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Tony Leung Ka-fai

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Tony Leung Ka-fai
Tony Leung Ka-fai in 2019
Born (1958-02-01) 1 February 1958 (age 66)
Years active1983–present
Jiang Jianian
(m. 1987)
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Actor
1984 Reign Behind the Curtain
1993 92 Legendary La Rose Noire
2005 Election
2012 Cold War
Best Supporting Actor
2004 Men Suddenly in Black

Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actor
2005 Everlasting Regret
2007 Eye in the Sky

Golden Horse AwardsBest Actor
1990 Farewell China
Best Supporting Actor
2007 The Drummer

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Tony Leung Ka-fai (simplified Chinese: 梁家辉; traditional Chinese: 梁家輝; born 1 February 1958) is a Hong Kong actor who is a four-time winner of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor.

As he is often confused with actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony," while Tony Leung Chiu-wai is known as "Little Tony,"[1] nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective age and physical statures.



Leung has been in the film industry for more than 30 years, starring in a variety of roles. His debut film was Burning of the Imperial Palace (1983), where he played the Xianfeng Emperor. He would later work with Chow Yun-fat in three films, Prison on Fire (1987), A Better Tomorrow 3 (1989), and God of Gamblers Returns (1994). He also appeared as Joyce Godenzi's husband in She Shoots Straight, Joyce's trademark film.

In 1991, Leung went to France to appear in Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover, based on Marguerite Duras's novel, as the older lover of a young teen schoolgirl, who was played by British actress Jane March.

Leung was originally asked to portray the title character of The Last Emperor (1987) but declined due to prior commitments. The role later went to John Lone.[2]

Leung went on to star in the international horror feature film Double Vision with American actor David Morse. His ongoing career has seen him star in films such as The Myth (2005), Everlasting Regret (2005) and Election (2005).

Leung won his fourth Best Actor award for his performance in Cold War at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards.[3]

He also starring in the music video of Mayday's song "Tough" in 2016.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Burning of Imperial Palace Xianfeng Emperor
Reign Behind a Curtain Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
1984 The Ghost Informer Tang
Cherie Hua
1985 Journey of the Doomed
1987 People's Hero Captain Chan
Lady in Black Chan Kin-sang
City Girl
Prison on Fire Lo Ka-yiu / 51910
1988 Gunmen Captain Ting Kwan Pik
My Mother's Tea House
The Laser Man Joey Cheung
1989 Sentenced to Hang Li Wai
Mr. Coconut cameo
A Better Tomorrow 3 Cheung Chi-mun
1990 Island of Fire Wei Wang / Andy
She Shoots Straight Inspector Huang Tsung-pao
Queen's Bench III
Farewell China Zhao Nansan Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor
1991 Alien Wife
Inspector Pink Dragon Ma Yau-yau
To Catch a Thief
Red and Black Liang Kwo-tung
Her Fatal Ways Wu Wei-kuo
This Thing Called Love
Au revoir mon amour Liang Seng
The Raid Masa
Blue Lightning Ching Hay
King of Chess Wong Yat-sang
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
The Banquet Leung
Center Stage Cai Chusheng
1992 New Dragon Gate Inn Chow Wai-on
Once Upon a Time a Hero in China Bad Egg Ken Shek
92 Legendary La Rose Noire Keith Lui Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
The Lover Chinese Man
1993 Boys Are Easy Simon Tse Sai
Ghost Lantern Fai
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father Tommy Chor Fan
Flying Dagger Hon Chung
The Eagle Shooting Heroes Duan Zhixing
Rose Rose I Love You Keith Lui / Johnny
The Black Panther Warriors Mang-po Fai
Tom, Dick and Hairy Dick Ching
Finale in Blood Fortune Teller
Lover of the Swindler Michael Chan Chun
A Touch of Class Lau Ching-man
Perfect Exchange Chung Chor-hung
All Men Are Brothers: Blood of the Leopard Lin Chong
1994 To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui Milky Fai
Always Be the Winners Hui Man Lung
I Will Wait for You So Yau-shing
The Long and Winding Road James
He and She Lai Chi-kai
God of Gamblers Returns Siu Fong-fong / "Little Trumpet"
It's a Wonderful Life Yum Kow-kwai
Ashes of Time Huang Yaoshi
Lover's Lover
1995 Dream Lover
The Winter of 1900
Lover of the Last Empress Prince Kung
A Touch of Evil Liang Shaolun
The Christ of Nanjing Ryuichi Okagawa
1996 Evening Liaison Xu
1997 Destination: 9th Heaven Chiang Shan
Island of Greed Chao Chiu-sen Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
1999 Love Will Tear Us Apart Jian
Victim Pit
2000 Okinawa Rendez-vous Law Wan-dat
Jiang hu: The Triad Zone Jimmy Yam Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2001 The Treatment Xu Datong
2002 Double Vision Huang Huo-tu Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Zhou Yu's Train Chen Qing
Golden Chicken Professor Chan
2003 Good Times, Bed Times
Men Suddenly in Black Ninth uncle Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Spy Dad Jones Bon
2004 20 30 40 Zhang Shijie "Jerry"
Sex and the Beauties Dick Yan
PaPa Loves You Yam Mo-ying
Fear of Intimacy Fai
Throw Down Lee Kong
The Twins Effect II Master Blackwood
Three... Extremes Lee
Dumplings Mr. Li Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
A-1 Headline Chief Editor Terrence Tsang Tat-si
2005 On the Mountain of Tai Hang He Bingyan
The Myth William
Election Big D Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Everlasting Regret Mr. Cheng Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2006 My Name Is Fame Himself
2007 Eye in the Sky Chan Chong-shan
It's a Wonderful Life But Sau-kong (Stainless Steel)
Lost in Beijing Lin Dong
The Drummer Kwan
2008 Missing
Iron Road Book Man Two-part miniseries
2009 I Corrupt All Cops Chief inspector Lak Chui
Bodyguards and Assassins Chen Shaobai
The Founding of a Republic CPPCC member
2010 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Shatuo Zhong Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Energy Behind the Heart
Bruce Lee, My Brother Lee Hoi-chuen Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Kiss, His First
2011 I Love Hong Kong Ng Shun
Cold Steel
The Devil Inside Me Jiang Mu
2012 Cold War Waise M.B. Lee Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Tai Chi 0 Chen Changxing
Tai Chi Hero
2013 Better and Better Chef Zhou
Tales from the Dark 1 Ho Ho [4]
2014 Golden Chicken 3 Professor Chan Cameo
Beijing Love Story Liu Hui
Horseplay Lee Tan, the Nine-Tailed Fox
Rise of the Legend Wong Kei-ying Cameo
The Taking of Tiger Mountain Hawk Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Who is Undercover Wang Feng
2015 Lost and Love Jiangxi traffic cop Cameo
2016 Lost in White Zhou Peng
Cold War 2 Waise Lee
League of Gods King Zhou of Shang
2017 Our Time Will Come Zheng Jiabin Nominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor
2018 Asura Asura King, Head of Desire
2019 Midnight Diner Uncle Directorial debut
Chasing the Dragon II: Wild Wild Bunch Logan Lung
2021 Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong Crippled Ho
All U Need Is Love Yam Yan-kau
TBD Sons of the Neon Night
Return of the Lucky Stars


  1. ^ Parkes, Douglas (1 February 2020). "Tony Leung Ka-fai's 5 best films". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Don't call me sexy, says Lover man". South China Morning Post. 18 April 1993. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  3. ^ "32nd Hong Kong Film Awards 2013". HK Neo Reviews. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  4. ^ Elley, Derek (14 October 2013). "Tales from the Dark 1". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.