Running Out of Time 2 暗戰2 Inspector Ho Sheung-sang
2001 La Brassiere 絕世好Bra Johnny
2002 Fat Choi Spirit 嚦咕嚦咕新年財 Ching Wan
2002 Mighty Baby 絕世好B Johnny Hung
2002 My Left Eye Sees Ghosts 我左眼見到鬼 Ken Wong / Sam Wong
2003 1:99 Shorts 1:99 電影行動 / 一比九十九電影行動 alternative title: 1:99 Short Film Series
2003 Lost in Time 忘不了 Hale
2003 Good Times, Bed Times 戀上你的床 Magistrate Raymond
2003 Colour of the Truth 黑白森林 7 Up
2004 Three of a Kind 煎釀三寶 Frankie
2004 The Attractive One 身驕肉貴 Hugo
2004 Driving Miss Wealthy 絕世好賓 / 窈窕淑女 Mario
2004 Itchy Heart 七年很癢 / 7年很癢 Poon Chi-man
2004 Fantasia 鬼馬狂想曲 Director Man
2005 Himalaya Singh 喜馬拉亞星 Panic
2006 The Shopaholics 最愛女人購物狂 / 購物狂 Choosey Lee Kan-yan
2006 My Name is Fame 我要成名 Poon Kar-fai
2007 Mad Detective 神探 Chan Kwai-bun
2009 Overheard 竊聽風雲 Johnny Leung alternative title: Wiretap
2009 Written By 再生號 Tony Tong
2009 Poker King 撲克王 Uno
2011 Life Without Principle 奪命金 Panther alternative title: Death of a Hostage
2011 Overheard 2 竊聽風雲2 Manson Lo Man-sang
2012 The Fairy Tale Killer 追凶 / 完美童話 / 索命童話 Inspector Wong Wai-han alternative title: Perfect Fairy Tale
2012 The Great Magician 大魔術師 General Lei
2012 The Bullet Vanishes 消失的子彈 Inspector Song Donglu alternative title: Ghost Bullets / Disappeared Bullets / Lost Bullets
2013 Out of Inferno 逃出生天 / 逃出生天3D Mak Tai-kwan alternative title: Inferno 3D
2013 The White Storm 掃毒 / 變役 Ma Ho-tin alternative title: Metamorphosis / The Cartel War
2014 Overheard 3 竊聽風雲3 Luk Kam-keung
2015 Insanity 暴瘋語 Fan Kwok-sang
2015 Tale of Three Cities 三城記 Fang Daolong
2015 The Vanished Murderer 消失的兇手 Song Donglu alternative title: The Bullet Vanishes 2 / The Murderer Vanishes
2016 Call of Heroes 危城 / 危城殲霸 Yang Kenan alternative title: The Deadly Reclaim
2016 Heartfall Arises 驚心破 / 驚天破 Calvin Che
2017 Dealer/Healer 毒。誡 Chan Wah
2018 My Pet is an Elephant 我的寵物是大象 Qi Wei Post-production
2019 Warriors of Future 明日戰記 Filming

Dubbing[edit]

Lau has also done voiceover work for films:

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1994 Over the Rainbow, Under the Skirt 記得香蕉成熟時II初戀情人 Narrator alternative title: Yesterday You, Yesterday Me II
1997 Yesterday You, Yesterday Me 記得…香蕉成熟時3為妳鍾情 Yeung Shing-bo at 32 Voice
1999 Toy Story 2 N/A Buzz Lightyear Hong Kong version
2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks 黑俠 II Wolf
  • alternative title: Black Mask II
  • Cantonese voice
2003 Finding Nemo N/A Marlin Hong Kong version
2004 Garfield: The Movie N/A Garfield Hong Kong version
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties N/A Garfield Hong Kong version
2007 The Secret of the Magic Gourd 寶葫蘆的秘密 / 魔法小葫蘆 Magic Gourd alternative title: The Magic Gourd
2009 Garfield's Pet Force N/A Garfield Hong Kong version
2010 Toy Story 3 N/A Buzz Lightyear Hong Kong version
2011 The Lost Bladesman 關雲長 Cao Cao Hong Kong version
2016 Finding Dory N/A Marlin Hong Kong version
2017 The Lego Batman Movie N/A Bruce Wayne / Batman Hong Kong version

Host[edit]

Year Event Notes
2016 35th Hong Kong Film Awards Master of ceremonies

Awards and nominations[edit]

Lau has won Best Actor Awards at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards in 1997, 2001, 2011, 2014 and the Golden Bauhinia Awards in 1999 and 2007. He also won his first Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2007 for his performance in the film, My Name is Fame. He won his first Golden Horse Award in 2012 for his performance in Life Without Principle.

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1994 14th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Thou Shalt Not Swear Nominated
C'est la vie, mon chéri Nominated
1996 16th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Big Bullet Nominated
1997 17th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Full Alert Nominated
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Won
1998 18th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor The Longest Nite Nominated
1999 19th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor The Victim Nominated
36th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Nominated
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Nominated
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Where a Good Man Goes Won
2001 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor La Brassiere Won
2003 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Lost in Time Nominated
2006 26th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor My Name is Fame Won
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Won
2007 27th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Mad Detective Nominated
2009 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Overheard Nominated
2011 31st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Life Without Principle Nominated
Overheard 2 Nominated
2012 49th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Life Without Principle Won
55th Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Life Without Principle Nominated
2014 51st Golden Horse Awards Best Actor The White Storm Nominated
2015 21st Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Overheard 3 Won
34th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Won
Best Actor Insanity Nominated

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