Best Asian Actors/Actresses

by petje-806-663041 | created - 12 Jul 2017 | updated - 12 Nov 2017 | Public

1. Kang-ho Song

Actor | Salinui chueok

Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Joint Security Area 2. Memories of a Murder 3. Sympathy for Mr Vengeance 4. Thirst 5. Age of Shadows

2. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Faa yeung nin wa

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or Jue...

Top 5 Performances 1. In the Mood for Love 2. Infernal Affairs 3. Chungking Express 4. Hero 5. The Grandmaster

3. Min-sik Choi

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Oldboy 2. I Saw the Devil 3. Lady Vengeance 4. Admiral 5. Daeho

4. Donnie Yen

Actor | Yip Man

Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.

There, Master Bow-sim ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Ip Man 2. Dragon 3. Rogue One 4. Iron Monkey 5. Hero

5. Jackie Chan

Actor | Ngo si seoi

Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.

Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Rush Hour 2. Police Story 3. Drunken Master 4. Shanghai Noon 5. Project A

6. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

Top 5 Performances 1. Hero 2. Fearless 3. Once Upon a Time in China 4. Fist of Legend 5. Expendables

7. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...

Top 5 Performances 1. The Last Samurai 2. Inception 3. Memoirs of a Geisha 4. Letters from Iwo Jima 5. Batman Begins

8. Byung-Hun Lee

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

Top 5 Performances 1. I Saw the Devil 2. Joint Security Area 3. Bittersweet Life 4. The Good the Bad the Weird 5. Magnificent 7

9. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

Top 5 Performances 1. In the Mood for Love 2. Hero 3. 2046 4. Police Story 5. Ashes of Time

10. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

Top 5 Performances 1. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2. Memoirs of a Geisha 3. House of the Flying Daggers 4. Hero 5. The Grandmaster

11. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2. The Killer 3. Hard-Boiled 4. Curse of the Golden Flower 5. Pirates of the Carribean 3

12. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2. Memoirs of a Geisha 3. Sunshine 4. Marco Polo 5. Guardianas of the Galaxy 2

13. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

Top 4 Performances 1. Enter the Dragon 2. Way of the Dragon 3. Big Boss 4. Fist of Fury

14. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Seven Samurai 2. Rashomon 3. Yojimbo 4. Throne of Blood 5. High and Low

15. Takeshi Kaneshiro

Actor | Shi mian mai fu

The 1/2 Taiwanese and 1/2 Japanese Takeshi Kaneshiro may have started out as a puerile teen idol in the Chinese entertainment scene, but he's since become a proper film star in his own right. Whether by his own design or not, the boyishness that marked his first steps into showbiz has evolved into ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Chungking Express 2. House of the Flying Daggers 3. Red Cliff 4. Fallen Angels 5. Dragon

16. Tadanobu Asano

Actor | Mongol

Asano Tadanobu is a Japanese film actor. His father, an actors' agent, suggested he take on what became his first role, in the TV show "Kimpachi Sensei," at the age of 16. His film debut was in the 1990 Swimming Upstream (Bataashi kingyo (1990)), though his first major critical success was in ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Ichi the Killer 2. Mongol 3. Silence 4. Thor 5. 47 Ronin

17. Tony Jaa

Actor | Ong-bak 3

Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan to Jet Li. Jaa studied martial arts at the local ...

Top 3 Performances 1. Ong Bak 2. The Protector 3. Furious 7

18. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...

Top 5 Performances 1. Infernal Affairs 2. House of Flying Daggers 3. Warlords 4. Days of Being Wild 5. The Great Wall

19. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Sunshine 2. The Last Samurai 3. Life 4. Ringu 5. 47 Ronin

20. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

Top 5 Performances 1. To Live 2. Farewell my Concumbine 3. Raise the Red Lantern 4. 2046/Memoirs of a Geisha 5. Curse of the Golden Flower

21. Won Bin

Actor | Ajeossi

Won Bin was born on November 10, 1977 in Jeongseon, Korea as Do-Jin Kim. He is an actor, known for The Man from Nowhere (2010), Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) and Mother (2009). He has been married to Na-Young Lee since May 30, 2015.

Top 3 Performances 1. Ajeossi 2. Madeo 3. The Brotherhood of War

22. Benedict Wong

Actor | Doctor Strange

Benedict Wong was born in 1970 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and The Martian (2015).

Top 5 Performances 1. Marco Polo 2. Dr Strange 3. Prometheus 4. Sunshine 5. Martian

23. Jung-woo Ha

Actor | Shi gan

Jung-woo Ha is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His breakthrough to stardom came with the role in Na Hong-jin's serial killer film The Chaser (2008).

Born as Kim Sung-hoon, Ha Jung-woo came from an acting family. His father Kim Yong-gun is a well-known veteran ...

Top 3 Performances 1. Handmaiden 2. Yellow Sea 3. Chaser

24. Yoo Gong

Actor | Busanhaeng

Gong Ji-Chul (better known as Gong Yoo) was born in Busan, Korea on July 10, 1979. The actor is known for the movies Train to Busan (2016), Silenced (2011) and The Age of Shadows (2016).

Gong Yoo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in theater at Kyung Hee University and worked as a model before ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Silenced 2. Train to Busan 3. Age of Shadows

25. Yoon-seok Kim

Actor | Chugyeogja

Yoon-seok Kim was born on January 21, 1968 in Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Chaser (2008), Another Child (2019) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017). He has been married to Joo-ran Bang since 2002. They have two children.

Top Performances 1. Chaser 2. Yellow Sea

26. Brigitte Lin

Actress | Ging chaat goo si

Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Police Story (1985), Chungking Express (1994) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.

Top 5 Performances 1. Chungking Express 2. Police Story 3. Ashes of Time

27. Iko Uwais

Actor | Serbuan Maut 2: Berandal

Iko Uwais was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Maisyaroh and Mustapha Kamaluddin. His grandfather, H. Achmad Bunawar, was a master of silat, an Indonesian traditional martial art, and founded a silat school. Iko himself has been learning silat since he was 10 years old. He became National Champion in...

Top Performances 1. The Raid 2. Headshot

28. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

Top 3 Performances 1. Kill Bill 2. Lucky Number Slevin 3. Shanghai Noon

29. Takeshi Kitano

Actor | Zatôichi

Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Hatoichi 2. Hana-bi 3. Sonatina 4. Outrage 5. Battle Royale

30. Issei Ogata

Actor | Silence

Issei Ogata was born on February 22, 1952 in Fukuoka, Japan as Kazushige Ogata. He is an actor, known for Silence (2016), The Sun (2005) and Yi Yi (2000).

Top Performance 1. Silence

31. Doona Bae

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was Ring (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take Care of My ...

Top 3 Performances 1. Sympathy for Mr Vengeance 2. The Host 3. Cloud Atlas

32. Ha-kyun Shin

Actor | Jigureul jikyeora!

Ha-kyun Shin was born on May 30, 1974 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Save the Green Planet! (2003), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Thirst (2009).

Top 3 Performances 1. Sympathy fro Mr Vengeance 2. Joint Security Area 3. Thirst

33. Yayan Ruhian

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Yayan Ruhian was born in Tasikmalaya (West Java) on October 19, 1968. He found his passion in Pencak Silat and other martial arts, becoming a professional martial arts instructor. Ruhian is also known as an instructor of an inner breathing technique designed to condition of the body to withstand ...

Top Performance 1. The Raid

34. Sung Kang

Actor | Furious 6

Sung Kang was born on April 8, 1972 in Gainesville, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Fast & Furious 6 (2013), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Bullet to the Head (2012).

Top Performance 1. Fast & Furious

35. Daniel Dae Kim

Actor | Lost

Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on "Hawaii Five-0," Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series "Lost," for which he shared ...

Top Performances 1. Lost 2. Crash

36. Rick Yune

Actor | Die Another Day

Rick Yune was born on August 22, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Richard Yun. He is an actor and producer, known for Die Another Day (2002), The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013).

Top 3 Performances 1. Marco Polo 2. Olympus Has Fallen 3. Fast & Futious

37. Yeong-ae Lee

Actress | Chinjeolhan geumjassi

Yeong-ae Lee was born on January 31, 1971 in Seoul, South Korea as Lee Young-Ae. She is an actress, known for Lady Vengeance (2005), One Fine Spring Day (2001) and The Great Jang-Geum (2003). She has been married to Jeong Ho-young since August 24, 2009. They have two children.

Top Performances 1. Lady Vengeance 2. Joint Security Area

38. Joan Chen

Actress | Judge Dredd

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...

Top 3 Performances 1. The Last Emperor 2. Marco Polo 3. Lust & Caution

39. Ok-bin Kim

Actress | Bakjwi

Ok-bin Kim was born on December 29, 1986 in Chollanam-do, South Korea. She is an actress, known for Thirst (2009), The Villainess (2017) and Yoo-Na's Street (2014).

Top Performances 1. Thirst 2. The Villainess

40. Hae-sook Kim

Actress | Bakjwi

Hae-sook Kim was born on December 30, 1955 in Busan, South Korea. She is an actress, known for Thirst (2009), The Handmaiden (2016) and The Thieves (2012).

Top Performances 1. Thirst 2. Handmaiden

41. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching ...

Top Performances 1. Pacific Rim 2. 47 Ronin

42. Jun Kunimura

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Jun Kunimura was born on November 16, 1955 in Kumamoto, Japan. He is an actor, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), The Wailing (2016) and Ichi the Killer (2001).

Top 3 Performances 1. The Audition 2. The Wailing 3. Kill Bill

43. Dong-seok Ma

Actor | Busanhaeng

Dong-seok Ma was born on March 1, 1971 in South Korea as Dong-seok Lee. He is an actor, known for Train to Busan (2016), The Good the Bad the Weird (2008) and The Outlaws (2017).

Top Performances 1. Train to Busan 2. The Good, The Bad, The Weird

44. Chen Chang

Actor | Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian

Chang Chen, an international renowned actor, first earned his attention at the age of 14 when he took the lead role in A Brighter Summer Day. Since then, he was nominated three times at the Golden Horse Awards, and several times for best actor at the Berlinale and the Cannes Film Festival. He won ...

Top 5 Performances 1. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2. Red Cliff 3. The Assassin 4. The Grandmaster 5. Happy Together

45. Do-won Kwak

Actor | Gok-seong

Do-won Kwak is an actor, known for The Wailing (2016), The Attorney (2013) and The Man from Nowhere (2010).

Top Performances 1. Wailing 2. Yellow Sea

46. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

Top 3 Performances 1. The Assasin 2. The Transporter 3. Three Times

47. Tian Jing

Actress | Kong: Skull Island

Jing Tian graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy, Department of Chinese Film and Television.

In 2006, Jing Tian released the music EP Who are you with King Sweet music.

Tian starred in 13 episodes of the TV show An Epic of a Woman (2009) in 2010. Her acting career ...

Top Performances 1. The Great Wall 2. Kong Skull Island

48. Min-hee Kim

Actress | Ah-ga-ssi

Min-hee Kim was born on March 1, 1982 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for The Handmaiden (2016), On the Beach at Night Alone (2017) and The Day After (2017).

Top Performance 1. Handmaiden

49. Tom Wu

Actor | Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes

Tom Wu is known for his work on Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes (2015), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Ra.One (2011).

Top Performance 1. Marco Polo

50. Eihi Shiina

Actress | Ôdishon

Eihi Shiina was born on February 3, 1976 in Fukuoka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Audition (1999), Tokyo Gore Police (2008) and The Outrage (2010).

Top Performance 1. The Audition

51. Wen Jiang

Actor | Rogue One

Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000) and Hidden Man (2018). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to Sandrine ...

Top Performances 1. Rogue One 2. Let the Bullets Fly

52. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

Top Performances 1. Kung Fu Hustle 2. Shaolin Soccer

53. Ryo Ishibashi

Actor | Ôdishon

Ishibashi Ryo (Ryo Ishibashi) was born on July 20, 1956, in Fukuoka City, Kyushu, Japan. Being a multi-talented star, and an international celebrity, Ryo Ishibashi has starred in many TV programs, and movies both within his native Japan, and abroad. He began his celebrity career when he started his...

Top Performances 1. The Audition 2. Suicide Club

54. Wei Tang

Actress | Se, jie

Wei Tang was born on October 7, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Lust, Caution (2007), Blackhat (2015) and The Golden Era (2014). She has been married to Tae-yong Kim since July 12, 2014.

Top Performances 1. Lust & Caution 2. Dragon 3. Blackhat

55. Devon Aoki

Actress | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Born in New York but raised in California, Devon Aoki is no stranger to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana restaurant magnate Rocky Aoki and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Devon is of Japanese (from her father) and German ...

Top Performances 1. 2 Fast 2 Furious 2. Sin City

56. Shidô Nakamura

Actor | Huo yuanjia

Shidô Nakamura was born on September 14, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan as Mikihiko Ogawa. He is an actor and director, known for Fearless (2006), Death Note (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). He was previously married to Yûko Takeuchi.

57. John Cho

Actor | Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles, California as a child, where his father was a Christian minister. Cho was educated at Herbert Hoover High School at Glendale before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley where he studied English Literature. ...

Top Performance 1. Star Trek

58. Ken Jeong

Actor | The Hangover

Ken Jeong is an American actor, comedian, and physician. He is known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community (2009) and gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover (2009) Trilogy. He appeared in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013), as Johnny Wu, a motivational ...

Top Performances 1. Hangover 2. Ride Along

59. Ni Ni

Actress | Jin ling shi san chai

Ni Ni was born on August 8, 1988 in China. She is an actress, known for The Flowers of War (2011), The Rise of Phoenixes (2018) and Suddenly Seventeen (2015).

Top Performance 1.Flowers of War



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