Top 5 biggest Hong Kong male superstars

Hong Kong had no doubt made its name well-known in entertainment industry from film-making to singing throughout Asia-Pacific and sometimes beyond international recognition too. For a Hong Kong celebrity to achieve outstanding popularity and success, he or she usually does not only concentrate in either singing or acting career, but both together. And then, I came to realize that Hong Kong male celebrities tend to be a much greater ‘superstars’ than the females. For example, Bruce Lee is the first Hong Kong male superstar that even nobody in the West hasn’t heard of his name. Then, came many other male celebrities that follows, making their names highly popular beyond Hong Kong too, outnumbering the females. Sorry, no gender discrimination here. Just voicing out my opinions. To be a superstar in Hong Kong, you have to be an actor. A singer is not enough like what I said earlier. Female artists whom made their names through singing also did not do as well as males in acting career. Reason? Unknown and unclear.

Even the recently concluded 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards also saw the higher number of famous male actors (whom many are also singers themselves) present compared to the females. Besides than Sean Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Nick Cheung whom go all the way in acting from beginning till now, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung and Aaron Kwok were all started off as singer first, then breaking the boundary to join acting career that extends their success further. Well, acting is a good choice in Hong Kong. They made money, they earn praise, they win awards, and they gain recognition. That’s much more than what singing can offers for every of them.

Here below is a list of top 5 biggest Hong Kong male superstars I compiled based on my own opinions and the list only includes the living one. The list is not in order. Coincidentally, everyone in the list is above 50 years of age, which means that experience do matters for someone to be truly a star! For the list, I won’t include personal biography which is boring. Instead, I include things special or distinctive from each of them in a very brief way to cut short the reading. Do you agree with my list or you want to further expands it to include few more? Well, they are all actors to be specific.

1. Jackie Chan


-Major: Films. Famous for performing own incredible stunts in action movies since 1980s. Popular for acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, improvised weapons and innovative stunts that attracts large number of audiences. Had also starred in several Hollywood films. He had involved in over 100 films up to date. Current age: 59.

2. Andy Lau


-Major: Singing. He hold current Guinness World Records for ‘Most Awards won by a Cantopop Male Artist’, by winning over 300 awards mostly from his singing career that reached its peak in 1990s. He is also the three-time best actor in Hong Kong Film Awards. He is labelled as No.1 Hong Kong box office star. Current age: 51.

3. Stephen Chow


-Major: Films. A very successful artist whom had starred in a lot of classic comedy films that were big hits most particularly back in 1990s. Famous for bringing ‘mo-lei-tau’ (nonsense) comedic elements into movies that will make you non-stop laughing and leaves you countless unforgettable funny moments from his works. Current age: 50.

4. Jet Li


-Major: Films. Had starred in many critically-acclaimed epic martial arts films. Successfully ventured into Hollywood films too. He himself is a martial artist and a wushu champion too. Current age: 50.

5. Chow Yun Fat


-Major: Films. Best known in Asia for many dramatic classic films, and also in the West for his performance in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. A three-time best actor at Hong Kong Film Awards. Had also starred in several Hollywood films. Current age: 57.

(Images and information in this post are from various reliable sources throughout the world wide web)


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