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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Anthony WONG
黃秋生 | WONG Anthony

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Anthony Wong Chau-sang was born in Hong Kong in 1962. In 1982, he took part in the first actors training course at Asia Television and signed a 3-year contract with the company upon completing the course. Wong was cast mostly in supporting roles in various series but also acted in a short film directed by his friend, future director Herman Yau. After acting in the film My Name Ain’t Suzie (1985), Wong, unsatisfied with his performance, enrolled in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and became a member of the acting program’s first graduating class. He was later recruited by TVB and became one of the station’s top actors, participating in numerous series, including The Justice of Life (1989), When Things Get Tough (1990) and The Witness of Time (1990), as well as tele-features like The Iron Butterfly (1989) and The Undercover (1992). During this period, Wong worked with several people who would become future collaborators, such as producer (and later director) Johnnie To, actors Sean Lau Ching-wan and Francis Ng, who were to have profound influence on him.

Wong became active in film in 1991, mostly in character roles, such as Now You See Love... Now You Don’t (1992) and Full Contact (1992). He was later found to have thyroid problems and had to put his career on hold to seek treatment in England. Resuming acting after recovery, Wong played a crazed serial killer in The Untold Story (1993), winning Best Actor at the 13th Hong Kong Film Awards. That success lifted him from playing supporting characters or villain roles to leading parts while also establishing his reputation as an accomplished actor.

Wong made his directorial debut in 1995 with New Tenant, in which he also starred and sang the theme song while cowriting the script. That was followed by the sophomore effort Top Banana Club (1996).

In 1998, Wong was named Best Actor prizes at the Hong Kong Film Awards, the 5th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, 4th Golden Bauhinia Awards for Beast Cops (1998).

In the late 1990s, Wong appeared in a number of television series in Mainland China and Taiwan, which gradually lifted him out of the “psycho” stereotype he had been branded with since The Untold Story. In 2002, his role as an upright police sergeant in the big hit Infernal Affairs attracted universal acclaim, winning him Best Actor accolade at the 9th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards as well as Best Supporting Actor honor at the 22nd Hong Kong Film Awards and the 40th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. With Infernal Affairs, Wong enjoyed a transformation of his public image, thereafter appearing in mostly positive roles. He won Best Supporting Actor awards again at the Golden Horse Awards and the Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in Initial D (2005).

In addition to appearing in over 200 film and television productions throughout his career, Wong had also performed frequently on stage. In 2001, he won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Drama Awards presented by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies, for his role in To Kill or To Be Killed. In 2004, he was given an honorary fellowship by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In late 2012, Wong collaborated with Joey Leung on an adaptation of the French play Variations Enigmatiques and received rave reviews for his performance. In 2013, Wong signed with Emperor Entertainment Group, leaving the management of his film career to the company while he himself concentrated on developing his stage career, forming Dionysus Contemporary Theatre with Olivia Yan and serving as artistic director. In October, 2013, Wong ran for election to the drama committee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and won.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1996 《金裝香蕉俱樂部》
Top Banana Club
1995 《新房客》
New Tenant