- Stephen Chow
Chinese name 周星馳 Chinese name 周星馳 (Traditional) Chinese name 周星驰 (Simplified) Pinyin Zhōu Xīngchí (Mandarin) Jyutping zau1 sing1 ci4 (Cantonese) Ancestry Ningbo, Zhejiang Born 22 June 1962 
Other name(s) 星爺 (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 Transcriptions Mandarin - Hanyu Pinyin Zhōu Xīngchí - Wade–Giles Chou Hsing-ch'ih - IPA [tʂóʊ ɕíŋtʂʰɨ̌] Cantonese (Yue) - Jyutping zau1 sing1 ci4 - IPA [tsɔ́ː.sjɪ́ŋtɕʰɪ̯] - Yale Romanization Jōu Syīngchr Alternative Chinese name Traditional Chinese 星爺 Literal meaning Grandmaster Sing Transcriptions Mandarin - Hanyu Pinyin Xīng Yé - Wade–Giles Hsing Yeh Cantonese (Yue) - Jyutping Sing1 Je4 - IPA [sjɪ́ŋ.jɛ̯ː] - Yale Romanization Syīng Yé
Stephen Chow began as a temporary actor for TVB. He entered TVB in early 1980s, and was trained there, although he had few opportunities to appear in films. Chow graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982. Chow began to find some success with the children programme 430 Space Shuttle , which he co-hosted with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai.
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. 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" , Chow ranked alongside Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan as the major box office draws of the 1990s.
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. 
In 2001 his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over 60 million HK dollars. 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. 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.
Chow's film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo. 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. 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. .
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.
Year Title Role Notes 1986 A 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 The 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 The 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 The 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 The Magnificent Scoundrels 1991 The Banquet 1991 Crazy Safari Narrator 1991 Tricky Brains Koo Jing/Che Man Jing 1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II Lau Jing 1992 The 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 The 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 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box Joker/Sun Wukong 1994 A 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 The God of Cookery Stephen Chow also writer and director 1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 Lo Kung 1997 Lawyer Lawyer 1998 The Lucky Guy 1999 King of Comedy Wan Tin-Sau also writer and director 1999 Gorgeous Cop cameo 1999 The 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
Awards won Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
- 2005: Silver Scream Award for Kung Fu Hustle
Asia Pacific Film Festival
- 1999: Best Actor for Justice, My Foot
Blue Ribbon Awards
- 2003: Best Foreign Language Film for Shaolin Soccer
Golden Bauhinia Awards
- 2002: Best Director for Shaolin Soccer
Golden Horse Awards
- 2005: Best Picture, Best Director for Kung Fu Hustle
Hong Kong Film Awards Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
- 1995: Best Actor for A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box
Golden Globes Award
- 2006: nomination: Best Foreign Language Film for Kung Fu Hustle
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- Stephen Chow at the Internet Movie Database
- Stephen Chow at AllRovi
- Stephen Chow at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
Awards and achievements Preceded by
for Ashes of Time
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
for A Chinese Odyssey
for Once Upon a Time in Triad Society
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
for A Chinese Odyssey
for The Log
for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Director
for Shaolin Soccer
Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
for Infernal Affairs
Films directed by Stephen Chow Directed alone Directed with Vincent KokForbidden City Cop (1996) Directed with Lee Lik-ChiHKFA · Film · Director · Michael Hui (1982) • Karl Maka & Sammo Hung (1983) • Tony Leung Ka-Fai (1984) • Danny Lee (1985) • Kent Cheng (1986) • Chow Yun-Fat (1987) • Chow Yun-Fat (1988) • Sammo Hung (1989) • Chow Yun-Fat (1990) • Leslie Cheung (1991) • Eric Tsang (1992) • Tony Leung Ka-Fai (1993) • Anthony Wong Chau Sang (1994) • Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1995) • Roy Chiao (1996) • Kent Cheng (1997) • Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1998) • Anthony Wong Chau Sang (1999) • Andy Lau (2000) • Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (2001) • Stephen Chow (2002) • Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (2003) • Andy Lau (2004) • Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (2005) • Tony Leung Ka-Fai (2006) • Lau Ching-Wan (2007) • Jet Li (2008) • Nick Cheung (2009) • Simon Yam (2010) • Nicholas Tse (2011)
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