Chow Yun-Fat



Place of birth:

Lamma Island, Hong Kong:


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. Born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the then British colony of Hong Kong near its famous Victoria Harbour, 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 crime boss Hui Man-Keung in the highly popular HK film Shang Hai tan xu ji (1983). 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 Dang doi lai ming (1984). With these accolades, Chow came to the attention of Woo, who cast Chow in the fast-paced gangster film Ying hung boon sik (1986) (aka "A Better Tomorrow"). The rest, as they say, is history. The film was an enormous commercial success, and Chow's influence on young Asian males was not dissimilar to the adulation given to previous Asian film sensations such as Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan. Nearly every young guy in Hong Kong ran out and bought himself a "Mark Coat," as they became known--a long, heavy woolen coat worn by Chow in the movie (although it is is actually very unsuited to Hong Kong's hot and humid climate). Further hard-edged roles in more John Woo crime films escalated Chow's popularity even higher, and fans all over the world flocked to see Ying hung boon sik II (1987) (aka "A Better Tomorrow 2"), Dip huet seung hung (1989) (aka "The Killer"), and Lat sau san taam (1992) (aka "Hard Boiled"). With the phenomenal global interest in the HK action genre, Chow was enticed to the United States and appeared in The Replacement Killers (1998) with Mira Sorvino, The Corruptor (1999) with Mark Wahlberg, and, for a change of pace, in the often-filmed romantic tale of Anna and the King (1999). Chow then returned to the Asian cinema circuit and starred in the critically lauded kung fu epic Wo hu cang long (2000) (aka "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). His wide appeal can be seen in his "boy next door" type of personality and his ability to play such a broad spectrum of roles from a comedic buffoon to a lovestruck Romeo to a trigger-happy professional killer. A highly entertaining and gifted actor with dynamic on-screen presence, Chow continues to remain in strong demand in many film markets.

Film Credits

寒戰 III (2019)
as Oswald Kan
無雙 (2018)
乘风破浪 (2017)
as (archive footage)
The Monkey King: The Legend Begins (2016)
as Jade Emperor
寒戰 II (2016)
as Oswald Kan
賭城風雲III (2016)
as Ken Shek / Ko Chun
華麗上班族 (2015)
as Ho Chung-ping
賭城風雲 II (2015)
as Ken
賭城風雲 (2014)
as Ken
西遊記之大鬧天宮 (2014)
as Jade Emperor
Da Shang Hai (2012)
as Cheng Daqi
铜雀台 (2012)
as Chancellor Cao Cao
建黨偉業 (2011)
as Yuan Shikai
让子弹飞 (2010)
as Si-lang Huang
Shanghai (2010)
as Anthony Lan-Ting
孔子 (2010)
as Confucius
Dragonball Evolution (2009)
as Master Roshi
黃石的孩子 (2008)
as Chen Hansheng
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
as Captain Sao Feng
滿城盡帶黃金甲 (2006)
as Emperor Ping
姨媽的後現代生活 (2006)
as Pan Zhichang
Du zi deng dai (2005)
as Fa Ge (cameo)
金雞2 (2003)
as archive footage
Bulletproof Monk (2003)
as nameless monk
金雞 (2002)
as archive footage
Ultimate Fights from the Movies (2002)
as archive footage
秋天日記 (2001)
as An Autumn's Tale footage
卧虎藏龙 (2000)
as Master Li Mu Bai
Anna and the King (1999)
as King Mongkut
The Corruptor (1999)
as Lieutenant Nick Chen
The Replacement Killers (1998)
as John Lee
賭神3之少年賭神 (1996)
as Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' (archive footage)
Eastern Heroes: The Video Magazine - Volume 2 (1996)
as Himself
Eastern Heroes: The Video Magazine - Volume 1 (1995)
as Himself
Peace Hotel (1995)
as The Killer
賭神2 (1994)
as Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers'
花旗少林 (1994)
as Jeffrey Chang Ching
Cinema of Vengeance (1994)
as Himself (uncredited)
Film ohne Fesseln - Das neue Hongkong Kino (1993)
as Himself
俠盜高飛 (1992)
as Jeff / Gou Fei
辣手神探 (1992)
as Insp. 'Tequila' Yuen
Wo ai niu wen chai (1992)
as Ng San Shui
監獄風雲 II : 道犯 (1991)
as Chung Tin Ching (as Chow Yun Fat)
纵横四海 (1991)
as Joe
賭俠 (1990)
as Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers'
吉星拱照 (1990)
as Lam Bo Sun / Mr. Stink
精裝追女仔之3狼之一族 (1989)
as Mechanic in flashback
賭神 (1989)
as Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers'
Ying hung boon sik III jik yeung ji gor (1989)
as Mark Gor
喋血雙雄 (1989)
as Jeff
伴我闖天涯 (1989)
as Sgt. Lau Chun-Pong
阿郎的故事 (1989)
as Ah Long
我在黑社会的日子 (1989)
as Lee Man-Ho
Sing si jin jang (1988)
as Dick Lee
再見英雄 (1988)
as Hung
郁達夫傳奇 (1988)
公子多情 (1988)
as Qian Jin / Nelson Chow
大丈夫日记 (1988)
as Chow Ting Fat
長短腳之戀 (1988)
as Joe Leung
老虎出更 (1988)
as Sgt. Francis Li
八星報喜 (1988)
as Fang Chien Lang/Fong Kim Long
精裝追女仔II (1988)
as Big Mouth Fat [cameo]
Ying hung boon sik II (1987)
as Ken Gor / Ken Lee
監獄風雲 (1987)
as 41671 / Chung Tin Ching
鬼新娘 (1987)
as Pu Yung Tsai
江湖龙虎斗 (1987)
as Tin
秋天的童話 (1987)
as Samuel Pang
精裝追女仔 (1987)
as Wong Yat Fat
江湖情 (1987)
as Boss Li Ah Chai
義本無言 (1987)
as Fai
小生夢驚魂 (1987)
as Inspector Chow
英雄好漢 (1987)
as Boss Li Ah Chai
龍虎風雲 (1987)
as Ko Chow
你情我願 (1986)
as Detective
義蓋雲天 (1986)
as Ho Ting-Bon
殺妻二人組 (1986)
as Fa
Dei ha ching (1986)
as Detective Lan
英雄本色 (1986)
as Mark Gor / Mark Lee
初一十五 (1986)
as Peter
夢中人 (1986)
as Song Yu
Qi yuan (1986)
as Joe
玫瑰的故事 (1986)
as Charles and Ga Ming [2 roles]
癫佬正传 (1986)
as Chung
原振俠與衛斯理 (1986)
as Wesley
何必有我? (1985)
as Mr Chow
Women (1985)
as Derek Sun
等待黎明 (1984)
as Yip Kim-Fay
Ling qi bi ren (1984)
as Insp Valentino Chow
傾城之戀 (1984)
as Fan Liu-Yuan
花城 (1983)
as Kwong Ping
Blood Money (1983)
as Bullet (as Chow Yun-Fat)
上海灘 (1983)
Xun cheng ma (1982)
as Fu Jun
獵頭 (1982)
as Yuen Lik/Nguen Dich (as Chow Yun Fat)
Woo Yuet dik goo si (1981)
as Wu Yuet
執法者 (1981)
as Ng Tao
灰靈 (1981)
係咁先 (1980)
as Sgt Chu Hwa Tai
懵佬,大賊,傻偵探 (1980)
as Killer
扮嘢 (1980)
as Yam Chung-Lung
師爸 (1980)
as Git
O女 (1978)
as Koon
愛慾狂潮 (1978)
as Ko Ming Chung
入冊 (1977)
as Ah Cheng
床上的故事 (1977)
撈家邪牌姑爺仔 (1976)
池女 (1976)
as Ah Gin
新蘇小妹三難新郎 (1976)
投胎人 (1976)

Production Credits

滿城盡帶黃金甲 (2006)