Four Heavenly Kings (Hong Kong)

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

References

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