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Articles Heroes of 20 Years of HK Box-office Jackie Chan And Stephen Chow Both Shine Through Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017 - 04:21PM
HEROES OF 20 YEARS OF HK BOX-OFFICE JACKIE CHAN AND STEPHEN CHOW BOTH SHINE THROUGH December 07, 2005
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Dreams of 20 Years – UA 20 Years Anniversary Party and HK’s Highest Box-office Film Award Giving Ceremony 1985 – 2005” (光影梦魅20年--UA20周年派对暨全港最高票房电影颁奖典礼1985—2005). It chooses the top ten highest HK box-office grossing films, top ten box-office grossing actors, actresses and directors.  Yesterday (6 December), it announced the top ten highest box-office grossing films.  Jackie Chan, who is famed for his life-risking performance, was the big winner.

Stephen Chow taking the first two positions

UA Cinema has invited MPIA of HK to provide the box-office info and made the ranking according to the gross box-office in the last 20 years.  The top two are Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer with box office of 61 and 60 million HKD respectively.  Immediately after them are Jackie Chan vehicles Police Story 4 – First Strike and Rumble In The Bronx.  Also, Big Brother’s Thunderbolt and Mr Nice Guy are ranked 9th and 10th, making him the best of all the actors, as he has four films in the top ten.  Other top ten entry makers are Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau and Toney Leung, God of Gamblers 2, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Justice My Foot, starring Stephen Chow, and All’s Well That End’s Well, with Stephen Chow in a supporting cast.

The Top Ten Lists

1.      Kung Fu Hustle (《功夫》) 61 million HKD

2.      Shaolin Soccer (《少林足球》) 60 million HKD

3.      Police Story 4 – First Strike (《警察故事4之简单任务》) 57.5 million HKD

4.      Rumble In The Bronx (《红番区》) 56.9 million HKD

5.      Infernal Affairs (《无间道》) 56 million HKD

6.      God of Gamblers (《赌神2》)

7.      Justice My Foot (《审死官》)

8.      All’s Well That’s End’s Well (《家有喜事》)

9.      Thunderbolt (《霹雳火》) 45.6 million HKD

10.  Mr Nice Guy (《一个好人》) 45. 4 million HKD

Stephen Chow is slightly less glorious than Jackie Chan

Among the top ten films announced yesterday, 4 Jackie Chan films, in which he starred as the main leads, are in it, becoming the actor with the most number of films in the top ten films.  Stephen Chow also has four films entering the top ten.  But because in All’s Well That End’s Well, he is not the main lead, he is thus slightly less glorious than Jackie Chan.

Highest box-office grossing actors and actresses and directors will be out on 12 December

The “fight” for the top positions for the actors and actresses are very intense. The race for the top actor is believed to be fought among Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow, Chow Yun-Fat and the “prolific” Andy Lau.  Others entering the top ten race could include: Tony Leung Chiu Wai (梁朝伟), Leslie Cheung (张国荣), Simon Yam (任达华), Eking Chen (郑伊健), Louis Koo (古天乐), Leon Lai (黎明), and Chin Wan Lau (刘青云).

In the actress side, Anita Mui (梅艳芳), Maggie Cheung (张曼玉), Carol ‘Do Do’ Cheng (郑裕玲), Chingmy Yau (邱淑贞), Garina Liu (刘嘉玲), Cherie Chung (钟楚红), and Rosamund Guan Zhi Lin (关之琳) made up the backbone of the 80 and 90’s HK films.  In the early 90s, Anita Yuen (袁咏仪) made her debute and in the last ten years, Sandra Ng (吴君如), Sammi Cheng (郑秀文) and Charlie Yeung (杨千嬅) have been very hot, making them also the possible contenders.

Wang Jing has a high chance of taking the No. 1 position for being the highest box-office grossing directors.

The fight for the top spot for the highest Box-office grossing directors is also fierce.  In terms of single films, Stephen Chow is the higest box-office earning director, but he’s directorial works are not strong in quantities.  From the “Romancing Stars series” in the 80s to “Gambling series” in the 90s, the box-office of Wang Jing (王晶) films had been doing well. Lau Wai Keung (刘伟强), who started with the “Yong and dangerous ganster series”, had directed films like Storm Riders (《风云》), A Man Called Hero (《中华英雄》), Initial D (《头文字D》and the successful “Infernal Affair series”, is also a likely contender. Johnny To (杜琪峰) is also a likely top runner as he has been prolific and his films’ box-offices have not been doing badly.

Source: www.szonline.net; www.nanyang.com

Translated by: Anthropy

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