Hong Kong’s entertainment industry has gone through a series of changes since the country’s handover from Britain to China. Under the influence of economic crisis, the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement was introduced between mainland China & Hong Kong that exempted Hong Kong films from the import quota in mainland China and declared to co-produce films along with the mainland companies. The socio-political development gave rise to the Hong Kong cinema.
Hong Kong has given a number of famous entertainment artists to the world. Let’s have a look at the top 5 Actors in the Hong Kong Cinema History:
- Bruce Lee
Born in 1940 in San Francisco, Bruce Lee is the greatest icon of martial arts cinema. After returning to Hong Kong barely at the age of 5 years, he entered the entertainment industry with children films, signing & dancing. Soon he had become the young sensation not only in Hong Kong but also in Hollywood. He died only at age 32 of brain oedema in Hong Kong. He was married to Linda Lee Cadwell with 2 sons Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee.
He is considered as the greatest martial artist of the 20th century and ranked the Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time by Empire (UK) magazine.
- Jackie Chan
Hong Kong’s favourite and most popular film star, Jackie Chan was born in 1954 in Hong Kong. He has been a successful actor. It has taken many years of extensive hard work and numerous injuries to create this international success through his early beginnings in Hong Kong’s frenzied martial arts film industry. Today he has truly become a successful actor, director, stuntman & producer of international film industry. Married to Feng-Jiao Lin, he has a son Jaycee Chan.
He has a huge fan following worldwide. Even today his fans are found frantically searching for Jackie Chan phone number over the internet. However, he is available in the social media for the fans to connect. But for security reasons, Jackie Chan email address are not shared anywhere.
- Yun-Fat Chow
A Hong Kong born film star started his career on TV & slowly migrating to the main cinema biz. He was brought to the eyes of western viewers by director John Woo with his roles in the action films. Born in 1955 in Hong Kong, this actor went on to receive multiple apprises in the country.
Few of his best films are A Better Tomorrow (1987), City On Fire (1988), All About Ah Long (1990) etc.
- Leslie Cheung
Another Hong Kong born singer & actor, who made it large in the entertainment industry, was one of the most famous singers in the 80s. He was the first Hong Kong actor who acted in a mainland China film. He was honoured a number of awards & was a jury member at various film festivals.
In 2003, he committed suicide leaving his flourishing career behind.
- Tony Ka-fai Leung
Tony Ka-fai Leung, also a Hong Kong born actor, is working in the cinema industry since last 30 years with some marvellous movies in his kitty. He has been four-time winner of the Hong Kong Film Award.
Few of his best works include Prison on Fire, A Better Tomorrow III, The Lover etc.