Shang-Chi Cast On Tony Leung: "Working With Him Is An Incredible Treat"
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Shang-Chi Cast On Tony Leung: “Working With Him Is An Incredible Treat”

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BY September 6, 2021

While Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has an all-star cast bursting with talent, many have been talking about one character in particular: Tony Leung’s Wenwu aka Mandarin. As the leader of the Ten Rings and Shang-Chi’s father, Leung brought a certain emotional depth to the character, something that can be seen in many of his other cinematic work. He’s a legend in Asia and the cast of Shang-Chi on Tony Leung and working with him show how excited and thrilled they were to act alongside him. As Awkwafina said, “Working with him is an incredible treat.”

A History Of Tony Leung

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is considered one of Asia’s most successful and internationally recognized actors. Born in Hong Kong in 1962, he initially was not interested in acting until age 16, when he met future actor and comedian Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle) who influenced his decision to become an actor. After that Leung acted in several TV series for Hong Kong’s TVB channel, including the highly successful shows 430 Space Shuttle and Police Cadet. After eight years on TVB he decided to pursue movie roles.

His breakthrough role was in John Woo’s 1992 action film Hard Boiled, in which he co-starred with Chow Yun-fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon); however, he received international critical acclaim in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1989 film A City of Sadness, which won the Venice Golden Lion.

Shang-Chi cast on Tony leung Tony Leung in Chungking Express/Image via Ocean Shores Video

Leung has collaborated a lot with director Wong Kar-wai and has appeared in many of his films including a lonely policeman in 1994’s Chungking Express, as a gay Chinese expatriate living in Argentina in 1997’s Happy Together, and the Ip Man in 2013’s The Grandmaster. One of his must-see performances though was as a conflicted adulterer in 2000’s In the Mood for Love, which earned Leung a Best Actor Award at Cannes.

In addition, Leung has also starred in several wuxia films as well as more modern action movies, such as Infernal Affairs and Bullet in the Head.

As if the man wasn’t talented enough already, Leung has also had a Cantopop and Mandarin pop singing career and sang the theme song of Infernal Affairs with fellow Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. You can listen to the song below.

You can also listen to the Shang-Chi cast on Tony Leung in the video below from an interview with Fandango. It starts around 8:26.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has already had an amazing opening weekend. If you haven’t seen it yet, at least go to see the G.O.A.T., Tony Leung, in action!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is playing in theaters everywhere. 

Featured image via Marvel Studios

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.

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