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Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow

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    • June 22nd, 1962
Stephen Chiau Sing Chi, professionally known as Stephen Chow, is a Hong Kong filmmaker, actor, and producer. Stephen Chow was born in Hong Kong on 22 June 1962 to Ling Po Yee, an alumna of Guangzhou Normal University, and Chow Yik Sheung, an immigrant from Ningbo, Zhejiang. Chow has an elder sister named Chow Man Kei and a younger sister named Chow Sing Ha. Chow's given name "Sing-chi" derives from Tang dynasty Chinese poet Wang Bo's essay Preface to the Prince of Teng's Pavilion.After his parents divorced when he was seven, Chow was raised by his mother. Chow attended Heep Woh Primary School, a missionary school attached to the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China in Prince Edward Road, Kowloon Peninsula. When he was nine, he saw Bruce Lee's film The Big Boss, which inspired him to become a martial arts star. Chow entered San Marino Secondary School, where he studied alongside Lee Kin-yan. After graduation, he was accepted to TVB's acting classes. Chow began his career as an extra for Rediffusion Television. He later joined TVB in 1982. He was drawn to attention hosting the TVB Jade children's program 430 Space Shuttle. Chow made his film debut in the 1988 film Final Justice, which won him the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 25th Golden Globe Awards. Chow shot to stardom in The Final Combat. The following decade, he appeared in more than 40 films. Fight Back to School became Hong Kong's top-grossing film of all time. In 1994, he began directing films, starting with From Beijing with Love. In the latter half of the 1990s, Chow becomes very famous in China, he became a legend and the Stephen Chow Phenomenon. In 2001, his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over US$50 million worldwide. Chow won Best Director and Best Actor at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards, and the film went on to garner additional awards including a Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Picture and Best Director. It was the highest-grossing Chinese film in Hong Kong at the time, grossing $46 million in the Asia region. In 2004, his film Kung Fu Hustle grossed over US$106 million worldwide. Chow also won Best Director at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and Best Picture of Imagine Film Festival as well as over twenty international awards. Critics as well as film stars such as comedian Bill Murray said that the film was the supreme achievement of modern comedy that had outshone any preexisting form of American comedy, including Murray's directorial work. His film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo. In August 2007, the film was given the title CJ7, a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6. CJ7 became the highest-grossing film of all time in Malaysia. For his work in comedy, he has received praise from notable institutions such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, who called him the King of Comedy. Stephen Chow has directed multiple classic films since the 1990s. In 2013, his film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. In 2016, his film The Mermaid broke numerous box office records, and became the highest-grossing film of all time in China.

Filmography

Acting (42 Credits)

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2008CJ7 as Ti Chow
2004Kung Fu Hustle as Sing
2001Shaolin Soccer as Sing
1999King of Comedy as Wan Tin-Sau
1999The Tricky Master as Master Wong
1999Gorgeous as Policeman with dog
1998The Lucky Guy as Ho Kam-Sui
1997Lawyer Lawyer as Chan Mon-Gut
1997All's Well, Ends Well 1997 as Lo Kung
1996Forbidden City Cop as Ling Ling Faat (Double 0 Fat)
1996The God of Cookery as Stephen Chow
1995A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box as Chi Juen Bo/ Suen Ng Hung / Joker
1995A Chinese Odyssey: Part 2 - Cinderella as Chi Juen Bo / Joker / Monkey King
1995Out of the Dark as Leon
1995Sixty Million Dollar Man as Lee Chak-Sing
1994From Beijing with Love as Ling Ling Chai / Chat
1994Love on Delivery as Ho Kam An
1994Hail the Judge as Pao Lung Sing
1993Fight Back to School III as Star Chow, Million Wong
1993The Mad Monk as Dragon Fighter Lo Han
1993Flirting Scholar as Tang Pak Fu / Wah On
1992Justice, My Foot! as Sung Sai-Kit / Sung Shih-Chieh
1992King of Beggars as So Cha Ha Yee Chan / Tsan, So Hat Ngai
1992Royal Tramp II as Wei Siu Bo / Wilson Bond
1992Royal Tramp as Wei Siu Bo / Wilson Bond
1992Fight Back to School II as Chow Sing Sing
1992All's Well, Ends Well as Shang Foon
1992Fist of Fury 1991 II as Sing Chi
1991Tricky Brains as Koo Jing / Chi Man-Jing / Maggie Koo
1991Fight Back to School as Star Chow
1991God of Gamblers Part III: Back to Shanghai as Chow Sing Cho
1991Legend of the Dragon as Chow Siu-Lung
1991The Magnificent Scoundrels as Romeo/Shun
1991Fist of Fury 1991 as Lau Ching / Saint of Gamblers
1991Crazy Safari as Narrator (voice)
1990All for the Winner as Sing
1990When Fortune Smiles as Vincent Hing
1990Look Out, Officer! as Hsing
1990God of Gamblers II as Chow Sing Cho
1990Curry and Pepper as Pepper
1989Dragon Fight as Andy Yau
1989Just Heroes as 'Jacky' Yuen Kei-hao

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