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Birth information

18 May 1955 Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Given Name

Chow Yun Fat

Nickname

Faat Tsai
Faat "Gor"

How tall is Yun-Fat Chow?

1.86 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jasmine Chow
On-On Yu

Life Story of Yun-Fat Chow

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong, near its famous Victoria Harbour. His mother was a vegetable farmer and cleaning lady, and his father worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. Chow's family moved to urban Hong Kong in 1965 and in early 1973, Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks and easy-going style, Chow was originally a heartthrob actor in non-demanding TV and film roles. However, his popularity increased with his appearance as white-suited gangster Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular drama TV series Shanghai Beach (1980).

In 1985, Chow started receiving acclaim for his work and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Hong Kong 1941 (1984). With these accolades, Chow came to the attention of Woo, who cast Chow...

Significant features of Yun-Fat Chow

Chow often is seen with a trademark toothpick in his mouth, particularly in his films with John Woo.
The action superstar can be seen in most of his movies with twin guns (usually two Beretta 92s) and dark shades during a gunfight.

What movies did Yun-Fat Chow play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Cold War III Oswald Kan, Project Gutenberg (2018) Painter, The Monkey King: The Legend Begins (2016) Jade Emperor, Cold War II (2016) Oswald Kan, From Vegas to Macau III (2016) Ken Shek / Ko Chun, Design for Living (2015) Ho Chung Ping, From Vegas to Macau II (2015) Ken / Ko Chun, The Man from Macau (2014) Ken, The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace (2014) Jade Emperor, The Last Tycoon (2012) Cheng Daiqi, The Assassins (2012) Cao Cao, Beginning of the Great Revival (2011) Yuan Shikai, Let the Bullets Fly - Tödliche Kugeln (2010) Master Huang, Shanghai (2010)...

Birth information

18 May 1955 Lamma Island, Hong Kong

Given Name

Chow Yun Fat

Nickname

Faat Tsai
Faat "Gor"

How tall is Yun-Fat Chow?

1.86 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Jasmine Chow
On-On Yu

Life Story of Yun-Fat Chow

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then-British colony of Hong Kong, near its famous Victoria Harbour. His mother was a vegetable farmer and cleaning lady, and his father worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. Chow's family moved to urban Hong Kong in 1965 and in early 1973, Chow attended a casting call for TVB, a division of Shaw Bros. productions. With his good looks and easy-going style, Chow was originally a heartthrob actor in non-demanding TV and film roles. However, his popularity increased with his appearance as white-suited gangster Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular drama TV series Shanghai Beach (1980).

In 1985, Chow started receiving acclaim for his work and scored the Golden Horse (Best Actor) Award in Taiwan and another Best Actor Award from the Asian Pacific Film Festival for his performance in Hong Kong 1941 (1984). With these accolades, Chow came to the attention of Woo, who cast Chow...

Significant features of Yun-Fat Chow

Chow often is seen with a trademark toothpick in his mouth, particularly in his films with John Woo.
The action superstar can be seen in most of his movies with twin guns (usually two Beretta 92s) and dark shades during a gunfight.

What movies did Yun-Fat Chow play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Cold War III Oswald Kan, Project Gutenberg (2018) Painter, The Monkey King: The Legend Begins (2016) Jade Emperor, Cold War II (2016) Oswald Kan, From Vegas to Macau III (2016) Ken Shek / Ko Chun, Design for Living (2015) Ho Chung Ping, From Vegas to Macau II (2015) Ken / Ko Chun, The Man from Macau (2014) Ken, The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace (2014) Jade Emperor, The Last Tycoon (2012) Cheng Daiqi, The Assassins (2012) Cao Cao, Beginning of the Great Revival (2011) Yuan Shikai, Let the Bullets Fly - Tödliche Kugeln (2010) Master Huang, Shanghai (2010)...

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Yun-Fat Chow, Nick Cheung, and Andy Lau in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Won Hong Kong's Academy "Best Actor" Awards Three Times: A Better Tomorrow, 1987. City On Fire, 1988, All About Ah Long, 1990.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Won Taiwan's Golden Horse "Best Actor" Awards Two Times: Hong Kong 1941,1985. An Autumn's Tale, 1987.

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Yun-Fat Chow and Jacky Cheung in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Won Asian Pacific Festival "Best Actor" Award for Hong Kong 1941, 1985.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Chow Yun-Fat was born of the Hakkha (aka Ha Ka) race, an ethnic group from China that has moved from one region to another without taking up permanent residence since the ancient times. The Hakkha dialect is now the second most popular dialect in Taiwan.

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Yun-Fat Chow, Nick Cheung, Andy Lau, and Yuchun Li in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

CineAsia, the Asian Theatre Owners Convention, named Chow the Star of the Decade.

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Yun-Fat Chow and Andy Lau in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Chosen one of 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Before going to work on a movie each day, he goes to the nearest market and buys some fresh fruit.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Du cheng feng yun III (2016)

Sponsors a lot of charity events such as "National Wildlife" and many others.

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Yun-Fat Chow and Charles Heung in Hard Game (1994)

Unusually tall by Chinese standards, he was often a head taller than his co-stars in his Hong Kong films, female or male.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Hard Game (1994)

Tri-lingual, speaking Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Dou san (1989)

Credited as Chow Anderson in the Philippines in his earlier films.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Dou san (1989)

He helped Andy Lau in his movie career, after it almost crashed when he refused to sign a contract with TVB, which made him blacklisted from Hong Kong Television.

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Yun-Fat Chow and Andy Lau in Dou san (1989)

He and Andy Lau made 4 movies together: China White Teil 2 (1987), Rich and Famous (1987), God of Gamblers (1989), and God of Gamblers II (1990). They also made two TV-series together: Yang ka cheung (1986) and The Legend of Master So (1982).

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Yun-Fat Chow in Lung foo fung wan (1987)

After a first unsuccessful marriage with a fellow Hong Kong star actress, he fell in love and re-married the daughter of one of the richest Chinese dynastic scions from Singapore.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Lung foo fung wan (1987)

Attempted suicide over the break-up after 5-year (1978-1983) romance with popular TV star Idy Chan.

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Yun-Fat Chow and Joseph Chi in Lung foo fung wan (1987)

Enjoys photography. His elder sister also is a photographer.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Cover Hard (1992)

On 26 June 2008, Chow released his first photo collection in Hong Kong, which includes pictures taken on the sets of his films. Proceeds from the book's sales were donated to Sichuan earthquake victims. Published by Louis Vuitton, the books were sold in Vuitton's Hong Kong and Paris stores.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Cover Hard (1992)

He narrowly avoided being incinerated while filming the explosive climax of Hard Boiled (1992).

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Yun-Fat Chow and Anthony Chau-Sang Wong in Cover Hard (1992)

He was originally going to be play Luke in Bullet in the Head (1990), as he was really impressed with the script but John Woo had told him that his character was not the essential character of the story (though a pivotal one nonetheless) and that it might not have complimented his leading man status as it was really a supporting role (or more precisely - fourth leading role).

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Yun-Fat Chow, Frankie Chi-Leung Chan, and Bonnie Fu in Cover Hard (1992)

He narrowly avoided being blown up while filming A Better Tomorrow II (1987) when the explosion outside the mansion door being more powerful than expected. Some of his hair was singed, and he was blasted forward.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Gam yuk fung wan II: To faan (1991)

Ironically, John Woo cast him in his breakout film A Better Tomorrow (1986) because he didn't look like an action star.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Gam yuk fung wan II: To faan (1991)

Joss Whedon originally wrote the role of Christie in Alien Resurrection (1997) with him in mind. His manager and producer Terence Chang turned down the role for him.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Gam yuk fung wan II: To faan (1991)

In October 2014, Chow supported the Umbrella Movement, a civil rights movement for universal suffrage in Hong Kong. His political stance eventually resulted in censorship by the Chinese government.

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Yun-Fat Chow in Gam yuk fung wan II: To faan (1991)

As of 2018, Chow's net worth stands at HKD$5.6 billion. Chow also said he would donate 99% of his wealth to charity via setting up a foundation to help the needy.

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Yun-Fat Chow and Sung Young Chen in Gam yuk fung wan II: To faan (1991)

He was considered for Shiwan Khan in The Shadow (1994).

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Yun-Fat Chow and Tony Ka Fai Leung in Prison on Fire (1987)

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Yun-Fat Chow and Tony Ka Fai Leung in Prison on Fire (1987)

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Yun-Fat Chow and Sally Yeh in Dai jeung foo yat gei (1988)

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Yun-Fat Chow, Joey Wang, and Sally Yeh in Dai jeung foo yat gei (1988)

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Yun-Fat Chow, James Wong, Bonnie Law, Ching Wong, etc.

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Yun-Fat Chow and James Yi Lui

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Yun-Fat Chow, Pak-Cheung Chan, and Eric Tsang in Cheng chong chui lui chai (1987)

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Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh in Tiger & Dragon (2000)

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Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh in Tiger & Dragon (2000)

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Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow in Anna und der König (1999)

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Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow in Anna und der König (1999)

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Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow in Anna und der König (1999)

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Yun-Fat Chow in Tiger & Dragon (2000)

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Yun-Fat Chow in Tiger & Dragon (2000)

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Yun-Fat Chow and Sylvia Chang in Ah Long dik goo si (1989)

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Yun-Fat Chow in Ah Long dik goo si (1989)

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