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Chow Yun-Fat - The Greatest of All Time

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People who added this item 515  Average listal rating (326 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
1. The Killer (1989)
Undoubtedly the best action movie there is. A touching story about friendship and loyalty with a ridiculously high body count and few of the most breath-taking action sequences you'll ever see.
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People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (18 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
2. An Autumn's Tale (1987)
When it comes to the terms of acting, Mabel Cheung's masterpiece is Chow Yun-Fat's finest moment. He shares perfect chemistry with his co-star Cherie Chung in this Hong Kong Film Awards winner.
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People who added this item 2808  Average listal rating (1824 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.9 
3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Not that much of a Chow Yun-Fat movie, since he isn't at the center of things all the time. If you're only looking for a Chow Yun-Fat experience, you might want to pass this one. Still a visually stunning beautiful piece of art on its own behalf.
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People who added this item 35  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.3 
4. The Fun, the Luck and the Tycoon (1990)
This comedy has quite normal humor at times and involves a well made romance with Chow Yun-Fat and Sylvia Chang. Sometimes the movie is totally random and the humor is nearly always hilarious. Chow's performance as a rich spoiled kid who wants to become poor to find the love of his life is great and the idiotic grin of the guy who plays his butler is just awesome. A comedy that gives a lot of laughs, solid drama and puts you in a good mood.
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
5. A Diary of a Big Man (1988)
This completely insane comedy has you laughing for hours after the end credits.
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People who added this item 565  Average listal rating (317 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 7.9 
6. Hard Boiled (1992)
Great action sequences, especially in the latter half.
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People who added this item 279  Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
7. A Better Tomorrow (1986)
The action is great and the movie focuses quite a lot on the plot and the characters in a way that is typical for Woo.
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People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
8. All About Ah-Long (1989)
One of Chow's finest roles. The movie has some great acting, especially for a Hong Kong movie.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
9. Women (1985)
The cast could not be better here. Chow, Cora Miao and Cherie Chung all shine and really blow the viewer away.
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People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.5 
10. Eighth Happiness (1988)
Pretty normal humor for a Hong Kong comedy if you're used to fast editing and completely insane randomness. Has some pretty nice Chinese opera sequences and manages to be really funny.
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People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.1 
11. Tiger on Beat (1988)
Lots of insane humor and really breath-taking action sequences involving chainsaws.
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People who added this item 63  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
12. Full Contact (1992)
Has this "in your face" cool attitude that is so over-the-top that it works. Ann Bridgewater's dance scenes are a joy.
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People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.1 
13. Fractured Follies (1988)
Has perhaps the sickest humor in any Chow Yun-Fat movie so this one is greatly recommended. CYF jumps around in a pineapple suit.
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 6.9 
14. Love Unto Waste (1986)
A well-written drama where the murder of a friend creates a painful love triangle. The movie doesn't focus on the murder at all but on the characters and how they react to it. The movie has some great acting from Tony Leung and the female leads. Chow Yun-Fat's detective character is a bit out of place at first but he gets a lot better near the end.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 5.9 
15. Spiritual Love (1987)
This comedy has ghosts, werewolves, suicide humor and some things that you just can't figure out. Has some serious moments that actually play really well.
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People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (46 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
16. God of Gamblers (1989)
Interesting gambling sequences, completely retarded humor, solid action scenes and a Hong Kong all-star cast make the two hours fly by. Chow Yun-Fat as a penis cutter is one of the greatest things ever.
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People who added this item 23  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.5 
17. Prison on Fire (1987)
A strong prison drama.
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People who added this item 34  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.9 
18. God of Gamblers' Return (1994)
A great sequel with good action and gambling scenes. Elvis Tsui's police captain character is hilarious, Chingmy Yau always a big plus and Tony Leung Ka Fai is AWESOME! The humor is as funny as in the first part.
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 5.5 
19. The Romancing Star 2 (1988)
As a comedy this is better than the first part, but as a Chow Yun-Fat experience this is nothing, since his character is written off from the movie at the very beginning. His role is more of a cameo and a compilation of archive footage from the first movie, but luckily Andy Lau takes over his part and the humor is so insane that this one is greatly recommended. And by the way, there is a DVD-box available that has both of the movies for a reasonable price so you'll want to pick that one up if you're interested in the first movie.
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People who added this item 24  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 6.2 
20. The Romancing Star (1987)
If I'd have to say what is the plot of The Romancing Star, I wouldn't know because it is a movie where the plot changes every three minutes and it's mainly composed of short sub-plots which have absolutely no sense at all. CYF is hypnotised for a date, he races a Ferrari with a VW Beetle and his friends put the tub of his boss full of an ointment that makes you completely stiff. A bit too long, but so retarded that it'll give a lot of laughs.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 6.7 
21. Love in a Fallen City (1984)
Once again Chow Yun-Fat and Cora Miao share perfect chemistry in this feminist romantic drama that doesn't underestimate women by telling them to act like they are better than men, but rather tells that both genders should be equal and both should get rid of some stereotypic views in life. It's a shame that the movie starts out slowly, because after the first 25 minutes the film starts to get really good. In the end there are some war scenes that are well shot and edited, but not as strong as the drama part.
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
22. When Tat Fu Was Young (1988)
Chow is only the story's narrator here, but the movie is great.
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People who added this item 81  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
23. City on Fire (1987)
A nice action movie that gave Quentin Tarantino the idea for Reservoir Dogs. I must admit that Tarantino's vision is better in everything.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.3 
24. King of Comedy (1980)
Comedy full of idiotic humor like company executives getting places under the catwalk in a fashion show so they can peep under the skirts of the models. A company boss tries to rape his employees by throwing acid on their clothes so they fall off. The plot itself tells of a few rich women who gamble that Chow Yun-Fat's character can't be a company manager and that creates a lot of awkward situations. The ending makes no sense and gives good laughs like the rest of the movie. It's too bad that the only available DVD version is completely horrible and it's very hard to watch it since the subtitles are burnt-in and almost impossible to read. This might be the only CYF movie that has female nudity and there is a lot of it.
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 6.3 
25. Peace Hotel (1995)
Pretty good acting and a great story carry this movie that was for some time the last one Chow made in Hong Kong.
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People who added this item 161  Average listal rating (100 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.4 
26. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
The first half isn't that good, but the movie is worth seeing for the end battle alone.
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People who added this item 20  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.3 
27. Treasure Hunt (1994)
Has some really naïve drama that is actually quite funny because it doesn't work at all in the way it is supposed to. Has scenes where monks chase a running flower pot or whack a young child with a stick. Great fun.
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 5.5 
28. Witch from Nepal (1985)
Chow fights a cat man with a traffic light, so it isn't even possible to miss this one.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
29. A Hearty Response (1986)
Has one of the most hilarious rape scenes in the history of cinema.
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.4 
30. Rich and Famous (1987)
Great action, but otherwise pretty forgettable.
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.1 
31. Triads: The Inside Story (1989)
Has some great stunts and action. Look out for vans that really hit the stuntmen in action sequences.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 5.8 
32. 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife (1989)
A funny comedy with lots of laughs and macabre humor. Chow Yun-Fat and Kenny Bee are binge drinking and decide to kill their wives and that starts a series of a lot of idiotic misunderstandings. Some of the ways they create to kill their wives are hilarious, like the sunbathing chair guillotine.
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People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 5.9 
33. A Better Tomorrow III (1989)
The weakest of the trilogy but still pretty good. The ending has a powerful message and it's pretty obvious that Tsui Hark tried to do his Bullet in the Head here.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 5.5 
34. Scared Stiff (1987)
Is so awful that you'll become angry watching it, but has really insane robot humor and some extra goodies for people who hate Eric Tsang so it's hard to hate this movie.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.1 
35. The Greatest Lover (1988)
Chow and his buddies steal tiger feces from the zoo to escape from their home. The movie also has a western chef named is Gay Wai who likes to squeeze men's asses. It's a shame that the movie is way too long because it gives really good laughs.
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.7 
36. City War (1988)
Has a great final battle and is worth buying because of it.
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People who added this item 12  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
37. Flaming Brothers (1987)
Pretty solid action movie but also a forgettable one.
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
38. Tragic Hero (1987)
Has potential for more but doesn't use all of it. Andy Lau's character doesn't get enough time on screen.
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People who added this item 5  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.3  IMDB Rating 4.2 
39. Long Goodbye (aka The Head Hunter) (1982)
Not as bad as everyone says it is. Granted that it starts slowly and the flashbacks are ruined with the slow motion technique, but Chow and Rosamund Kwan both give solid performances and their "love story" is actually pretty good.
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People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
40. Dream Lovers (1986)
The first half is really boring but the end is pretty good.
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People who added this item 10  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating
41. Hong Kong 1941 (1984)
Has a good story but some awful over-acting pretty much ruins it.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
42. Prison on Fire II (1991)
Nowhere near the first part. Chow's character has been pussified here and the absence of Tony Leung is noticeable.
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating
43. The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006)
A movie that changes its style a bit too many times. It is at its best as an emotional drama and at its worst as a comedy. Sadly, Chow Yun-Fat's character is only in the main comedy section of the film, and as the humor isn't that funny, he is one of the worst things in the film. The film ranges from quite boring to absolutely brilliant so it is worth checking out, even though it leaves you a bit disappointed when thinking what it could have been.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 6.8 
44. God of Killers (1981)
I recommend to stay away from this one because the only English-subtitled DVD version is so awful that it's hard to follow the movie. Might be better with a decent DVD release, so wait for it.
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People who added this item 131  Average listal rating (96 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating
45. The Corruptor (1999)
The reason I think this is Chow's best Hollywood movie is that Mark Wahlberg doesn't annoy at all in this one. And that is a merit that should be glorified.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating
46. The Occupant (1984)
A major disappointment since it starts off as a hilarious comedy with a hilarious performance by Bak-Ming Wong as Hansom Wong, a sleazy retard nerd who uses any means to get to the apartments of single women. When the horror elements come into play, the movie gets boring since it is not scary, atmospheric or unintentionally funny in a good way. Has some good jokes but as a horror film it's very dull.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.8 
47. Wild Search (1989)
This too was a major disappointment, because I expected a stylish action movie from what I've heard before seeing this. There is very little action in the movie and most of it is just drama with Chow Yun-Fat and Cherie Chung. They both have proven that they have a great chemistry with each other in drama roles, but the movie is just so dull that it's impossible to be interested in what's happening.
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People who added this item 786  Average listal rating (453 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.7 
48. Anna and the King (1999)
Chow and Foster are good, Tom Felton is awful. The movie is too long to be interesting all the time.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 4.2 
49. Chow Yun-Fat Goes Hollywood (2001)
A documentary about Chow's starting career in Hollywood. Some of the interviews with the production crew of The Replacement Killers are a total bore, because they mainly say that CYF is a cool guy and he has also done movies in Hong Kong. We don't need a documentary to tell us that. Some of the interviews are really good and tell the viewer a lot about Chow's personality, even though sometimes the video material of the set seems a bit staged. Of course the most interesting interview in the documentary is of Chow himself.
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People who added this item 107  Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.5 
50. Shanghai (2010)
A bland and boring history-themed film where Chow has been given on-screen time quite generously at the beginning. Then he disappears for a long time and only appears at the end. John Cusack is horrible in the leading role, but CYF and Gong Li are charismatic and save a lot. The result is a bad film nevertheless, but it would be even more shit with different Chinese actors. Chow has two action sequences that are somewhat of a John Woo homage and they are ok to watch.
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This list includes only those Chow Yun-Fat movies that I've seen. The purpose is to comment these as CYF experiences and tell why these are/aren't worth seeing.

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Apr 12 16:59
Excellent list! It's really sad the turn his career has taken in recent years, though :/
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Apr 13 14:02
^ Yes, it's a shame that Chow's career has pretty much gone down the drain since he jumped to Hollywood. Some of his new films aren't all that bad, but I'm not expecting to see him make another masterpiece anytime soon, even though The Postmodern Life of My Aunt has some potential to be a funny comedy, and at least the director, Ann Hui, is pretty talented. Luckily Chow has done so many movies in the 80s and a lot of them are pure gold and easily available from Hong Kong DVD stores, so I'll have a lot to watch, even though I've reached the milestone of 50 seen Chow Yun-Fat movies.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 7 19:00
His role as Ah Jing for Prison on Fire remains the most memorable and endearing out of all those films I've seen of him. It's a really insightful look at prison life and its dynamics in which inmates have to familiarize with in order to stand a chance of survival. Roy Cheung, as the corrupt officer, is one of the more manipulative and scheming villains to emerge from Hong Kong cinema.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 25 2:49
I need to watch some of this guy's movies, ASAP.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Mar 5 4:37
Fantastic list! Just watched Tiger on the Beat and got me jonesing for some more of Chow's 80s HK stuff! Just GOTDAMN that man was busy in the 80s.

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