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Andy Lau Crowned Most Bankable Actor
    2007-11-07 20:56:49     CRIENGLISH.com

Andy Lau performs at his concert in Beijing, November 2, 2007. Lau has contributed the most to Hong Kong's box office in the past decade, says a film magazine. [Photo: 022net.com]

Who has contributed the most to Hong Kong's box office in the past decade? It's not Jackie Chan, nor is Tony Leung or Chow Yun-Fat. It's got to be Andy Lau, says a film magazine.

Since 1997, prolific Lau has helped generate a total of 570 million Hong Kong dollars (US$73.39 million) in box office, making him the most bankable local actor, China News Service quoted statistics from an unnamed magazine.

Sammi Cheng tops the actress list with HK$360 million, while Johnnie To is the most bankable director with HK$350 million.

Versatile Lau is currently touring the mainland promoting his new album, "Miracle World." He said he was thrilled to hear the ratings, and that he would continue to work for another profitable decade.

Lau's crime thriller, "Brothers," which was invested by his own company, hit theaters in mid-October and has so far won rave reviews from both critics and fans.

Another touted epic, "The Warlords," featuring Lau, Jet Li and Takeshi Kaneshiro, will open around the Christmas holidays.

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