Carina Lau (LAU Carina / 劉嘉玲) is a Chinese actress, born on Tuesday, December 8, 1964, in Suzhou, China.
Long-time boyfriend is Tony Leung Chiu Wai (10+ yrs.)
Spoke Model for Longines watch since 2003.
Spoke Model for Wanko, a fashion brand in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Best Actress Nominations: I am Sorry (a.k.a. Her life's Lies, 1988), Days of Being Wild (1990), Whorle and Giglo (1991), Intimates (1997), Infernal Affairs 2 (2002).
Taiwan's Golden Horse Best Actress Nomination: Days of Being Wild(1990), Curiousity Kills the Cat (2006).
Awards: Best Actress Winner at the Nantes (France) international film festival for Days of Being Wild (1991). Best Actress Winner at the Hong Kong's Golden Bauhinea Award for her role in Intimates (a.k.a. Self-Combed 1997). Winner of Millenium Actress Award for her role in the theatrical play Red Boat (performed throughout 2000).
Voted by people's choice as the Best Actress of the year for her performance in Curiosity Kills the Cat and the award was hosted by Sina.Com. She accepted the award with much gratitude to the audiences and the director and fellow actor who recommended her to take the role.
Worked on Wong Kar Wai's 2046 for 5 years and had no idea what the film was about, she also admitted that WKW had been one of the best directors in her career and during the making of Days of Being Wild, he bought out the best actress in her.
The first actress to become CEO of Hong Kong's first shopping channel TV Mart.
She insisted on buying and getting her own wardrobe custom designed by long time friend costume/production designer William Cheung Suk Pink for her first Mandarin China produced TV series called The River Flows Eastward. It was reported that she had gathered over one hundred outfits for the show. She also hired him to do design interior for her home.
She was kidnapped and tortured by gangsters in the early 1990s before filming Days of Being Wild. Pictures of her semi-naked in a state of distress from that incident was published on the cover of a Hong Kong magazine more than 10 years later which shocked the entire Hong Kong movie industry. She bravely came out to give her speech to confront the cruel treatment on a much publicized conference, and received much support from her peers and public. That magazine publication was immediately shut down.
She was one of the handful actresses to be earning $1M salary per picture in Hong Kong back in the early 1990's when she used to work on at least 6 movies a year, and in recent years she works on merely one movie a year.
Took dancing lessons and had dental work as her preparation for her participation in Wong Kar Wai's Days Of Being Wild. She was named one of the ten sexiest foreign actors by a Japanese magazine for this film.
Released 3 Mandarin albums between 1994-1996 in Taiwan. She has played a singer in films numerous times.
Named one of the top 20 box office stars of Hong Kong in the past 20 years.
Often worked with boyfriend Tony Leung Chiu Wai since the '80s, but rarely played a couple. Often worked with Tony Leung Kar Fai in the '90s, and played a couple most of the time.
She has starred in two Hong Kong romantic comedies that were remakes or spin-offs of American film and TV series include Whore and Giglo (very similar to Pretty Woman), and Sex and the Beauties (Hong Kong movie version of Sex and the City, and she plays Sarah Jessica Parker's role).
She's often called just "Ka Ling" or "Ka Ling Sister", the sister added at the end of the name is a symbol of diva in Hong Kong. She gets upset when her fans or the press calls her Mrs. Leung, referring her as the wife of Tony Leung even though they denied being married. It was rumored that they are secretly married some years ago.
Took the lead role in Ji Sor (Intimates), one of her most acclaimed films after Anita Mui pulled out to take a supporting role in 18 Springs.
Faye Wong, HK's pop star is one of her best friends and they both played androids and broken hearted women in Wong Kar Wai's 2046.
Her role in Infernal Affairs 2 a supporting role consist of less than 20 minutes of screen time, but she was so powerful and a total scene stealer that she got multiple best actress nominations in HK and China.
Worked with the late Leslie Cheung in Days in Being Wild, Ashes of Time, The Eagle Shooting Heroes, He's the Woman, She's the Man,and Who's the Man, Who's the Woman (cameo).
As of 2007, she owns 4 homes in Hong Kong and China with real estate value worth over $100M. She names her mansion style home in Shouzhou "Ka-Ling Mansion" after her Chinese name.
She had to bleach her eyebrows to do a special period makeup for her role in Detective Dee, and she also had to wear very heavy and elaborate costumes and wigs and accessories. Her costar Andy Lau said he admired her a great deal that she can endured the hot temperatures that was at least 40C while wearing so many layers of costumes.
The role Wu Zi Tien (the first and only female emperor of China) she played in "Detective Dee and Mytery of the Phantom Flame" was originally offered to Brigett Lin, but Lin turned it down and Carina got cast because the director and producer thought she was the second most suitable actress to play the role.
As an actress:
2011 Ji keung hei si 2011
2010 Let the Bullets Fly
2010 Di Renjie as Empress Wu Zetian
2010 Yongxin tiao
2006 Hao qi hai si mao
2004 2046 as Lulu
2004 Chat nin han yeung
2004 Sing gam do see
2003 Mou gaan dou III: Jung gik mou gaan as Mary Hon
2003 Mou gaan dou II as Mary Hon
2002 Chuet sai hiu B
2001 Chuet sai hiu bra
2001 Ching lui cha goon
1999 Ji sor
1998 San luen oi sai gei
1998 Hai shang hua as Pearl
1997 Tai Zi chuan shuo
1997 Gum gee yuk yip 2
1996 Daai laap mat taam 008 as Kar-Ling
1994 Dung che sai duk
1994 Gam chi yuk sip as Rose
1994 Liu zhi qin mo
1994 Xin nan xiong nan di
1994 Xin buliao qing
1994 Ji ya lian
1993 Yi tian tu long ji: Zhi mo jiao jiao zhu
1993 Tian tai de yue guang
1993 Qian wang qing ren
1993 Heung Gong wun fung kwong
1993 Shang Hai huang di zhi: Xiong ba tian xia
1993 Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau
1993 Shang Hai huang di zhi: Sui yue feng yun
1993 Mei gui mei gui wo ai ni
1993 Nu er dang zi qiang
1993 Shen tan gan shi lu
1992 Yuen Ling-yuk
1992 Wo ai chou wen chai
1992 Che shen
1992 Ying chao nu lang 1988 zhi er: Xian dai ying zhao nu lang
1991 Gau yat: San diu hap lui
1991 Haomen yeyan
1991 Shanghai jiaqi
1990 A Fei jingjyuhn as Leung Fung-ying
1990 Huang jia nu jiang
1990 Gu huo da lu shi
1990 Long feng zei zhuo zei
1989 Hong Kong wun hei see
1989 Gwang tin lung fu wui
1989 Shou huang de nu ren
1989 Fu xing chuang jiang hu
1989 Yee but yung ching
1989 Fu xing lin men
1989 Sei tsingam
1988 Sha chu Xiang Gang
1988 San ren shi jie
1988 Qun ying luan wu
1988 Jing zhuong zhui nu zi zhi er
1988 San jaat si hing - 88
1988 Si qian jin
1987 'A' gai wak juk jap
1987 Gong woo ching
1987 Xiao sheng meng jing hun
1987 Ying hung ho hon
1987 Long xiong hu di
1986 Nui ji za pai jun
1986 Lau man dai hung
1986 Yang ka cheung
1985 Dai heung kong
1985 San jaat si hing - juk jaap
1984 San jaat si hing
1984 Luk ding gei
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