An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.
Jackie Chan is a martial artist, actor, film director, screenwriter and singer and is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing and innovative stunts in his films, which he performs himself. Rumble in the Bronx, Shanghai Noon and Rush Hour are some of his popular Hollywood films. He has a widespread following in both the Eastern and Western hemispheres.
Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.
Donnie Yen is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, action choreographer, director, and producer. He has won several wushu tournaments and is credited for introducing mixed martial arts to mainstream Asian cinema. He is also credited with introducing UFC champion Zhang Weili to MMA. Donnie Yen has won several awards like Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards.
Bolo Yeung is a Hong Kong retired competitive bodybuilder and martial arts film actor. He is best known for his performance in popular films like Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport. He has also played lead roles in films like Ironheart, which is regarded as a cult classic. As a bodybuilder, Yeung held the Mr. Hong Kong title for ten years.
Hong Kong rapper, singer, and dancer Jackson Wang gained international popularity as a member of the South Korean boy group Got7. Born into a family with a rich legacy in sports, he played multiple sports as a teenager before he began his entertainment career. He is the recipient of many BreakTudo Awards.
Shu Qi is a Taiwanese-Hong Kong model and actress best known for playing Nie Yinniang in the critically acclaimed 2015 film, The Assassin, for which she received the prestigious Asian Film Award. Starting from 2013, Shu Qi was named in three successive Forbes China Celebrity 100 lists. She is also one of the highest-paid Taiwanese-Hong Kong actresses.
Angelababy is an actress, model, and singer who was selected as one of the New Four Dan Actresses in 2013 by Southern Metropolis Daily. She is known for playing Ding Sitian in the 2015 Chinese action adventure thriller film Mojin: The Lost Legend, for which she received the prestigious Hundred Flowers Award in 2016. Angelababy is also a well-known philanthropist.
Stephen Chow is a Hong Kong actor, producer, and filmmaker. He is best known for playing important characters in martial arts films like Shaolin Soccer. Apart from appearing in Shaolin Soccer, Chow also directed the film which grossed more than US$50 million. Renowned for his work in comedy, Chow was nicknamed King of Comedy by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Sammo Hung is a Hong Kong actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. He is best known for his work in martial arts films and played an important role in commencing the Hong Kong New Wave movement of the late-1970s and 1980s. He is also credited with helping many of his fellow actors establish themselves in the Hong Kong film industry.
Cantopop pioneer Leslie Cheung was born to a tailor who worked for celebrities such as Alfred Hitchcock. Educated in the U.K., he later began a singing career in Hong Kong and then moved to Canada. After an illustrious 26-year career, he committed suicide by jumping from the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
A former Miss World semi-finalist, Hong Kong actor Maggie Cheung won international acclaim with the film Center Stage. After her Cannes-winning performance in Clean, she deviated to philanthropy and music. Named UNICEF's Ambassador to China, she has also been part of the jury at Venice, Berlin, and Cannes film festivals.
Faye Wong is a Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress. She is popularly known as the "Diva of Asia." Her music features a combination of alternative music and mainstream Chinese pop. She is widely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. As an actress, she has starred in the films Chungking Express and 2046.
Known as a "bad boy" once, Canadian-born Hong Kong actor/singer Edison Chen is now a doting dad to his daughter with his Chinese model wife Qin Shupei. The actor who has appeared in films such as the Infernal Affairs trilogy, was part of a nude photo scandal back in 2008.
Chinese actor Hawick Lau Hoi-wai had been exposed to the world of films since childhood, owing to his legendary actor father Lau Dan. Best known for series such as A Kindred Spirit, he made headlines for after his split with his ex-wife, actor Yang Mi.
Hong Kong singer-actor Wallace Chung initially gained fame with his singing career in Taiwan, before plunging into acting with successful series such as Too Late to Say Loving You and My Sunshine. He has been previously rumored to be secretly married to his stylist Rita and his co-star Qi Fang.
Nobel Prize-winning Chinese physicist Charles K. Kao is best remembered for his discovery of how light is transmitted through fibre-optic cables. Named the Godfather of Broadband, he was also knighted by the U.K. Following his diagnosis of Alzheimer disease, he co-founded the Charles K. Kao Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ip Ching was a Hong Kong martial artist best remembered as a Grandmaster of the famous Ip Man family of Ving Tsun Kung Fu; he was only one of five Grandmasters of the family. Ip Ching and his brother Chun served as Wing Chun consultants for the film Ip Man 3 in which the former was portrayed by Jim Liu.
Charmaine Sheh is a Hong Kong actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Return of the Cuckoo, Beyond the Realm of Conscience, and Can't Buy Me Love. One of the most decorated Hong Kong actresses of her generation, Sheh has won several prestigious awards like Malaysia Astro TV Drama Awards and Seoul International Drama Award.
Dickson Poon is a Hong Kong businessman who serves as the executive chairman of Dickson Concepts (DCIL), a Hong Kong based company, which owns companies, such as S. T. Dupont and Harvey Nichols. Also a philanthropist, Poon has donated money to colleges and universities. During the 2015 New Year Honours, Poon was knighted for his services to charity and business.
Sam Hammington is a comedian known for hosting a radio show titled Drivetime from 2008 to 2012. He is also known for his appearance in the variety show Real Men, for which he received a couple of MBC Entertainment Awards. His work in The Return of Superman, a South-Korean reality-variety show, has earned him a couple of KBS Entertainment Awards.
Better known as Bruce Lee’s father, Cantonese opera performer Lee Hoi-chuen married half-Chinese and half-German Grace Ho after moving to Hong Kong. Bruce Lee was born to them while they were touring U.S. for an opera. His death, just days after the birth of his grandson Brandon Lee, shocked many.
Joshua Wong is a Hong Kong politician and activist who achieved popularity after playing an important role in the Umbrella Movement, which was part of the 2014 Hong Kong protests, for which he was included in Time magazine's list of Most Influential Teens of 2014. In 2015, he was named by Fortune magazine as one of the world's greatest leaders.