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Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung
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Roy Cheung in Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002) Roy Cheung in The Mission (1999)

Roy Cheung Yiu-Yeung is one of the more underrated actors in Hong Kong. While he's never been a member of the A-list, he has built a solid career out of strong supporting roles and memorable villains. He was born in Hong Kong on July 20, 1963. As a child, he idolized Bruce Lee but never considered becoming an actor. After a brief stint in modelling, he caught the attention of Ringo Lam, who would launch Cheung's career as a movie villain. His breakout role was the corrupt prison guard in Lam’s Prison on Fire (1987), a role that earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards. He also appeared in Lam’s Wild Search (1989), and the two other films in the “on Fire” series, City on Fire (1986) and School on Fire (1987).

Since then, Cheung has generally been typecast in villain roles and has rarely stepped outside of the crime/triad genre. When he appeared in the third installment of the Young and Dangerous series, the HK Film Critics Society's comment was, “at last!” Cheung has also appeared in unofficial spin-offs, like Once Upon in a Triad Society 2 (1996), and has taken part in a number of acclaimed films, like Beast Cops (1998) and The Mission (1999), which have been credited with breaking new ground in the crime genre. He won the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in The Mission. His best performance to date was in Jiang Hu – The Triad Zone (2000); it brought him another HK Film Award nomination.

Cheung is reportedly a man of few words offscreen, and this seems to have been incorporated into his recent performances too. His largely silent character in Infernal Affairs II (2003) has been described as being a direct contrast to Chapman To’s loquacious Keung. Said one reviewer, "Not a word of dialogue and a miniscule amount of time onscreen, yet I could still get a strong sense of his character."

Cheung has recently amassed quite a following in Taiwan. Among the most rabid of his fans is Taiwanese pop-idol Yuki Tsui Huai-Yu. At the 2000 Golden Horse Awards, Tsui took the opportunity to publicly declare her love to him onstage, when they presented the award for Best New Performer together. (Yinique 2003)

selected filmography
(actor unless otherwise noted)
Lost Romance (1986)
City on Fire (1987)
Prison on Fire (1987)
The Big Heat (1988)
School on Fire (1988)
Tiger on the Beat 2 (1988)
Aces Go Places 5 (1989)
They Came to Rob Hong Kong (1989)
Wild Search (1989)
Triads: The Inside Story (1989)
Chicken a La Queen (1990)
Fight Back to School (1991)
Hong Kong Godfather (1991)
In the Lap of God (1991)
The Magnificent Scoundrels (1991)
My Flying Wife (1991)
Rose (1992)
Shanghai Heroic Story (1992)
What a Hero! (1992)
Wicked City (1992)
Ghost Lantern (1993)
Gambling Baron (1994)
Organized Crime and Triad Bureau (1994)
To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui (1994)
Tragic Fantasy: Tiger of Wanchai (1994)
The Armed Policewoman (1995)
From the Same Family (1995)
High Voltage (1995)
Love, Guns & Glass (1995)
Best of the Best (1996)
King of Robbery (1996)
Mongkok Story (1996)
Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2 (1996)
Those Were the Days (1996)[2]
The Wild Couple (1996)
Young and Dangerous 3 (1996)
Young and Dangerous 4 (1997)
Beast Cops (1998)
Leopard Hunting (1998)
Raging Angels (1998)
The Storm Riders (1998)
Big Spender (1999)
The Mission (1999)
Slow Fade (1999)
Born to be King (2000)
Jiang Hu - The Triad Zone (2000)
Bloody Cops (2001) (2000)
Play with Strangers (2000)
Super Car Criminals (2000)
Unbeatables (2000)
White Storm (2000)
Her Name is Cat 2: Journey to Death (2001)
The Replacement Suspects (2001)
The Avenging Fist (2001)
Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)
The Wesley's Mysterious File (2002)
Deadline Crisis (2002)
Infernal Affairs II (2003)
Dragon the Master (2003)
The Game of Killing 2004)
Brothers (2004)
Moonlight in Tokyo (2005)
Exiled (2006)
The Drummer (2007)
Mini (2007)
Linger (2008)
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