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An Asian cinema icon for nearly two decades, Tony Leung Chiu-wai has also made his mark worldwide, recognized by critics and audiences for his versatility as an actor.
Best known for his collaborations with Wong Kar Wai, Mr. Leung has appeared in six of the writer/director's nine features. Following a cameo appearance in Days of Being Wild, he has starred in Ashes of Time, for which he won several awards; in Chungking Express, for which he received the Best Actor prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards; Happy Together, for which he again received the Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Awards; In the Mood for Love, for which he was named Best Actor at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival and at the Hong Kong Film Awards; and 2046, for which he won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Mr. Leung's other notable films include John Woo's classics Bullet in the Head and Hard-Boiled; Zhang Yimou's Hero; Ching Siu-tung's A Chinese Ghost Story III; Tran Anh-hung's Cyclo; Hou Hsiao-hsien's City of Sadness and Flowers of Shanghai; and Andrew Lau and Siu Fai Mak's Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs III, and Confession of Pain. He is currently reteaming with John Woo on the epic Red Cliff.