Anthony Wong Uses His Star Power to Boost Carlos Chan in “Declared Legally Dead”

Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hong Kong suspense thriller Declared Legally Dead <死因無可疑> was finally released in Hong Kong cinemas on June 25, 2020. Starring Carlos Chan (陳家樂) in the lead, the film follows Sean, an insurance agent, who follows up with a couple in regard to their life insurance policy. Upon seeing their son’s dead body, Sean suspects that the couple had killed him for money, jumpstarting Sean’s road to hell. The film is supported by veteran actors Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Karena Lam (林嘉欣), Liu Kai-chi (廖啟智), Stephen Au (歐錦棠), and Alice Fung (馮素波).

This film may be Carlos’ ticket to leading status. While Carlos has been in the industry since 2006, it was the 2017 television series Daddy Cool <逆緣>, in which Carlos played a man out of time, that cemented the 33-year-old actor into mainstream popularity. Playing opposite veteran actors such as Anthony Wong and Karena Lam in Declared Legally Dead, Carlos’ management agency EEG—also producers behind the film—intend to further boost Carlos’ career.

Declared Legally Dead is supported by award-winning supporting actors. Anthony Wong is a three-time Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor winner, one-time Best Supporting Actor winner, and a three-time Golden Horse Best Supporting Actor winner.

Karena Lam, on the other hand, has been in the business since 2002’s July Rhapsody <男人四十>, in which she won the HKFA Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer. Liu Kai-chi won his first HKFA Best Supporting Actor award for 1993’s Cageman <籠民>, and again in 2009 for The Beast Stalker <証人>.


This article is written by Addy for

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  1. Anthony Wong is a star?
    He’s blacklisted In China and practically in HK too for years now. These days he’s only featured in indie and small budget films. He’s a good actor. I’ll give him that. Stars require a big stage to perform. When you have actors like Vincent Wong playing lead in a Hong Kong movie then you know that it’s a stage no more.. Lol

  2. Wow, all these ‘award winning’ people to carry a deadweight. It says much when the focus of the article is not the lead.

  3. This article is meant to boost carlos or anthony?
    I do like Carlos in daddy cool. He’s getting more popular after that drama & acted few movies. As usual EEG is really good in marketing their artists

  4. Honestly, who wrote this article? The media these days can’t even string a few sentences together to create a coherent, factually accurate article.

    First of all, technically, Carlos isn’t really lead in this movie – like all of the other HK movies with high profile A-listers in them, Carlos is “co-starring”…the A-listers (in this case, Anthony Wong, Karena Lam, and Liu Kai Chi) will always be the focus because that’s how HK cinema works. Secondly, Carlos hardly needs a “boost” because his name is already well-known in the HK movie circles…sure, he’s not an A-lister, but that hardly matters because he’s already an established actor in the field….and despite what this article might make you think, he actually HAS won awards for past movie performances…it’s just whoever wrote this probably doesn’t know (not surprisingly, they got Karena’s awards wrong too). The lack of fact-checking with these articles nowadays is pathetic!

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