A recent online article praising Stephen Chow (周星馳) hinted at film producer Charles Heung (向華強) as a triad. Charles’ wife, Tiffany Chan (陳嵐), believed Stephen may be the instigator behind the article and was outraged by the contents.
After revealing Stephen’s questionable ethics, Tiffany said, “If Stephen is really not responsible for this, he should come out to clarify the matter!”
According to the article, Stephen’s immigration application to Canada from 1993 to 1996 was rejected by authorities due to his boss Charles Heung’s triad background.
Tiffany defended Charles’ reputation as he was able to turn China Star Entertainment Ltd into a publicly traded corporation in 1997, reports Jayne Stars.
Tiffany said, “If Charles were a triad, the Hong Kong government would have taken him down. Mainland authorities do not tolerate triads!”
She further argued that more than 100 celebrities have filmed for China Star and some were able to immigrate to Canada.
Illustrating Stephen’s unreasonable side, Tiffany said that Stephen once requested Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝) to shave her head bald.
Stephen had possessed a soon-to-expire contract with Cecilia and hoped that she would be on standby to film his movie within a six-month time frame, thus asked Cecilia to shave her head to ensure her availability.
When Stephen’s request was disputed, he scolded Cecilia for forgetting her roots and that he brought her fame through The King of Comedy <喜劇之王>.
He threatened to sue Cecilia for $3.5 million HKD for contract violation. Tiffany said, “But he only gave us a deposit of $5000 HKD!”
Andy Lau is Not Friends with Stephen Chow
Tiffany also revealed, “Andy Lau (劉德華) told me that he is not friends with Stephen. Not in the past, present, or in the future.
"Everyone can see how Andy treats his fans, and how sincerely he helps his friends. They are not the same type of people at all and would never click.
"Mr. Chow also did not respect Andy; Stephen asked for a filming fee of $20 million HKD, but he wanted to pay Andy only $1.2 million HKD.”
Andy responded that Charles Heung and Tiffany Chan were the best bosses in his entire life. Andy is upset at anyone who tarnishes the couple’s reputation and would step forward to defend them if necessary.
Johnnie To Reveals Stephen’s Selfish Side
Director Johnnie To (杜琪峰) stated that Stephen is selfish and lacked ethics. Johnnie said, “Stephen has his powerful place, but I don’t think he has contributed to the Hong Kong film industry. Although he is talented, his talent did not improve the work of Hong Kong films. I admire his talent, but not him as an individual.”
Wong Jing Scolds Stephen
Director Wong Jing (王晶), who collaborated with Stephen for 13 years, complained that Stephen was a tyrant. Stephen allegedly refused to attend a film premiere and only agreed after the film producer knelt before him.
Wong Jing said, “There are no more words left to describe Stephen Chow. He has been scolded endlessly. I don’t want to scold him from a new angle.”
Daneil Lam Reveals Stephen’s Greed
Universal International’s Daneil Lam (林小明) had invested in Stephen’s Shaolin Soccer <少林足球>. Due to copyright issues, Daneil and Stephen ended up in court.
Daneil criticized Stephen for his greed, “There is no one worse than Stephen Chow. It’s impossible to have a business partnership with him. Only he can have [the bigger] profits. Although he is talented, he never considers others’ feelings.”
Simon Yam, Sean Lau, Nick Cheung Draw Line from Stephen
Simon Yam (任達華), Sean Lau (劉青雲), and Nick Cheung (張家輝) said Charles Heung and Tiffany Chan treated their artistes very well. The stars claimed they did not know Stephen well enough to comment on his personality.
Sean said, “I don’t know what type of person Stephen is. When we filmed dramas at TVB, he was an outstanding actor, but we did not have any contact in private.”
However, Andy Lau and Stephen's ex-girlfriend Karen Mok have since spoken up in regard to the incident.
Andy Lau Denies Feuding with Stephen Chow
Andy clarified, “First, I never said he isn’t my friend. The only thing I said was that Mr. Heung is my friend. He was in the past, the present, and the future. I also said he was a very good boss. Maybe Mrs. Heung misunderstood what I meant.”
There was a rumor claiming that Andy and Stephen fought over money issues in a film contract. “Those are just rumors. We were given a chance to collaborate in the past, but due to certain details of the contract, we both politely rejected the offer in the end.”
Asked if he will have the opportunity to work with Stephen again, Andy said, “If there will be that chance, of course.”
Andy further clarified his relationship with Stephen. “My relationship with him is like that of colleagues working in a movie together. I never got the chance to know him more, but what I can say is that I was, am, and will always be his fan.”
Ex-Girlfriend Karen Mok: “I Will Always Support Stephen Chow”
Although Karen Mok (莫文蔚) had a bad breakup with Stephen, she offered him her support. Karen said, “He really knows how to take care of people and his actors. I don’t care how the public judge him. I will always support Stephen Chow.”
Stephen’s Shaolin Soccer <少林足球> costar Lam Chi Chung (林子聰) defended, “The article said Stephen had forced Cecilia Cheung (張栢芝) to shave her head for a movie. It’s not true at all.”
Mainland actress Zhang Yuqi (張雨綺), star of Stephen’s CJ7 <長江七號> film, said Stephen is “a really good person.”