Four Heavenly Kings (Hong Kong)

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Jacky Cheung in 2007
Andy Lau in 2011
Aaron Kwok in 2002
Leon Lai in 2006

Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王) is a Chinese term created in June 1992 by Oriental Daily News to refer to the four biggest male entertainment/arts superstars in Hong Kong at that time: Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai.[1] Having successful singing (in both Cantopop and Mandopop) as well as acting careers well into the 2000s, they dominated the industry in Hong Kong and throughout the larger Chinese speaking world in the 1990s. Thus is the '90s is sometimes also called the "Four Heavenly Kings Era" in Hong Kong entertainment, as their songs swept the awards of Top 10 Songs of the Year during a 6-year span.[2]

The term is derived from Four Heavenly Kings, which originally is a reference to four gods in Buddhism.

The Four Heavenly Kings

Acting collaborations

Film
Year Film Cheung Lau Kwok Lai Notes
1988 As Tears Go By NoN NoN Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Cheung)
Nominated: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (Lau)
1989 Little Cop NoN NoN
1990 Days of Being Wild NoN NoN
1991 Saviour of the Soul NoN NoN Nominated: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (Kwok)
Lee Rock II NoN NoN
The Banquet NoN NoN NoN NoN
1992 Gameboy Kids NoN NoN
Gun n' Rose NoN NoN
With or Without You NoN NoN
The Wicked City NoN NoN
1993 Future Cops NoN NoN NoN
1998 Anna Magdalena NoN NoN
2003 Infernal Affairs III NoN NoN Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor (Lau)
Chinese Film Media Awards for Outstanding Actor (Lau)
Nominated: Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor (Lau)
Golden Chicken 2 NoN NoN NoN Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor (Cheung)
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Most Dedicated Actor (Cheung)
Ming Pao Anniversary Award for Most Outstanding Actor (Cheung)
Nominated: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor (Cheung)
Nominated: Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor (Cheung)
2004 Jiang Hu NoN NoN
2009 The Founding of a Republic NoN NoN
Bodyguards and Assassins NoN NoN
2012 Cold War NoN NoN
2016 From Vegas to Macau III NoN NoN
Television dramas
Year Title Cheung Lau Kwok Lai Notes
1989 Song Bird NoN NoN

References

  1. ^ 娛樂圈一個神話:香港四大天王風雨十五年
  2. ^ Top 10 HK Musical Acts of All Time
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