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Stephen Chow
Chinese name Chiau Sing Chi
Chinese name 周星馳 (Traditional)
Chinese name 周星驰 (Simplified)
Pinyin Zhōu Xīngchí (Mandarin)
Jyutping zau1 sing1 ci4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Ningbo, Zhejiang[1]
Born 22 June 1962 (1962-06-22) (age 47)[2]
Hong Kong
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 Sing-Chi (traditional Chinese: 周星馳, born 22 June 1962 in Hong Kong), 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]

In 1999 Chow began directing films, with King of Comedy. In 2001 his film "Shaolin Soccer" (Siu lam juk kau) grossed over 60 million HK dollars,[5] 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 Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film & Golden Bauhinia Best Picture and Best Director.[6] In 2004 he also directed the film Kung Fu Hustle (Kung Fu), winning 18 awards including BAFTA Best Film not in the English Language, five Golden Horse Awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards.[7]

Chow's film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo.[8] In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7 ((长江七号)Chang Jiang qi hao), a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6.[9] This film introduced newcomer Kitty Zhang as his romantic lead.


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, Sharla Cheung, Athena Chu, Michelle Reis, Christy Chung, Gigi Leung, Cecilia Cheung, Huang Shengyi, and Zhang Yuqi.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Final Justice
Faithfully Yours
1989 Dragon Fight Yau
Tragic Heroes
Thunder Cops II
The Unmatchable Match
Final Combat
1990 Love Is Love
My Hero
Lung Fung Restaurant
The Unmatchable Match
Curry and Pepper
Sleazy Dizzy
Look Out, Officer!
All for the Winner Sing
When Fortune Smiles
Triad Story
Legend of the Dragon Lung
1991 God of Gamblers II Sing
The Top Bet cameo
Fist of Fury 1991 Lau Jing
Fight Back to School Star Chow
God of Gamblers Part III Back to Shanghai Sing
Magnificent Scoundrels
The Banquet
The Gods Must Be Crazy III Narrator
Tricky Brains Koo Jing/Che Man Jing
1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II Lau Jing
The Thief of Time
All's Well, Ends Well Foon
Fight Back to School II Star Chow
Justice, My Foot Sung Sai Kit
Royal Tramp Wei Siu Bo
Royal Tramp II Wei Siu Bo
King of Beggars So Chan
1993 Fight Back to School III Star Chow
My Hero 2 cameo
Flirting Scholar Tong Bak Fu
The Mad Monk
1994 Love on Delivery Ho Kam An
Hail the Judge Bao Sing
From Beijing with Love Ling Ling Tsat also writer and director
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box Joker/Sun Wukong
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella Joker/Sun Wukong
Out of the Dark
Sixty Million Dollar Man Lee Chak Sing
1996 Forbidden City Cop Ling Ling Fat also writer and director
God of Cookery Stephen Chow
1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 Lo Kung
Lawyer Lawyer
1998 The Lucky Guy
1999 King of Comedy Wan Tin-Sau also writer and director
Gorgeous Cop cameo
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
Shaolin Girl Producer
2009 Dragonball Evolution Producer
2010 Kung Fu Hustle 2 In production
Journey to the West Pre-Production
2011 Fahrooze In production
Tai Chi an as-of-yet-unnamed character Pre-Production also writer and director


Chow in Malaysia
Awards won
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
Asia Pacific Film Festival
Blue Ribbon Awards
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Golden Horse Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

See also


External links

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
Preceded by
Ang Lee
for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Director
for Shaolin Soccer
Succeeded by
Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
for Infernal Affairs
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for In the Mood for Love
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor
for Shaolin Soccer
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for Infernal Affairs

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