Tony Leung

Actor, Singer, TV host (children's program)
Chinese film and TV actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai gained some stateside critical attention with the limited release of Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung's "Cyclo" (1996). Describing his character, "The Poet"--a sensitive ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1962 in China

Filmography

Actor (31)

The Grandmaster 2013 (Movie)

Ip Man (Actor)

The Great Magician 2012 (Movie)

Chang Hsien (Actor)

The Silent War 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Cliff II 2009 (Movie)

Zhou Yu (Actor)

Red Cliff: Part I 2009 (Movie)

Zhou Yu (Actor)

Ashes of Time Redux 2008 (Movie)

Blind Swordsman (Actor)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

Mr Yee (Actor)

Seung Sing 2006 (Movie)

Lau Ching-hei (Actor)

2046 2005 (Movie)

Chow Mo Wan (Actor)

Seoul Raiders 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

Broken Sword (Actor)

Infernal Affairs 2004 (Movie)

Chan Wing Yan (Actor)

Infernal Affairs 3 2003 (Movie)

Chen Wing Yan (Actor)

Sound of Colors 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Lucky Year 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Mood for Love 2001 (Movie)

Chow Mo-Wan -- Mr Chow (Actor)

Tokyo Raiders 2000 (Movie)

Lam (Actor)

Bolei Cheun 1998 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

The Flowers of Shanghai 1998 (Movie)

Wang Lingsheng (Actor)

Happy Together 1997 (Movie)

Lai Yiu-Fai (Actor)

Chungking Express 1996 (Movie)

Cop 663 (Actor)

Cyclo 1996 (Movie)

The Poet (Actor)

Days of Being Wild 1996 (Movie)

Smirk (Actor)

Ashes of Time 1995 (Movie)

The Blind Swordsman (Actor)

Gau Sei San Gwan 1994 (Movie)

Fung (Actor)

The Eagle Shooting Heroes: Dong Cheng Xi Jiu 1993 (Movie)

Ou-yang Feng (Actor)

Hard Boiled 1992 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

A Chinese Ghost Story III 1991 (Movie)

Fong (Actor)

Bullet in the Head 1990 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

A City of Sadness 1989 (Movie)

Lin Wen-ching (Actor)

Deiha tsing 1986 (Movie)

Tony Cheung (Actor)
Director (2)

Superfights 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Bloodmoon (TV Show)

Director
Physical Effects (1)

DOUBLE VISION (Chen Kuo-fu Mystery) 2002 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)

Biography

Chinese film and TV actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai gained some stateside critical attention with the limited release of Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung's "Cyclo" (1996). Describing his character, "The Poet"--a sensitive gangster who suffers stress-related nosebleeds between bouts of ruthless bloodletting--he has been quoted: "The role of the Poet is quite different from the characters I usually play, more introverted, more fragile. I like his sadness, his modesty, his breathtaking self-destructiveness. The Poet is still with me today. I'm not very talkative like him, and I appreciate my solitude as he does." Such an assessment seems somewhat disingenuous in light of the vulnerability Leung Chiu-wai often brings to his characterizations, even in hard-boiled action fare.

Relationships

Carina Lau

Wife
Played his wife in "Ashes of Time" (1994) together since 1989 married in July 2008 in the Himalayan nation Bhutan

EDUCATION

Quit school at the age of 15 due to financial difficulties

Milestones

2007

Cast in Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" a thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Lead Actor

2004

Co-starred with Ziyi Zhang in the sci-fi "2046" directed by Kar Wai Wong

2002

Reteamed with actress Maggie Cheung to star in Yimou Zhang's "Hero"

2000

Headlined the Cannes-screened "In the Mood for Love"

1996

Starred in title role in Trahn Ahn Hung's "Cyclo"

1994

Directed by Wong Kar-wai in two features, "Chungking Express" and "Ashes of Time"

1992

Reteamed with Woo for "Hard-boiled"

1990

First feature collaboration with director John Woo, "Bullet in the Head"

1984

Starred in the Police Cadet series; first worked with a then unknown Maggie Cheung

1981

Signed by TVB shortly after graduating high school

Hosted a children's TV program

Raised in Hong Kong by his mother

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