Carina Lau

Carina Lau Kar-ling (Chinese: 刘嘉玲, born 8 December 1965) is a Chinese actress and singer.

Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) was born in 1965 in Suzhou, China. She relocated to Hong Kong at the age of fifteen, where she joined the acting classes of TVB, a prominent television company in the region. Lau holds dual citizenship in China (Hong Kong) and Canada. She has been in a long-term relationship with fellow actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai since 1989, culminating in their marriage on 21 July 2008 at the Uma Paro resort in Bhutan.

Lau’s career began with her on-screen debut in TVB’s “The Duke of Mount Deer” (1984). She gained significant popularity from her role in “Looking Back In Anger” (1989), one of Hong Kong’s most popular television series at the time, where she played a wealthy heiress. This success paved the way for her transition to the film industry. Lau’s early film career in the 1980s was marked by her portrayal of girl-next-door type characters. Her performance in “Her Beautiful Life Lies” (1989) earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Expanding her range, Lau collaborated with acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai in “Days of Being Wild” (1991), where her role as a vivacious cabaret dancer drew significant attention. Her versatility was further displayed in a variety of films such as the martial arts epic “Saviour of the Soul” (1991), the biopic “Center Stage” (1991), the cross-dressing comedy “He’s a Woman, She’s a Man” (1994), and the offbeat romance “Gigolo and Whore” (1994). Her roles in “Ashes of Time” (1994) and “Forbidden City Cop” (1997) continued to earn her critical acclaim. In “Intimates” (1997), Lau portrayed a bisexual silk factory owner, and she played a prostitute in the 19th-century epic “Flowers of Shanghai” (1998).

Lau achieved international recognition with roles in the “Infernal Affairs” sequels and as an android in Wong Kar-wai’s “2046” (2004). She also starred in the Hong Kong version of “Sex and the City,” titled “Sex and the Beauties” (2004). Her performances in “Curiosity Kills the Cat” (2006), where she played an unhappily married woman named Rose, and as Wu Zetian in “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” (2010) were widely praised. She received a Best Actress nomination at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in “Bends” (2013), portraying a wealthy housewife abandoned by her husband. Lau’s career is noted for its diversity and the depth of her performances, making her a respected and influential figure in the Hong Kong film industry.

Carina Lau FIlmography

Poster for the movie "Center Stage"

Center Stage

Based on the tragic true story of China’s first prima donna of the silver screen, Ruan Lingyu, chronicling her rise to fame as a movie actress in Shanghai during the 1930s. *** International superstar Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) embodies tragic screen siren Ruan Lingyu, known as the “Greta Garbo of China,” in this unconventional biopic by Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan (Rouge). Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, … Read more

Poster for the movie "The Eagle Shooting Heroes"

The Eagle Shooting Heroes

A power struggle between the Queen’s treasonous lover and a princess occurs amid musical numbers, slapstick battles, and martial arts acrobatics. The Legend of the Condor Heroes is a spoof of Louis Cha’s famous classic. The story opens with the Queen of the Golden Wheel Kingdom having an affair with her cousin West Poison, who are both plotting to take over the kingdom. The 3rd Princess uncovered their treachery, but West Poison defeated her. She … Read more

Poster for the movie "Saviour of the Soul"

Saviour of the Soul

A woman blinds a martial arts master and his pupil vows revenge on her. She is forced to abandon her loved ones without explanation in order to protect them from her ill-intentioned pursuer.

Poster for the movie "He's a Woman, She's a Man"

He’s a Woman, She’s a Man

Wing is a devoted fan of popular singer Rose who is involved in a topsy-turvy relationship with her charismatic producer Sam. Willing to go to any length to meet Rose, the willowy Wing disguises herself as a man, and with a twist of fate is chosen to be the next budding star for the record company.

Poster for the movie "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father"

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Father

Yuen scorns his father, who he thinks is too generous and forgiving. Through a flashback/time travel gimmick, Yuen meets his parents during their joyous courtship. Yuen comes to understand and admire his dad, and reflect on his own moral defects. *** Yuen despises his father, believing him to be overly generous and forgiving. Yuen meets his parents during their happy courtship thanks to a flashback/time travel gimmick. Yuen begins to appreciate and admire his father, … Read more

Poster for the movie "Cop Shop Babes"

Cop Shop Babes

Bear and Satay are two cops who got moved to the Cop Shop Babes brigade, where they can chat up policewomen. But bomb expert Fireball wants to revenge from the Cop Shop Babes chief (Carina Lau) and the girls.

Poster for the movie "From Vegas to Macau III"

From Vegas to Macau III

A gambler is targeted for murder during the wedding of his daughter to his protege. Rainbow, Ken’s daughter, is marrying his pupil, Vincent, at a wedding ceremony in Macau. Vic and Mark, two of Ken’s closest friends, have been invited to the wedding. Mark receives a phone call from Michael Chen on the day of the wedding, warning him that a mysterious tycoon has hired soldiers to assassinate Ken. The wedding is soon ruined, and … Read more

Poster for the movie "From Vegas to Macau II"

From Vegas to Macau II

Following his confrontation with the nefarious DOA organization, Ken (Chow Yun Fat) is looking forward to going back to enjoying his retirement. His rest is cut abruptly short when his protégé Vincent (Shawn Yue), who’s now working for Interpol, asks for Ken’s help in taking down the real mastermind behind DOA, Aoi. The two head to Thailand, where DOA’s former chief accountant Mark (Nick Cheung) has escaped with his daughter.

Poster for the movie "Sex and the Beauties"

Sex and the Beauties

We have Carina Lau has Selina the lead actress who is a psychoanalyst, who hangs out with her friends (Athena Chu has an erotic story for woman, Yoyo Mung has a multi-restaurant owner who likes the dangerous side, and Pinky Cheung whose dad is a triad boss goes retirement and know how to fight). The story begins when Selina’s ex came to her and asks her to take care of her wild daughter (Cecilia Cheung … Read more

Poster for the movie "Love Generation Hong Kong"

Love Generation Hong Kong

Based on a popular TV series. Pop Superstar Leon Lai is Billy Kay, a white-collar office worker with no future who has decided to break up with his equally floundering girlfriend. Now, six years have passed and Billy is a successful billionaire.

Poster for the movie "No More Love No More Death"

No More Love No More Death

The prequel to Taylor Wong’s With or Without You finds Prince being raised as a trained assassin by his “father.” Meanwhile, he falls in love with Tweedy, a singer who teaches him how to love.

Poster for the movie "My American Grandson"

My American Grandson

A 12-year-old boy from America experiences the clash of cultures and the generation gap when he visits his grandfather in Shanghai.

Poster for the movie "Dynasty Warriors"

Dynasty Warriors

Warlords, warriors and statesmen wage a battle for supremacy in this fantasy tale based on the hit video games and the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.”

Poster for the movie "Warriors of Future"

Warriors of Future

In 2055, a meteorite, which brings a fast-growing alien vine named “Pandora”, crashes down on a barren Earth ravaged by pollution and global warming. “Pandora” purifies the planet but kills everything in its path.To protect the citizens of their city, the heavily armored military of Hong Kong, armed with the plant’s genetic map, tries but fails to destroy “Pandora” and uncovers a conspiracy.

Poster for the movie "Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings"

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

Dee, the detective serving Chinese empress Wu Zetian, is called upon to investigate a series of strange events in Loyang, including the appearance of mysterious warriors wearing Chiyou ghost masks, foxes that speak human language and the pillar sculptures in the palace coming alive.

Poster for the movie "In Your Dreams"

In Your Dreams

One day, Heng saves a woman, Ms. Yip, from drowning in his school’s pool. When she turns out to be Heng’s new substitute teacher, the pair’s mutual loneliness draws them to each other.

Poster for the movie "Forbidden City Cop"

Forbidden City Cop

Set in Imperial China, Stephen Chiau plays Ling Ling Fat, one of the elite Emperor’s guards in the Forbidden City. However unlike his colleagues he doesn’t know anything about Kung Fu or other martial-arts, but instead uses his time to make futuristic inventions. So when the emperor is kidnapped and the world most beautiful geisha comes to town Fat has to use his brain to get things done.

Poster for the movie "La Brassiere"

La Brassiere

A Hong Kong bra company breaks tradition by hiring two men, Johnny and Wayne, to design an “ultimate bra” in 3 months…

Poster for the movie "Ashes of Time"

Ashes of Time

The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marry his elder brother rather than him. Instead of seeking glory, he ends up as an agent. When people come … Read more

Poster for the movie "Days of Being Wild"

Days of Being Wild

The movie is set in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1960. Yuddy, or ‘York’ in English, is a playboy in Hong Kong and is well-known for stealing girls’ hearts and breaking them. His first victim is Li Zhen who suffered emotional and mental depression as a result of Yuddy’s wayward attitude. Li Zhen eventually seeks much-needed solace from a sympathetic policeman named Tide.

Poster for the movie "Beijing Love Story"

Beijing Love Story

A cross-generational look at how denizens of China’s largest city deal with romance and commitment.

Poster for the movie "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame"

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu. When the mysterious deaths of a series of loyal subjects threaten to delay the 690 A.D. inauguration of Empress Wu, China’s only female leader, she calls the infamous Detective Dee (Lau) back from an exile into which she cast him eight years earlier. Dee accepts the challenge and partners with gung-ho Commander Bei and … Read more

Poster for the movie "Infernal Affairs III"

Infernal Affairs III

Infernal Affairs III is a 2003 Hong Kong crime thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It is the third installment in the Infernal Affairs film series, and is both a sequel and a semi-prequel to the original film, as it intercuts events before and after the events in the original.

Poster for the movie "Infernal Affairs II"

Infernal Affairs II

In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.

Poster for the movie "Showtime"

Showtime

Shanghai, 2009. After four years of studying, a group of dance students are wished well by their teacher as they start rehearsals for their graduation performance. Meanwhile, 5 members of a 1936 Shanghai theatre troupe, lead by Master Liu, are transported into the present to broaden their horizons.

Poster for the movie "Let the Bullets Fly"

Let the Bullets Fly

Set in China during the Warlords Period of the1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

Poster for the movie "Deadful Melody"

Deadful Melody

A young security man must prove himself worthy by defending the one object wanted by all the masters of the Martial Arts world – the Magic Lyre!

Poster for the movie "Curiosity Kills the Cat"

Curiosity Kills the Cat

This story takes place in a city by the Yangzi River where skyscrapers stand around falling slums… In a luxurious apartment an enchanting story of modern China unfolds… As the Chinese economy blooms so does the gap between rich and poor… These events unite an unlikely cast of a lady of noble decency, her power- hungry husband, a manicure store owner, a security guard, and a countryside girl and series of mysterious events haunted them… … Read more

Poster for the movie "2046"

2046

2046 is the sequel to Wong Kar-Wais’ successful box-office hit In The Mood For Love. A film about affairs, ending relationships, and a shared love for Kung-Fu novels as the main character, Chow, writes his own novel and reflects back on his favorite love Su.