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Tony Leung is a famous Hong Kong film actor. Many consider Tony Leung's role in director John Woo's 1992 action film Hard Boiled where he acted with Chow Yun-Fat as his breakthrough role. However, Leung first gained international exposure through Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 1989 film A City of Sadness.

Leung often works with director Wong Kar-wai and has appeared in many of his films. His most notable roles in Wong Kar-wai's films include the lonely policeman in Chungking Express (1994), a homosexual Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in Happy Together (1997), and a repressed victim of adultery in In the Mood for Love (2000), for which he won the Best Actor award at Cannes. In 2002 he starred in the crime thriller Infernal Affairs. Tony Leung returned as Chan Wing Yan in Infernal Affairs !! in 2003.

Leung speaks fluent and impeccable English and is well read and well versed on historic issues. During the late 1990's, some predicted that it would be difficult for him to break into Hollywood since he would not take on degrading roles because of Leung's pride and character. To date, he has not done a Hollywood movie, but is primed to appear in one after signing on with an American film agent.

During the promotion of the movie Hero, pro-colonial and pro-British politicians and commentators in Hong Kong attacked Leung for expressing the view on that the suppression of the Tiananmen Square demonstration was necessary to maintain stability. Under constant political pressure, Leung made a single statement that he may have been quoted out of context. [3] However, the movie magazine editor said that the orginal statement was not out of context.

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