Stephen Chow

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Stephen Chow
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Stephen Chow in 2008.
Born (1962-06-22) 22 June 1962 (age 58)
  • Director
  • film producer
  • playwright
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • political advisor
Years active1980–present
  • Chow Yik Sheung (father)
  • Ling Po Yee (mother)
FamilyChow Man Kei (sister)
Chow Sing Ha (sister)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese周星馳
Simplified Chinese周星驰
Cantonese YaleJāu Sīngchìh

Stephen Chow Sing Chi (Chinese: , born 22 June 1962) is a Hong Kong filmmaker,[1] actor,[2][3] producer, political adviser of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference,[4][5] and martial artist.

Early life and education[edit]

Chow was born in Hong Kong on 22 June 1962 to Ling Po Yee (凌寶兒), an alumnus of Guangzhou Normal University, and Chow Yik Sheung (周驛尚), an immigrant from Ningbo, Zhejiang.[6] Chow has an elder sister named Chow Man Kei (周文姬) and a younger sister named Chow Sing Ha (周星霞).[7] 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.[8] After his parents divorced when he was seven, Chow was raised by his mother.[8] 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.[9] When he was nine, he saw Bruce Lee's film The Big Boss, which inspired him to become a martial arts star.[10] Chow entered San Marino Secondary School, where he studied alongside Lee Kin-yan.[10] After graduation, he was accepted to TVB's acting classes.[11]


Chow began his career as a temporary actor on television.[12] He graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982. Chow began to find some success with the children's programme 430 Space Shuttle. In 1988, Chow entered the movie industry through the film Final Justice, which won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.[13]

Chow shot to stardom in The Final Combat (1989).[14] The following decade, he appeared in more than 40 films.[15] 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, China began to warm to his films and he became the Stephen Chow Phenomenon (周星驰现象).[16][17][18][19]

2001–2010: Acting in mainland China[edit]

In 2001, his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over US$50 million worldwide.[20][21][22][23] 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.[24]

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 twenty international awards.[25]

His film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo.[26] In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7, a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6.[27] CJ7 became the highest-grossing film of all time in Malaysia.[28]

2010–present: Focus on directing[edit]

In 2013, his film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time.[29]

In 2016, his film The Mermaid broke numerous box office records,[30] and became the highest-grossing film of all time in China.[31]

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[32] and is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Asia.[33]

Chow became the ninth-top-grossing Hollywood Director in 2016.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Chow's former girlfriend was Karen Mok who has starred alongside with him in several movies [35]. Chow had a ten year relationship with Yu Wenfeng until 2010.[36]


Year English Title Chinese title Role Award
1988 Final Justice 霹靂先鋒 Actor
1988 My Father's Son (TV series) 鬥氣一族 Actor
1988 Faithfully Yours 最佳女婿 Actor
1988 He Who Chases After the Wind 捕風漢子 Actor
1989 The Final Combat (TV series) 蓋世豪俠 Actor
1989 The Justice of Life (TV series) 他來自江湖 Actor
1989 Thunder Cops II 贼公差婆 Actor
1989 Just Heroes 義膽群英 Actor
1989 Dragon Fight 龍在天涯 Actor
1990 Love Is Love 望夫成龍 Actor
1990 My Hero 一本漫畫闖天涯 Actor
1990 Lung Fung Restaurant 龍鳳茶樓 Actor
1990 Curry and Pepper 咖喱辣椒 Actor
1990 Sleazy Dizzy 小偷阿星 Actor
1990 Look Out, Officer! 師兄撞鬼 Actor
1990 All for the Winner 賭聖 Actor
1990 When Fortune Smiles 無敵幸運星 Actor
1990 Triad Story 江湖最後一個大佬 Actor
1990 Legend of the Dragon 龍的傳人 Actor
1990 The Unmatchable Match 風雨同路 Actor
1990 It runs in the Family 孖仔孖心肝 Actor
1991 Crazy Safari 非洲和尚 Actor
1991 God of Gamblers II 賭俠 Actor
1991 The Top Bet 賭霸 Actor
1991 Fist of Fury 1991 新精武門1991 Actor
1991 Fight Back to School 逃學威龍 Actor
1991 God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai 賭俠2之上海灘賭聖 Actor
1991 The Magnificent Scoundrels 情聖 Actor
1991 The Banquet 豪門夜宴 Actor
1991 Tricky Brains 整蠱專家 Actor
1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II 漫畫威龍 Actor
1992 All's Well, Ends Well 家有囍事 Actor
1992 Fight Back to School II 逃學威龍2 Actor
1992 Justice, My Foot! 審死官 Actor
1992 Royal Tramp 鹿鼎記 Actor
1992 Royal Tramp II 鹿鼎記2神龍教 Actor
1992 King of Beggars 武狀元蘇乞兒 Actor
1992 The Thief of Time 群星會 Actor
1993 Fight Back to School III 逃學威龍3之龍過雞年 Actor
1993 Flirting Scholar 唐伯虎點秋香 Director, Actor
1993 The Mad Monk 濟公 Actor
1994 Love on Delivery 破壞之王 Director, Actor
1994 Hail the Judge 九品芝麻官 Actor
1994 From Beijing with Love 國產凌凌漆 Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒 Actor
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella 西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣 Actor
1995 Out of the Dark 回魂夜 Actor
1995 Sixty Million Dollar Man 百變星君 Actor
1996 Forbidden City Cop 大內密探零零發 Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1996 The God of Cookery 食神 Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 97家有囍事 Actor
1997 Lawyer Lawyer 算死草 Actor
1998 The Lucky Guy 行運一條龍 Actor
1999 The Tricky Master 千王之王2000 Actor
1999 King of Comedy 喜劇之王 Director, Screenwriter, Actor
2001 Shaolin Soccer[37] 少林足球[38] Director, Screenwriter, Actor
2004 Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
2008 CJ7 長江七號 Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor
2008 Shaolin Girl 少林少女 Producer
2009 Jump 跳出去 Producer
2009 Dragonball Evolution 七龍珠 Producer
2010 CJ7: The Cartoon 長江7號愛地球 Producer
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西遊·降魔篇 Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2016 The Mermaid[39] 美人魚 Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2017 Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 西遊伏妖篇 Producer
2019 The New King of Comedy 新喜劇之王 Producer, Director, Screenwriter
2019 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons TV 劇版西遊降魔篇 Producer
2019 The Mermaid TV 劇版美人魚[40] Producer
2020 The Mermaid 2 美人魚2 Director, Producer, Screenwriter
2020 Kung Fu Hustle 2 功夫2 Director, Producer, Screenwriter


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
  • 1996: Best Actor for A Chinese Odyssey
  • 2002: Best Director for Shaolin Soccer
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
BAFTA Awards
  • 2006: nomination: Best Film not in the English Language for Kung Fu Hustle
Golden Globe Award


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  19. ^ 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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  40. ^ "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.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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