Andy Lau is one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” of Hong Kong entertainment who reigned supreme in the nineties. Among the other “Kings”, Aaron Kwok was known for this dancing while Jacky Cheung and Leon Lai were the gods of music. However, Lau—who has starred in more than 160 films and boasts three Hong Kong Film Awards and two Golden Horse Best Actor awards—is as celebrated for his acting as he is for his music.
Lau debuted in Once Upon a Rainbow in 1982, in which he played a supporting role, but the then fresh-faced actor quickly rose to fame the following year when he played Yang Guo, the lead in popular martial arts television drama, The Return of the Condor Heroes. Since then, he has acted in and produced a number of films across genres, including action, cop thrillers, rom-com, romance, comedies and historical drama.
In terms of his singing career, Lau was voted Most Popular Male Singer in 1994’s Jade Solid Gold Best 10 Awards Presentation, and holds the Guinness World Record for reaching 10 million followers on Douyin, China’s TikTok, the fastest.
Lau is also an avid philanthropist. His Andy Lau Charity Foundation, partially funded by proceeds from his concerts, has donated to nearly 40 NGOs including Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services, Tung Wah, the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Orbis.
Here are five Andy Lau films from different genres to check out.