Tony Leung (Leung Chiu-Wai) has become the most sought-after actor in East Asia. Since he moved from television into films in the mid-1980s, he has done outstanding work with several of the region's finest directors. His credits include Stanley Kwan's Love Unto Waste (1986), Hou Hsiao-Hsien's A City of Sadness (1989, Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival) and Flowers of Shanghai (1998), John Woo's A Bullet in the Head (1990) and Hard Boiled (1991), Ching Siu-Tung's A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991), Tran Anh-Hung's Cyclo (1995, Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival) and Patrick Yau's The Longest Nite (1998). But the greatest spur to his international fame has probably been his long collaboration with Wong Kar-Wai, which stretches from a cameo appearance in Days of Being Wild to the starring role in Happy Together. Wong has also given him challenging and widely acclaimed roles in Ashes of Time and Chungking Express. He has won numerous awards for his work, and is also very popular as a recording artist .

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