Yun-Fat Chow Biography (1955-)

Name is sometimes transliterated as Chou Jun-fa, Chow Yuen Fat, Chow Yuen Fatt, Chow Yun Fat, Jau Yun Faat, or Zhou Runfa; born May 18, 1955, in Lamma Island, Hong Kong (now part of China); father, an oil tanker worker; mother, a vegetable farmer; married Candice Yu (an actress; also known as On-on Yu), c.1982 (divorced, 1983); married Jasmine Chow (a business manager), 1986. Addresses: Agent: Lee Stollman, Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Third Floor,Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Publicist: Rogers and Cowan Public Relations, 8687Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Birth Details
May 18, 1955
Hong Kong, China

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Chi nu (also known as Club Girl Story, Massage Girls, and Pond Girl), 1976
  • Leo jia xie pai gu ye zi (also known as The Hunter, the Butterfly, and the Crocodile), Hip Lee, 1976
  • Xin su xiao mei san nan xin lang (also known as Bride So and Her Groom and Learned Bride Trice Fools Bridegroom), Hip Lee, 1976
  • Ren ce (also known as Hot Blood and Register), Hip Lee, 1977
  • Ko Ming-Chung, Ai yu kuang chao (also known as Mad Love, Their Private Lives, and The Private Lives), Hip Lee, 1978
  • Kuan Yen-Ping, "O" nu (also known as Miss O), Goldig Film Company, 1978
  • Jing wang shuang xiong (also known as Heroic Cops and Killers Two), 1978
  • Chu Ka-Woh, Xi gan xian (also known as Be This First, Hard Boiled Killers, and Police Sir), Golden Princess, 1980
  • Jen Lung, Hei kek wong, 1980
  • Ban (also known as Beautify, Joy to the World, and Kou ye), Tak Lee, 1980
  • Shi ba (also known as Master Father and See-Bar), 1980
  • Ng Tao, Zhi fa zhe (also known as The Executioner, The Executor, Killers Two, and Kiss, Kiss, Bang Bang), Golden Princess, 1981
  • Wu Yuet, Woo yuet dik goo si (also known as God of Killers,The Story of Woo Viet, Woo Yuet's Story, and Hu yue de gu shi), 1981
  • Fu Jun, Xun cheng ma (also known as Patrol Horse, Patrolof Horses, The Postman Fights Back, and The Postman Strikes Back), Golden Harvest/Peace Film Production, 1982
  • Bullet, Xue han jin qian (also known as Blood Money, Hardworking Money, and Hong Kong Specialist), 1983
  • Kwong-Ping, Fa sing (also known as Flower City, Last Affair, and Hua cheng), 1983
  • Nguyen Dich, Lie tou (also known as The Head Hunter, Hunting Head, and Long Goodbye), 1983
  • Fan Liu-Yuan, Qing cheng zhi lian (also known as Love in a Fallen City), 1984
  • Valentine Chow, Ling qi po ren (also known as The Occupantand The Tenant), 1984
  • Yip Kim Fay, for Dang doi lai ming (also known as Hong Kong 1941, Two Times: Hong Kong 1941, Waiting for Dawn, Waitingfor Daybreak, and Deng dai li ming), Tai Seng/D & B Films, 1984
  • Charles Wong/Ga-Ming, Meigui de gushi (also known as Lost Romance, Rose, and The Story of Rose), 1985
  • Derek, Nu ren xin (also known as Women), Shaw Brothers, 1985
  • Double Circle Pu, Gui xin niang (also known as The Phantom Bride and Spiritual Love), Golden Harvest, 1985
  • Joe, Qi yuan (also known as The Affair from Nepal, The Nepal Affair, and Witch from Nepal), 1985
  • Mr. Chow, Hoh bit yau ngoh (also known as Why Me? and Hebi you wo), Cinema City Releasing, 1985
  • Chung, Din lo jing juen (also known as The Lunatics, Lunatic's True Story, The Story of Maniacs, and Dian lao zheng zhuan), D & B Films, 1986
  • Ho Ting-Bon, Yi gai yun tian (also known as A Hearty Response and A Heavy Response), 1986
  • Hsiao Hsien, Shaqi Errenzu (also known as 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife), 1986
  • Mark Gor/Mark Lee, Ying hung boon sik (also known as A Better Tomorrow, The Color of a Hero, The Essence of Heroes, Gangland Boss, True Colors of a Hero, and Ying xiong ben se),Golden Princess, 1986
  • Professor Peter, Chu yi shi wu (also known as The Missed Date), 1986
  • Sergeant Lan, Deiha tsing (also known as Love unto Waist, Love unto Waste, and Di xia qing), 1986
  • Song Yu, Meng zhong ren (also known as Dream Lovers), 1986
  • Wei, Yuan zhen-xia yu Wei Si-Li (also known as Dr. Yuen and Wisely and The Seventh Curse), 1986
  • Fu xing jia qi (also known as Chasing Girls, The Romancing Star, and Jing zhuong zhui nu zi), 1986
  • Ni qing wo yuan (also known as My Will, I Will, You Want, I Want, and You Will I Will), 1986
  • Boat head, Figgy, figurehead, and Samuel Pang, Chou tin dik tong wah (also known as An Autumn's Tale and Liumang daheng), D &B Films, 1987
  • Chang Ho-Tien, Jiang hu long hu men (also known as Dragon and Tiger Fight and Flaming Brothers), 1987
  • Chi, Ying hung ho hon (also known as Hero, Heroic Hero, Rich and Famous 2, Tragic Hero, and Ying xiong hao han), 1987
  • Chung Tin Ching (Prisoner 41671), Gaam yuk fung wan (also known asPrison on Fire, Prison Turbulence, and Jian yu feng yun), Cinema City Releasing, 1987
  • Ken Gor/Mark Lee, Ying hong boon sik II (also known as A BetterTomorrow II, The Color of a Hero II, Three Times: A Better Tomorrow, and Ying xiong ben se III xi yang zhi ge), Cinema City Releasing, 1987
  • Ko Chow, Long hu feng yun (also known as City on Fire and Lung fu fong wan), Cinema City Releasing, 1987
  • Li Ah-Chai, Gong woo ching (also known as Drifter Love, Rich and Famous, and Jiang hu qing), 1987
  • Cheng chong chui lui chai (also known as The Romancing Star, Jing zhuang zhui nu zai, and Jing zhuong zhui nu zi), 1987
  • Xiao sheng meng jing hun (also known as Kid Dreams Thrillerand Scared Stiff), 1987
  • Chow Ting Fat (Ah Fat, Fat Tsui), Daai jeung foo yat gei (also known as Big Husband's Diary, Diary of a Big Man, and Da zhangfu ri ji), 1988
  • Dick Lee, Sing si jin jaang (also known as City War, Cheng shi zhan zheng, Yi daam hung sun, and Yi dan hong chun),1988
  • Francis Li (a police officer), Lo foo chut gang (also known as Tiger Goes on the Beat, Tiger on Beat, Tiger on the Beat, and Lao hu chu geng), 1988
  • "Handsome" Long, Ba xing bao xi (also known as The Eight Happiness and The Eighth Happiness), 1988
  • Hung, Zai jian ying xiong (also known as Good-Bye, Hero andGoodbye, My Friend), 1988
  • Joe, Chang duan jiao zhi lian (also known as Fractured Follies), 1988
  • Locomotive, Gong zi duo qing (also known as The Greatest Lover), 1988
  • Yu Da Fu, Yu Da Fu chuan qi (also known as Cherry Blossomsand The Legend of Yu Ta Fu), 1988
  • Ah Jong/John Chow (Jeffrey Chow in United States version), Die xue shuang xiong (also known as Bloodshed of Two Heroes, Just Heroes, and The Killer), Circle Releasing, 1989
  • Ah-Long Yeung, You jian A Lang (also known as All about Ah-Long and A Lang de gu shi), 1989
  • Cheung Chi-keung/Mark Gor, Yinghung bunsik III (also known as ABetter Tomorrow III and A Better Tomorrow III: Love and Death in Saigon), Golden Princess, 1989
  • Hui, Yi ben wu yan (also known as Brotherhood, Code of Honour, Promise without a Word, and Triad Savages), 1989
  • Ko Chun (the god of gamblers), Du shen (also known as God of Gamblers), 1989
  • Lau Chung Pong (Mickey Lau, "Mew Mew"), Ban wo chuang tian ya (also known as Wild Search and Boon ngoh chong tin ngaai), Born Top/Silver Medal Productions, 1989
  • Li Man-Ho, Wo zai hei she hui de ri zi (also known as The Inside Story and Triads: The Inside Story), 1989
  • Lam Bo Sun/Mr. Stink, Ji xing gong zhao (also known as The Fun,the Luck, and the Tycoon), 1990
  • Black Vengeance, 1990
  • Chung Tin Ching, Tao fan (also known as Prison on Fire II and Jian yu feng yun xu ji), 1991
  • God of gamblers, Dou Hap (also known as God of Gamblers IIand Du xia), Win's Film Productions, 1991
  • Red Bean Pudding (Joe), Zongsheng sihai (also known as Criss-Cross over Four Seas, Once a Thief, and Zong heng si hai), Rim Film Distributors, 1991
  • Inspector Yuen (Tequila), Lashou shentan (also known as God ofGuns, Hard-Boiled, Hot-Handed God of Cops, and RuthlessSuper-Cop), Rim Film Distributors, 1992
  • Jeff, Xia dao Gao Fei (also known as Chivalrous Thief Gao Fei and Full Contact), Golden Princess, 1992
  • Ng Shan-shui, Wo ai chou wen chai (also known as Love: Now YouSee It ... Now You Don't, Now You See It ... Now You Don't, NowYou See Love, Now You Don't, and Liu mang yu dao bing), 1992
  • Du sheng (also known as All for the Winner), Paragon Films,1992
  • (Uncredited) Himself, Cinema of Vengeance (documentary), VengeanceProductions, 1993
  • Chang Ching, Hua qi Shao Lin (also known as American Shaolin, National Treasure, and Treasure Hunt), Eastern Renaissance Pictures, 1994
  • Chow/Mr. Orange, Who Do You Think You're Fooling?, Impossible Funky Productions, 1994
  • Ko Chun (the god of gamblers), Du shen xu ji (also known as Godof Gamblers' Return, God of Gamblers Returns, God of Gamblers2, and Return of the God of Gamblers), 1994
  • The killer, Heping fandian (also known as The Peace Hotel),1995
  • Nanjing 1937 (also known as Don't Cry, Nanking, NanjingDatusha, and Nan Jing yi jiu san qi), 1995
  • John Lee, The Replacement Killers, Columbia/TriStar, 1997
  • King Mongkut, Anna and the King, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Lieutenant Nick Chen, The Corruptor, New Line Cinema, 1999
  • Master Li Mu Bai, Wo hu cang long (also known as Ngo foo chonglung), released as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sony Pictures Classics, 2000
  • Monk with no name, Bulletproof Monk, Lion Rock, 2001, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2003
  • Himself, Du zi deng dai (also known as Waiting Alone), Colordance Pictures, 2004
  • Prince Ping, Autumn Remembrance, Elite Group Enterprises, 2006
  • The Aunt's Postmodern Life, [Hong Kong], 2006
  • Sometimes credited in the Philippines as Chow Anderson.
  • Film Work
  • Assistant art director, Ying hung ho hon (also known as Hero, Heroic Hero, Rich and Famous 2, Tragic Hero, and Ying xiong hao han), 1987
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Leui Gong, Saat sau qi shi er siu si, beginning 1976
  • Keung yan, beginning 1978
  • Beggar So, Sou hat yi, beginning 1982
  • Ngai Chun, Fo fung wong, beginning 1982
  • Shang Hai tan (also known as The Bund and Shanghai Beach), beginning 1983
  • Shanghai gangster, Shang Hai tan xu ji (also known as The BundPart II and Shanghai Beach 2), beginning 1983
  • But dou san hung, beginning 1983
  • Siu mo kong wu (also known as The Smiling, Proud Wanderer),beginning 1984
  • Ging Shing, San jaat si hing--juk jaap, beginning 1985
  • Lok Ching Hing, Dai heung gong (also known as The Battle amongthe Clans), beginning 1985
  • Yang ka cheung (also known as The Yangs' Saga), beginning 1986
  • Movies
  • The Reincarnation, 1974
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2000
  • 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000
  • Presenter, The 73rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Himself, "Anna and the King," HBO First Look, HBO, 1999
  • Appeared in several episodes of soap operas and dramas in Hong Kong.
  • Videos
  • Himself, Eastern Heroes: The Video Magazine--Volume 2, Eastern Heroes Video, 1996
  • Himself, From the (Under)Ground Up: The Making of "The Corruptor,"New Line Home Video, 1999
  • Himself, Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood, Columbia/TriStar Home Video,2001
  • Video Games
  • Inspector Tequila, Stranglehold, Midway Manufacturing, 2006
  • Screenplays
  • Stories for Films
  • You jian A Lang (also known as All about Ah-Long and A Lang de gu shi), 1989
  • Heping fandian (also known as The Peace Hotel), 1995
  • Songs Featured in Films
  • "Daai jeung foo yat gei" (title means "Big Husband's Diary"), Daai jeung foo yat gei (also known as Big Husband's Diary, Diary of a Big Man, and Da zhang fu ri ji), 1988
  • (With Tai-Yau Law and Chun-Keung Lam) "Fei sa fung jung juen" (title means "Fly Sand Wind Middle Change"), Wo zai hei she hui de ri zi (also known as The Inside Story and Triads: The Inside Story), 1989

Further Reference


    • Newsmakers 1999, Issue 4, Gale, 1999
    • Details, December, 1997, pp. 167-68
    • Empire, July, 1998, pp. 58-59
    • Entertainment Weekly, February 13, 1998, pp. 17-18; January 7, 2000, p. 42
    • Flicks, June, 1998, p. 38
    • Los Angeles Times, January 3, 1993
    • Movieline, January, 2000, p. 24
    • People Weekly, March 2, 1998, pp. 75-76; November 15, 1999, p. 88;May 14, 2001, p. 134
    • Premiere, March, 1998, pp. 59-61
    • Variety, December 1, 1997, p. 50; January 26, 1998, p. 84

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