In 1990, Stephen Chow played the leading role in the low-cost film “The Saint of Gamblers” with a box office of HK$41,326,156, breaking Hong Kong film history record for the first time. With this film, Stephen Chow established his status as a superstar.
In 1991, Stephen Chow starred in Fighting Back to School, with a box office of 43,829,449 Hong Kong dollars, breaking the Hong Kong film history record for the second time. At this time, his box office appeal was on par with Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat. The three were even more hailed as “double-week success.” Chow Xingchi began to be publicly referred to by the media as “Master of the Stars.”
In 1992, Stephen Chow starred in 7 films, 5 of which ranked among the top five in the Hong Kong box office rankings. He also won the Asia Pacific Film Festival Winner Award for his record-breaking Hong Kong film history. In 1992, he was called “The Year of Stephen Chow” by the media. .
Since the early 1990s, Stephen Chow has been involved in screenwriting and director work. As early as 1993, Stephen Chow was listed as one of the directors for the first time (the overseas release of “Tang Bohu Spots Autumn Fragrance” marked “Director Zhou Xingchi”).
After finishing the contract with Yongsheng Entertainment in 1996, he established Xinghui Overseas Co., Ltd., as a producer, first produced “The God of Cookery”. And other movies such as “Tang Bohu Spots Autumn Fragrance”, “The King of Destruction”, “Domestic Lingling Paint”, “Once Upon a Time”, “The King of Comedy”, etc. Stephen Chow has participated behind the scenes.
In 1996, after Stephen Chow was released as the director and producer of “The God of Cookery”, it not only had a good box office, but also attracted the attention of Hollywood filmmakers to his talents as a director. Twentieth Century Pictures bought the copyright of “The God of Cookery” from Zhou Xingchi and wanted to invite him to remake the American version of “The God of Cookery”, but he ultimately refused. In 2001, “Shaolin Football” independently directed by Stephen Chow had a Hong Kong box office of 60,739,847 Hong Kong dollars, breaking the Hong Kong Chinese film box office record. The film is also very popular in Italy, France, Germany and other places, creating another peak in his acting career. This film is also his first film to be released on a large scale in Europe. “Shaolin Football” makes Zhou Xingchi the only winner of the same film as the best director and best actor since the previous Hong Kong Film Awards.
“Kung Fu” was launched in 2004, with a Hong Kong box office revenue of HK$61,278,697, breaking the Hong Kong Chinese film box office record set by “Shaolin Football”. The film also hit India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Qatar, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Angola, Belarus, Slovenia, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Norway, Estonia, Mexico, Box office records for Chinese-language movies in dozens of countries and regions including Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Dominica, Jamaica, Curaçao, and Uruguay. Stephen Chow won the 42nd Golden Horse Awards for Best Director, Best Feature Film, and was shortlisted for the 63rd Golden Globe Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, British Film Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the American Broadcasting Film Association Award for Best Foreign Language sheet.