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Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 22, 1962
MarkFrequently uses his Chinese name, "Sing" in movies
FactQuentin Tarantino calls him "the best actor in Hong Kong.".


Who is Stephen Chow?

Stephen Chow is a Hong Kong actor, filmmaker/producer, who is perhaps still best known to the world as Mighty Steel Leg Sing in the popular action comedy film “Shaolin Soccer” (2001). Furthermore, he is also known for his work on the films “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004), and “CJ7” (2008), in addition to other projects on which he has worked so far in his career.

Stephen Chow Wiki- Age, Childhood, and Education

Born as Sing-Chi Chow on the 22nd June 1962, in Hong Kong, he assumed the name Stephen later in his career. He is the middle child and only son in the family, with a younger sister named Chow Sing Ha, and an older sister, Chow Man Kei.

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His parents are Ling Po Yee and Chow Yik Sheung. His name Sing-chi comes from the essay “Preface to the Prince of Teng’s Pavilion”, written by poet Wang Bo. Stephen’s parents divorced early in his childhood, and from then on he was raised by his mother. He went to Heep Who Primary school, a missionary school of the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China, in Kowloon Peninsula. After this, he enrolled at San Marino Secondary School, where one of his classmates was Lee Kin-yan, now an accomplished actor. Following his matriculation, he became a student of Television Broadcast Limited (TVB) acting classes.

Career Beginnings

Stephen’s career started in the early ‘80s with minor roles in Chinese productions, including “Nui wor hang dong” (1981), while two years later he was in the TV series “The Legend of the Condor Heroes”. Throughout the ‘80s Stephen was making a name for himself in Chinese films, winning the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film “Final Justice”, co-starring Danny Lee, Stephen, and Ka-Kui Ho”. With the ‘90s, his popularity in China soared, and Stephen appeared in more than 40 films – one of the most popular was “Fight Back to School” (1991), which became Hong Kong’s top-grossing film of all time.

Stephen Chow

Three years later he directed and starred in the film “From Beijing with Love”, and the same year starred in the comedy film “Love on Delivery” with Christy Chung and Man-Tat Ng, while in 1995 he was the lead star of the horror-comedy film “Out of the Dark”. The following year, Stephen starred in the action-fantasy film “The God of Cookery”, and before the decade ended, appeared with Jackie Chan in the action-comedy film “Gorgeous” in 1999.

Rise to Stardom

Stephen was becoming more popular with every new film, which created the Stephen Chow Phenomenon. With the start of the new millennium, Stephen became more focused on directing, but still starred in a few successful projects.

His most prominent role came in 2001 when he portrayed Mighty Steel Leg Sing in the film “Shaolin Soccer”, which he also wrote and directed, while his co-stars included Man-Tat Ng, Wei Zhao, and Yin Tse as the main antagonist, among other stars of the Chinese cinematography. He was Sing in the film “Kung Fu Hustle” in 2004, and Ti in the film “CJ7”, before retiring from acting in 2010.

Writing and Directing

In addition, Stephen is an accomplished writer and director. His directorial debut was the highly acclaimed film “From Beijing with Love” in 1994 and since then he has worked on more than 10 films. Some of the titles include “Forbidden City Cop”, “King of Comedy” (1999), then “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004), “Journey to the West” (2013), and his most recent accomplishment “The New King of Comedy” (2019).

What Happened to Stephen Chow and Where Is He Now?

In 2016 Stephen became the ninth top-grossing Hollywood director, and his film “The Mermaid” broke numerous box office records. The film became the highest-grossing film of all time in China, and has grossed over $550 million worldwide so becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time in Asia. His newest release is the film “The New King of Comedy” (2019), while he is now working on the animated film “The Monkey King”, which is currently in post-production. He has said that he left acting as he feels that he now has more control over films when he is directing it, rather than when he is acting in a film.

Stephen Chow Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

Stephen is one of the most popular Chinese actors, and his wealth has grown accordingly. Sources have estimated Stephen Chow’s net worth at $30 million as of mid-2020.

Stephen Chow stands at 5′ 8½ (1.74m) tall, while he weighs approximately 152lbs ~ 69kgs. His vital statistics are unknown, but he still maintains an athletic figure with close to perfect measurements despite his age. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Stephen Chow Personal Life, Dating, Marriage, Wife, Children?

Stephen is a very private person, but that hasn’t stopped the media from creating rumors about him, especially regarding his love life, but he has remained quiet about them all. One known fact about him is that he isn’t married, but his love life is rather rich. For 10 years he was in a relationship with Yu Wen-Feng, who is the youngest daughter of Yu Ching Po, founder of Kumagai Gumi (Hong Kong), now known as Hong Kong Construction Holdings. Yu is ten years younger Stephen, but that didn’t stop their romance from blooming for a decade before it ended. Back in the ‘90s, he was in a relationship with actress and singer Karen Mok – the two worked together on five films, including “The God of Cookery” (1996), among others.

Following his split from Yu Wen-Feng, Stephen started a relationship with Alice Yu Man-Fung, but that ended after a couple of years, after which Alice sued Stephen for HK$80 million, claiming a share of the property they bought and owned together during their relationship.

Since their breakup, Stephen has been single and focused on his career. However, one of the recent rumors was that he is the father of actress Cecilia Cheung’s third child, and yet another one is that he is getting married. Nevertheless, his agent has stated that all these rumors are fake, and even Cecilia denied the rumor by saying that her third son’s father is Caucasian.

General Info

Full NameStephen Chow
Date Of BirthJune 22, 1962
Height1.74 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Comedian, Film producer, Film director, Actor

Family

ParentsLin Bo Yee, Chow Yeesheung
SiblingsZhou Xingxia, Zhou Wenji

Accomplishments

AwardsHong Kong Film Award for Best Actor, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film, Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Director, Golden Horse Award for Best Director, Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film, Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Silver Scream ...
NominationsHong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Screenplay, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film
MoviesThe Mermaid, Kung Fu Hustle, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, CJ7, A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella, The God of Cookery, King of Comedy, Flirting Scholar, Royal Tramp, The Mad Monk, Love on Delivery, Legend of the Dragon, Hail the Judge, Shaolin Soccer, Out of the Dark, Sixty Millio...
TV ShowsThe Final Combat, The Price of Growing Up, The Justice of Life, Angels and Devils, Beyond the Rose Garden, Wut lik sap jat, Heung sing long ji

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1His over-the-top style of comedy, known as "Silly Talk"
2Musical numbers that serves little to no purpose to the plot
3Always plays an underdog with his real-life traits
4Frequently cast in films directed by Jing Wong
5Frequently works alongside or casts Man-Tat Ng
6Frequently uses his Chinese name, "Sing" in movies

Quotes

#Quote
1The reason to do a remake is always because the idea is good but the quality is not up to standard. With Kung Fu Hustle the quality is already there. And it would be hard to do it in English because it is all about Chinese culture.
2I used to cry when I watched Chaplin's films. It was from him that I learned about the role of the underdog. And because I'm also from a poor family, this kind of thing moved me and I found that it also worked for the audience because most of them are like me - ordinary guys.
3I'm not good at kung-fu at all. I have been learning, but obviously I am not an expert.
4Right from the beginning of my work, I wanted to capture a mass audience. And I love the unusual: you never see dancing villains. For me, there's a fine line between comedy and drama; so it's not just played for laughs. There's a little romance in this story, too - something for everybody.
5I thought martial arts were my great strength, but when I actually got involved in show-business, I realized I wasn't the only one who could do these things. And compared to a lot of others, I wasn't really that good. So I became a children's TV program host.

Facts

#Fact
1His favorite director is Steven Spielberg.
2Quentin Tarantino calls him "the best actor in Hong Kong.".
3Grew up in Hong Kong.
4Parents divorced when he was young.
5His parents couldn't afford kung fu lessons, therefore he taught himself from watching TV.
6A wing chun stylist, Chow began using it in combat scenes, starting with Fist of Fury 1991.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CJ7: The Cartoon2010Ti (voice)
Jian guo da ye2009
Cheung gong 7 hou2008Ti
Kung Fu Hustle2004Sing
Shaolin Soccer2001Mighty Steel Leg Sing
Chin wong ji wong 20001999Wong Si Fu
Hei kek ji wong1999Wan Tin-sau
Boh lei chun1999H.K. Police Officer
Hung wan yat tew loong1998Sui
Suen sei cho1997Chan Mon-Gut (as Steven Chow)
97 ga yau hei si1997Lo Kung
Sik san1996Stephen Chow, The God of Cookery
Dai lap mat tam 0081996Ling Ling Fat (as Chiau Sing Chi)
Baak bin sing gwan1995Lee Chak Sing (as Sing-chi Chow)
Wui wan ye1995Leon
Sai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun1995Joker Monkey King Sunset Warrior
Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap1995Joker / Monkey King
Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat1994Ling Ling Chat
Gau ban ji ma goon ji baak min bau ching tin1994Pao Lung-Sing (as Sing-chi Chow)
Poh wai ji wong1994Ho Kam-An
Chai gong1993Dragon Fighter Lo Han
Tang Bohu dian Qiuxiang1993Tong Pak Foo
Yi ben man hua chuang tian ya II miao xiang tian kai1993Cameo appearance
To hok wai lung 3: Lung gwoh gai nin1993Star Chow, Million Wong (as Sing-chi Chow)
Mo jong yuen So Hat-Yi1992So-cha-ha-yee Chan So Hat-Yi Beggar So (as Sing-chi Chow)
Lu ding ji II: Zhi shen long jiao1992Wei Siu-Bo Wilson Bond (as Sing-chi Chow)
Lu ding ji1992Wei Siu Bo Wilson Bond (as Sing-chi Chow)
Sam sei goon1992Sung Sai-Kit / Sung Shih-Chieh (as Sing-chi Chow)
To hok wai lung 21992Chow Sing Sing (as Sing-chi Chow)
All's Well, Ends Well1992Shang Foon
Jing jyu tai1992TV MovieDyun Siu Fei
Man hua wei long1992Lau Ching (as Sing-chi Chow)
Ching sing1991Romeo / Shun (as Steven Chow)
To hok wai lung1991Star Chow
Fei zhou he shang1991Narrator (Cantonese version) (voice, as Chow Shing Chi)
Xin jing wu men 19911991Lau Ching / Chow Sing Cho, 'The Saint of Gamblers' (as Sing-chi Chow)
Long de chuan ren1991Chow Siu-Lung (as Sing Chi Chiao)
Jing gu jyun ga1991Koo Jing Chi Man-Jing
Yi ben man hua: Chuang tian ya1990Sing
Jiang hu zui hou yi ge da lao1990Sin (as Sing Chi Chow)
Wu di xing yun xing1990Vincent Han
Shi xiong zhuang gui1990Hsing
Xiao tou A Xing1990Sing
Ga li la jiao1990Pepper / Officer Shao Wen
Feng yu tong lu1990Cheung Lon / Cockroach
Lung Fung cha lau1990Rubbish Pool
Wang fu cheng long1990
Liu mang chai po1989Sui Yien
Ta loi ji kong wu1989TV SeriesHo Kam-shui
Just Heroes1989'Jacky' Yuen Kei-hao
Long zai tian ya1989Andy Yau (as Sing-Chi Chow)
Mo Min Kap Sin Fung1989TV Series 1989
Koi saai ho haap1989TV SeriesDun Fei
Jui gaai nui sai1988Puddin Lai
Pik lik sin fung1988Ah Wai (as Stephen Chiau)
Bo fung hon ji1988
Ying ging boon sik1988TV MovieLau Ting Kin
Sung meng chi loi1987TV Series
A Better Tomorrow1986Taiwanese Triad
But dou san hung1983TV Series
Joi geen sup gao sui1983TV Series
Sou hat yi1982TV Series
Heung sing long ji1982TV Series
Wut lik sap jat1982TV Series
She diao ying xiong zhuan1982TV Series
Nui wor hang dong1981TV SeriesAssistant to Lillian Turner

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Journey to the West: Demon Chapter2017producer post-production
Mei ren yu2016executive producer / producer
Journey to the West2013executive producer / producer
CJ7: The Cartoon2010producer
Jump2009producer
Dragonball: Evolution2009producer
Shôrin shôjo2008executive producer - as Shinchî Chau
Cheung gong 7 hou2008producer
Kung Fu Hustle2004producer
Shaolin Soccer2001executive producer
Sik san1996producer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mei ren yu2016
Journey to the West2013as Xingchi Zhou
CJ7: The Cartoon2010characters
Jump2009original story
Cheung gong 7 hou2008written by
Kung Fu Hustle2004written by
Shaolin Soccer2001
Hei kek ji wong1999writer
Sik san1996
Dai lap mat tam 0081996written by - as Chiau Sing Chi
Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat1994

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mei ren yu2016as Xingchi Zhou
Journey to the West2013
Cheung gong 7 hou2008
Kung Fu Hustle2004
1:99 Shorts2003TV Movie
Shaolin Soccer2001
Hei kek ji wong1999
Sik san1996as Stephen Chiau
Dai lap mat tam 0081996as Chiau Sing Chi
Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat1994

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shaolin Soccer2001additional action director - uncredited
Man hua wei long1992choreographer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kung Fu Hustle2004

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Xuan hong2012special thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Guillotine Guys2010Short special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
World Film Report2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Lu Yu You Yue2008TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'CJ7'2008TV MovieHimself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Comme au cinéma2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Godnatt, Sverige2005TV SeriesHimself
TV total2005TV SeriesHimself
My Shot With2005TV SeriesHimself
Toribia no izumi: Subarashiki muda chishiki2004TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2003TV SeriesHimself
Hao men ye yan1991Himself / Man at Dinner

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2010Chunyan AwardChunyan AwardsBest ActorCheung gong 7 hou (2008)
2008Audience AwardNeuchâtel International Fantastic Film FestivalCheung gong 7 hou (2008)
2005Silver Scream AwardAmsterdam Fantastic Film FestivalKung fu (2004)
2005Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest DirectorKung fu (2004)
2005PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmKung fu (2004)
2003Blue Ribbon AwardBlue Ribbon AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmSiu Lam juk kau (2001)
2002Golden BauhiniaGolden Bauhinia AwardsBest DirectorSiu Lam juk kau (2001)
2002Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest DirectorSiu Lam juk kau (2001)
2002Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorSiu Lam juk kau (2001)
1996HKFCS AwardHong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorSai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap (1995)
1992Best ActorAsia-Pacific Film FestivalSam sei goon (1992)
1988Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorPik lik sin fung (1988)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2013Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Action ChoreographyXi you: Xiang mo pian (2013)
2013Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Adapted ScreenplayXi you: Xiang mo pian (2013)
2009Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorCheung gong 7 hou (2008)
2008Hundred Flowers AwardHundred Flowers AwardsBest DirectorCheung gong 7 hou (2008)
2006BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film not in the English LanguageKung fu (2004)
2006Hundred Flowers AwardHundred Flowers AwardsBest ActorKung fu (2004)
2006Hundred Flowers AwardHundred Flowers AwardsBest DirectorKung fu (2004)
2006MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightKung fu (2004)
2005Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest DirectorKung fu (2004)
2005Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorKung fu (2004)
2005Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ScreenplayKung fu (2004)
2005HKFCS AwardHong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorKung fu (2004)
2002China Film Media AwardChinese Film Media AwardsBest Actor - Hong Kong/TaiwanSiu Lam juk kau (2001)
2002Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ScreenplaySiu Lam juk kau (2001)
1996Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorSai yau gei: Sin leui kei yun (1995)
1995Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorGwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (1994)
1993Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorSam sei goon (1992)
1992Golden Horse AwardGolden Horse Film FestivalBest Leading ActorSam sei goon (1992)
1992Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorTo hok wai lung (1991)
1991Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest ActorDou sing (1990)
1989Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting ActorPik lik sin fung (1988)
1989Hong Kong Film AwardHong Kong Film AwardsBest New PerformerPik lik sin fung (1988)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Undistributed FilmXi you: Xiang mo pian (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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