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Hong Kong actor sues phone firm
Yun-fat Chow
Chow became well known in the west after Anna and the King
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor Chow Yun-fat is suing a mobile phone company over an advertising dispute.

The Hong Kong star is suing China's Konka Group for $720,000 (400,000) saying they used his image after his 1999 one-year endorsement deal expired.

The dispute was initially settled in 2001 when Konka apologised and paid Chow $88,000 (49,000) in damages.

But Chow's lawyers said the image was seen in a Chinese airport a year later. Konka deny breach of contract.

Konka's lawyer said the company had taken the initiative to remove all advertisements containing Chow's image when the contract expired, according to Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.

As the airport in the city of Chongqing was a restricted area, it was not possible for the company to go in and remove the advertisement, the lawyer said.


Chow was already a big star in his native country before coming to the attention of Western audiences when he starred alongside US actress Jodie Foster in a remake of Anna and the King.

Ang Lee's Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger followed shortly after and won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2001.

Chow had several different jobs, including working in a factory, an office and an hotel before eventually turning to acting.

He has appeared in more than 72 movies and won numerous awards, including best actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards, the Taiwan Golden Horse Award and the Asia Pacific Film Festival in Tokyo.

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