HK star Tony Leung makes debut on Douyin, gains 670,000 followers in hours

A file picture of Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung Chiu Wai posing for a photo during a press conference for the Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the 27th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) at KNN theatre in Busan on Oct 6, 2022. - Photo: AFP

Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who does not even have a Facebook or Instagram account, made his debut on Douyin (China’s version of TikTok) recently, China Press reported.

The 60-year-old, who is known for his aloofness, was seen giving a warm greeting to fans on his first video post.

“Tony Leung is not special. Sometimes he stares blankly into space, sometimes he hides himself.

“You may feel as if my eyes could speak, but that is because I am not well versed at expressing myself with words.

“I feel nervous meeting someone for the first time and will be at a loss for words when in a crowd.

“Even so, there is much I would like to share, but I am uncertain how to express myself,” he said.

In just hours after starting the account, he amassed more than 670,000 followers.

Many Internet users initially thought it was a fake account due to Leung’s preference to keep a low profile online.

He is one of Asia’s most successful actors and was dubbed by CNN as one of Asia’s 25 Greatest Actors of All Time.

He is known for his roles in high-profile movies such as Infernal Affairs (2002) and Red Cliff (2008).

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