I’ve been a fan of Hong Kong cinema since watching the Drunken Master (1978) of Jackie Chan and other martial arts movies. Chan’s stunts really amazed me to the point of dreaming to become a Kung Fu Master. After my fascination with these kind of movies, I became an instant fan of HK’s comedy films like Kung Fu Hustle (2004).
But there’s been a hiatus on watching HK films because I went back watching European films. In 2011, I resumed upon watching Chungking Express and from then on, I made sure to include films from HK to my movie list.
But what really caught my attention was I’ve-seen-him-before-from-other-movie-but-can’t-remember Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), who happened to be one of the lead characters in Chungking Express, and started to type his name on Google’s search bar. I became an instant fan and decided to check his filmography gradually. It’s not easy for me to just give up on watching his films; there’s something about him that whenever I see him on screen, I silently giggle.
While backtracking on the list of his movies, I stumbled upon Jet Li’s Hero. I suddenly remember that this is one of my favorite films. I saw Tony’s name on the cast and that explained the familiarity of his face on Chungking Express.
I think Tony is charming enough to gain my attention and consider him as one of my long-time Asian actor crushes. Actually, he’s on the top of the list. Sure, there’s Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs), Daniel Wu (The Banquet), and Takeshi Kaneshiro (Chungking Express) but for me, Tony Leung tops them all.
I’ve seen his depressed and aloof cop in ChungKing Express (1994) and still chose to open up a little bit to someone he constantly encounter during his working shift.
I DIEEE! I’ll take you wherever I go.
His short appearance in Days of Being Wild (1990) made me want to see him more.
And he appeared as the most appealing gay (so biased!) in Happy Together (1997). Goodness, he still looks good and I swear, lalong naging gwapo sa’kin dahil sa character.
Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung
The dance made me smile. 🙂
And he totally took my heart with his (in my opinion) charming character as Chow Mo-wan in In the Mood for Love (2000). He effortlessly managed to make his character likable despite the complicated plot of the story. Plus, I totally dig his suits and cigarettes that make his character suave as well.
Even if I don’t see his face, I still find it sexy with his hand holding a cigarette while touching his hair.
With the lovely Maggie Cheung.
Talking things out.
For the last installment of Wong Kar Wai‘s trilogy, 2046 (2004). Tony’s character from In the Mood for Love became a writer and lost his one true love. I saw another Tony’s depressing character and a little bit playful as he struggle about the lost of his woman.
A reliable undercover cop who struggles to get back his identity is the plot of Infernal Affairs (2002), Tony appeared to be rugged which I also dig. His character here is the total opposite of suave Chow mo-Wan. Tony worked with Andy Lau delivering one of the best crime/thriller film I’ve seen.
Once again, he worked with Wong Kar Wai for The Grandmaster (2013). Tony played the martial-arts master Ip Man and oh boy, I totally liked it when he kicked some butts in the movie. Wong Kar Wai did a good job to make a martial arts movie more artistic in terms of cinematography.
Ip Man with the wife played by Korean actress Song Hye-kyo.
And just recently, I saw Tony Leung’s Lust, Caution (2007) by Ang Lee. Man, the film left some permanent scenes inside my mind. IMDB’s plot: During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
It’s one sensual espionage thriller film that I may watch again in the near future. To warn you, the movie features sex scenes — intense, affecting and emotionally raw. Lee’s too honest to show everything in the film. Tony Leung is one hell of a mystery man here and I can’t quite read his character. I also commend Wei Tang, the female lead star, for her beautiful deceptive character.
Man, it’s the first time I saw Tony totally naked and his built, that’s something I really adore. Totally. Naked. I’m speechless and quite breathless. No, it’s not an over reaction for me. Seeing Tony like that made me think about him for several days. My daydreaming sessions recently were filled of Tony Leung. You may say that it’s a perv thing to do but I can’t help. The 52-year old HK actor left me something to daydream for as long as idle time strikes again or whenever I want to think about him.
I’m actually trying to find a decent time to watch his others films like Ashes of Time (1994), Chinese Midnight Express (1997), Gorgeous (1999), Confession of Pain (2006), and Tokyo Raiders (2000).
Then there’s this photo…
Oh boy, that face is running circles inside my head. (Hero, 2002)
To be honest, Tony Leung has his way to creep in just like that (this is just a biased opinion). I can’t imagine some days without fantasizing (for the lack of a wholesome term, I really don’t know) him for he has an aura and appeal of someone that I may actually like in real life.
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