Vivian Hsu

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Vivian Hsu (Chinese: 徐若瑄; pinyin: Xú Ruòxuān; Wade–Giles: Hsu Jo-hsüan; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhî Jio̍k-soan; Japanese: ビビアン・スー Bibian Sū born March 19, 1975) is a Taiwanese singer, actress, and model.

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Hsu rose to prominence in Japan, where she made her first appearance in 1995 and has become a highly recognized celebrity with her countless appearances in media during the late 1990s.

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She was also the main vocalist for Black Biscuits, a Japanese dance band which released four singles, “Stamina”, “Timing”, “Relax”, “Bye-Bye”, and one album, Life. All of these four singles reached the top 5 spots of the Oricon singles chart, and Life reached #6 in the album chart.

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Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Modelling
2.2 Acting
2.3 Music
2.4 Return to Japan
3 Personal life
4 Filmography
5 Discography
5.1 Songwriting credits

Early Life


The second of three children, Hsu was born to a Taiwanese father and Tayal Taiwanese Aborigine mother as Hsu Su-chuan (Chinese: 徐淑娟; pinyin: Xú Shújuān), and used this name until she began her modeling career. Her parents divorced when she was a young child. She attended Taipei Jianxing Elementary School and Taipei Shulinguo Junior High School.

Career


Hsu’s career in entertainment industry started after winning first place in a “Talented Beautiful Girl” contest held by Taiwan’s CTS in 1990. At that point, she was working by delivering food on her bicycle, and her customers began to recognise her from her television appearances. The same year she joined a musical trio named “Girls’ Team” (少女隊). They released two albums, in 1991 and 1992, then broke up. Following this, Hsu started modeling.

Modelling

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As a model, she posed in two photobooks titled Angel (天使心) and Venus. Angel, published in 1995, was shot in Capri and Sicily. Venus, published on July 7, 1996, was shot in Mexico and had separate runs in Taiwan and Japan.

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Hsu’s success in modeling achieved its zenith in July 1996 when she was featured on the cover of two biography (the Japanese edition, and the comparatively low-distribution Hong Kong edition). Like the photobooks, both these items have become very sought after by collectors and fans.

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Hsu has continued to model for designers such as Hang Ten, Gucci and Mode Marie, and has modelled in all three of her brief, autobiographical books: Earth Onigiri (2001), Privacy (2001, ISBN 4-88745-060-5), and Wo Ai Taiwan (2002). In addition, most of her musical albums contain substantial inserts featuring new modelling work.

Acting

Hsu has appeared in a number of films and television programs both in China and Japan. She appeared in the ambitious 2006 mainland China-Taiwan-Hong Kong collaboration The Knot, a romance film that takes place between the CCP’s takeover of mainland China and the present. Her debut film was Shaolin Popey (1994), a comedy film which became a box office hit in Taiwan and Hong Kong. She also has some experience as a voice actress, having voiced Aisha in Gundam SEED for three episodes.

Hsu also starred in three Hong Kong motion pictures, Hunting List, Devil Angel and Angel Heart. She played the role of Chao Jiale in Love Storm (2003), alongside Vic Chou and Ken Chu. She also composed and sang the opening theme for this series, Decide to Love You (決定愛你), which was released as a single in 2003. As with many actors and actresses, she appears from time to time in commercials and as spokesperson for various causes. In 2006, Hsu played a role in the film The Shoe Fairy of Do Do, a modern fairy tale.

Also appeared in the 2001 film The Accidental Spy, with Jackie Chan.

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Music

Hsu released her first solo single in 1995. She released her first full-length album, Tianshi Xiang (天使想) in 1996. Shortly thereafter, she took a speed course in Korean, and released a Korean version of the album titled Cheonsa Misonyeo (天使美少女). Unusually, neither of Hsu’s first two albums was sung in her native language.

In 1997, with two Japanese comedians—Kyoya Nanami and Amazan—and later with a second female vocalist known as ‘Keddy’, she was included in a musical act known as the Black Biscuits. The group was formed primarily as a “rival band” for the Japanese music group Pocket Biscuits, which was the creation of the Japanese variety show Utchan Nanchan no UriNari. Between 1997 and 1999, they released four hit singles and a full-length album, Life. Their single CD “Timing” recorded 1.5 million sales in 1998. And, they participated in Kōhaku Uta Gassen in 1998.

Towards the end of the group’s run, they failed to accomplish one of the challenges set forth by the variety show and the resulting punishment was the disbanding of Black Biscuits.

During this period, Hsu also released two more solo albums: Da Mafan (大麻煩) in 1998, and Bubai de Lianren (不敗の戀人) in 1999. She followed Bubai de Lianren with a Japanese translation, Fuhai no Koibito, in 2000.

Later that same year she released another new album, Jiaban de Tianshi (假扮的天使).

In 2001, she formed The d.e.p with Masahide Sakuma, Gota Yashiki, Masami Tsuchiya and Mick Karn. The band was short-lived: by the end of the year they had released all the music they ever would. This amounted to two singles and a full-length album, 地球的病気 -We Are the d.e.p-.

Over the next two years, she released a few more singles, including, alongside Kazuma Endo of Siam Shade, Moment, the second opening theme to Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, followed in 2003 by her next solo album, The Secret to Happiness Is Love. Her last album is Hen Hen Ai (狠狠愛), released in April 2005. Her most recent album is Vivi and…, released in September 2006. For this album, Hsu collaborated with many artists and people including Jay Chou, Wang Leehom, Gary Cao, Nicky Lee and even her little brother and uncle.

Hsu’s music, especially in her later work, covers a great range of genres. Included are slow love songs, R&B, hard rock, and of course J-pop. She has even dabbled in rap. This, combined with the fact that she is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese makes her a very versatile artist.

Hsu is also an accomplished lyricist. Her lyric-writing talent first gained serious notice when she completed several songs for Taiwan’s R&B singer/songwriter Jay Chou. By proving that she is not just another pretty idol, but a very capable artist, Hsu surprised both her critics and adorned fans. She continued to collaborate with Jay on his second and third albums after his triumphant self-titled debut, and co-wrote songs for other pop performers, such as Leehom Wang, Vanness Wu, Show Luo and Gigi Leung. Her lyric work is much praised for its clever and straightforward simplicity.

Return to Japan

Hsu returned to Japan after a seven-year absence to release her new single Beautiful Day on March 3, 2010. Since 2010 she has appeared in two NTV television shows, and two television commercials for the aesthetic salon Slim Beauty House, and Kao’s Essential hair care brand line as one of its three newfaces along with Yuriko Yoshitaka and Nozomi Sasaki.

Personal Life


In January 2014, Vivian got engaged to 36-year-old Singapore businessman Sean Lee of Marco Polo Marine Limited. They held a wedding ceremony in Bali, Indonesia on June 26. Vivian announced her pregnancy in March, 2015 via Facebook calling the pregnancy a “surprise” and “heaven sent” and said it came at a time when the self-professed workaholic promised to clear her work schedule in 2015 to focus on starting a family. On the 13th of August, she gave birth to a boy.

Filmography


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Anime

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Discography


This is the discography of Taiwanese pop singer Vivian Hsu.

As a member of Shaonu Dui

  • December 25, 1990 Merry Christmas (PS I Love You) single
  • 1991 我的心要出旅行 (py. Wǒ de Xīn Yào Chǔ Lǔxíng, en. My Heart Must Go Travel)
  • June 1992 偏愛你的心 (py. Piānài Nǐ de Xīn, en. Prefer Your Heart)

As a member of Black Biscuits

  • September 1997 1997-09 Stamina single (ZH), BMG
  • December 19, 1997 Stamina single (JP), BMG: BVDR-5001
  • April 1998 Timing single (ZH, JP), BMG: BVDR-5002
  • October 1998 Relax single (ZH, JP), BMG: BVDR-5003
  • May 1999 Bye-Bye single (ZH, JP), BMG
  • May 26, 1999 Life, BMG: 74321-66897-2 90732

As a member of The d.e.p

  • April 1, 2001 Mr. No Problem single, Sony: SRCL-5047
  • May 15, 2001 地球的病気 -We Are the d.e.p-, Sony: SMD 8419
  • August 2001 Itai single, Sony

As Vivian or Kazuma

  • January 29, 2003 Moment single, Sony SME: SRCL 5537
  • July 7, 2004 Moment Remixes single, Sony SME: SECL 108

Solo Albums and Singles

  • August 1995 Whisper Message single
  • October 25, 1995 Kuchibiru no Shinwa single, Toshiba: TODT-3557
  • March 6, 1996 Kyohansha single, Toshiba: TODT-3637
  • April 10, 1996 天使想 (py. Tiānshǐ Xiǎng, jp. Tenshi Sou, en. Angel Dreaming), Toshiba: TOCT-9375
  • July 31, 1996 Hachigatsu no Valentine single, Toshiba: TODT-3765
  • October 10, 1996 天使美少女 (kr. Cheonsa Misonyeo, py. Tiānshǐ Měishàonǔ, jp. Tenshi Bishoujo, en. Angel Prettygirl), SAMPONY
  • April 29, 1998 大麻煩 (py. Dà Máfán, en. Big Trouble), BMG: 74321585252-0 9054-2
  • October 26, 1998 想 New Edition a.k.a. 1st. Album (a reprint of Tianshi Xiang plus two new tracks), Toshiba: TOCT-10587
  • October 18, 1999 不敗の戀人 (py. Bùbài de Liànrén, en. Undefeatable Lover), BMG: 74321 726702
  • March 23, 2000 Fuhai no Koibito (Japanese version of Bubai de Lianren, with some track substitutions), BMG: BCVR-11018
  • May 23, 2000 Happy Past Days (Taiwanese version of Fuhai no Koibito plus two new tracks), BMG: 74321 761012
  • September 19, 2000 假扮的天使 (py. Jiǎbàn de Tiānshǐ, en. Pretend Angel), BMG: 74321-796722-2
  • March 2001 愛の瑄言 *精選輯 (py. Ài de Xuān Yìn *Jīngxuǎn Jì) compilation album, BMG: 74321-855092
  • November 7, 2001 (as “Lil’ Viv”) Marry Me? single, EMI: TOCT-4336
  • August 2003 決定愛你 single (py. Juédìng Ài Nǐ, en. Decide to Love You), Avex
  • September 28, 2003 我愛你 x4 the secret to happiness is love Avex: AVTCD-90034 (limited), AVTCD-95723 (regular)
  • April 1, 2005 狠狠愛 (py. Hěn Hěn Ài), Avex: AVCCD90063A
  • September 19, 2006 Vivi and… Avex: AVTCD95920
  • March 9, 2007 Love Vivian 最愛是V 新歌+精選 (py. Love Vivian Zui Ai Shi V XinGe + Jingxuan) compilation album, Avex: AVTCD95948

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Songwriting credits

  • Lovely Woman, Jay “Jay”
  • Tornado, Jay Chou “Jay”
  • Istanbul, Jay Chou “Jay”
  • Simple Love, Jay Chou “Fantasy “
  • Can’t say anything, Jay “Fantasy”
  • Love Cliff, Jay Chou “Ye Hui Mei”
  • Want to love you, Jerry Yen “Jerry for you the first time”
  • Imagine ten of you, Vanness Wu “Body Can Sing”
  • That girl, Vanness Wu “Body Can Sing”
  • Fantastic love, Vanness Wu “V.Dubb”
  • Reborn, Ken “Never Stop”
  • Journey, Fei “Trip EP “
  • Paradise, Harlem Yu “Harlem Heaven”
  • Emergency Tears, Gigi “Magical Season”
  • Hold you tight, Gigi “Sense of Belonging”
  • Confessions, Zhang Huichun “Solo”
  • Love, Nicholas Tse “Release”
  • You say yours I say mine, Show Luo “Show Time”
  • Happiness Hunter, Show Luo “SPEShow”
  • Love Castle, Cyndi “Honey”
  • Go with you Kim Jeong Hoon “Love Strategy”
  • If you love, Khalil Fong “Orange Moon”
  • Listen to me, Ruby
  • Walking together, Kim Jeong Hoon “Love Strategy”
  • The Daily Recipes, Leehom Wang “Versatile”
  • The Everlasting Happiness, BoBo “Let’s BoBo”

Barbie Hsu

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Barbie Hsu Si-yuan (born 6 October 1976) is a Taiwanese actress, singer, and television host. From 1994 to 2001, she was a member of the pop duo ASOS (originally called SOS for “Sisters of Shu”, the name changed to ASOS for legal reasons) with her younger sister Dee Hsu. As such, Hsu is also known by her nickname “Big S” (while Dee Hsu is nicknamed “Little S”), but Barbie is the middle child in the family. As an animal-lover, she is a vegetarian.

As an actress, Hsu is probably best known for her lead role in the 2001 television series Meteor Garden. She has semi-retired after her 2010 marriage, with no work released since 2012.

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1 Personal life
2 Filmography
2.1 Television series
2.2 Film
2.3 Variety shows
3 Books

Personal Life


On 16 November 2010, Barbie married Chinese entrepreneur Wang Xiaofei (汪小菲) in a civil ceremony Beijing and held the wedding banquet on Hainan Island on 22 March 2011.

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On October 2013, there are reports that Barbie may finally be pregnant with a child after trying for 2 years. The news was confirmed by her mother. Her daughter was born on April 24, 2014. Recently, Barbie’s mother implicitly confirmed her daughter was expecting a second child, saying last week that she would leave it to Barbie to announce the good news. (November 2, 2015)

Barbie Shu has endorsed Tissot watches since 2005 and signed an additional 3-year contract in April 2008.

Filmography


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Film

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Variety Shows

  • Guess Guess Guess – 1998 to 2000
  • 100% Entertainment – 1998 to 2006
  • Gourmet Secrets of the Stars (大小愛吃) – 2007 to 2008
  • Let’s Dance (舞林大道) – 2008 to 2009

Books


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Andy Lau

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Andy Lau Tak-wah, BBS, MH, JP (Chinese: 劉德華, born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer, lyricist and film producer. He has been one of Hong Kong’s most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same time. In the 1990s, Lau was branded by the media as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop.

Lau was entered into the Guinness World Records for the “Most Awards Won by a Cantopop Male Artist”. By April 2000, he had already won a total unprecedented 292 awards. In 2005, Lau was awarded “No.1 Box office Actor 1985–2005” of Hong Kong, yielding a total box office of HK$1,733,275,816 for shooting 108 films in the past 20 years. In 2007, Lau was also awarded the “Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia” by the Nielsen Company (ACNielsen).

Contents
1 Biography
1.1 Early life
1.2 Personal life
2 Career
2.1 TV acting
2.2 Film acting
2.3 Film producer
2.4 Musical career
2.5 Appearance in other media
2.6 Community Works
3 Awards and nominations

Biography


Early Life

Andy Lau was born in Tai Po, Hong Kong. A son of a fireman (劉禮), as a young boy Lau had to fetch water for his family up to eight times a day because their house was not equipped with plumbing, and his family was considered wealthy as his grandfather was a landowner, but his father left with him to the slums of Diamond Hill when he was 6, where the area was full of wooden houses, and was burnt down when he was 11. He later graduated from a Band One secondary school, Ho Lap College in San Po Kong, Kowloon. He was named as Lau Fook-wing (劉福榮) during his academic years. He also practices Chinese calligraphy. Lau converted to Buddhism in the 1980s. He was raised in a nominally Buddhist household and is now a follower of the Lingyan Mountain Temple in Taiwan.

Personal Life

In 2008, Lau married Malaysian Chinese Carol Chu after 24 years of speculation over their relationship. The couple were married in Las Vegas. On 9 May 2012, Chu gave birth to his first child, a daughter named Hanna. In January 2017, Lau was seriously injured after being thrown off a horse during a film shoot in Thailand.

Career


TV Acting

]In 1981, Lau signed up for the artist training program offered by TVB, which is where his acting career began. The lead role which led to his initial popularity was in the 1982 TVB series The Emissary. In 1983, Lau’s role as “Yang Guo” in the TVB wuxia series, The Return of the Condor Heroes further increased his popularity. From then on, he would take on many of the lead roles in many of the TVB series.

In September 1983, TVB was looking to increase their ratings in competition with Korea and Japan for the best variety show. The station then created the show TVB All-star challenge (星光熠熠勁爭輝) featuring almost the entire line-up of the most popular actors and singers at the time. Lau along with Tony Leung, Michael Miu, Felix Wong and Kent Tong were branded as “TVB’s Five Tigers” (無線五虎將) due to their popularity on the show.

In the late 80s, Lau left TVB due to contract problems. TVB wanted to bind him to an exclusive five-year contract which Lau refused to sign, so TVB blacklisted him. He then focused on his film career.

Film Acting

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Andy Lau’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

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Lau’s hand print and autograph at the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong

In 1981, Lau made a guest appearance in one of Susanna Kwan’s music video and caught the eye of the manager Teddy Robin. Teddy Robin then gave Lau a chance to play a small role in the movie Once Upon a Rainbow. This was the first step in Lau’s film acting career. He was then given a role in Ann Hui’s 1982 film, Boat People. Later in 1983 he had his first leading role in a Shaw Brothers film called On the Wrong Track.

One of his early leading roles included the more serious 1988 film, The Truth (法內情). However, Lau is best known in films for his (often) recurring roles as a “Heroic Gangster” such as Wong Kar-wai’s 1988 film, As Tears Go By, and Benny Chan’s 1990 film, A Moment of Romance.

Though a respectable actor, Lau in the early days was known more for his good looks. The people he works with say he is an idol, but he has claimed to be an artist. Lau has proved his acting skills in many of his movies. His first major acting prize came with A Fighter’s Blues, which was his first Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actor. He would win the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor award that year for Running out of Time. In 2004, he won the prestigious Golden Horse Award for his performance in Infernal Affairs III, the sequel to the popular Infernal Affairs. He is also known to Western audiences for starring in wuxia films such as House of Flying Daggers, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

In 2005, Lau was awarded “No.1 Box office Actor 1985–2005” of Hong Kong, yielding a total box office of HKD 1,733,275,816 for shooting 108 films in the past 20 years. The aforementioned figure is as compared to the first runner-up Stephen Chow’s (HKD 1,317,452,311) and second runner-up Jackie Chan’s (HKD 894,090,962). “I’ve never imagine that it would be as much as 1.7 billion!” he told the reporters. For his contributions, a wax figure of Lau was unveiled on 1 June 2005 at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. In 2007, Lau was also awarded the “Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia” by the Nielsen Company (ACNielsen).

Andy Lau Filmography

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Film Producer

In 1991 Lau has set up his own film production company called Teamwork Motion Pictures Limited, which in 2002 was renamed to Focus Group Holdings Limited. His contributions in the film industry as well as his involvement in nurturing new talents in the Asian film industry led him to being awarded the “Asian Filmmaker of the Year” in the Pusan International Film Festival in 2006. Some of the films he produced include the award-winning Made in Hong Kong and the mainland digital film Crazy Stone.

Musical Career

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Andy Lau in concert 2011

Andy Lau Discography

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Lau released his first album “Only Know that I Still Love You” (只知道此刻愛你) under Capital Artists in 1985. However, his first album was not a big hit. Despite having a voice not traditionally associated with popular music, his hard work and perseverance resulted in him being one of the most successful singers in Cantopop. His singing career reached stellar status in 1990 with the release of the album entitled “Would It Be Possible” (可不可以), and his subsequent releases only solidified his status as a marketable singer. For that song, he would win his first 1990 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards. He would then win at least one RTHK award category every year consecutively until the year 2007.

From Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards, he has won the “Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist” award 7 times and the “Asia Pacific Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist” award 15 times. He also entered into Guinness World Records for “Most Awards Won by a Cantopop Male Artist”. By April 2000, he had already won a total unprecedented 292 awards.

Many of his songs quickly topped the music charts, not only in Hong Kong, but also in Taiwan, Mainland China, and in many different parts of Asia. Some of the most notable hits by Lau include “The Days We Spent Together” (一起走過的日子), “If You Are My Legend” (如果你是我的傳說), “The Tide” (潮水), “Forget Love Potion” (忘情水), “True Forever” (真永遠), “Chinese people” (中國人), “Love You Forever” (愛你一萬年), “You Are My Woman” (你是我的女人), “Secret Admiration” (暗裡著迷). Besides singing in Cantonese and Mandarin, he also sang in other languages, such as English, Japanese, Malay, and Taiwanese. One example of a Hokkien song was (世界第一等), and a Cantonese cover of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (我恨我痴心).

Since the early 1990s, Lau, along with Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai have been referred by the Chinese media as the Cantopop Four Heavenly Kings.

Lau sang alongside Jackie Chan during a part of the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony on 24 August 2008. In addition Lau, who has been supporting the disabled athletes in Hong Kong for more than a decade, was appointed as the Goodwill ambassador for the 2008 Summer Paralympics. He led other performers in singing and performing the song “Everyone is No.1” at the Beijing National Stadium just a few hours before the 2008 Paralympics opening ceremony began to show his support for the disabled athletes. He also sang the theme song “Flying with the Dream” with Han Hong during the Paralympics opening ceremony on 6 September 2008.

As a songwriter, his only creative works are as a lyricist, and most of his songs are written for himself, but he almost never wrote lyrics for 2 versions of the same melody.

Appearance in other Media

Lau is alleged to have been featured as a non-player character (NPC) as a random pedestrian in a sandbox-style action video game called Prototype. On 6 July, the Hong Kong local newspapers Headline Daily and Sing Tao Daily reported on Lau’s cameo.

Lau was badly injured on January 16, when he was thrown off a horse during a commercial shoot in Thailand. The Thai commercial was released in March, but with all horses and horse-riding scenes cut from the final version. Fortunately, Lau shared that he was 95% recovered on Aug 2017.

Community Works

In 1994, Lau established the Andy Lau Charity Foundation which helps people in need and promotes a wide range of youth education services. In 1999, he was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, being the third person from Hong Kong at that time to bestow this distinguished honour. In 2008, Lau took a main role in putting together the Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign for donation relief toward the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. It was one of the largest and most ambitious charity event ever assembled in the territory.

Lau has been noted for his active involvement in charity works throughout his 30 years of showbiz career and was honoured “Justice of Peace” by the Hong Kong SAR government in 2008. In May 2010, he received the “World Outstanding Chinese” award and an “honorary doctorate” from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

He was also named in the Panama Papers leak.

Awards and Nominations


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