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Enigmatic entertainer- Stephen Chow

By Liu Wei  (China Daily)

14:29, January 30, 2013

Stephen Chow's appearance at the annual Guangdong political consultative conference captured much media attention. (Sun Yi / China Daily)

Will the real Stephen Chow stand up please? Liu Wei tries to suss out the famous director/actor during a recent interview.

Among the most famous Hong Kong directors, Stephen Chow may be the hardest to define. Johnny To is the cool guy, Wong Kar-wai the elegant one, and Tsui Hark the inventive one, but which description best fits Chow?

His films bear distinctive tags, such as underdogs as protagonists, absurd, slapstick, and crazy and exaggerated body language. But, behind his larger-than-life performances is a vague image with mixed reviews.

Chow has recently been appointed a member of the Guangdong political consultative conference because the cultural and artistic cooperation between the special administrative region and the mainland has been greatly boosted in recent years.

The 51-year-old actor/director maintains an impossibly low profile. Even in Hong Kong, where the paparazzi are known for their perseverance, Chow is seldom caught.

He rarely gives interviews or talks about himself, his family or love life.

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