Stephen Chow Sing-Chi is Asia's Number One box office attraction. He is an actor, director, producer, and writer whose 2004 film "Kung Fu Hustle" broke box office records all across Asia.
"Kung Fu Hustle" beat out 2003's box office winner "Shaolin Soccer" - which he also starred in, wrote, directed, and produced. "Kung Fu Hustle" won the 24th Annual Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture and "Shaolin Soccer" won Best Picture at the 21st Annual Kong Film Awards. Stephen Chow also won Best Director for "Shaolin Soccer" the same year at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Stephen Chow started out, like many actors of his generation, at the Shaw Brothers television studio, TVB. He was under contract to the studio and was trained and groomed for the shows that TVB was producing. His most famous show was as host (along with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai) of the children's show "403B Space Shuttle".
Eventually Stephen branched out into films, receiving a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 1988 Hong Kong Film Awards for his role opposite Danny Lee in the film "Final Justice".
His popularity skyrocketed when he hit upon his trademark Cantonese word-play film style called "mo lei tau" (usually translated as "makes no sense"). While Western audiences can watch Chow's "mo lei tau" movies for the physical and visual comedy, the Cantonese word-play is irresistible to the native Cantonese speaker. This is in part what makes Chow so popular in Hong Kong and Cantonese speaking markets.
Aiming for a global market, Stephen played down the "mo lei tau" in "Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle" and brought Hong Kong films into the 21st Century, with state of the art computer generated effects.
His most recent film, "CJ7", is a family film about the story of a poor father and his son who find an endearing alien who becomes part of the family.
Possible future projects include a collaboration with American actor Will Smith in a remake of "The Karate Kid", and producing a film version of the popular Japanese Manga "DragonBall Z".