Chow Yun-fat: “Carol Cheng Was My Best Partner”

By on February 6, 2016 in NEWS

Chow Yun-fat: “Carol Cheng Was My Best Partner”

After over forty years in showbiz, Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) said he still considers Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) to be the best partner he’s had as an actor.

This week, Chow Yun-fat (Fat Gor) flew to Beijing to promote the film From Vegas to Macau III <賭城風雲III>, which opens in Chinese cinemas on February 8, Lunar New Year. In an interview, the 60-year-old veteran actor reflected on his 40-year acting career, expressing that every project he has been part of was unforgettable.

“It’s really hard to find a representative work out of my representative work,” he joked. Nonetheless, the humble superstar added that he’s happy to have been able to work with so many different directors and movie stars over the years.

When asked about which star he enjoyed working with the most, Fat Gor said, “The filming duration for movies is rather short—only about two to three months—but Hard Boiled <辣手神探> did take half a year to shoot because it had a lot of action scenes. However, when it comes to television, the shooting period for a drama is much longer, and you can spend half a year with one person. [For me] that person was definitely DoDo [Carol Cheng].”

Back in the late 70’s, Fat Gor and DoDo filmed two dramas together in a row—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly <網中人>, and The Brothers <親情>. Their strong chemistry on screen left a deep impression on many viewers, and were dubbed “the golden couple” by the industry. Fat Gor and DoDo went on to play a couple in two commercially-successful films as well.

Fat Gor said, “I saw her more than I saw my mom! Both dramas involved families, and she played my girlfriend in both. We spent a lot of time together. Although I can’t say I know her well, I got really invested in our onscreen relationship, so I really did fall in love with her at the time. I extremely admire her.”

Fat Gor and DoDo seldom contacted after Fat Gor left TVB. They met each other again in 2010, when DoDo hosted a press conference for Fat Gor’s film Let the Bullets Fly <讓子彈飛>. The two hugged and chatted like old friends.

Asking if there would be an opportunity for the golden duo to work together again, Fat Gor said with a laugh, “She has already found her true love. She found Dayo Wong (黃子華)! She doesn’t need me anymore!”


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2 comments to Chow Yun-fat: “Carol Cheng Was My Best Partner”

  1. nori says:

    I’d say I fall in love with CYF-DoDo after watching The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Phoenix. They had excellent on-screen chemistry. i think they had collaborated together in 5 dramas and 4 movies if I’m not mistaken.

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  2. llwy12 says:

    Definitely agree with Fat Gor! He and Dodo are my all-time favorite on-screen couple — loved every series (and movie) they were paired up in and to this day, despite all the co-stars that both have worked with, whether in the TV or movie industries, I still feel that they had the best chemistry with each other onscreen! And not just in the 2 series listed above either, but also in the other series they filmed together (I’m surprised that “The Fate” from 1981 wasn’t mentioned, as that series was quite popular back in the day and there’s actually a pretty hot poster of the 2 of them from that series that was quite the sensation at the time..). Another series I loved both of them in was “Good Old Times” from 1981 (which is a more obscure series so not surprised it wasn’t mentioned) — it was one of the last TVB series that Fat Gor and Dodo collaborated on (aside from 1985’s Yang’s Saga, which technically doesn’t count since they only had cameos) and their chemistry had already reached the point that I actually felt like they were a real-life couple when watching them on-screen (of course it didn’t help that the characters they played in that series were very close to their real life personalities).

    Their movie collaborations (which were way more than just two) were unforgettable as well — my personal favorites are “Eighth Happiness” from 1988 (one of their most famous/popular movie collaborations) and “Now You See Love, Now You Don’t” from 1992.

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