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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Sing Chi Stephen CHOW
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Stephen Chow Sing-chi (Stephen Chiau) was born in 1962 in Hong Kong. A fan of Bruce Lee, he had been practicing Wing Chun martial arts since childhood and had longed for a showbiz career. After graduating from secondary school, he entered TVB’s actor training program in 1982, making occasional appearances on the channel. Upon graduation from the program, he was chosen to host the children show 430 Space Shuttle, while also appearing in supporting roles in the dramas The Price Of Growing Up (1987) and My Father’s Son (1988), gaining notice for his idiosyncratic approach to comedy. He rose to more prominence as he got leading roles on such series as The Final Combat (1989), The Justice Of Life (1989) and It Runs in the Family (1990).

More notice was served when he won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Horse Awards for his first movie Final Justice (1988). After that, he began getting lead roles in TVB shows. He then turned his full attention to films in 1990, embarking on a string of increasingly popular comedies like Sleazy Dizzy (1990) and My Hero (1990), quickly reaching superstar status with the phenomenal hit All for the Winner (1990), which was followed by even bigger hits like Flight Back to School (1991) and Justice, My Foot! (1992). So widespread and influential was his comedic style that a special moniker, mo lay tau, was used to describe it. Mo lay tau is a form of humor informed by irreverence and animated in mischievous, nonsensical expressions, a humor that embodied the spirit of its time.

A surprising phenomenon was created by Chow’s A Chinese Odyssey Part One - Pandora’s Box (1995) and A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella (1995) in China, where the films were not officially released but enjoyed a dedicated following, becoming the fodder for widespread discussion and even academic scrutiny.

Chow started directing in 1994, sharing the duty with Lee Lik-chi on From Beijing with Love (1994), followed by collaborative turns on Forbidden City Cop (1996) with Vincent Kuk and, with Lee again, on God of Cockery (1996) and King of Comedy (1999).

He took sole directing responsibility with Shaolin Soccer (2001), which, in addition to breaking Hong Kong’s box-office record, also won Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Chow also directed his next starring vehicle, Kung Fu Hustle (2004), which went on to become the biggest hit of the year in China while also snatching several prizes at the Golden Horse Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

With CJ7 (2008), Chow again directed and starred, while also producing and writing the script. But for Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013), he stayed behind the camera, serving only as director and producer. Both films were huge hits in China.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
2013 《西遊.降魔篇》
Journey to the West : Conquering the Demons KWOK Tsz Kin Derek
2008 《長江7 號》
2004 《功夫》
Kung Fu Hustle
2003 《1:99 電影行動》
1:99 CHEUNG Mabel LAW Alex TSUI Hark CHAN Gordon CHEN Teddy LAU Andrew CHAN Peter MA Joe CHAN Fruit MAK Shiu Fai Alan LAM Dante
2001 《少林足球》
Shaolin Soccer
1999 《喜劇之王》
King of Comedy LEE Lik Chee
1996 《大內密探靈靈發》
Forbidden City Cop KOK Tak Chiu Vincent
1996 《食神》
God of Cockery LEE Lik Chee
1996 《大內密探零零發》
Forbidden City Cop KOK Tak Chiu Vincent
1996 《食神》
The God of Cookery LEE Lik Chee
1994 《國產凌凌漆》
From Beijing With Love LEE Lik Chee
1994 《國產凌凌漆》
From China with Love LEE Lik Chee