Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow Sing Chi (Chinese: , born 22 June 1962) is a Hong Kong film director,[1] actor,[2][3] producer, political adviser of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference[4][5] and martial artist.

Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow in 2008.
Native name
Born (1962-06-22) 22 June 1962
ResidenceHong Kong
  • Director
  • film producer
  • playwright
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • political advisor
Years active1980–present
  • Chow Yik Sheung (father)
  • Ling Po Yee (mother)
FamilyChow Man Kei (sister)
Chow Sing Ha (sister)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese周星馳
Simplified Chinese周星驰
Cantonese YaleJāu Sīngchìh

Early life and education

Chow was born in Hong Kong on 22 June 1962 to Ling Po Yee (凌寶兒), an alumnus of Guangzhou Normal University, and Chow Yik Sheung (周驛尚), an immigrant from Ningbo, Zhejiang.[6] Chow has an elder sister named Chow Man Kei (周文姬) and a younger sister named Chow Sing Ha (周星霞).[7] Chow's given name "Sing-chi" (星馳) derives from Tang dynasty (618907) Chinese poet Wang Bo's essay Preface to the Prince of Teng's Pavilion.[8] After his parents divorced when he was seven, Chow was raised by his mother.[8] Chow attended Xiehe School, a missionary school attached to the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China in Prince Edward Road, Kowloon Peninsula.[9] When he was nine, he saw Bruce Lee's film The Big Boss, which inspired him to become a martial arts star.[10] Chow entered San Marino Secondary School, where he studied alongside Lee Kin-yan.[10] After graduation, he was accepted to TVB's acting classes.[11]


Chow began his career as a temporary actor on television.[12] He graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982. Chow began to find some success with the children's programme 430 Space Shuttle. In 1988, Chow entered the movie industry through the film Final Justice, which won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor.[13]

Chow shot to stardom in The Final Combat (1989).[14] 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. In the latter half of the 1990s, China began to warm to his films and he became Stephen Chow Phenomenon (周星驰现象).[15][16][17]

In 2001, his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over US$50 million worldwide.[18][19][20][21] 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.[22]

In 2004, his film Kung Fu Hustle grossed over US$106 million worldwide. Chow also won Best Director at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and Best Picture of Imagine Film Festival as well as twenty international awards.[23]

His film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo.[24] 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.[25] CJ7 became the highest-grossing film of all time in Malaysia.[26]

In 2013, his film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time.[27]

In 2016, his new film The Mermaid broke numerous box office records: Biggest opening day, biggest single-day gross after its seventh day of release, biggest opening week of all time in China.[28] On 19 February, it became the highest-grossing film of all time in China.[29]

The Mermaid was released in Vietnam on 10 February 2016. On 14 March, it became the third-highest-grossing film of all time in Vietnam. It has now grossed over US$553.81 million worldwide[30] and is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Asia.[31]

Stephen Chow became the ninth-top-grossing Hollywood Director of 2016.[32]


Year English Title Chinese title Role Award
1988Final Justice霹靂先鋒ActorGolden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor
1988Faithfully Yours最佳女婿Actor
1988He Who Chases After the Wind捕風漢子Actor
1989The Final Combat (TV series)蓋世豪俠Actor
1989The Justice of Life (TV series)他來自江湖Actor
1989Thunder Cops II贼公差婆Actor
1989Just Heroes義膽群英Actor
1989Dragon Fight龍在天涯Actor
1990Love Is Love望夫成龍Actor
1990My Hero一本漫畫闖天涯Actor
1990Lung Fung Restaurant龍鳳茶樓Actor
1990Curry and Pepper咖喱辣椒Actor
1990Sleazy Dizzy小偷阿星Actor
1990Look Out, Officer!師兄撞鬼Actor
1990All for the Winner賭聖Actor
1990When Fortune Smiles無敵幸運星Actor
1990Triad Story江湖最後一個大佬Actor
1990Legend of the Dragon龍的傳人Actor
1991God of Gamblers II賭俠Actor
1991The Top Bet賭霸Actor
1991Fist of Fury 1991新精武門1991Actor
1991Fight Back to School逃學威龍Actor
1991God of Gamblers III: Back to Shanghai賭俠2之上海灘賭聖Actor
1991The Magnificent Scoundrels情聖Actor
1991The Banquet豪門夜宴Actor
1991Tricky Brains整蠱專家Actor
1992Fist of Fury 1991 II漫畫威龍Actor
1992All's Well, Ends Well家有囍事Actor
1992Fight Back to School II逃學威龍2Actor
1992Justice, My Foot!審死官ActorAsia Pacific Film Festival for Best Actor
1992Royal Tramp鹿鼎記Actor
1992Royal Tramp II鹿鼎記2神龍教Actor
1992King of Beggars武狀元蘇乞兒Actor
1992The Thief of Time群星會Actor
1993Fight Back to School III逃學威龍3之龍過雞年Actor
1993Flirting Scholar唐伯虎點秋香Director, Actor
1993The Mad Monk濟公Actor
1994Love on Delivery破壞之王Director, Actor
1994Hail the Judge九品芝麻官Actor
1994From Beijing with Love國產凌凌漆Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1995A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒ActorHong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
1995A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣ActorGolden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
1995Out of the Dark回魂夜Actor
1995Sixty Million Dollar Man百變星君Actor
1996Forbidden City Cop大內密探零零發Director, Screenwriter, Actor
1996The God of Cookery食神Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
1997All's Well, Ends Well 199797家有囍事Actor
1997Lawyer Lawyer算死草Actor
1998The Lucky Guy行運一條龍Actor
1999The Tricky Master千王之王2000Actor
1999King of Comedy喜劇之王Director, Screenwriter, Actor
2001Shaolin Soccer[33]少林足球[34]Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Action Choreography, ActorBlue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Film
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Director
Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Director
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Director
2004Kung Fu Hustle功夫Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Composer, ActorAmsterdam Fantastic Film Festival for Silver Scream Award
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film
Golden Horse Award for Best Director
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Foreign Language Film
2008CJ7長江七號Producer, Director, Screenwriter, ActorNeuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival for Audience Award
Chunyan Awards for Best Actor
2008Shaolin Girl少林少女Producer
2009Dragonball Evolution七龍珠Producer
2010CJ7: The Cartoon長江7號愛地球Producer
2013Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons西遊·降魔篇Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Action Choreography
2016The Mermaid [35]美人魚Director, Producer, Screenwriter, ComposerHong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Director
2017Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 西遊伏妖篇Producer
2019The New King of Comedy 新喜剧之王Producer, Director, Screenwriter
2019Project D(sequel of From Beijing with Love D计划[36][37]Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
2019Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons TV 剧版西遊降魔篇Producer
2019The Mermaid TV 剧版美人魚[38]Producer
2020The Mermaid 2 美人魚2Director, Producer, Screenwriter


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
  • 1996: Best Actor for A Chinese Odyssey
  • 2002: Best Director for Shaolin Soccer
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


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  • Hua, Cheng (2016). 《周星驰:做人如果没有梦想,跟咸鱼有什么分别》 [Stephen Chow: Without Dream, What's the Difference between Men And Salted Fish] (in Chinese). Xicheng District, Beijing: Sino-Culture Press. ISBN 978-7-5075-4635-4.
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