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Also Known As: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Leung Chiu Wai, Chiu Wai Leung, Chiu-Wai Leung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai Died:
Born: June 27, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: China Profession: actor, singer, TV host (children's program)

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Chinese film and TV actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai gained some stateside critical attention with the limited release of Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung's "Cyclo" (1996). Describing his character, "The Poet"--a sensitive gangster who suffers stress-related nosebleeds between bouts of ruthless bloodletting--he has been quoted: "The role of the Poet is quite different from the characters I usually play, more introverted, more fragile. I like his sadness, his modesty, his breathtaking self-destructiveness. The Poet is still with me today. I'm not very talkative like him, and I appreciate my solitude as he does." Such an assessment seems somewhat disingenuous in light of the vulnerability Leung Chiu-wai often brings to his characterizations, even in hard-boiled action fare.

Chinese film and TV actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai gained some stateside critical attention with the limited release of Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung's "Cyclo" (1996). Describing his character, "The Poet"--a sensitive gangster who suffers stress-related nosebleeds between bouts of ruthless bloodletting--he has been quoted: "The role of the Poet is quite different from the characters I usually play, more introverted, more fragile. I like his sadness, his modesty, his breathtaking self-destructiveness. The Poet is still with me today. I'm not very talkative like him, and I appreciate my solitude as he does." Such an assessment seems somewhat disingenuous in light of the vulnerability Leung Chiu-wai often brings to his characterizations, even in hard-boiled action fare.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Red Cliff II (2009)
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 Lust, Caution (2007)
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 Hero (2003) Broken Sword
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 Sound of Colors (2003)
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 Infernal Affairs (2002)
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Raised in Hong Kong by his mother
1981:
Signed by TVB shortly after graduating high school
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Hosted a children's TV program
1984:
Starred in the Police Cadet series; first worked with a then unknown Maggie Cheung
1990:
First feature collaboration with director John Woo, "Bullet in the Head"
1992:
Reteamed with Woo for "Hard-boiled"
1994:
Directed by Wong Kar-wai in two features, "Chungking Express" and "Ashes of Time"
1996:
Starred in title role in Trahn Ahn Hung's "Cyclo"
2000:
Headlined the Cannes-screened "In the Mood for Love"
2002:
Reteamed with actress Maggie Cheung to star in Yimou Zhang's "Hero"
2004:
Co-starred with Ziyi Zhang in the sci-fi "2046" directed by Kar Wai Wong
2007:
Cast in Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" a thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Lead Actor
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companion:
Carina Lau. Actor. Played the wife of Chiu-wai's best friend in the "Police Cadet" TV series; played his wife in "Ashes of Time".

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