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AsiaFinest Leon Lai
Chinese Name: Lai Ming
Nicknames: Wah Wah, Fay Jai Ming, Lai Ming Jai
Birthday: December 11, 1966
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse
Height: 182 cm (about 6')
Weight: varies...around 155 lbs
Eyesight: 200 degrees nearsighted
Blood Type: B+
Education: Christ College (Secondary School), King's Way Princeton College (England)
Family: Mother, Father ..only child.
First Love: 18 years old
First Kiss Experience: Picture a winter scenery at a beach in HK. There Leon and May were walking around..and it's really cold. Then they sat down and then the "first-kiss" was supposed to happen. Leon was very nervous at that time, and plus it was really cold too. As he approached closer to her, suddenly his neck muscle was pulling, like a tightening feeling..and because he was sooooo...nervous... and it hurt so much that he ended up not kissing her. And she was waiting for him too...(guess her eyes were closed or something) because Leon said he never told her the REAL reason why he didn't kiss her that time. He said it's way too embarrassing...and that incident left kind of a scary thought whenever he has to do kissing scenes.
Favorite Celebrities: Chage & Aska, Priscilla Chan, Jacky Cheung, Chow Yun Fat
Favorite Foods: Giant crabs, Duck, Watermelon, Seafood, Curry chicken, Barbeque pork, and any spicey hot foods
Favorite Beverage: Watermelon juice
Favorite Colors: Blue and Purple
Favorite Cartoons: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (mainly the 7 Dwarfs), Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck...mostly Disney characters
Favorite Clothing: Jeans and a t-shirt
Favorite Designer: Gianni Versace
Favorite Hairdresser: Sev Tsang (Beijing Hair Culture)
Favorite Collections: Sunglasses, Eyeglasses, Belts
Favorite Flowers: Roses, Carnations, White Lilies
Favorite Holidays: Christmas and Lunar New Year
Favorite Instruments: Guitar, Piano
Favorite Places: Hong Kong, Beaches, Peaceful places, Beijing, Japan
Favorite People: His World-Wide fans
Hobbies: Swimming, Singing, Driving, Filming, mahjjong
His Favorite Song: Personal Feelings
His Favorite TVB Movie Series That He Was In: "Breaking Point" (Gum Sung Mo Fui)
Favorite Character He Played: Lam Yik Lung in "Man on the Edge" (Yun Joy Been Yuen)
Person He Misses Most: Grandmother (mother's side)
Wishes: Hong Kong - a better tomorrow after 1997; Everyone can pass their warmth to the world's poor children
Record Companies: PolyGram Records HK Ltd. / Sony Music as of March 23, 1998
Leon's Additional Duty: United Nation's appointed Outstanding International Teenage Charity Messenger
He was born in Beijing and is the only child in his family. His parents divorced when he was four. Lai studied at King's Way Princeton College (England). Before he became a singer in Hong Kong, he worked as a salesperson for a cellular phone company. He was the second runner up in the New Talent Singing Contest, held by the TVB in 1986. Lai took Canadian citizenship in 1996, and spent part of that year in Vancouver. He then signed to Sony Music on March 23, 1998. He was a singer of Polygram (now known as Universal Music) before. Together with Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau and Aaron Kwok, Lai is one of the four popular male singers that the media refer to as the "Four Great Heavenly Kings" (????), which Lai is listed in the first rank among the four. In the early stages of his career, he mainly sang cantopop, but thanks to his producer Mark Lui he expanded his repertoire to include popular electronic songs with compelling music videos. Some of these are regarded as the best in his career. In 2002, he was selected to sing "Charged up", the 2002 World Cup theme song for Greater China Region.
He won numerous singing awards before announcing in 1999 that he would no longer accept any awards in Hong Kong. He won the "Most Popular Singer" award in 1993 and 1995. He has also won the "Song of the Year" award four times.
In 1996, Lai was nominated for the Best Actor Awards of the 16th Hong Kong Film Award for the film Comrades, Almost a love story in which he plays a man who leaves China and comes to Hong Kong in the 1980s. However, he was defeated (along with four other nominees) by Kent Cheng. In 2002, Lai took the spotlight at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-language version of the Oscars in Taiwan. He won "Best Actor" for Three: Going Home, about a doctor who cannot get over the death of his wife. In 2004, Lai wrote the story Leaving Me, Loving You together with Wilson Yip and also became the creative/production controller of the movie.
Apart from being an actor, he took part in the production of advertisement for 'Dress Casual Day' of the Community Chest.
Lai has participated in many charity events in recent years. He has been a member of The Community Chest Campaign Committee and in December 1995, his contribution to children is further recognized by being appointed as UNICEF Special Representative to Youth at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. He also occasionally helps other non-profit organisations to raise funds.
Lai has been elected as one of The Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in 1998, giving him a formal recognition of his professional endeavours and commitment to the community.
He was awarded the Medal of Honour (M.H.) on 12 October 2003 by Tung Chee-Hwa, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR. In 2004, Leon Lai formed a new record production company, "A Music", East Asia Record Production Company Limited, with Peter Lam . And released the first album of the company,"Dawn",in September.
Check out AsiaFinest's review on his concert at Atlantic City in 1998.
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