Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow
Background information
Chinese name 周星馳 (traditional)
Chinese name 周星驰 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhōu Xīngchí (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zau1 Sing1ci4 (Cantonese)
Born (1962-06-22) 22 June 1962
British Hong Kong
Other name(s) (lit. Grandmaster Sing)
  • Film director
  • actor
  • writer
  • film producer
  • enterpreneur
  • political adviser
Years active 1981–present

Stephen Chow Sing-chi (Chinese: , born 22 June 1962) is a film director,[1][2] actor,[3] writer, film producer, and political adviser of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.[4]

Professional career

Chow began his career as a temporary actor on television.[5][6] He graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982. Chow began to find some success with the children's programme 430 Space Shuttle. In 1987, Chow entered into the movie industry through the film Final Justice, which won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.[7]

Chow shot to stardom in The Final Combat (1989) and All for the Winner (1990). Fight Back to School (1991) became Hong Kong's top-grossing film of all time. In 1994, he began directing films, starting with From Beijing with Love, which he co-directed with Lee Lik-Chi. In the later half of the 1990s, China began to warm to Stephen Chow movies. He became pop-culture phenomenon in China.[8] In 2001 his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over US$50 million worldwide.[9]

Chow won Best Director and Best Actor at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards, and the film went on to garner additional awards including a Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Picture and Best Director.[10]

In 2004, his film Kung Fu Hustle grossed over US$106 million all over the world. Chow won Best Director at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and Best Picture of Imagine Film Festival and 20 international awards.[11]

Chow's film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo.[12] In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7, a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missions—Shenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6.[13] CJ7 became the highest-grossing film of all time in Malaysia.

In 2013, Chow's film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons became the highest-grossing China film of all time. In 2016, he released a new film titled The Mermaid. It was released in China on 8 February 2016. Upon release, it broke numerous box office records such as the biggest opening day and the biggest single day gross through its seventh day of release and having the biggest opening week of all time in China.[14]

On 19 February, it became the highest-grossing film of all time in China.[1] The Mermaid released in Vietnam on 10 February 2016. On 14 March, it became the 3rd highest-grossing film of all time in Vietnam. On 31 March it became the 45th All Time Highest Grossing Movies International.[15]


as Director

Year Title
1993 Flirting Scholar
1994 Love on Delivery
From Beijing with Love
1996 Forbidden City Cop
The God of Cookery
1999 King of Comedy
2001 Shaolin Soccer
2004 Kung Fu Hustle
2008 CJ7
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
2016 The Mermaid

as Actor

Year English Title Chinese title Role
1982 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (TV series)天龍八部
The Legend of Master So (TV series)蘇乞兒
The Emissary (TV series)獵鷹 Police cadet
1983 The Old Miao Myth (TV series)老洞 Hong (阿康)
The Legend of the Condor Heroes (TV series) 射鵰英雄傳
1988 Final Justice霹靂先鋒 Boy (credited as Stephen Chiau)
Faithfully Yours最佳女婿 Puddin Lai
My Father's Son (1988 film) 鬥氣一族
He Who Chases After the Wind 捕風漢子
The Justice of Life (TV series) 他來自江湖
Dragon Fight 龍在天涯 Andy Yau
1989 The Final Combat (TV series) 蓋世豪俠 Duen Fei 段飛
Just Heroes 義膽群英 Jacky/Yuen Kei-hao
Thunder Cops II 流氓差婆
1990 Love Is Love 望夫成龍 Shi Jinshui
My Hero 一本漫畫闖天涯 Sing
Lung Fung Restaurant 龍鳳茶樓 Rubbish Pool
Unmatchable Match, TheThe Unmatchable Match 风雨同路
Curry and Pepper 咖喱辣椒 Pepper (Chiu Man-keung)
Sleazy Dizzy 小偷阿星
Look Out, Officer! 師兄撞鬼 Sing
All for the Winner 賭聖
When Fortune Smiles 無敵幸運星
Triad Story 江湖最後一個大佬
Legend of the Dragon 龍的傳人 Chow Siu-lung
1991 God of Gamblers II 賭俠 Cho Chung-sing
Top Bet, TheThe Top Bet 賭霸 Sing (cameo)
Fist of Fury 1991 新精武門1991 Lau Ching
Fight Back to School 逃學威龍 Star Chow/Chow Sing-Sing
God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai 賭俠2之上海灘賭聖 Cho Chung-sing
Magnificent Scoundrels, TheThe Magnificent Scoundrels 情聖 Romeo/Ching Sing
Banquet, TheThe Banquet 豪門夜宴 Himself
Crazy Safari 非洲和尚 Narrator
Tricky Brains 整蠱專家 Jing Koo/Man-yuk
1992 Fist of Fury 1991 II 漫畫威龍
All's Well, Ends Well 家有囍事 Seung Foon
Fight Back to School II 逃學威龍2 Chow Sing Sing
Justice, My Foot! 審死官 Sung Sai Kit
Royal Tramp 鹿鼎記 Wai Siu-bo
Royal Tramp II 鹿鼎記2神龍教
King of Beggars 武狀元蘇乞兒 So Chan/"Beggar So"
The Thief of Time 群星會
1993 Fight Back to School III 逃學威龍3之龍過雞年 Chow Sing Sing
Flirting Scholar 唐伯虎點秋香 Tong Pak-Fu
Mad Monk, TheThe Mad Monk 濟公 Ji Gong/Dragon-Fighter Lohan
1994 Love on Delivery 破壞之王 Ang Ho-kam
Hail the Judge 九品芝麻官 Judge Bao Sing/Pao Lung Sing
From Beijing with Love 國產凌凌漆 Ling-ling-chat
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒 Monkey/Joker
Out of the Dark 回魂夜 Leo
Sixty Million Dollar Man 百變星君 Lee Chak-Sing
1996 Forbidden City Cop 大內密探零零發 Ling Ling-fat
The God of Cookery 食神 Stephen Chow
1997 All's Well, Ends Well 1997 97家有囍事 Lo Kung
Lawyer Lawyer 算死草 Chan Mong-Gut
1998 Lucky Guy, TheThe Lucky Guy 行運一條龍 Ho Kam Sui (Prince Egg-Tart)
1999 Gorgeous 玻璃樽 H.K policeman
Tricky Master, TheThe Tricky Master 千王之王2000 Master Wong
King of Comedy 喜劇之王 Wan Tin-sau
2001 Shaolin Soccer 少林足球 "Mighty Steel Leg" Sing
2004 Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 Sing
2008 CJ7 長江七號 Chow Ti

as Producer

Year Title
1996 The God of Cookery
2001 Shaolin Soccer
2004 Kung Fu Hustle
2008 CJ7
2009 Dragonball Evolution
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
2016 The Mermaid
2017 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2


Awards won
Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
Asia Pacific Film Festival
Blue Ribbon Awards
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Golden Horse Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
Utah Film Critics Association Awards
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
BAFTA Awards
  • 2006: nomination: Best Film not in the English Language for Kung Fu Hustle
Golden Globe Award


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, Zhang Yuqi and Xu Jiao.[16]

Martial arts experience

Chow trained in kung fu with Wong Shun Leung for three months and kept on practicing by himself.[17][18][19][20] Years later he continued his training with Wan Kam Leung [21][22]


  1. 1 2 "Stephen Chow earn US$100 million". Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. Stephen Chow Bails Out of Director’s Chair Of Hollywood
  3. Stephen Chow, at $5 billion, the highest paid star of China,; accessed 10 August 2016.
  4. Profile,; accessed 10 August 2016.(English)
  5. "Stephen Chow - The star of Shaolin Soccer doesn't mind if the joke is on him". TIME. 23 April 2003.
  6. "Lydia sums it up". 4 September 2004.
  7. "Stephen Chow". Time. 28 April 2003.
  8. What is the Stephen Chow culture
  9. "Shaolin soccer kicks an international goal". 1 August 2003.
  10. "Siu lam juk kau awards (2001)". 1 January 2009.
  11. "Kung Fu (2004) - Awards". 1 January 2009.
  12. "Stephen Chow's Sci-fi/Comedy will give 'A Hope' to audiences". 29 September 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2008.
  13. "Stephen Chow's Movie 'A Hope' Changes Title". Asian Popcorn. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  14. "Stephen Chow in China=Star War in American". Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  15. "All Time Highest Grossing Movies International Box Office". Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  16. 环球网 (2016). "承包头条的星女郎们!" (in Chinese). 中国网.
  17. "李小龍衣鉢又少一人,他曾和周星馳師出同門".
  18. "甄子丹打不過周星馳?揭周星馳武功到底有多厲害".
  19. "重温《功夫》看星爷打咏春拳".
  20. "四大动作影星,他们也是咏春门人".
  21. "與實用詠春拳技術交流(一)".
  22. "深度开扒一下周星驰,这次,我们不只是谈他的电影!".

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