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Leslie Cheung

Composer / Film Director / Actor / Songwriter | * 09/12/1956 († 46, 04/01/2003) | Hong Kong (People's Republic of China)
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Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing (12 September 1956 – 1 April 2003) was a Hong Kong singer and actor. Throughout a 26-year career from 1977 until his death, Cheung released over 40 music albums and acted in 56 films. He was one of the most prominent pioneers that shaped the identity of Cantopop during the 1980s and became known for his flamboyant, often outrageous stage appearance. His venture into acting in the 1990s was recognised for his portrayal of queer characters in a then-conservative film industry. His career was marked with both praise and criticism, with numerous public discussions focusing on his sexual orientation and androgynous persona. Born Cheung Fat-chung in Kowloon, British Hong Kong, Cheung studied in England from the age of 12 until returning to Hong Kong in 1976 to pursue a career in show business. He achieved wide popularity with his 1984 self-titled album and its single "Monica", whose upbeat dance production introduced a new popular trend to Cantopop in addition to the contemporary pool of sentimental ballads. Cheung's continued success with a string of hit albums in the mid- and late-1980s, most notably 1987 best-seller Summer Romance, won him numerous awards, including Most Popular Male Artist at the 1988 and 1989 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards. In a... ()
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Leslie Cheung(12 September 1956– 1 April 2003) was a Hong Kongsinger-songwriter,actor,film director,record producer, andscreenwriter. Cheung is considered one of the "founding fathers of Cantopop" by "combining a hugely successful film and music career." He rose to prominence as a teen heartthrob and pop icon of Hong Kong in the 1980s, with the turning point in his acting career coming in 1986 with his starring role in John Woo's A Better Tomorrow, which broke Hong Kong's box office record. In the following years Cheung was praised for his performances in films which found popularity with audiences worldwide, including A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), Rouge (1987) and Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild (1991). Cheung won the 1991Hong Kong Film Award(Days of Being Wild) and the 1994Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award(Ashes of Time)for best actor. He had also won the 1994 Japan Film Critics Society Award for best actor for his performance inFarewell My Concubineand ten other best actor nominations, fiveGolden Horse Awards, threeCannes Film Festival Awards, anAsia Pacific Film Festival Award, and aVenice Film Festival Award. Cheung's music and movies not only captured fans in Hong Kong but also other Asian countries including Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan and South Korea. He is the first foreign artist to hold 16 concerts in Japan that has yet to be broken and the record holder as the best-sellingC-popartist in Korea. Cheung was ranked as the favorite actor in the 100 years of Chinese cinema.In 2010, he was voted the third "Most Iconic Musician of All Time" (afterMichael JacksonandThe Beatles). CNN considered Cheung as the "Most Beautiful Man from Hong Kong Cinema" and one of "Asia's 25 Greatest Actors of All Time.".

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Movies with Leslie Cheung as Actor(58)

as Jim Law2002 Inner Senses
as Jimmy Tong2000 Okinawa Rendez-vous
as Lawrence2000 From Ashes to Ashes
as Rick Y.H.Pang2000 Double Tap
as Tatsuya Misawa / Shek Karbo1999 Moonlight Express
as Wing1999 The Kid
as Editor1998 Anna Magdalena
as Ma Lun Cheung / Tok Choi1998 Ninth Happiness
as Ho Po-wing1997 Happy Together
as Yu Zhongliang1996 Temptress Moon
as Father Zhong Guo Qiang1996 Tri-Star
as Hui Man Keung1996 Shanghai Grand
as Sing1996 Viva Erotica
as Sam Koo Gai Ming1996 Who's the Man, Who's the Woman
as Chiu Kong Sun1995 The Chinese Feast
as Ouyang Feng / Malicious West1994 Ashes of Time
as Sam Koo Gai Ming1994 He's a Woman, She's a Man
as Lam Chiu-Wing1994 Long and Winding Road
as Roberto1994 It's a Wonderful Life
as Huang Yao Shih1993 The Eagle Shooting Heroes
as Cho Yi Hang1993 The Bride with White Hair
as David Copper Feel1993 All's Well End's Well, Too
as Xiaodouzi1993 Farewell My Concubine
as Cho Yi Hang1993 The Bride with White Hair 2
as Shang So1992 All's Well, Ends Well
as Jim1991 Once a Thief
as Himself/Little B-head1991 The Banquet
as Yuddy1990 Days of Being Wild
as Ning Choi San1990 A Chinese Ghost Story II
as Chi Ken Wing1988 Fatal Love
as Chan Chen-Pang1987 Rouge
as Ling Choi Sin1987 A Chinese Ghost Story
as Louie1986 Last Song in Paris
as himself1985 Crazy Romance
as Piggy Chan1985 For Your Heart Only
as Inspector Chan Wing1985 The Intellectual Trio
as Paul Chan1984 Behind the Yellow Line
as John1984 Merry Christmas
as Eddie1984 Double Decker
as Yang Guo / Yang Kang1983 Little Dragon Maiden
as Louis1982 Nomad
as Jackson Chen1982 Teenage Dreamers
as Wing1981 Job Hunter
1980 Encore

TV Shows/Series with Leslie Cheung as Actor(2)

1980 Dynasty
1980 浮生六劫

Movies with Leslie Cheung as Crew(3)

Directing/Director2000 From Ashes to Ashes
Writing/Writer2000 From Ashes to Ashes
Writing/Writer1994 He's a Woman, She's a Man

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Born: Wednesday, 09/12 1956 (September) in Hong Kong (People's Republic of China)
Died: Tuesday, 04/01 2003 (April) in Hong Kong (aged: 46)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: Chinese (Cantonese) (CN, native language), Chinese (Mandarin) (ZH)
Educated at: University of Leeds, Norwich School
Siblings: Ophelia Cheung-Macpherson
Father: Cheung Wut Hoi
Other names for Leslie Cheung (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Zhāng Guóróng"
"Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing"
"Cheung Kwok-Wing"
"張國榮"
"张国荣"
"Kwok-wing Cheung"
"Lesile K.W. Cheung"
"Guorong Zhang"
"장국영"
"張發宗"
"张发宗"
"哥哥" (Nickname)
"榮少" (Nickname)
Leslie Cheung frequently works together with these people:
Raymond Wong (22x, Crew)
Clifton Ko Chi-Sum (20x, Crew)
Tsui Hark (18x, Crew)
William Chang (12x, Crew)
David Wu (12x, Crew)
Wong Kar-wai (11x, Crew)
John Woo (11x, Crew)
Anita Mui (7x, Actress)
Peter Pau (7x, Crew)
Anita Yuen (6x, Actress)
Alex Man Chi-Leung (1x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2341, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 06/12/2022