Damn Fine Asian Actors

by kknauer-1 | created - 23 May 2014 | updated - 23 May 2014 | Public

A list of Asian actors whose work I'd recommend, because of their talent. They are listed in no particular order & more will be added as I have time.

1. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or Jue...

2. Kang-ho Song

Actor | Salinui chueok

Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ...

3. Kôji Yakusho

Actor | Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Yakusho Koji is an acclaimed and famed Japanese actors who has appeared in many notable films, including Tampopo, Unagi and Babel, but may be best known internationally for his role in Shall We Dance, which at the time of its release was Asia's biggest film export. He was born in the southern city ...

4. Woo-seong Kam

Actor | Wang-ui namja

Woo-seong Kam was born on October 1, 1970 in Okcheon County, North Chungcheong, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The King and the Clown (2005), Spider Forest (2004) and The Outlaw (2010).

Korean actor - Solid, some-what underrated actor, who doesn't get enough work, especially well-written roles, lately. Starred in films like The King & the Clown, Spider Forest, Marriage is a Crazy Thing, R-Point. Is known for the K-Dramas Alone in Love, and King Geunchogo.

5. Min-sik Choi

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

6. Ching Wan Lau

Actor | Hak hap

Ching Wan Lau was born on February 16, 1964 in Hong Kong. He is an actor, known for Black Mask (1996), Mad Detective (2007) and Life Without Principle (2011). He has been married to Amy Kwok since 1998.

7. Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang was born to a British father and a Chinese mother. He never knew his father, since the man left his family when Wong was four years old. He trained acting at ATV and later enrolled into the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

After working in several TV Series, he shot to ...

8. Yoon-seok Kim

Actor | Chugyeogja

Yoon-seok Kim was born on January 21, 1968 in Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Chaser (2008), Another Child (2019) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017). He has been married to Joo-ran Bang since 2002. They have two children.

9. Seung-bum Ryoo

Actor | Sasaeng gyeoldan

Seung-bum Ryoo was born on August 9, 1980 in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Bloody Tie (2006), The Unjust (2010) and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002).

Korean actor - extremely versatile, usually gets great roles to play in his brother Ryu Seung Wan's films.

10. Jung-min Hwang

Actor | Gok-seong

Jung-min Hwang was born on September 1, 1970 in Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Wailing (2016), A Bittersweet Life (2005) and New World (2013).

11. Ha-kyun Shin

Actor | Jigureul jikyeora!

Ha-kyun Shin was born on May 30, 1974 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Save the Green Planet! (2003), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Thirst (2009).

Korean actor - Frequent Park Chan-Wook collaborator: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Joint Security Area, Thirst, etc. Also starred in Save the Green Planet, and Guns & Talks.

12. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

13. Tony Ka Fai Leung

Actor | Hak se wui

Tony Leung Ka-fai is a four-time Hong Kong Film Award-winning film actor. As he is often confused with actor Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony", while Tony Chiu-Wai Leung is known as "Little Tony", nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective physical statures.

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14. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

15. Jung Suh

Actress | Seom

Jung Suh was born on June 19, 1972 in South Korea. She is known for her work on The Isle (2000), Green Chair (2005) and Spider Forest (2004).

16. Do-yeon Jeon

Actress | Hanyo

Jeon Do-yeon spent five years starring in television dramas before achieving instant star status with her film debut opposite Han Seok-gyu in The Contact. She has since gone on to take a wide variety of roles, from her performance as a schoolgirl in Harmonium in My Memory to that of a wife having ...

17. Masahiro Motoki

Actor | Okuribito

Masahiro Motoki was born on December 21, 1965 in Okegawa, Saitama, Japan as Masahiro Uchida. He is an actor, known for Departures (2008), The Bird People in China (1998) and Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992). He has been married to Yayako Uchida since July 1995. They have three children.

18. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

19. Ryûhei Matsuda

Actor | Fune wo amu

The uniquely beautiful and talented Ryuhei Matsuda was born May 9, 1983, in Tokyo, to Miyuki Matsuda and Yûsaku Matsuda. Six years later, Ryuhei's life took a tragic turn when his father died from bladder cancer at the age of 40. Ryuhei and his mother persevered, and unlike most offspring of famous...

20. Wen Jiang

Actor | Rogue One

Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000) and Hidden Man (2018). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to Sandrine ...

21. Daoming Chen

Actor | Ying xiong

Daoming Chen was born on April 26, 1955 in Tianjin, China. He is an actor, known for Hero (2002), My 1919 (1999) and The Last Dynasty (1988).

22. Joe Odagiri

Actor | Shinobi

Joe Odagiri was born on February 16, 1976 in Tsuyama City, Okayama, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005), Adrift in Tokyo (2007) and Azumi (2003). He has been married to Yû Kashii since February 16, 2008.

23. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

24. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau 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...

25. Francis Ng

Actor | Mou gaan dou II

Francis Ng was born on December 21, 1961 in Hong Kong. He is an actor and director, known for Infernal Affairs II (2003), 2000 AD (2000) and Bullets Over Summer (1999). He has been married to Fiona Wong Lai-Ping since December 2, 2002. They have one child.

26. Simon Yam

Actor | Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Simon Yam was born 19 March, 1955, also known as Yam Tat-wah, is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He started off as a supermodel before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television ...



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