|Pronunciation||Jāu Sīngchìh (Cantonese Yale)|
Stephen Chow Sing-chi
22 June 1962
|Years active||As Director|
|Cantonese Yale||Jāu Sīngchìh|
Stephen Chow Sing-chi (Chinese: 周星馳, born 22 June 1962) is a Hong Kong filmmaker, former actor and comedian, known for Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle.
Early life and education
Stephen Chow was born in Hong Kong on 22 June 1962 to Ling Po-yee (凌寶兒), an alumna of Guangzhou Normal University, and Chow Yik-sheung (周驛尚), an immigrant from Ningbo, Zhejiang. Chow has an elder sister named Chow Man-kei (周文姬) and a younger sister named Chow Sing-ha (周星霞). Chow's given name "Sing-chi" (星馳) derives from Tang dynasty (618–907) Chinese poet Wang Bo's essay Preface to the Prince of Teng's Pavilion. After his parents divorced when he was seven, Chow was raised by his mother. Chow attended Heep Woh Primary School, a missionary school attached to the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China in Prince Edward Road, Kowloon Peninsula. When he was nine, he saw Bruce Lee's film The Big Boss, which inspired him to become a martial arts star. Chow entered San Marino Secondary School, where he studied alongside Lee Kin-yan. After graduation, he was accepted to TVB's acting classes.
Chow began his career as an extra for Rediffusion Television. He later joined TVB in 1982. He captured the attention of the public as host of the TVB Jade children's program 430 Space Shuttle.
Chow made his film debut in the 1988 film Final Justice, which won him the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards.
Chow shot to stardom in The Final Combat (1989). The following decade, he appeared in more than 40 films. Fight Back to School (1991) became Hong Kong's top-grossing film of all time. In 1994, he began directing films, starting with From Beijing with Love. In the latter half of the 1990s, Chow became very famous in mainland China, leading to the Stephen Chow Phenomenon (周星驰现象).
2001–2010 International stardom
In 2001, his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over US$50 million worldwide. Chow won Best Director and Best Actor at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards, and the film went on to garner additional awards including a Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Picture and Best Director. It was the highest-grossing Chinese film in Hong Kong at the time, grossing $46 million in the Asia region.
In 2004, his film Kung Fu Hustle grossed over US$106 million worldwide. Chow also won Best Director at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and Best Picture of Imagine Film Festival as well as over twenty international awards. Comedian Bill Murray said that the film was "the supreme achievement of the modern age in terms of comedy" .
His film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo. In August 2007, the film was given the title CJ7, a play on China's successful Shenzhou crewed space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6. CJ7 became the highest-grossing film of all time in Malaysia.
For his work in comedy, he has received praise from notable institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which has called him the King of Comedy.
2010–present: Focus on directing
In 2010, he became the executive director and major shareholder of 比高集團(BingoGroup Limited).
In 2013, his film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons was the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time.
In 2016, his film The Mermaid broke numerous box office records, and became the highest-grossing film of all time in China. The Mermaid was released in Vietnam on 10 February 2016. On 14 March, it became the third-highest-grossing film of all time in Vietnam. It has now grossed over US$553.81 million worldwide. Chow became the ninth-top-grossing Hollywood Director in 2016.
Chow dated Karen Mok, who has starred alongside him in several films. Chow had a ten-year relationship with Yu Wenfeng until 2010.
|Year||English title||Director||Writer||Producer||Chinese title||Notes|
|1994||From Beijing with Love||Yes||Yes||No||國產凌凌漆||Co-directed with Lee Lik-chi|
|1996||Forbidden City Cop||Yes||Yes||No||大內密探零零發||Co-directed with Vincent Kok|
|The God of Cookery||Yes||Yes||No||食神||Co-directed with Lee Lik-chi|
|1999||King of Comedy||Yes||Yes||No||喜劇之王|
|2004||Kung Fu Hustle||Yes||Yes||Yes||功夫|
|2013||Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons||Yes||Yes||Yes||西遊·降魔篇||Co-directed with Derek Kwok|
|2019||The New King of Comedy||Yes||Yes||Yes||新喜劇之王|
As producer only
|Year||English title||Chinese title|
|2010||CJ7: The Cartoon||長江7號愛地球|
|2017||Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back||西遊伏妖篇|
|2019||Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons TV||劇版西遊降魔篇|
|The Mermaid TV||劇版美人魚|
|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
|Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
|Utah Film Critics Association Awards
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
|Golden Globe Award
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- ^ Tencent： WeChat's icon is made of Stephen Chow's action, xinhua
- ^ SINA：2001年5月2日晚，周星驰到访北京大学，在百周年纪念讲堂直接面对北大的学生与网友。近5、6年来由各著名高校的学生倡导形成的“周星驰热”也终于达到了一个高潮。周星驰和他的电影的影响已经远远超出了大屏幕的范围，渗透到了当今中国的文化甚至是日常生活中。
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- ^ box office mojo: CJ7 $3,695,033 > Titanic $2,764,733 in Malaysia
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- ^ The Hollywood Reporter (7 December 2016). "Stephen Chow's last two films set all-time China box-office records at the time of their release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
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- ^ "Stephen Chow in China=Star War in American". Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- ^ "NO.1 star in China -- Stephen Chow". Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- ^ "Stephen Chow Movie: The Mermaid Worldwide Box Office: US$553.81 million". Forbes.
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- ^ "Stephen Chow and Yu WenFeng Split After 10 Years Together". JayneStars.com. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
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- ^ "掘金星爷：爱奇艺为剧版《美人鱼》和《西游降魔篇》花了7.08亿".
- Hua, Cheng (2016). 《周星驰：做人如果没有梦想，跟咸鱼有什么分别》 [Stephen Chow: Without Dream, What's the Difference between Men And Salted Fish] (in Chinese). Xicheng District, Beijing: Sino-Culture Press. ISBN 978-7-5075-4635-4.
- 1962 births
- Living people
- Male actors from Zhejiang
- Members of the Election Committee of Hong Kong, 2012–2017
- 20th-century Hong Kong male actors
- 21st-century Hong Kong male actors
- Hong Kong film directors
- Hong Kong film producers
- Hong Kong screenwriters
- Hong Kong male film actors
- Hong Kong male television actors
- Hong Kong male comedians
- Hong Kong martial artists
- Hong Kong philanthropists
- Hong Kong television presenters
- Hong Kong idols
- TVB veteran actors