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Carina Lau

Carina Lau
Chinese name 劉嘉玲 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘嘉玲 (simplified)
Pinyin Liú Jiālíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Gaa1-ling4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Rong County, Yulin, Guangxi
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1965-12-08) 8 December 1965 (age 50)
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Occupation Actress, singer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s) EMI
Spouse(s) Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (2008-)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lau.

Carina Lau Kar-ling (born 8 December 1965) is a Chinese-born Hong Kong actress. She holds citizenship from Hong Kong and Canada. She was especially notable in the 1980s for her girl-next-door type roles in films.[1] Lau started her acting career in TVB, where she met fellow actor Tony Leung Chiu-Wai who became her boyfriend in 1989. The couple wed in 2008.


Lau was born in Suzhou, China, in 1965. She emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of fifteen, and joined TVB's acting classes.[2]

She has been in a relationship with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai since 1989. The couple married on July 21, 2008 at the Uma Paro resort in Bhutan in front of about 100 guests.[3] According to Ming Pao Daily News, Faye Wong took the couple to India to visit the 17th Karmapa, together with her husband, actor Li Yapeng. They had an audience with the Karmapa, who suggested Bhutan as a wedding venue.[4] The wedding itself cost more than HK$30 million and Lau's Script error: No such module "convert". Cartier wedding ring is worth over HK$10 million.[5] They have been a celebrity couple for 19 years.[6] Guests included singer Faye Wong who performed for them on their special day. Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai also directed the ceremony.[6] They were also introduced to Bhutanese royalty by fellow actor Eric Tsang.[7] Other guests include Stanley Kwan and Brigitte Lin. The hotel was also heavily guarded to keep the paparazzi away.[8]

The wedding created a media frenzy in Hong Kong, with companies spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue the wedding party.[9]


She was executive president of Hong Kong's TVMART channel, but was replaced by the board after a loss of 40 million Taiwan Dollars.[10] Carina told the media that because she had no education, the decisions made by her had some negative influences on the company.[10]


1990 abduction

In 1990, during the filming of Days of Being Wild, Lau was abducted for several hours, and topless photos of her were taken. At the time, local papers, through Reuters news agency, reported that Lau was kidnapped, though a police report was not filed.[1] [11] It was believed that the man behind the kidnapping is Albert Yeung, a successful businessman with whom Lau was having a financial dispute. Leung has said that Lau never wanted to talk about what happened in those missing hours with anyone, including him.[12]

Lau revealed in 2008 that she was abducted by four men working for a triad boss, as "punishment" for having refused a film offer.[2] She said that she had not been taken advantage of during her two-hour ordeal.[13]

2002 East Week magazine photo incident

Naked pictures of Carina Lau were published in the October 30, 2002, East Week magazine issue, 12 years after Lau was kidnapped by triads who punished her for refusing to take part in a film they were funding.[14][15]

The nude photos revealed the actress in distress. Massive protests and petitions were held by fellow Hong Kong entertainers, and media ethics by Hong Kong tabloids and gossip magazines were questioned.[15] The magazine was shut down in November 2002, only to be resumed in late 2003.[1][16] Mong, the publisher of the photo who is 52 years old as of 2009, received a 5 month jail sentence after pleading guilty in December 2008 to publishing obscene photos.[14] Mong now lives in Beijing.[14]


As actress

Year Title Role Awards
1984 The Duke of Mount Deer
Police Cadet
1985 Take Care, Your Highness!
The Yang's Saga
1986 Naughty Boys
1987 Project A Part II
Rich and Famous
Tragic Hero
Scared Stiff
Armour of God
1988 The Romancing Star II
Four Lovers
Profile of Pleasure
1989 Looking Back In Anger
Return of the Lucky Stars
China White
Four Loves
Her Beautiful Life Lies Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
1990 Queen's Bench III
She Shoots Straight
Dragon Versus Phoenix
My American Grandson
1991 City Warriors
The Banquet
Days of Being Wild Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Saviour of the Soul
1992 The Night Rider
Lord of East China Sea
Girls Without Tomorrow 1992
Love: Now You See It... Now You Don't
Centre Stage
1993 Kung Fu Cult Master
Crazy Hong Kong
Deadful Melody
Rose, Rose, I Love You
Lady Super Cop
Lover of the Swindler
The Eagle Shooting Heroes
Shadow Cop
Legend of Prince
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father
Love on the Rooftops
Lord of East China Sea 2
1994 He's a Woman, She's a Man
Gigolo and Whore Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Ashes of Time
C'est la vie, mon chéri
1996 Who's the Woman, Who's the Man
Forbidden City Cop
1997 Intimates Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
1998 Love Generation Hong Kong
Flowers of Shanghai
2001 La Brassiere
Cop Shop Babes
2002 Mighty Baby
2003 Infernal Affairs II Mary Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Infernal Affairs III Mary
2004 2046
Itchy Heart
Sex and the Beauties
2006 Curiosity Kills the Cat Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress
2010 Showtime
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Wu Zetian Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Let the Bullets Fly Nominated - Asian Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 Mona Tai
2013 Bends
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Wu Zetian
2014 Beijing Love Story Jia Ling
2015 From Vegas to Macau II

As crew

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  • My Real Love 真情流露 (Mandarin with Tony Leung) (1994)
  • Believe in Love 相信愛情 (1995?)
  • Cooling Love 情冷卻 (1999)
  • Sadly & the Rose 《無免怨嗟》—電視劇《多桑與紅玫瑰》主題歌 (TV Soundtrack with Anita Mui) (2001)[19]



  1. ^ a b c Edition.cnn. "Edition.cnn." Media shakeup after topless shots. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  2. ^ a b Clara Mak (19 July 2008). "Lau tells of kidnap". South China Morning Post. 
  3. ^ Vivienne Chow (22 July 2008). "After 20 years, stars wed in royal style". South China Morning Post. pp. C1. 
  4. ^ Why Tony, Carina nuptials in Bhutan
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  6. ^ a b "" Tony Leung and Carina Lau tie the knot in Bhutan. Retrieved on 2008-07-21.
  7. ^ Straitstimes. "Straitstimes." Royal treatment for bridal couple. Retrieved on 2008-07-21.
  8. ^ CCTV. "CCTV." Leung-Lau wedding photo unveiled. Retrieved on 2008-07-21.
  9. ^ International Herald Tribune. "IHT." Actors' wedding leads to Hong Kong media frenzy. Retrieved on 2008-07-22.
  10. ^ a b Chinadaily. "Chinadaily." Carina Lau to be short-lived CEO. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  11. ^ AFP (29 August 2006). "HK celebrities protest secret filming of pop star". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  12. ^ Karen Durbin (August 7, 2005). "Still in the Mood for a Collaboration". New York Times. 
  13. ^ "Triads made me pose in the nude: HK star Carina Lau". The Straits Times. July 13, 2008. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  14. ^ a b c "Editor jailed for publishing obscene photo of kidnapped actress." South China Morning Post. Retrieved on 2009-05-12.
  15. ^ a b Taipeitimes. "Taipeitimes." Journalism requires ethics: expert. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  16. ^ English sina. "English sina." Hong Kong police arrest suspect in connection with racy star photos case. Associated press. Retrieved on 2008-02-17.
  17. ^ Carina Lau at
  18. ^ Carina Lau at
  19. ^ Carinalaukl. "Carinaluakl." Carina Lau music. Retrieved on 2008-02-18.

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