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Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Leung at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival
Chinese name 梁朝偉 (Traditional)
Chinese name 梁朝伟 (Simplified)
Pinyin Liáng Cháowěi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Leong4 Ciu4wai5 (Cantonese)
Born 27 June 1962 (1962-06-27) (age 47)
 Hong Kong
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse(s) Carina Lau
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Leung (梁).

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (simplified Chinese: 梁朝伟traditional Chinese: 梁朝偉pinyin: Liáng CháowěiCantonese Yale: Lèung Chìuh Wáih; born 27 June 1962) is a five-time Hong Kong Film Award-winning Chinese film actor who is a former TVB actor. He has also won the Golden Horse Best Actor awards thrice (in 1994, 2003 and 2007). He has been a major film star since the 1990s. Leung won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for Wong Kar-Wai's 2000 film In the Mood for Love.

To distinguish himself from fellow actor Tony Leung Ka-Fai, he is known colloquially in Hong Kong as "Little Tony", while Ka-Fai is known as "Big Tony", nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective physical statures.

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Biography

Early life

Leung is a Toisanese-Chinese born in Hong Kong, though his family came from Taishan, Guangdong, China. Leung's early childhood was punctuated with parents' quarrels and arguments about money. A mischievous boy in his early years, Leung's personality changed when his father, a chronic gambler, left the family when he was eight; he and his younger sister were brought up single-handedly by their mother.[1][2]

Leung became a reticent, quiet child; his childhood experiences made it difficult for him to trust in marriage and paved the way for his acting career, which allow him "to express my emotions without me getting embarrassed. I can cry or smash things on the set, but no one knows that's just acting or that's how I am really feeling." "After my father left me when I was eight, I became afraid to talk to other people. In school, when other children talked about their parents, I would get very embarrassed. I didn't want to mention my father, so I seldom talked to others".[3]

His childhood has had a lasting effect on Leung's personality. "I am very restrained, very suppressed, very quiet. I don't like to talk too much because I don't know what to do in front of an audience. Actually, I don't know how to communicate with others because of my background and I am scared."[3]

Leung's mother worked hard to keep him attending a private school, but even so, Tony had to quit school at the age of 15 due to financial difficulties. As an adolescent he behaved himself and remained very close to his mother. During a DVD interview on the making of Hero, he says that he sees his mother as his definition of a "hero[ine]" for having brought up two children alone.

Television career

After quitting his studies, Leung worked in a variety of jobs, first as a grocer's runner at his uncle's shop, then a showroom salesman in a Hong Kong shopping centre. He met actor and comedian Stephen Chow who influenced his decision to become an actor and remains a good friend.

In 1982 he passed the training courses of television channel TVB. Due to his boyish looks, TVB cast him as host of a children's programme, 430 Space Shuttle. Leung enjoyed comedies during his television years; it was for these he became well known. So, 1980s, he was named as one of "TVB's Five Tigers" along with Andy Lau, Felix Wong , Michael Miu and Kent Tong. Leung starred in the highly successful Police Cadet TV serial in 1984 (later named Police Cadet 84 to distinguish it from subsequent sequels). He played an outgoing young man who decides to become a police officer; Maggie Cheung, who also started her career at the same time, played a shy bookworm, Tony's upstairs neighbour and love interest. Since then they have worked together on The Yangs' Saga (1985), Days of Being Wild (1991), Ashes of Time (1994), In the Mood for Love (2000), Hero (2002), and 2046 (2005). Interviewed by Wong Kar Wai, Leung said that he considered Maggie to be his alter ego. "Maggie is a truly formidable partner - one to waltz with. We do not spend a lot of time with each other, as we like to keep some mystery between us. Whenever I see her, I discover something new about her".[4]

Film career

Many consider Tony Leung's role in director John Woo's 1992 action film Hard Boiled in which he co-starred with Chow Yun-Fat, as his breakthrough role in film. However, Leung first gained international exposure through Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness, which won the Venice Golden Lion.

Leung often collaborates with director Wong Kar-wai and has appeared in many of his films. His most notable roles in Wong Kar-wai's films include the lonely policeman in Chungking Express (1994), a gay Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in Happy Together (1997), and a self-controlled victim of adultery in In the Mood for Love (2000), for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes.[5]

He is considered by many to be the finest actor of his generation in Hong Kong. Robert De Niro is an admirer of his work,[6] and Leung has been called Asia's answer to Clark Gable."Why Tony Leung is in the mood for lust". The Times. 18 October 2007. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/london_film_festival/article2678331.ece. 

Leung also has an on-and-off Cantopop and Mandarin pop singing career and sang the theme song of Infernal Affairs with Andy Lau.

Leung speaks decent English and is well read and well versed on historical issues. During the late 1990s, some predicted that it would be difficult for him to break into Hollywood since he would not take on degrading roles because of his pride and character. To date, he has not done a Hollywood film, but is primed to appear in one after signing on with an American film agent.[7][8]

In addition to Cantonese, English, and Spanish, Leung is also able to speak Mandarin (accented) and some Japanese (as heard in Tokyo Raiders).

During the promotion of the film Hero, some politicians and commentators in Hong Kong attacked Leung for expressing the view that the Tiananmen Square demonstration crack down was necessary to maintain stability. Under constant political pressure and boycott threats, Leung made a single statement that he may have been quoted out of context but refused to retract his statement in the magazine.[9] However, the movie magazine editor maintained that the original statement was not out of context and challenged people to read the complete interview.

Relationship and marriage with Carina Lau

Leung has dated Carina Lau since the end of 1989. He had known her since The Replica in 1984 as she had been good friends with Margie Tsang, his previous girlfriend. He worked on-screen with Lau in Replica (1984), Duke of Mount Deer (1984), Police Cadet (1984, 1985, 1988), The Yangs' Saga (1985), Days of Being Wild (1991), He ain't heavy, he's my father (1993), Ashes of Time (1994), and 2046 (2005).

In 1990, during the filming of Days of Being Wild, Lau was abducted for several hours. Wong Kar-wai said, "Originally, there were plans for Days of Being Wild I and II, and the sequence featuring Tony Leung was meant to be the opening scene of the second movie. But two things happened, one of which was that Days of Being Wild didn't do well in Hong Kong, so the producers said, "No Part 2." The other reason was Carina Lau's kidnapping.[10]

On 21 July 2008, the couple got married in Bhutan in royal fashion. The wedding created a media frenzy in Hong Kong, with companies spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue the wedding party.[11]

According to Ming Pao Daily News, Faye Wong and her husband actor Li Yapeng had taken them to India in 2007 to visit the 17th Karmapa. The Karmapa's counsel helped them to resolve a crisis in their relationship, and he also suggested Bhutan as a wedding venue.[12]

Awards and nominations

(9 Best Actor Nominations, 3 Best Supporting Actor Nominations)

TV series

Note that all of the following were filmed in Cantonese. (*) indicates Cantonese pronunciation of the character's name.

Year Title Channel Role
1982 天龍八部 (Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils) TVB Extra
1984 新紮師兄 (Police Cadet) TVB Jeung Wei Git*
1984 鹿鼎記 (The Duke of Mount Deer) TVB Wai Siu Bo*
1985 新紮師兄 85 (Police Cadet 85) TVB Jeung Wei Git*
1985 楊家將 (The Yang's Saga) TVB Yang Yinji
1985 挑戰 (The Rough Ride) TVB
1986 倚天屠龍記 (New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre) TVB Zhang Wuji
1987 新紮師兄 88 (Police Cadet 88) TVB Jeung Wei Git*

Filmography

Year Title Role
1983 Mad Mad 83
1985 Fascinating Affairs
Young Cops
1986 Love Unto Waste
The Lunatics
You Will I Will
1987 Happy Go Lucky
People's Hero (film)
1988 I Love Maria
1989 A City of Sadness Lin Wen-Ch'ing
My Heart is that Eternal Rose
Seven Warriors
1990 Bullet in the Head Ben/Ah Bee
The Royal Scoundrel
1991 The Banquet Wai
A Chinese Ghost Story III Fong
Days of Being Wild
Don't Fool Me Chiang Ho-Chie
Fantasy Romance
The Great Pretenders
The Tigers Tau-Pi
1992 Come Fly the Dragon
Days of Being Dumb
Hard Boiled Alan
Lucky Encounter
1993 Butterfly and Sword Meng Sin Wan
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father
The Eagle Shooting Heroes Ouyang Feng
End Of The Road
Hero - Beyond The Boundary Of Time Wai Siu-Bo
The Magic Crane
Three Summers
Tom, Dick, and Hairy
Two of a Kind
1994 Always Be the Winners
Ashes of Time Blind Swordsman
Chungking Express Cop 633
The Returning
1995 Cyclo Poet
Dr. Mack
Heaven Can't Wait
1996 Blind Romance
War of the Underworld
1997 97 Aces Go Places
Chinese Midnight Express Ahn
Happy Together Lai Yiu-fai
1998 Flowers of Shanghai Wang
The Longest Nite Sam
Timeless Romance
Your Place or Mine
1999 Gorgeous Albert
2000 Healing Hearts
In the Mood for Love Chow Mo-Wan
Tokyo Raiders Lin
2001 Fighting for Love Tung Choi
Love Me, Love My Money Richard 'Bastard' Ma
2002 Chinese Odyssey 2002 Li Yilong
Infernal Affairs Chan Wing-Yan
Hero Broken Sword
Infernal Affairs 2 Chan Wing Yan
2003 Infernal Affairs 3 Chan Wing Yan
My Lucky Star
Sound of Colors
2004 Super Model
2046 Chow Mo-wan
2005 Seoul Raiders Lam
2006 Confession of Pain Detective Lau Ching-Hei
2007 Lust, Caution Mr. Yee
2008 Red Cliff Zhou Yu
2009 Red Cliff 2 Zhou Yu
Ashes of Time Redux Blind Swordsman
The Founding of a Republic
2010 The Grand Master

Discography

  • Raining Night (1986)
  • Who Wants (1988)
  • Love Day by Day (1993)
  • One Life One Heart (1994)
  • Trapped by Love (1994)
  • Day and Night (1994)
  • Cannot Forget Collection (1995)
  • The Past and the Future (1995)
  • Too Affectionate (1995)
  • Tony Leung Greatest Hits (June 2000)
  • In the Mood for Love (November 2000)
  • Wind Sand (2004) (reissued January 2006)

References

  1. ^ HK Mr Charming Tony Leung born to be an actor
  2. ^ Why Tony Leung is in the mood for lust - Times Online
  3. ^ a b YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
  4. ^ "Interview" magazine. September 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  5. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes: In the Mood for Love". festival-cannes.com. http://www.festival-cannes.com/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/5208/year/2000.html. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Tony Leung in the mood for acting. China View, 21 April 2005. Retrieved 26 December 2006.
  7. ^ Tony Leung to appear in Hollywood film. ChinaDaily.com, 10 August 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  8. ^ Tony Leung Heads for Hollywood. CRI English.com, 18 August 2005. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  9. ^ Tony Leung Chiu-Wai claims he was misquoted. HK Entertainment Review, 19 December 2002. Retrieved 23 December 2006.
  10. ^ Karen Durbin (August 7, 2005). "Still in the Mood for a Collaboration". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/07/movies/07durb.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. 
  11. ^ International Herald Tribune. "IHT." Actors' wedding leads to Hong Kong media frenzy. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  12. ^ Why Tony, Carina nuptials in Bhutan
  13. ^ Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 2005 at the Internet Movie Database

External links

Awards and achievements
Asian Film Awards
Preceded by
Song Kang-ho
for The Host
Best Actor
2008
for Lust, Caution
Succeeded by
Masahiro Motoki
for Departures
Cannes Film Festival
Preceded by
Emmanuel Schotte
for Humanité
Best Actor
2000
for In the Mood for Love
Succeeded by
Benoît Magimel
for The Piano Teacher
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Preceded by
Kent Cheng
for The Log
Best Actor
1998
for Happy Together
Succeeded by
Anthony Wong Chau Sang
for Beast Cops
Preceded by
Hu Jun
for Lan Yu
Best Actor
2003
for Infernal Affairs
Succeeded by
Simon Yam
for PTU
Preceded by
Simon Yam
for PTU
Best Actor
2005
for 2046
Succeeded by
Simon Yam
for Election
Golden Horse Award
Preceded by
Jackie Chan
for Crime Story
Best Actor
1994
for Chungking Express
Succeeded by
Lin Yang
for Super Citizen
Preceded by
Leon Lai
for Three Going Home
Best Actor
2003
for Infernal Affairs
Succeeded by
Andy Lau
for Infernal Affairs III
Preceded by
Aaron Kwok
for After This Our Exile
Best Actor
2007
for Lust, Caution
Succeeded by
Zhang Hanyu
for Assembly
Hong Kong Film Award
Preceded by
Paul Chun
for The Lunatics
Best Supporting Actor
1988
for People's Hero
Succeeded by
Jacky Cheung
for As Tears Go By
Preceded by
Jacky Cheung
for As Tears Go By
Best Supporting Actor
1990
for My Heart is that Eternal Love
Succeeded by
Ng Man Tat
for A Moment of Romance
Preceded by
Anthony Wong Chau Sang
for The Untold Story
Best Actor
1995
for Chungking Express
Succeeded by
Roy Chiao
for Summer Snow
Preceded by
Kent Cheng
for The Log
Best Actor
1998
for Happy Together
Succeeded by
Anthony Wong Chau Sang
for Beast Cops
Preceded by
Andy Lau
for Running Out of Time
Best Actor
2001
for In the Mood for Love
Succeeded by
Stephen Chow
for Shaolin Soccer
Preceded by
Stephen Chow
for Shaolin Soccer
Best Actor
2003
for Infernal Affairs
Succeeded by
Andy Lau
for Running on Karma
Preceded by
Andy Lau
for Running on Karma
Best Actor
2005
for 2046
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
for Election
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Preceded by
Andy Lau
for Running on Karma
Best Actor
2004
for 2046
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
for Everlasting Regret







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