Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow
Chinese name
Chinese name (Traditional)
Chinese name (Simplified)
Pinyin Zhōu Xīngchí (Mandarin)
Jyutping zau1 sing1 ci4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Ningbo, Zhejiang[1]
Born 22 June 1962 (1962-06-22) (age 49)[2]
Hong Kong
Other name(s) (lit. Grandmaster Sing)
Occupation actor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 1981 – present
Parents Lin Bo Yee ( Mother )
Influences Bruce Lee
Stephen Chow
Traditional Chinese 周星馳
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 星爺
Literal meaning Grandmaster Sing

Stephen Chow Sing-Chi (Chinese: , born 22 June 1962) is a Hong Kong actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director and producer.


Professional career

Stephen Chow began as a temporary actor for TVB.[3][4] He entered TVB in early 1980s, and was trained there, although he had few opportunities to appear in films.[3] Chow graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982.[5] Chow began to find some success with the children programme 430 Space Shuttle ,[6] which he co-hosted with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai.[7]

In 1987, Chow entered into the movie industry through the film Final Justice, which won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.[6][7]

While Chow became quite well known on TVB for his comedies (especially 1989's The Final Combat), he shot to stardom in 1990's All for the Winner. This film made him and his older sidekick Ng Man-Tat two of the most sought-after stars in the Hong Kong film industry.[6] Chow would collaborate with Ng on many of his more successful comedies, including Shaolin Soccer. Chow became Hong Kong's undisputed No. 1 comedian, taking over the mantle of Michael Hui. Unlike Hui, Chow's comedies are of the mo lei tau genre. With his expert comic timing and "rubber-faced mannerisms" ,[6] Chow ranked alongside Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan as the major box office draws of the 1990s.[8]

In 1994 Chow began directing films, starting with From Beijing with Love, which he co-directed with Lee Lik-Chi. In the later half of the 1990s, mainland China began to warm to Stephen Chow movies. His film duology A Chinese Odyssey (1994) became (and remains) a cult classic in mainland China, baffling many Hong Kong observers, as the duology did only moderately well in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, on the mainland Chow rapidly became one of Hong Kong's most iconic film stars. [9]

In 2001 his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over 60 million HK dollars.[10] The film won Best picture, and Chow won Best Actor and Best Director at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards, receiving a total of seven wins from 2001–2003, including the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Picture and Best Director.[11] It was his first international hit and established his reputation in the West. In 2004 he directed the film Kung Fu Hustle winning 18 awards including BAFTA Best Film not in the English Language, five Golden Horse Awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards.[12]

Chow's film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo.[13] In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7 (長江七號 Chang Jiang qi hao), a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6.[14] This film introduced newcomer Kitty Zhang as his romantic lead. In 2011, news was released that Chow had started work on a new Chinese Odyssey project. He is to star as well as co-direct, produce and screenwrite. He is to co-direct with Derek Kwok. Other names have included for the project are Anthony Wong, Show Luo and Shu Qi The film is to be more CGI based than the original version. .[15]


Chow often casts relatively new young actresses to play opposite him, especially as romantic leads, and many of these actresses have gone on to have successful film or music careers of their own. These actresses are collectively called the "Sing girls", and include Karen Mok, Vicki Zhao, Sharla Cheung, Athena Chu, Michelle Reis, Christy Chung, Gigi Leung, Cecilia Cheung, Huang Shengyi, and Zhang Yuqi.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Better Tomorrow, AA Better Tomorrow Taiwanese Triad
1988 Final Justice Ah Wai
1988 Faithfully Yours Puddin Lai
1988 My Father's Son Television Series
1988 He Who Chases After the Wind
1988 Last Conflict, TheThe Last Conflict Lau Ting Kin
1989 The Justice of Life Ho Kam Shui Television series
1989 Dragon Fight Yau
1989 Tragic Heroes
1989 Thunder Cops II
1989 Final Combat Television series
1990 Love Is Love
1990 My Hero
1990 Lung Fung Restaurant Rubbish Pool supporting roles
1990 Unmatchable Match, TheThe Unmatchable Match
1990 Curry and Pepper
1990 Sleazy Dizzy
1990 Look Out, Officer!
1990 All for the Winner Sing
1990 When Fortune Smiles
1990 Triad Story
1990 Legend of the Dragon Lung
1991 God of Gamblers II Sing
1991 Top Bet, TheThe Top Bet cameo
1991 Fist of Fury 1991 Lau Jing
1991 Fight Back to School Star Chow
1991 God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai Sing
1991 Magnificent Scoundrels, TheThe Magnificent Scoundrels
1991 Banquet, TheThe Banquet
1991 Crazy Safari Narrator
1991 Tricky Brains Koo Jing/Che Man Jing
1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II Lau Jing
1992 Thief of Time, TheThe Thief of Time
1992 All's Well, Ends Well Foon
1992 Fight Back to School II Star Chow
1992 Justice, My Foot! Sung Sai Kit
1992 Royal Tramp Wei Siu Bo
1992 Royal Tramp II Wei Siu Bo
1992 King of Beggars So Chan
1993 Fight Back to School III Star Chow
1993 My Hero 2 cameo
1993 Flirting Scholar Tong Pak Fu
1993 Mad Monk, TheThe Mad Monk
1994 Love on Delivery Ho Kam An
1994 Hail the Judge Bao Sing
1994 From Beijing with Love Ling Ling Tsat also writer and director
1994 Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box, AA Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box Joker/Sun Wukong
1994 Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella, AA Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella Joker/Sun Wukong
1995 Out of the Dark
1995 Sixty Million Dollar Man Lee Chak Sing
1996 Forbidden City Cop Ling Ling Fat also writer and director
1996 God of Cookery, TheThe God of Cookery Stephen Chow also writer and director
1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 Lo Kung
1997 Lawyer Lawyer
1998 Lucky Guy, TheThe Lucky Guy
1999 King of Comedy Wan Tin-Sau also writer and director
1999 Gorgeous Cop cameo
1999 Tricky Master, TheThe Tricky Master
2001 Shaolin Soccer Sing also writer and director
2004 Kung Fu Hustle Sing also writer and director
2008 CJ7 Chow Ti also writer and director
2008 Shaolin Girl Producer
2009 Dragonball Evolution Producer
2009 Jump Producer; story
2010 CJ7: The Cartoon Produce; presenter; screenwriter
2012 New Chinese Odyssey (Role currently unknown)
2012 Casper trip to hong kong Chow Len



Chow promoting CJ7 in Malaysia
Awards won
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
Asia Pacific Film Festival
  • 1999: Best Actor for Justice, My Foot
Blue Ribbon Awards
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Golden Horse Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Golden Globes Award

See also


  1. ^ 周星馳“回家”尋根認祖 寧波再現“功夫”狂潮
  2. ^ "Movie Reviews, Articles, Trailers, and more at Metacritic". Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Stephen Chow - The star of Shaolin Soccer doesn't mind if the joke is on him". [1]. 23 April 2003. 
  4. ^ "Lydia sums it up". [2]. 4 September 2004. 
  5. ^ "Stephen Chow Profile and Biography | Stareastasia". 22 June 1962. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Stephen Chow Asia's Top Box Office Draw". 1 March 2004. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Stephen Chow". Time. 28 April 2003. 
  8. ^ "独家:周星驰叱咤香港电影票房二十年评点(图)_影音娱乐_新浪网". Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (III)". The Chinese Mirror. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Shaolin soccer kicks an interantional goal". [3]. 1 August 2003. 
  11. ^ "Siu lam juk kau (2001) awards". [4]. 1 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Kung Fu (2004) - Awards". [5]. 1 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Stephen Chow's Sci-fi/Comedy will give 'A Hope' to audiences". Twitch. 29 September 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Stephen Chow's Movie 'A Hope' Changes Title". Asian Popcorn. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ (Chinese) 邱致理 (Qiu Zhili) (10 December 2007). "张雨绮亲述一夜成名:30秒搞定周星驰 (Zhang Yuqi's overnight fame: 30 seconds to win over Stephen Chow". 南都周刊. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Stephen Chow". Retrieved 8 April 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Leslie Cheung
for Ashes of Time
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
for A Chinese Odyssey
Succeeded by
Francis Ng
for Once Upon a Time in Triad Society
Preceded by
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
for A Chinese Odyssey
Succeeded by
Kent Cheng
for The Log
Preceded by
Ang Lee
for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Director
for Shaolin Soccer
Succeeded by
Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
for Infernal Affairs

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