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Louis Koo Tin-lok (古天樂; born 21 October 1970) is a Hong Kong actor and film producer.[1][2] He began his professional career as an actor in local television series, winning TVB's Best Actor award in 1999 and 2001. Then he focused on film career. Now Koo is one of the stalwarts of the Hong Kong film industry.[3] Koo has been the ambassador of Hong Kong International Film Festival from 2014 to 2017. Koo founded "One Cool Film Production Limited" in 2013. As of 2017, One Cool Film has produced 14 films.[4]

Louis Koo
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Koo in August 2017
Background information
Chinese name 古天樂 (traditional)
Pinyin Gǔ Tiānlè (Mandarin)
Jyutping Gu2 Tin1-Lok6 (Cantonese)
Born (1970-10-21) 21 October 1970 (age 47)
Hong Kong
Occupation Actor, film producer
Years active 1994-present
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Website www.kootinlok.com/blog

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Koo' father was an actor and then changed career to a businessman. Koo was born and received education in Hong Kong. He is an alumnus of St. Teresa's School Kowloon and Carmel Secondary School.[5]

CareerEdit

During 1991 to 1993, Koo was a modelling agent, sometimes he himself worked as a model for advertisements and karaoke videos.

TelevisionEdit

In 1993, Koo signed as a contract artist with TVB (Television Broadcasts Limited).

Koo started gaining wide recognition in 1995 with his leading role in a costume drama The Condor Heroes 95, a popular series based on a classic wuxia novel. In 1997, Koo began sporting an extreme tan (for which he is well known for), which apparently enabled him to take on more contemporary roles. In 1999, Koo received TVB's Most Popular Actor Award for Detective Investigation Files IV. In 2000, Koo received TVB's Most Favorite Character Award for At the Threshold of an Era ll. Koo took a different approach to his role in A Step Into the Past. This deviation from his usual cool aloof on-screen persona to a funnier, carefree and down-to-earth one resonated with the audience and widened his acting range. In 2001, Koo was given TVB's Most Popular Actor Award and Favorite Character Award Award once again for A Step into the Past. He then went on an indefinite hiatus from television and has since focused on his film career.

Due to the popularity of TVB dramas in the late 1990s, Koo amassed a sizeable fan base in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China and South-east Asia.

FilmEdit

Since 1994, Koo began taking on roles in films, such as the paranormal Troublesome Night series and many action films including Wilson Yip's Bullets Over Summer(1999). Koo acted as a mute boy living on rural island in romantic literary film 'Sealed with a Kiss(1998).

During 2001 to 2004, Koo signed contract with China Star Entertainment Group and starred in many romantic comedies, such as La Brassiere and Naked Ambition.

In 2004, Koo took on the role of Sze-to Bo, a perpetually drunk and despondent former judo champion with hereditary eye disease, in Johnnie To’s Throw Down which was premiered at the 61st Venice International Film Festival. The movie was a marked departure from his usual commercial genres, and he also began his long-term collaboration with To and Milkyway Image.

Koo later received international acclaim[6] for his chilling performance in Johnnie To's Election 2 (a.k.a. Triad Election), which was screened during the "Out of Competition section" at the 59th Cannes Film Festival (Election was competitive film at the 58th Cannes Film Festival). He won the award for Most Beloved Actor in the Hong Kong UA Film Awards 2006 through public voting for his role in Election 2.

In a female perspective romantic film Happy Birthday (2006) adapted by Sylvia Chang from 'Rene Liu's novella, Koo portrayed a sensitive man who took care of ex-girlfriend after death.[7]

Koo also took supporting roles in action movies, such as Jackie Chan's Robin B Hood (2006), Donnie Yen's Flash Point(2007).

His character as an unscrupulous drug addict in Derek Yee's Protégé(2007) differed from his previous performances, as he forwent his suave image for an emaciated look. The supporting role earned him positive critical feedback and Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards.

In Sylvia Chang's female perspective gangster film Run Papa Run (2008), Koo played a reckless triad leader who tried to shield his daughter from his past misdemeanours. Koo earned Best Actor nominations in the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Award for this role, which required him to portray a character from his late teens to his fifties.[8] Since then Koo took more chanllegings on father roles and middle-aged roles.

In the remake of Cellular, Connected(2008) directed by Benny Chan, he played an average Joe[9] cast in a race against time to save a stranger.

In Soi Cheang's Accident(2009) which was a competitive film at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, Koo acted as a high-strung killer-group leader who was good at disguising murder as accidents.

In Overheard(2009) directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, he put on 30 pounds weight to take the role of a middle-aged cop and four kids' father more convincingly,[10] and earned Best Actor nominations in Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. This film was successful and then made into series with the same cast and directors but different stories.

In 2010 Koo signed pre-paid contracts with Pegasus Motion Pictures, then appeared in its All's well, ends well comedy series, and anti-corruption film series (Z Storm, S Storm).

In costume A Chinese Ghost Story(2011), Koo acted as a Chinese "Van Helsing" fell in love with a fox-fairy and sacrificed himself in the end. Koo made a return to his romantic comedy roots in Don't Go Breaking My Heart(2011) and sequel Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2(2014) directed by Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Hui, acted as a dissolute stock broker.

In Drug War(2012) directed by Johnnie To, Koo took the role of a ruthless and deliberate Hongkong drug lord who dared to do anything to get away from mainland China's death penalty.

Koo received a Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor nomination again for his undercover cop role in Benny Chan's 2013 film The White Storm.

In Out of Inferno(2013), Koo acted as a resigned firefighter who encoutered high building fire. In Overheard 3(2014), he acted as a revenger with artificial limb. In Soi Cheang's SPL II: A Time for Consequences(2015), Koo took the role of an ill and evil mastermind of a criminal organization. In Johnnie To's Three(2016), Koo acted as a cop leader at the edge of crime.

In Shed Skin Papa(2017), a competitive film in 29th Tokyo International Film Festival, Koo acted as a frustrated director understood his farther after mother's funeral and a series of fatastic incidents.

Film producerEdit

Koo was captivated by Star Wars film series when he was a child. After decades of actor careers in film industry, he expects the arise of Chinese own Sci-fi films, so he purchased several Visual effects and Prosthetic make-up companies. In 2013, Koo founded "One Cool Film Production Limited". As of 2017, One Cool Film has produced 14 films. The Sci-fi film Warriors of Future is on filming.

Other worksEdit

Koo has published several books over the years including his photo albums Present (1999) and Cool (2001), as well as his autobiography Find Happiness (2002).[11] He also released Toys Battle (2008), a book chronicling his love for comic book characters and movie superheroes, and donated all proceeds to UNICEF.[12] Koo has been writing blogs everyday on his own website since December 2006.[13]

Koo recorded several theme songs for the TVB dramas he had starred in and several TV advertisement songs he had endorsed. He had also cut four albums: Boyfriend and Popular Louis in 2000, optimism in 2001, Mr.Cool in 2003.[14]

With a career spanning two decades, Koo has endorsed a large number of brands in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Some of the major brand endorsements include, Pepsi,[15] Tag Heuer, Gillette, Epson printer, Hugo Boss Perfume, Clinique, Bally, Matisse, Johnnie Walker, Lipton, Lotte chewing gum, Lay's, Tropicana,[16] Pentax camera, OSIM,[17] Yokohama Tire,[18] Toyota Corolla, Samsung Galaxy,[19] Xbox 360 Kinect,[20] DBS Black World MasterCard.

CharityEdit

On 3 July 2012, Chinese microblogs caught on to the news of Koo's low profile philanthropy in China, which became a trending topic, more and more people born in different remote rural areas found that local elementary schools were built with donation of Koo, and upload photos to the microblogs. Major Chinese dailies further reported that he had helped build 49 schools, over 20 clinics and completed 50 water supply projects to help the underprivileged in remote areas in rural China for the past three years[21] without any publicity. Koo was reluctant to comment on the issue but it was learnt that Koo set up his charity foundation after witnessing the devastation from the Sichuan earthquake in 2008.[22] According to "Grace charity" website,[23] Koo has helped build 97 elementary school buildings, 18 clinics and 751 small water supply projects in remote undeveloped areas of rural China through "Grace Charity Foundation Limited" and local government by 2017.

Koo is also a UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) ambassador[24] since 2007.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Let's Go Slam Dunk basketball player
Organized Crime & Triad Bureau subordinate police
1996 On Fire
Man Wanted 2 Rung
Street of Fury Lung
1997 Troublesome Night Ken Ng Chi-keung
Troublesome Night 2 Sam
1998 Troublesome Night 3 Cheng Lik
T.H.E professional Officer Jiang
God.com Officer Chan
The Suspect Don Lee
Troublesome Night 4 Wing
1999 Troublesome Night 5 Lam Chung-fat
Troublesome Night 6 Inspector Wong
Rules of the Game David Chow
Super Car Criminals
Bullets Over Summer Brian
Century of the Dragon Wong Chi-shing
Sealed with a Kiss Kam Sui
The Masked Prosecutor Tong Hiu-tai
The Young Ones Cameo
2000 For Bad Boys Only Jack Shum
Troublesome Night 7 Lok
Conman in Tokyo Cool
2001 Born Wild Tan Ho
The Legend of Zu Red
La Brassiere Wayne
2002 The Lion Roars Seasonal Chan
Fat Choi Spirit Louis
Dry Wood, Fierce Fire Ryan Li
Women From Mars Servant of Hell Cameo
Mighty Baby Wayne
2003 Love for All Seasons Tiger Hung
Why Me, Sweetie?! Dong
Good Times, Bed Times Paul Ko Chi-keung
Naked Ambition Andy actor and producer
Lost in Time Ah Man Special appearance
2004 Fantasia Sam
Love on the Rocks Wong Kai-ming
Throw Down Sze-to Bo premiered at 61st Venice International Film Festival
2005 Election Jimmy Lee competitive film at 58th Cannes Film Festival
2006 Election 2 Jimmy Lee "Films out of Competition" at 59th Cannes Film Festival
Rob-B-Hood Octopus premiered at 62nd Venice International Film Festival
Happy Birthday Nam
2007 Protégé Jane's Husband Nominated - 27th Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - 44th Golden Horse Award For Best Supporting Actor
Triangle Fai "Films out of Competition" at 60th Cannes Film Festival
Flash Point Wilson
2008 Run Papa Run Tiger Lee Tin-yun Nominated - 28th Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated - 45th Golden Horse Award For Best Actor
Connected Bob
2009 Accident Brain competitive film at 66th Venice International Film Festival
All's Well, Ends Well 2009 Dick Cho
On His Majesty's Secret Service Royal Dog
Poker King Jack Chang
Overheard Gene Yeung Nominated- 6th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
2010 All's Well, Ends Well 2010 Emperor
Triple Tap Ken Kwan
2011 The Road Less Traveled Hui Shing-leung
All's Well, Ends Well 2011 Sammy Shum
Mr. and Mrs. Incredible Gazer Warrior
Don't Go Breaking My Heart Sean Cheung
A Chinese Ghost Story Yin Chek-ha
Overheard 2 Jack Ho Chi-keung
Magic to Win Wood Magician Cameo
2012 All's Well, Ends Well 2012 Peng Kin
Romancing in Thin Air Michael Lau
2013 Drug War Timmy Choi Tim-ming
Out of Inferno Keung
The White Storm So Kin-chow Nominated - 33rd Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
premiered at 10th International Rome Film Festival
2014 Hello Babies Cameo
Golden Chickensss Jiangmen Louis Koo Cameo
Naked Ambition 2 Naoki Nagasaki Cameo
Aberdeen Cheng Wai-to
Overheard 3 Lau Wing-jau
Z Storm William Luk
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 Sean Cheung
2015 An Inspector Calls Inspector Karl
12 Golden Ducks Rocky Cameo
Triumph in the Skies Branson Cheung
Little Big Master Tse Wing-tung
SPL II: A Time for Consequences Mr. Hung Special appearance
Paris Holiday Lam Chun-kit
Wild City T-Man
2016 Three Ken Chan
League of Gods Shen Gongbao
Line Walker Shiu Chi-long
Call of Heroes Cho Siu-lun
S Storm William Luk
2017 Dealer/Healer Halley Special appearance
Meow Ng Sau-lung
Paradox Lee Chung-chi
Shed Skin Papa Tin Lik-hang competitive film at 29th Tokyo International Film Festival, awaiting release
Always Be With You Sam
TBD Warriors of Future Tan Bing post-production
When Robbers Meet The Monsters post-production
The sons of Neon Night filming
Dynasty Warriors Lv Bu filming
L Storm William Luk filming
Back to the Past Hong Siu-lung Pre-production
Storm Cloud Pre-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Knot to Treasure
Class of Distinction
1995 Happy Harmony
The Condor Heroes 95 Yeung Kuo
1996 Cold Blood Warm Heart Yip Sing-hong
1997 The Hit Man Chronicles
War & Remembrance
Against the Blade of Honour Ding Pang
I Can't Accept Corruption
A Recipe for the Heart
1998 Burning Flame Lau Hoi-pak
1999 Man's Best Friend Tai Jin Sek
Detective Investigation Files IV Tsui Fei
At the Threshold of an Era Nick Cheung
2000 At the Threshold of an Era II Nick Cheung
2001 A Step into the Past Hong Siu-lung

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Louis Koo". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "TV". Louis Koo Tin-Lok Official Website. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "2012福布斯 中国名人榜". Forbes China. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "One Cool Film Production Limited". 
  5. ^ "2004年週記". 2004年週記. Louis Koo Tin-Lok Official Website. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Kerr, Elizabeth. "Election 2". Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Ho, Yi. "A nostalgic romance". Taipei Times. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Ho, Yi (25 April 2008). "When the going gets tough, the tough get soft". The Taipei Times. 
  9. ^ Elley, Derek. "Connected". Variey. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Lee, Edmund. "Louis Koo interview". Time Out. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Publication". Louis Koo Tin-Lok Official Website. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  12. ^ Mak, Clara (15 March 2008). "Koo's comic book capers". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Louis Koo International Fansclub". 
  14. ^ "Music". Louis Koo Tin-Lok Official Website. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Chan, Candy. "PepsiCo's Thirst For China Continues". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Watson, Mark. "Tropicana Launches New Thematic TVC And Interactive Campaign". China Smack. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Advertisement". Louis Koo Tin-Lok Official Website. 
  18. ^ "Louis Koo is the brand ambassador for Yokohama Tire". Yokohama Tire. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  19. ^ Ng, Erica. "Samsung Eyes Apple's Dominance". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "News". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Louis Koo helped build 49 schools". The Star. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "默默扶貧3年 古仔內地建49學校". Apple Daily Hong Kong. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "慈恩基金会". 
  24. ^ "Hong Kong UNICEF Ambassadors". Retrieved 9 January 2013. 

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