Stephen Chow

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Stephen Chow in Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow (Template:Zh-stp; Cantonese Romanization: Chow Sing Chi) (born June 22 1962) is a highly popular Hong Kong actor and director, whose expertise in the comedic field led him to be dubbed the "king of comedy" by the Hong Kong entertainment media.

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Professional Career

He learned his trade at the Shaw Brothers TVB acting school, and co-hosted a popular Hong Kong children's program, 430 Shuttle, alongside future star Tony Leung Chiu Wai. His early film career was largely centred on dramatic roles, but his performance in Wong Jing's smash-hit All For The Winner (1990) (賭聖) (a.k.a. God of Gamblers II) launched him almost exclusively into comedy films.

His subsequent films built on this success, developing his distinct brand of humour called "mo lei tau" (無厘頭) (approximately meaning "nonsense" or "no brained") which makes frequent use of euphemism and double entendres in Cantonese slang. He regularly demonstrated his talent for improvisation, suggesting gags to directors to enhance the comedy, often leading to rewrites of the script. By 1994 he was writing and directing some of his own films.

The films themselves often followed a similar template: portraying an underachiever who beats the odds or an arrogant overachiever who is humbled and learns a lesson. Fight Back to School (1991), From Beijing With Love (1994) (國產零零漆) and God of Cookery (1996)) are notable examples. Sometimes his films would have a period setting, but still exhibit the same style of contemporary humour, for instance in Justice, My Foot (1992) (審死官)) and Flirting Scholar (1993).

Occasionally Chow would break from this mould: one of his more serious films is A Chinese Odyssey (1994), loosely based on the classic Chinese story Journey to the West. Although still essentially a comedy, Chow himself was able to develop his character more seriously than usual. It was a box-office smash in Hong Kong and has developed a cult following in Mainland China.

Recent films have begun to focus on comedic action and special effects sequences instead of verbal humour, to appeal to a wider international audience. The film which launched him in the West is Shaolin Soccer (2001), which makes heavy use of CGI and is directed by Chow himself. Kung Fu Hustle (2004) is also directed by Chow and in February 2005 went on to surpass Shaolin Soccer as the highest grossing Hong Kong-made movie in Hong Kong.

Trivia

  • There is often an ugly cross dressing character in cameo appearance in his films, and the role is almost always portrayed by Lee Kin-yan (李健仁), a personal friend.
  • Chow is a big fan of Bruce Lee, and his films often contain references and homages to the martial artist star.
  • Chow often collaborated with Lee Lik-chee (李力持) and Vincent Kok (谷德昭), both actors and directors, in the early stage of his career.

Quotes

  • "一個字 — 絕!" (One word — Wordless!)
  • "你估我唔到!" (You cannot be able to guess my moves!), from God of Cookery (1996) (食神)
  • "你睇我唔到!" (You cannot be able to see me!), from All For The Winner (1990) (賭聖)
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen, five cigarettes!", from All For The Winner (1990) (賭聖)
  • "波並唔係咁踢既" (Football isn't played in this way!), from Shaolin Soccer (2001)
  • "地球很危險,你快點回去火星吧" (Our Earth is in danger, go back to Mars asap), from Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Filmography

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Video_CDs featuring Stephen Chow; from top left: A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 Pandora's Box, A Chinese Odyssey Part 2 Cinderella, Royal Tramp II, Justice My Foot, All's Well End's Well, The Tricky Master

As actor, includes:

  • Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
  • Shaolin Soccer (2001)
  • The Tricky Master (1999)
  • The King of Comedy (1999)
  • Gorgeous (1999)
  • The Lucky Guy (1998)
  • Lawyer Lawyer (1997)
  • All's Well, Ends Well 1997 (1997)
  • God of Cookery (1996)
  • Forbidden City Cop (1996)
  • Sixty Million Dollar Man (1995)
  • Out of the Dark (1995)
  • From Beijing with Love (1994)
  • Hail the Judge (1994)
  • King of Destruction (1994)
  • A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella (1994)
  • A Chinese Odyssey (1994)
  • Mad Monk (1993)
  • Flirting Scholar (1993)
  • Fight Back to School III (1993)
  • My Hero 2 (1993)
  • All's Well, Ends Well (1992)
  • Royal Tramp II (1992)
  • Royal Tramp (1992)
  • Justice, My Foot (1992)
  • Fight Back to School II (1992)
  • King of Beggars (1992)
  • Fist of Fury 1991 II (1992)
  • God of Gamblers II (1991)
  • Top Bet (1991)
  • God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai (1991)
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy III (1991)
  • Magnificent Scoundrels (1991)
  • Fight Back to School (1991)
  • Tricky Brains (1991)
  • Fist of Fury II (1991)
  • Triad Story (1990)
  • Legend of Dragon (1990)
  • Lung Fung Restaurant (1990)
  • Look Out, Officer! (1990)
  • Love Is Love (1990)
  • When Fortune Smiles (1990)
  • My Hero (1990)
  • All for the Winner (1990)
  • Sleazy Dizzy (1990)
  • Curry and Pepper (1990)
  • The Unmatchable Match (1989)
  • Thunder Cops II (1989)
  • Tragic Heroes (1989)
  • Dragon Fight (1988)
  • Final Justice (1988)
  • Faithfully Yours (1988)

See also

External links

it:Stephen Chow ja:周星馳 zh:周星驰

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