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Andy Lau

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  Andy Lau is Hong Kong's most versatile artist with a career which started in 1982 - spanning: music (200 + records), film (142 + films), TV (300 + mini-series), plus he has Produced 13 films and Directed 1 so far.

Andy is also known as Liu De Hua (Mandarin) Lao da wah (Mainland Cantonese) and Lau Tak-Wah (Hong Kong Cantonese). Local people will call him Wah Jai, whilst Mainland Cantonese know him as Wah Zhi [Rough translation = Talking Boy]. His real name is actually Lau Fook-Wing, but he has not used this since entering TVB's 10th Acting Academy in 1980

Andy is foremost of the Cantopop 'Four Heavenly Kings' along with Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai.

However, Westerners will relate more readily to his Film career, and specifically his roles alongside Kung Fu Stars: Jackie Chan and Ho Gam Bo (The fat man - no disrespect intended)

Andy is also renowned for his charity works and support of worthy causes. He recently manned pledges call-lines in aid of the Taiwanese Typhoon Morakot disaster (Aug 2009), and earlier supported the Beijing Paralympics to an unparalleled extent as Goodwill Ambassador, a tribute to his decades of charitable works supporting handicapped athletes


Look here for a vast array of Andy's music and video links
- This website is a bit stupid re links, so look to the left menu and click on 'Songs' for the music

Music Career:

Besides acting, Andy Lau also sings. He was trained in singing under 戴思聰(Tai Sze Chong) since 1982. His first music contract came in 1985 and his first album, which was released in Hong Kong that year, was called "只知道此刻愛你" (Only Know that at this Moment I Love You). However, his first album was not a big hit.

Despite having a voice not traditionally associated with popular music, Andy Lau's hard work and perseverance resulted in him being one of the most successful Chinese music celebrities, with an extensive list of Cantonese and Mandarin hits to his credit. His singing career reached stellar status in 1990 with the release of the album entitled 可不可以 "Would It Be Possible?", and his subsequent releases only solidified his status as a marketable singer. Many of his songs quickly topped the music charts, not only in Hong Kong, but also in Taiwan, Mainland China, and in many different parts of Asia.

Some of the most notable hits by Andy Lau include 一起走過的日子 (The Days We Spent Together), 愛不完 (Everlasting Love), 如果你是我的傳說 (If You Are My Legend), 潮水 (The Tide), 忘情水 (Forget Love Potion), 真永遠 (True Forever), 中國人 (Chinese People), 笨小孩 (Stupid Child), 愛你一萬年 (Love You Forever (lit. Love You For 10,000 Years)), 你是我的女人 (You Are My Woman), 暗裡著迷 (Secret Admiration).

Besides singing in Cantonese and Mandarin, Andy Lau had sung in other languages as well, such as English, Japanese, Malay, and Taiwanese. His Taiwanese song was called 世界第一等.

Since the early 90s, Andy Lau, along with Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai have been referred by the Chinese media as the Cantopop Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王, Cantonese: sêi daài tïn wong).

Since 1992, Lau has appeared in concert more than 180 times.

Andy Lau also entered into Guinness World Records for "Most Awards Won By A Canto-Pop Male Artist". By April 2000, Andy Lau had won an unprecedented 292 awards, for a singing career that began in 1988. From TVB's Jade Solid Gold Award Ceremony since 1990, he has won the “Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist” award 6 times and he has won the “Asia Pacific Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist” award 10 times. In fact, in 2004, Andy Lau became the first ever singer in the history of TVB's Jade Solid Gold Award Ceremony to win both the “Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist” award and the “Asia Pacific Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist” award.

As well as being a versatile singer, Andy Lau also writes lyrics and composes music for others and for himself. He also participated and sung in the theme song of the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR with the other three Heavenly Kings and other famous Hong Kong singers.

Andy Lau sang alongside of Jackie Chan during a part of the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony on August 24, 2008. In addition, Andy Lau, whom has been supporting the disabled athletes in Hong Kong for more than a decade, was appointed as the Goodwill ambassador for the 2008 Summer Paralympic Games. He led other performers in singing and performing the song "Everyone is No.1" in the Beijing National Stadium just a few hours before the 2008 Paralympics opening ceremony began to show his support for the disabled athletes. In fact, Andy Lau's music video "Everyone is no.1" was especially made to support athletes with disabilities. He also sang the 2008 Paralympic theme song, "Flying with the Dream," with Han Hong during the 2008 Paralympics opening ceremony on September 6, 2008

Film Career:

Shortly after graduating from Ho Lap College, Andy Lau signed up for the artist training program offered by TVB, which is where his acting career began. The first lead role that made his initial popularity was the TVB series The Emissary in 1982. In the same year, Andy acted in his first movie Once Upon a Rainbow. He was also given a role in Ann Hui's 1982 film, Boat People. Later in 1983, his role as Yang Guo in the popular wuxia TV serial The Return of the Condor Heroes landed him his first leading role in a Shaw Brothers' film called On the Wrong Track

From the early 80s to the mid 80s, Andy Lau had been the leading actor in many of the TVB series, therefore, he was named as one of "TVB's Five Tigers" along with Tony Leung, Michael Miu, Felix Wong, and Kent Tong. However, in the late 80s, Andy Lau had to leave TVB due to contract problems so he shifted entirely into film acting and he quickly became one of Hong Kong's most bankable stars.

Andy Lau is best known in movies for his (often) recurring roles as a "Heroic Gangster" such as "Wah" in Wong Kar Wai's 1988 film, As Tears Go By and "Wah Dee" in Johnnie To's 1990 film, A Moment Of Romance. Though a respectable actor, Lau in the early days was known more for his good looks, though he has answered his detractors since the turn of the century with a series of critically acclaimed movies, especially those directed by Johnnie To. His first major acting prizes came with A Fighter's Blues and Running Out of Time in 2000. With Running Out of Time, he won his very first Hong Kong Film Award ("aka" Golden Statue Award) for Best Actor. In 2004, he won the prestigious Golden Horse Award for his performance in Infernal Affairs 3, the sequel to the popular Infernal Affairs. Western audiences may also be familiar with his performance in the House of Flying Daggers.

In 2005, Andy Lau was awarded "No.1 Box Office Actor 1985-2005" of Hong Kong, yielding a total box office of HKD 1,733,275,816 for shooting 108 films in the past 20 years. It is compared to the first runner-up Stephen Chow (HKD 1,317,452,311) and second runner-up Jackie Chan (HKD 894,090,962). "I've never imagined that would be as much as 1.7 billion!" he told the reporters.

In 2007, Andy Lau was awarded the "Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia" by the Nielsen Company (AC Nielsen)

Back in 1991, Andy Lau has set up his own film production company called Teamwork Motion Pictures Limited, which in 2002 was renamed to Focus Group Holdings Limited. His contributions in the film industry as well as his involvement in nurturing new talents in the Asian film industry led him to being awarded the "Asian Filmmaker of the Year" in the Pusan International Film Festival in 2006

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