Wong Kar-wai's favorites actors

Wong Kar-wai's favorites actors

by remi mourany


Leslie Cheung, born in Hong Kong in 1956, was a true icon of Asian entertainment, renowned for his exceptional talents as both a singer and actor. Returning to Hong Kong in the 1970s after studying abroad in England, Cheung quickly ascended to stardom, captivating audiences with his captivating voice and charismatic screen presence.

His career in music soared, earning him numerous awards and establishing him as one of the region's most beloved pop stars. Simultaneously, he embarked on an acting career, effortlessly transitioning between roles in films that spanned various genres.

Cheung's collaborations with renowned directors such as John Woo ("A Better Tomorrow"), Tsui Hark ("A Chinese Ghost Story"), and Stanley Kwan ("Rouge") showcased his versatility and depth as an actor. However, it was his partnership with Wong Kar-wai that truly solidified his status as a cinematic legend.

Beginning with "Days of Being Wild" in 1990, Cheung's collaborations with Wong Kar-wai were marked by their emotional depth and artistic innovation. His performances in Wong's films, including "Ashes of Time" and "Happy Together," garnered critical acclaim and further endeared him to audiences worldwide.

Despite his immense success, Cheung's life was tragically cut short when he took his own life in April 2003, leaving behind a legacy of unparalleled talent and profound impact on Asian cinema and music.



_Tony Leung Chiu-Wai was born in Hong Kong on June 27, 1962. After completing his education in the British colony, he began his career at the TVB television network, initially as a host for a children's program and later as an actor. With his diverse talents, Leung also ventured into music, recording albums, and quickly rose to become one of Hong Kong's most beloved actors.

His filmography includes notable roles in movies such as "The Lunatics" and "People’s Hero" (directed by Derek Yee, 1986), "A Chinese Ghost Story III" (directed by Tsui Hark and Ching Siu-Tung, 1989), "City of Sadness" (directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1990), and "Hard Boiled" (directed by John Woo, 1991), among many others.

However, it was his collaboration with Wong Kar-wai that brought him significant acclaim and recognition. Wong cast Leung in pivotal roles in each of his films, including "Days of Being Wild," "Ashes of Time," and "Chungking Express." For his performance in Wong's "In the Mood for Love" in 2000, Leung received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival, marking a significant milestone in his career and opening new doors of opportunity.

In 2004, Leung reunited with Wong Kar-wai for "2046," further solidifying their successful partnership and demonstrating Leung's enduring talent and versatility as an actor.


_Maggie Cheung Man-yuk has already amassed nearly twenty feature films and has established herself over twenty years as the most talented current Chinese actress.

Born in Hong Kong, she immigrated to England at the age of eight. Upon her return to the British colony, Maggie participated in the Miss Hong Kong pageant, becoming the first runner-up in the competition in 1982. Her beauty quickly led her to appear in cinema, often in melodramatic roles where she had little opportunity to shine. It was in 1999 when she starred in "As Tears Go By," Wong Kar-wai's first film, which proved to be pivotal for her career.

Her success primarily hinges on the alternating between highly commercial films and more complex projects. She joined Wong Kar-wai for "Days of Being Wild" in 1990, a performance that earned her a plethora of awards across Asia. She reunited with her mentor in 1994 for "Ashes of Time," where in the role of The Woman, who melancholically awaits the lover who will not return, she embodied the nobility and grace of classic Chinese stars. It was during the presentation of this film at the Venice Film Festival the same year that she met Olivier Assayas. He would offer her one of the most notable roles of her career in "Irma Vep" (1996) the following year. After her involvement in "Chinese Box" alongside Jeremy Irons (1997), she once again collaborated with Wong Kar-wai for "In the Mood for Love" in which she portrayed Miss Chan, a woman remarkable for her sensuality and grace. More recently, in "Clean," Olivier Assayas offered her the role of Emily, for which she won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.


_Faye Wong, born on August 8, 1969, in Beijing, is an icon of Chinese pop music. Renowned for her distinctive voice and captivating stage presence, she has garnered immense popularity across Asia and beyond. Known for her airy and emotional singing style, Faye Wong has captivated audiences with her ethereal vocals and emotive delivery.

In addition to her successful music career, Faye Wong has also ventured into acting, starring in several films. One of her notable roles was in Wong Kar-wai's "Chungking Express," where she added a touch of charm and authenticity to her character. Wong's on-screen presence has been praised for its enchanting allure and distinctive style.

Faye Wong's influence extends beyond her artistic talents; she is admired for her enigmatic personality and unique sense of fashion. With her multifaceted career spanning music, film, and fashion, Faye Wong has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, earning her a place as one of Asia's most revered cultural icons.



_Takeshi Kaneshiro is a Taiwanese-Japanese actor and singer, born on October 11, 1973, in Taipei, Taiwan. Renowned for his versatility and charisma on screen, Kaneshiro has carved out a distinguished career in both the realms of acting and music.

With a captivating charm, he has endeared himself to audiences worldwide through a diverse range of roles across various film genres. From poignant romantic dramas to adrenaline-pumping action films, Kaneshiro's performances consistently captivate viewers, earning him critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base.

What sets Kaneshiro apart is not only his acting prowess but also his ability to embody complex and nuanced characters, infusing them with emotional depth and authenticity. Whether portraying a lovelorn romantic lead or a conflicted hero, he brings a compelling presence to the screen, drawing audiences into the worlds he inhabits.

Among his notable film credits are collaborations with acclaimed directors such as Wong Kar-wai in "Chungking Express," Zhang Yimou in "House of Flying Daggers," and John Woo in "Red Cliff." Each role showcases Kaneshiro's range as an actor and his commitment to delivering memorable performances that resonate with audiences long after the credits roll.

In addition to his successful film career, Kaneshiro has also pursued a passion for music, releasing albums and singles that have further showcased his artistic talents.

With his enduring popularity and undeniable talent, Takeshi Kaneshiro has rightfully earned his place as one of the most respected and beloved stars in Asian cinema, leaving an indelible mark on the industry for generations to come.

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