[FILM] Interview with Chou Yun-fat
- The Ice Man Cometh
Chow's cool image and cover-guy looks have already earned him a
following in the U.S.
-- By Richard James Havis
CHINESE FILM STARS HAVE always been given short shrift by Hollywood.
Although Anna May Wong was appearing in American movies as far back
as the 1930s ("Lips like lotus petals, a heart that yearns for
love," ran the publicity for her Daughter of the Dragon), only Joan
Chen and John Lone have managed to really establish themselves in
That may be all about to change with the release of super-cool Hong
Kong actor Chow Yun-fat's first Hollywood effort. Best known
internationally for his leading roles in John Woo's The Killer and
Hard-Boiled, Chow hits American screens in February with The
The 42-year-old star has received high-profile media coverage in the
U.S., and industry insiders say the signs are he should have no
trouble establishing himself as a leading man. Hip fans already ape
his cool personae in the Woo films and women seem to find his cover-
guy good looks irresistible. Chow, who lives in Los Angeles with
wife Jasmine, also has the benefit of a manager who knows how to
work the Hollywood machine: Terence Chang, who has guided the
careers of Michelle Yeoh and John Woo.
Chang is reportedly trying to steer Chow away from movies that
portray him simply as a gun-toting, violent cop. That way, he hopes,
Hollywood's newest leading man will develop into a lasting one. His
advantage is that while his Hong Kong films are sometimes violent,
he generally eschews sex scenes and bad language.
In The Replacement Killers, Chow plays a hit man who prevents the
assassination he has been hired to perform. He will follow this with
the police drama The Corrupter, starring alongside "Marky" Mark
Wahlberg. His third U.S. film will be the action comedy King's
Ransom, which will reunite him with director Woo.