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The Best Hong Kong Film Performances - Part 5 - The Best Performance Ever + the Full List

Hey, we’re at the final entry in our BEST HONG KONG FILM PERFORMANCES reader vote, where we give out the award for the Best Performance Ever in a Hong Kong Film. Already the hopefuls are putting their best faces forward to ask that they get the top spot:


This is why Francis Ng and Chow Yun-Fat
should never work together

Quick recap: this BEST HONG KONG FILM PERFORMANCES list was determined by 83 readers, who voted for performances in Hong Kong movies that they felt should be recognized as the best. Voters provided lists of 5-10 performances, then we tallied them up and came up with a list of 311 actors and their roles. We pulled off the top 33 and labeled those “the best”, and then we compiled the rest into a full list. You can find the complete list at the very bottom of this blog entry. Go ahead, look.

Also, if you’re just joining us, you may consider heading back to the beginning and reading about the Honorable Mentions, Bronze Awards, Silver Awards, Gold Awards and the Best Actor and Best Actress before getting to today’s Best Performance Ever. Yeah, it’s kind of weird to announce a Best Actor and Best Actress, and then slide another actor or actress in above them and label them the “Best Ever”, but that’s what we’ve decided to do. Please do not question our august judgement.

Previous updates:
- Honorable Mentions
- Bronze and Silver Performances
Gold Performances
Best Actors and Best Actresses

We’re not getting any younger, so let’s hit the jump and end this thing.

This should not surprise anyone…

Best Performance Ever in a Hong Kong Film
Leslie Cheung as Yuddy in DAYS OF BEING WILD (1991) - 26 votes

Leslie Cheung won a Best Actor Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards for DAYS OF BEING WILD, but even that accolade doesn’t accurately represent the reverence held for this role in this movie. In many ways, this is the defining performance from the late singer-actor, conveying exactly how magnetic, charming, fierce, destructive, lonely and utterly beautiful Leslie Cheung was. Mondo Serious says about Cheung’s work in DAYS OF BEING WILD, “Charming and obnoxious at the same time, Cheung captures the soul of someone who needs to receive and reject love.” KL chimes in with: “Cheung’s acting talent shines most brightly in self-destructive roles, and his performance in DAYS OF BEING WILD is possibly the finest exemplar. Who else could pull off the narcissistic yet exquisite 30-second solo dance scene?” While Cheung was perhaps not the finest actor of Hong Kong Cinema’s celebrated “Golden Age,” he was arguably its most iconic and representative movie star, giving performances that relied on charisma and personal magnetism as much as plain old acting. Who else was so gloriously larger-than-life in nearly every one of his Hong Kong movies? Really nobody other than Leslie Cheung.

Full list of suggested performances:

With the main event done, please check out the full list below, which totals 311 performances including some real stretches like Paul Rudd in GEN-Y COPS and some of those Shawn Yue votes. I didn’t do any stat-crunching but I can tell you that Tony Leung Chiu-Wai turns up A LOT and Charlene Choi and Edison Chen turn up only once. Also, 176 of the 311 performances listed only got 1 vote. Yay for blind voting!

Winners and Honorable Mentions:
Leslie Cheung in DAYS OF BEING WILD (1991) - 26 votes
Faye Wong in CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994) - 24 votes
Maggie Cheung in IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) - 21 vote
Chow Yun-Fat in A BETTER TOMORROW (1986) - 19 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002) - 18 votes
Anthony Wong in BEAST COPS (1998) - 16 votes
Maggie Cheung in COMRADES, ALMOST A LOVE STORY (1996) - 15 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000) - 15 votes
Anita Mui in ROUGE (1986) - 14 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994) - 13 votes
Brigitte Lin in SWORDSMAN 2 (1991) - 12 votes
Chow Yun-Fat in THE KILLER (1989) - 12 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in MAD DETECTIVE (2007) - 12 votes
Stephen Chow in A CHINESE ODYSSEY (1995) - 10 votes
Andy Lau in INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002) - 9 votes
Chow Yun-Fat in GOD OF GAMBLERS (1989) - 9 votes
Francis Ng in INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2 (2003) - 9 votes
Jackie Chan in POLICE STORY (1985) - 8 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in HAPPY TOGETHER (1997) - 8 votes
Anthony Wong in THE UNTOLD STORY (1993) - 7 votes
Brigitte Lin in THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR (1993) - 7 votes
Josephine Siao in FONG SAI YUK (1993) - 7 votes
Leslie Cheung in ASHES OF TIME (1994) - 7 votes
Leslie Cheung in HAPPY TOGETHER (1997) - 7 votes
Sammi Cheng in NEEDING YOU¡K (2000) - 7 votes
Takeshi Kaneshiro in FALLEN ANGELS (1995) - 7 votes
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in ELECTION (2005) - 7 votes
Chow Yun-Fat in AN AUTUMN’S TALE (1987) - 6 votes
Stephen Chow in KING OF COMEDY (1999) - 6 votes
Bruce Lee in FIST OF FURY (1972) - 5 votes
Donnie Yen in IP MAN (2008) - 5 votes
Jet Li in ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (1991) - 5 votes
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in 92 LEGENDARY ROSE NOIRE (1992) - 5 votes

The rest of the pack:
Andy Lau in A MOMENT OF ROMANCE (1990) - 4 votes
Andy Lau in RUNNING ON KARMA (2003) - 4 votes
Andy Lau in RUNNING OUT OF TIME (1999) - 4 votes
Anita Yuen in C’EST LA VIE, MON CHERI (1993) - 4 votes
Anita Yuen in HE’S A WOMAN, SHE’S A MAN (1994) - 4 votes
Cecilia Cheung in KING OF COMEDY (1999) - 4 votes
Chow Yun-Fat in PRISON ON FIRE (1987) - 4 votes
Francis Ng in BULLETS OVER SUMMER (1999) - 4 votes
Francis Ng in YOUNG AND DANGEROUS (1996) - 4 votes
Lam Ching-Ying in MR. VAMPIRE (1985) - 4 votes
Lam Suet in PTU (2003) - 4 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in FULL ALERT (1997) - 4 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in LOST IN TIME (2003) - 4 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in MY NAME IS FAME (2006) - 4 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in RUNNING OUT OF TIME (1999) - 4 votes
Michelle Yeoh in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) - 4 votes
Nick Cheung in THE BEAST STALKER (2008) - 4 votes
Sandra Ng in GOLDEN CHICKEN (2002) - 4 votes
Simon Yam in BULLET IN THE HEAD (1990) - 4 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in BULLET IN THE HEAD (1990) - 4 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in LUST, CAUTION (2007) - 4 votes
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in JIANG HU: THE TRIAD ZONE (2000) - 4 votes
Aaron Kwok in THE DETECTIVE (2007) - 3 votes
Andy Lau in A FIGHTER’S BLUES (2000) - 3 votes
Andy Lau in PROTEGE (2007) - 3 votes
Carina Lau in DAYS OF BEING WILD (1991) - 3 votes
Cecilia Cheung in LOST IN TIME (2003) - 3 votes
Cheng Pei-Pei in COME DRINK WITH ME (1966) - 3 votes
Chow Yun-Fat in HARD BOILED (1992) - 3 votes
Daniel Wu in PROTEGE (2007) - 3 votes
Francis Ng in JULIET IN LOVE (2000) - 3 votes
Francis Ng in THE MISSION (1999) - 3 votes
Grace Chang in THE WILD, WILD ROSE (1960) - 3 votes
Jackie Chan in NEW POLICE STORY (2004) - 3 votes
Kara Hui in MY YOUNG AUNTIE (1981) - 3 votes
Lam Ching-Ying in THE PRODIGAL SON (1981) - 3 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in TOO MANY WAYS TO BE NO. 1 (1997) - 3 votes
Leslie Cheung in A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987) - 3 votes
Leslie Cheung in HE’S A WOMAN, SHE’S A MAN (1994) - 3 votes
Maggie Cheung in CENTRE STAGE (1992) - 3 votes
Maggie Cheung in DRAGON INN (1992) - 3 votes
Maggie Cheung in HERO (2002) - 3 votes
Sam Lee in MADE IN HONG KONG (1997) - 3 votes
Sandra Ng in JULIET IN LOVE (2000) - 3 votes
Sandra Ng in PORTLAND STREET BLUES (1998) - 3 votes
Stephen Chow in GOD OF COOKERY (1996) - 3 votes
Tang Wei in LUST, CAUTION (2007) - 3 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in HARD BOILED (1992) - 3 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in HERO (2002) - 3 votes
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in HE AIN’T HEAVY HE’S MY FATHER! (1993) - 3 votes
Angela Mao in HAPKIDO (1972) - 2 votes
Anita Mui in DRUNKEN MASTER 2 (1994) - 2 votes
Anita Mui in WU YEN (2001) - 2 votes
Anthony Wong in INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002) - 2 votes
Anthony Wong in JUST ONE LOOK (2002) - 2 votes
Anthony Wong in THE MISSION (1999) - 2 votes
Brigitte Lin in ASHES OF TIME (1994) - 2 votes
Bruce Lee in ENTER THE DRAGON (1973) - 2 votes
Carol Cheng in HER FATAL WAYS (1990) - 2 votes
Cherie Chung in AN AUTUMN’S TALE (1987) - 2 votes
Chow Yun-Fat in ALL ABOUT AH LONG (1989) - 2 votes
Donnie Yen in FLASHPOINT (2007) - 2 votes
Eric Tsang in INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002) - 2 votes
Francis Ng in 2000 AD (1999) - 2 votes
Francis Ng in THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR (1993) - 2 votes
Francis Ng in FULL ALERT (1997) - 2 votes
Francis Ng in ONE LAST DANCE (2005) - 2 votes
Jackie Chan in PROJECT A (1984) - 2 votes
Jacky Cheung in BULLET IN THE HEAD (1990) - 2 votes
Jet Li in THE WARLORDS (2007) - 2 votes
Jet Li in FEARLESS (2006) - 2 votes
Jet Li in FIST OF LEGEND (1994) - 2 votes
Joey Wong in A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987) - 2 votes
Karen Mok in EAST MEETS WEST 2011 (2011) - 2 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in C’EST LA VIE, MON CHERI (1993) - 2 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (2011) - 2 votes
Lau Ching-Wan in THE LONGEST NITE (1998) - 2 votes
Louis Koo in BORN WILD (2001) - 2 votes
Michael Hui in THE PRIVATE EYES (1976) - 2 votes
Michelle Reis in FALLEN ANGELS (1995) - 2 votes
Michelle Yeoh in POLICE STORY 3: SUPERCOP (1992) - 2 votes
Michelle Yeoh in PROJECT S (1993) - 2 votes
Nicholas Tse in BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (2009) - 2 votes
Sally Yeh in SHANGHAI BLUES (1984) - 2 votes
Sammi Cheng in MY LEFT EYE SEES GHOSTS (2002) - 2 votes
Sammo Hung in SPL (2005) - 2 votes
Simon Yam in FULL CONTACT (1992) - 2 votes
Simon Yam in NIGHT AND FOG (2009) - 2 votes
Stephen Chow in FLIRTING SCHOLAR (1993) - 2 votes
Stephen Chow in KUNG FU HUSTLE (2004) - 2 votes
Takeshi Kaneshiro in WU XIA (2011) - 2 votes
Ti Lung in A BETTER TOMORROW (1986) - 2 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in 2046 (2004) - 2 votes
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002 (2002) - 2 votes
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in EAGLE SHOOTING HEROES (1993) - 2 votes
Wu Chien-Lien in INTRUDER (1997) - 2 votes
Yu Rong-Guang in BIG BULLET (1996) - 2 votes
Yu Rong-Guang in IRON MONKEY (1993) - 2 votes
Yuen Biao in DRAGONS FOREVER (1987) - 2 votes
Yuen Wah in EASTERN CONDORS (1987) - 2 votes
Zhang Ziyi in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) - 2 votes
Zhou Xun in PERHAPS LOVE (2005) - 2 votes
Alex Fong Lik-Sun in LOVE IS THE ONLY ANSWER (2011) - 1 vote
Alex Man Chi-Leung in RETURN OF THE BASTARD SWORDSMAN (1984) - 1 vote
Alex Man Chi-Leung in RICH AND FAMOUS (1987) - 1 vote
Alexander Fu Sheng in TREASURE HUNTERS (1981) - 1 vote
Andy Lau in DAYS OF BEING WILD (1991) - 1 vote
Andy Lau in LOVE ON A DIET (2001) - 1 vote
Andy Lau in THE WARLORDS (2007) - 1 vote
Andy Lau in YESTERDAY ONCE MORE (2004) - 1 vote
Angelica Lee in 20:30:40 (2004) - 1 vote
Angelica Lee in THE EYE (2002) - 1 vote
Angie Cheung in BODY WEAPON (1999) - 1 vote
Anita Mui in A BETTER TOMORROW (1986) - 1 vote
Anita Mui in HEROIC TRIO (1993) - 1 vote
Anita Mui in MIRACLES (1989) - 1 vote
Anita Mui in WHO’S THE WOMAN, WHO’S THE MAN (1996) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in EBOLA SYNDROME (1996) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in EXILED (2006) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in FULL CONTACT (1992) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in HARD BOILED (1992) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in THE HEROIC TRIO (1993) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2 (2003) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in MY LIFE AS MCDULL (2001) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in TAXI HUNTER (1992) - 1 vote
Anthony Wong in TIME AND TIDE (2000) - 1 vote
Athena Chu in A CHINESE ODYSSEY (1995) - 1 vote
Benny “The Jet” Urquidez in WHEELS ON MEALS (1984) - 1 vote
Brigitte Lin in DRAGON INN (1992) - 1 vote
Brigitte Lin in PEKING OPERA BLUES (1986) - 1 vote
Brigitte Lin in RED DUST (1990) - 1 vote
Bruce Lee in WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972) - 1 vote
Carina Lau in HE’S A WOMAN, SHE’S A MAN (1994) - 1 vote
Carina Lau in INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2 (2003) - 1 vote
Carol Cheng in NOW YOU SEE LOVE, NOW YOU DON’T (1992) - 1 vote
Carrie Ng in NAKED KILLER (1992) - 1 vote
Cecilia Cheung in RUNNING ON KARMA (2003) - 1 vote
Cecilia Yip in HONG KONG 1941 (1984) - 1 vote
Cecilia Yip in ORGANIZED CRIME AND TRIAD BUREAU (1993) - 1 vote
Chan Kwok-Bong in GATES OF HELL (1995) - 1 vote
Chang Chen in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) - 1 vote
Charlene Choi in DIARY (2006) - 1 vote
Charlie Cho in LAN KWAI FONG SWINGERS (1993) - 1 vote
Charlie Young in TASK FORCE (1997) - 1 vote
Cherrie Ying in THROWDOWN (2004) - 1 vote
Chingmy Yau in NAKED KILLER (1992) - 1 vote
Chow Yun-Fat in A BETTER TOMORROW 2 (1987) - 1 vote
Chow Yun-Fat in CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER (2006) - 1 vote
Chow Yun-Fat in DIARY OF A BIG MAN (1988) - 1 vote
Chow Yun-Fat in ONCE A THIEF (1991) - 1 vote
Chow Yun-Fat in WILD SEARCH (1989) - 1 vote
Cora Miao in LOVE IN A FALLEN CITY (1984) - 1 vote
Daniel Wu in BORN WILD (2001) - 1 vote
Danny Lee in THE KILLER (1989) - 1 vote
Danny Lee in WALK IN (1997) - 1 vote
Dayo Wong in LET’S SING ALONG (2001) - 1 vote
Deannie Yip in A SIMPLE LIFE (2011) - 1 vote
Denise Ho in LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (2011) - 1 vote
Dick Wei in MISMATCHED COUPLES (1985) - 1 vote
Donnie Yen in DRAGON INN (1992) - 1 vote
Donnie Yen in IRON MONKEY (1993) - 1 vote
Donnie Yen in WU XIA (2011) - 1 vote
Eason Chan in CRAZY ‘N THE CITY (2005) - 1 vote
Eason Chan in LOVE BATTLEFIELD (2004) - 1 vote
Eddie Chan in MAN ON THE BRINK (1981) - 1 vote
Edison Chen in DOG BITE DOG (2006) - 1 vote
Ekin Cheng in YOUNG AND DANGEROUS (1996) - 1 vote
Elvis Tsui Kam-Kong in VIVA EROTICA (1996) - 1 vote
Eric Tsang in COMRADES, ALMOST A LOVE STORY (1996) - 1 vote
Eric Tsang in HE’S A WOMAN, SHE’S A MAN (1996) - 1 vote
Francis Ng in BAKERY AMOUR (2001) - 1 vote
Francis Ng in ONCE UPON A TIME IN TRIAD SOCIETY (1996) - 1 vote
Francis Ng in ONCE UPON A TIME IN TRIAD SOCIETY 2 (1996) - 1 vote
Francis Ng in CRAZY ‘N THE CITY (2005) - 1 vote
Gigi Lai in YOUNG AND DANGEROUS (1996) - 1 vote
Gordon Liu in 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) - 1 vote
Gua Ah Leh in MIRACLES (1989) - 1 vote
Guk Fung in TIGER KILLER (1982) - 1 vote
Ivy Ling Po in THE LOVE ETERNE (1963) - 1 vote
Jackie Chan in DRUNKEN MASTER (1978) - 1 vote
Jackie Chan in SHINJUKU INCIDENT (2009) - 1 vote
Jackie Chan in WHEELS ON MEALS (1984) - 1 vote
Jacky Cheung in AS TEARS GO BY (1988) - 1 vote
Jacky Cheung in CROSSING HENNESSY (2010) - 1 vote
Jacky Cheung in THE DAYS OF BEING DUMB (1992) - 1 vote
Jacky Cheung in HIGH RISK (1995) - 1 vote
Jacky Cheung in JIANG HU (2004) - 1 vote
Jet Li in FONG SAI YUK (1993) - 1 vote
Jet Li in OCEAN HEAVEN (2010) - 1 vote
Jet Li in SWORDSMAN 2 (1992) - 1 vote
Jordan Chan in BIO-ZOMBIE (1998) - 1 vote
Josephine Siao in HU-DU-MEN (1996) - 1 vote
Josephine Siao in MAHJONG DRAGON (1997) - 1 vote
Josephine Siao in SUMMER SNOW (1995) - 1 vote
Josephine Siao in THE WINDOW (1968) - 1 vote
Judy Lee in DUEL AT TIGER VILLAGE (1978) - 1 vote
Kam Kwok-Leung in THE KILLER SNAKES (1974) - 1 vote
Karen Mok in GOD OF COOKERY (1996) - 1 vote
Karena Lam in CLAUSTROPHOBIA (2008) - 1 vote
Karena Lam in JULY RHAPSODY (2001) - 1 vote
Kwan Tak Hing in THE MAGNIFICENT BUTCHER (1979) - 1 vote
Lau Ching-Wan in A HERO NEVER DIES (1998) - 1 vote
Lau Ching-Wan in LIFELINE (1997) - 1 vote
Lau Ching-Wan in VICTIM (1999) - 1 vote
Lau Shun in SWORDSMAN (1991) - 1 vote
Lawrence Ng in UNDERGROUND BANKER (1994) - 1 vote
Leon Lai in THREE: GOING HOME (2002) - 1 vote
Leslie Cheung in A BETTER TOMORROW 2 (1987) - 1 vote
Leslie Cheung in THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR (1993) - 1 vote
Leslie Cheung in A CHINESE GHOST STORY 2 (1990) - 1 vote
Leslie Cheung in DOUBLE TAP (2000) - 1 vote
Leslie Cheung in MOONLIGHT EXPRESS (1999) - 1 vote
Leslie Cheung in SHANGHAI GRAND (1996) - 1 vote
Lin Chen-Chi in DANGEROUS ENCOUNTER - 1ST KIND (1980) - 1 vote
Liu Wai-Hung in NOBODY’S HERO (1989) - 1 vote
Louis Koo in ACCIDENT (2009) - 1 vote
Louis Koo in LOVE FOR ALL SEASONS (2003) - 1 vote
Louis Koo in THROW DOWN (2004) - 1 vote
Maggie Cheung in ASHES OF TIME (1994) - 1 vote
Maggie Cheung in DAYS OF BEING WILD (1991) - 1 vote
Maggie Cheung in GREEN SNAKE (1993) - 1 vote
Maggie Cheung in PAPER MARRIAGE (1988) - 1 vote
Maggie Q in NAKED WEAPON (2002) - 1 vote
Maggie Siu in ELECTION (2005) - 1 vote
Michael Hui in CHICKEN AND DUCK TALK (1988) - 1 vote
Michelle Yeoh in WING CHUN (1994) - 1 vote
Miriam Yeung in HOOKED ON YOU (2007) - 1 vote
Miriam Yeung in LOVE IN THE BUFF (2012) - 1 vote
Ng Man-Tat in KING OF COMEDY (1999) - 1 vote
Ng Man-Tat in SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001) - 1 vote
Nick Cheung in ELECTION (2005) - 1 vote
Nick Cheung in STOOL PIGEON (2010) - 1 vote
Nora Miao in WAY OF THE DRAGON (1972) - 1 vote
Patrick Tam in BORN WILD (2001) - 1 vote
Paul Chun in ALL FOR THE WINNER (1990) - 1 vote
Paul Rudd in GEN-Y COPS (2000) - 1 vote
Philip Kwok in HARD BOILED (1992) - 1 vote
Richard Ng Yiu-Hon in MY LUCKY STARS (1985) - 1 vote
Roy Cheung in PRISON ON FIRE (1987) - 1 vote
Roy Cheung in SCHOOL ON FIRE (1988) - 1 vote
Sam Hui in FRONT PAGE (1990) - 1 vote
Sammi Cheng in LOVE ON A DIET (2001) - 1 vote
Sammi Cheng in WU YEN (2001) - 1 vote
Sammo Hung in EIGHT TAELS OF GOLD (1989) - 1 vote
Sammo Hung in HEART OF DRAGON (1985) - 1 vote
Sammo Hung in SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS (1980) - 1 vote
Sandra Ng in DANCE OF A DREAM (2001) - 1 vote
Shawn Yue in INVISIBLE TARGET (2007) - 1 vote
Shawn Yue in PLAYBOY COPS (2008) - 1 vote
Shih Chun in TOUCH OF ZEN (1971) - 1 vote
Shu Qi in VIVA EROTICA (1996) - 1 vote
Simon Yam in DR. LAMB (1992) - 1 vote
Simon Yam in ELECTION (2005) - 1 vote
Simon Yam in PTU (2003) - 1 vote
Simon Yam in TIGER CAGE (1988) - 1 vote
Stephen Chow in HAIL THE JUDGE (1994) - 1 vote
Stephen Chow in LOVE ON DELIVERY (1994) - 1 vote
Stephen Chow in SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001) - 1 vote
Stephen Chow in ALL FOR THE WINNER (1990) - 1 vote
Stephen Chow in FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE (1994) - 1 vote
Sylvia Chang in ACES GO PLACES (1982) - 1 vote
Takeshi Kaneshiro in CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994) - 1 vote
Takeshi Kaneshiro in THE ODD ONE DIES (1997) - 1 vote
Takeshi Kaneshiro in RED CLIFF (2008) - 1 vote
Ti Lung in OPIUM AND THE KUNG FU MASTER (1984) - 1 vote
Ti Lung in PEOPLE’S HERO (1987) - 1 vote
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in THE LONGEST NITE (1998) - 1 vote
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in DRAGON INN (1992) - 1 vote
Tony Leung Ka-Fai in MEN SUDDENLY IN BLACK (2003) - 1 vote
Tse Miu in MY FATHER IS A HERO (1995) - 1 vote
Tsui Kam-Kong in SEX AND ZEN (1991) - 1 vote
Wu Chien-Lien in A MOMENT OF ROMANCE (1990) - 1 vote
Yuen Biao in ON THE RUN (1988) - 1 vote
Yuen Qiu in KUNG FU HUSTLE (2004) - 1 vote
Yuen Shun-Yi in DRUNKEN TAI CHI (1984) - 1 vote
Yuen Wah in KUNG FU HUSTLE (2004) - 1 vote
Zhang Ziyi in HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004) - 1 vote
Zhou Xun in THE EQUATION OF LOVE AND DEATH (2008) - 1 vote

And that’s it for THE BEST HONG KONG FILM PERFORMANCES. Thanks a lot to everyone for paying attention and not getting mad at us when we made typos or insulted your favorite stars, like that nice Edison Chen boy — you know, he’s wonderful if you get to know him.

Also, thanks to the 83 people who voted and the extra few who voted but were disqualified for sending them in after we finished tallying the results. Your time and effort in emailing us your picks is not something that we can compensate you for, but we hope that you understand and don’t beat us up if you see us in person.

Again, thanks a lot and be sure to tune in for the end of the BEST HONG KONG FILMS EVER reader vote.

18 Responses to “The Best Hong Kong Film Performances - Part 5 - The Best Performance Ever + the Full List”

  1. Kyra Says:

    And no Nicholas Tse!!??

  2. valerie soe Says:

    Oh Leslie, what a perfect choice. I didn’t vote for him but I totally agree. And the entire list is excellent, too. Thanks again for the fun!

  3. Grenouille_vert Says:

    The second place for Faye Wong is totally unpredictable to me, but a sweet surprise indeed. I vote for Tony Leung’s role in Infernal Affairs but seeing the late Leslie Cheung at the top is pleasing enough. Anyway, thank you Kozo (and other voters) for bringing back to me so many wonderful memories about HK cinema :).

  4. BeanBandit Says:

    I was secretly hoping Aaron Kwok would win for his amazing acting in Murderer

  5. Wendy Carey Says:

    It is interesting that the actors in the top 3 spots were all directed by Wong Kar Wai.

  6. Mondo Serious Says:

    I am surprised that there were no votes for Chapman To.

  7. valerie soe Says:

    @wendycarey: there are a lot of WKW fanpeeps on LHKF & their votes will be battling it out with the Johnnie To fanpeeps for Best Film. But since WKW made a lot fewer movies than JT the votes for his movies and his stars are a lot more concentrated and they rank higher.

    I wonder if this formula can be backward-applied to Wong Jing somehow.

  8. KL Says:

    I knew it was Leslie. I voted for him. Thanks for doing BEST HONG KONG FILM PERFORMANCES, Kozo. I’ve had so much fun.

  9. Veronica Says:

    Yay, it’s got the full list now. So much fun indeed. And I’m glad with Leslie up at the top. Utterly beautiful, yes. I thought his performance should be definitely included in the top tens so voted for him too, but not necessarily as the top of the tops. I wonder if Kozo asked to rank them, would it be still the same result? Anyhow, Leslie totally deserves this. And this is fun plus fun. Heaps of thanks to Kozo for putting this all together! (Your performance here should be recognised too! (: )

  10. Nippus Says:

    Total votes per actor, cutting off at 3 votes:

    Tony Leung Chiu-Wai 73
    Chow Yun-Fat 60
    Leslie Cheung 52
    Maggie Cheung 49
    Lau Ching-Wan 40
    Anthony Wong 38
    Francis Ng 35
    Andy Lau 31
    Stephen Chow 28
    Brigitte Lin 24
    Faye Wong 24
    Tony Leung Ka-Fai 23
    Anita Mui 22
    Jackie Chan 16
    Jet Li 14
    Simon Yam 12
    Takeshi Kaneshiro 12
    Josephine Siao 11
    Sammi Cheng 11
    Sandra Ng 11
    Donnie Yen 10
    Michelle Yeoh 9
    Anita Yuen 8
    Bruce Lee 8
    Cecilia Cheung 8
    Jacky Cheung 7
    Lam Ching-Ying 7
    Nick Cheung 6
    Carina Lau 5
    Louis Koo 5
    Sammo Hung 5
    Daniel Wu 4
    Eric Tsang 4
    Lam Suet 4
    Ti Lung 4
    Yu Rong-Guang 4
    Aaron Kwok 3
    Carol Cheng 3
    Cheng Pei-Pei 3
    Grace Chang 3
    Kara Hui 3
    Karen Mok 3
    Michael Hui 3
    Sam Lee 3
    Tang Wei 3
    Wu Chien-Lien 3
    Yuen Biao 3
    Yuen Wah 3
    Zhang Ziyi 3
    Zhou Xun 3

  11. Nippus Says:

    Total votes per film, cutting off at 3 votes:

    CHUNGKING EXPRESS 38
    IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 36
    DAYS OF BEING WILD 31
    INFERNAL AFFAIRS 31
    A BETTER TOMORROW 22
    BEAST COPS 16
    COMRADES, ALMOST A LOVE STORY 16
    HAPPY TOGETHER 15
    ROUGE 14
    SWORDSMAN 2 13
    THE KILLER 13
    MAD DETECTIVE 12
    A CHINESE ODYSSEY 11
    INFERNAL AFFAIRS 2 11
    KING OF COMEDY 11
    ASHES OF TIME 10
    BULLET IN THE HEAD 10
    ELECTION 10
    THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR 10
    FALLEN ANGELS 9
    GOD OF GAMBLERS 9
    HE’S A WOMAN, SHE’S A MAN 9
    AN AUTUMN’S TALE 8
    FONG SAI YUK 8
    HARD BOILED 8
    POLICE STORY 8
    RUNNING OUT OF TIME 8
    CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON 7
    LOST IN TIME 7
    LUST, CAUTION 7
    NEEDING YOU¡K 7
    THE UNTOLD STORY 7
    C’EST LA VIE, MON CHERI 6
    DRAGON INN 6
    FULL ALERT 6
    HERO 6
    JULIET IN LOVE 6
    PROTEGE 6
    YOUNG AND DANGEROUS 6
    92 LEGENDARY ROSE NOIRE 5
    A CHINESE GHOST STORY 5
    A MOMENT OF ROMANCE 5
    FIST OF FURY 5
    IP MAN 5
    ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA 5
    PRISON ON FIRE 5
    PTU 5
    RUNNING ON KARMA 5
    THE MISSION 5
    BORN WILD 4
    BULLETS OVER SUMMER 4
    GOD OF COOKERY 4
    GOLDEN CHICKEN 4
    JIANG HU: THE TRIAD ZONE 4
    KUNG FU HUSTLE 4
    MR. VAMPIRE 4
    MY NAME IS FAME 4
    THE BEAST STALKER 4
    A FIGHTER’S BLUES 3
    CENTRE STAGE 3
    COME DRINK WITH ME 3
    FULL CONTACT 3
    HE AIN’T HEAVY HE’S MY FATHER! 3
    IRON MONKEY 3
    LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE 3
    MADE IN HONG KONG 3
    MY YOUNG AUNTIE 3
    NEW POLICE STORY 3
    PORTLAND STREET BLUES 3
    THE DETECTIVE 3
    THE LONGEST NITE 3
    THE PRODIGAL SON 3
    THE WARLORDS 3
    THE WILD, WILD ROSE 3
    TOO MANY WAYS TO BE NO. 1 3
    WU XIA 3
    WU YEN 3

  12. lina_to_u Says:

    Am happy, happy, happy! Am doing the cha-cha-cha (or nearly)! One cannot help but fall in love with Leslie Cheung in “Days of being wild” (voted for him:p). All my other favourites in the top 10. Please bring back HK cinema like this! A BIG Thank You to Kozo (all all for voting) for organising this poll. Lots and lots of fun and great films. Well done!

  13. valerie soe Says:

    @nippus: thanks for the crosstabs! Just wondering: did Lau Ching-Wan rank anywhere in the medalling? He got an awful lot of individual votes but I don’t recall if he made it to the top groups anywhere.

  14. valerie soe Says:

    Oh wait, I see him for Mad Detective, never mind

  15. Viktor Says:

    Yay, go Anita! Both of you :-)

  16. ColinJ Says:

    Every now and then when I’m watching Leslie in a movie I’m hit all over again by the immense tragedy and loss. He was every bit the perfect movie star; overwhelmingly beautiful, charismatic, bruised and brilliant.

    I doubt HK cinema will ever see his like again.

  17. Eleanor Says:

    Leslie in “Days of Being Wild”: absolutely perfect choice.

    (and thanks again for organizing the poll, Kozo!)

  18. Applenpt Says:

    Lesile always is top of the tops.Forever love.

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