Tony Leung Chiu-wai - Not to be confused with Tony Leung Kar-fai (the actor who starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover), Tony Leung Chiu-wai was born in Hong Kong on June 27, 1962. He has become the most sought-after actor in East Asia.
After completing his studies, Tony Leung worked under contract to the television channel TVB. He began by hosting a children's program, then attained popularity by appearing on several television series.
Following these career beginnings (comparable to those of other major Hong Kong stars), Tony appeared in a series of "auteur" films which soon earned him a reputation as an extremely versatile actor. Working for several of East Asia's greatest filmmakers, he has turned in outstanding
It is with Wong Kar-wai that Tony has enjoyed his strongest, most durable collaboration.
Following a cameo appearance in Days of Being Wild (1991), portrayals for Wong have been a wandering knight
gradually going blind (in Ashes of Time , for which he won several awards);
a solitary policeman in love (in Chungking Express , for which he received the Best Actor award at
the Hong Kong Film Awards); and a homosexual facing exile and a painful separation (in
Happy Together ,
for which he again received the Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Awards).
In 2000, pairing up with director Wong Kar-wai and actress Maggie Cheung, Tony received the Best Actor award for "In the Mood for Love" at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Again in 2005, Tony received Best Actor Award at Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in
In 2013, Tony recently released his latest film, The Grandmaster (2013).
His other notable films include
John Woo's classics Bullet in the Head (1990), Hard-Boiled (1992), and
Stanley Kwan Kam-pang's Love Unto Waste (1986);
Derek Yee Tung-shing's The Lunatics (1986) and The Great Magician (2012); Ching Siu-tung's
A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991);
Peter Chan Hoh-San and Lee Chi-Ngai's The Days of Being Dumb (1992), He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father! (1993), and
Mack the Knife (1995);
Tran Anh-hung's Cyclo (1995);
Hou Hsiao-hsien's City of Sadness (1989) and Flowers of Shanghai (1998).
From 2000 forward, Tony has collaborated with many international well-known directors such as:
Zhang Yi-Mou's Hero (2002);
Andrew Lau Wai-Keung and Alan Mak Siu-Fai's Infernal Affairs (2002), Infernal Affairs III (2003);
Jingle Ma Choh-Shing's Tokyo Raiders (2000) and Seoul Raiders (2005);
and Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (2007).
In addition to his acting career, Tony is a very popular recording artist.
Although he carefully chooses his more serious roles, he also continues to appear in farces and B-movies,
making him the hardest actor in Hong Kong to pigeonhole.