Have Your Say: What's Your Favourite Chow Yun Fat Performance?
Today is Chow Yun Fat's birthday, and as the Hong Kong superstar turns 57, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back over the actor's career and highlight a few of his favourites. Since starting out in the mid-1970s, Chow has featured in over 100 films and TV series, and worked with many of the industry's most talented and influential actors and filmmakers. He has tried his hand at action, comedy, romance and fantasy - and portrayed cops, killers, gamblers, warriors, military tacticians and yes, even bulletproof monks.
Perhaps it is a little predictable, but my personal favourite Chow performance is from my all-time favourite Hong Kong movie: as rogue cop Tequila Yuen in John Woo's Hard Boiled. One minute he's mercilessly emptying his pistol into a thug's face at point blank range, the next he's heroically rescuing babies from an exploding hospital. He's charming, funny, ruthless, dangerous and iconically cool in a way I had never encountered up to this point in my film-watching career.
While recent years may have seen Chow, like many of his peers before him, struggle to score any meaningful roles over in Hollywood, he has proved with his performances in films like The Postmodern Life Of My Aunt, Confucius and Let The Bullets Fly that he is far from past his prime.
So, what is your favourite Chow Yun Fat performance? And help us spread a little love for the big man on his special day.
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