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Montblanc Hommage à N. Copernicus – Limited Edition Patron of Arts 2003 fountain pen.

Nicolaus Copernicus’ view of the universe is the model for the Limited Edition created in his honour. Nine rings in 925 sterling silver encircle the anthracite-coloured lacquer barrel. The sun is symbolised by the greenish-glowing faceted meteorite stone that decorates the clip.

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Nicolaus Copernicus’ view of the universe is the model for the Limited Edition created in his honor. Nine rings in 925 sterling silver encircle the anthracite-colored lacquer barrel. The sun is symbolised by the greenish-glowing faceted meteorite stone that decorates the clip. In Edition 888 this is replaced by a yellow diamonds. On the rhodium-plated 18-carat gold nib of both Limited Editions, there is a delicate engraving of Copernicus’ orbital charts.

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Xiao Xiang-Yu, China:

Xiang Yu (Chinese: 項羽; pinyin: Xiàng yǔ, c. 232–202 BC), born Xiang Ji (項籍), was the Ba Wang (霸王) or Hegemon-King of Western Chu during the Chu–Han Contention period (206–202 BC) of China. A noble of the Chu state, Xiang Yu rebelled against the Qin dynastyand became a prominent warlord. He was granted the title of "Duke of Lu" (魯公) by King Huai II of the restoring Chu state in 208 BC. The following year, he led the Chu forces to victory at the Battle of Julu against the Qin armies led by Zhang Han. After the fall of Qin, Xiang Yu was enthroned as the "Hegemon-King of Western Chu" (西楚霸王) and ruled a vast area covering modern-day central and eastern China, with Pengcheng as his capital. He engaged Liu Bang, the founding emperor of the Han dynasty, in a long struggle for power, known as the Chu–Han Contention, which concluded with his eventual defeat at the Battle of Gaixia. He committed suicide at the bank of the Wu River.

Names and titles:

Xiang Yu’s family name was Xiang (项; 項; Xiàng; Hsiang; Hong6) while his given name was Ji (籍; Jí; Chi; Zik6) and his courtesy name was Yu (羽; Yǔ; Yü; Jyu5). He is best known as Xiang Yu.

Xiang Yu is popularly known as "Xi Chu Ba Wang" (西楚霸王; Xī Chǔ Bà Wáng; Hsi Ch’u Pa Wang; Sai1 Co2 Baa3 Wong4), which has been translated as "Overlord of Western Chu", "Hegemon-King of Western Chu", "Conqueror of Western Chu", "King of Kings of Western Chu", and other renditions. This title is sometimes simplified to "Ba Wang" (霸王; Bà Wáng; Pa Wang; Baa3 Wong4), without the link to "Western Chu". Since Xiang Yu’s death, the term Ba Wang has come to be used specifically to refer to him. Xiang Yu’s subjects sometimes address him as "Xiang Wang" (项王; 項王; Xiàng Wáng; Hsiang Wang; Hong6 Wong4), which literally means "King Xiang".

Family background:

There are two accounts of Xiang Yu’s family background. The first claimed that Xiang Yu was from the house of Mi (羋), the royal family of the Chu state in the Zhou dynasty. His ancestors were granted the land of Xiang (項) by the king of Chu and had since adopted "Xiang" as their family name. The other account claimed that Xiang Yu was a descendant of a noble clan from the Lu state and his family had served in the Chu military for generations. Xiang Yu’s grandfather Xiang Yan [zh] was a well known general who led the Chu army in resisting the Qin invaders led by Wang Jian, and was killed in action when Qin conquered Chu in 223 BC.

Xiang Yu was born in 232 BC in the late Warring States period when the Qin state started unifying the other six major states. According to the descendants of the Xiang family in Suqian, Xiang Yu’s father was Xiang Chao (項超), Xiang Yan’s eldest son. Xiang Yu was raised by his elder uncle Xiang Liangbecause his father died early. In 221 BC, when Xiang Yu was about 11 years old, the Qin state unified China and established the Qin dynasty.

Xiang Yu had a double pupil in one of his eyes[1] just like the mythical Emperor Shunand Duke Wen of Jin. He was thus seen as an extraordinary person because his unique double pupil was a mark of a king or sage in Chinese tradition. Xiang Yu was slightly taller than eight chi (approximately 1.85 metres, about 6′ 1") and possessed unusual physical strength as he could lift a ding (an ancient Chinese vessel resembling a giant cauldron on tripods).[1]

Early life:

In his younger days, Xiang Yu was instructed in scholarly arts and swordsmanship but he did not manage to master what he was taught, and his uncle Xiang Liang was not very satisfied with him.[1] Xiang Yu said, "Books are only useful in helping me remember my name. Mastering swordsmanship allows me to face only one opponent, so it’s not worth learning. I want to learn how to defeat thousands of enemies."[1]Hence, his uncle tried to educate him in military strategy and the art of war instead, but Xiang Yu stopped learning after he had grasped the main ideas; Xiang Liang was disappointed with his nephew, who showed no sign of motivation or apparent talent apart from his great strength, so he gave up and let Xiang Yu decide his own future.[1][2]

When Xiang Yu grew older, Xiang Liang killed someone so they fled to Wu to evade the authorities. At the time, Qin Shi Huang was on an inspection tour in that area and Xiang Yu and his uncle watched the emperor’s procession pass by. Xiang Yu said, "I can replace him."[1] Xiang Liang was shocked and immediately covered his nephew’s mouth with his hand. Afterwards, Xiang Liang began to see his nephew in a different light.

Revolution against the Qin dynasty:

In 209 BC, during the reign of Qin Er Shi, peasant rebellions erupted throughout China to overthrow the Qin dynasty, plunging China into a state of anarchy. Yin Tong [zh], the Administrator of Kuaiji, wanted to start a rebellion as well, so he invited Xiang Liang to meet him and discuss their plans. However, the Xiangs lured Yin Tong into a trap and killed him instead, with Xiang Yu personally striking down hundreds of Yin’s men. Xiang Liang initiated the rebellion himself and rallied about 8,000 men to support him. Xiang Liang proclaimed himself Administrator of Kuaijiwhile appointing Xiang Yu as a general. Xiang Liang’s revolution force grew in size until it was between 60,000 and 70,000. In 208 BC, Xiang Liang installed Mi Xin as King Huai II of Chu to rally support from those eager to help him overthrow the Qin Dynasty and restore the former Chu state. Xiang Yu distinguished himself as a competent marshal and mighty warrior on the battlefield while participating in the battles against Qin forces.

Later that year, Xiang Liang was killed at the Battle of Dingtao against the Qin army led by Zhang Han and the military power of Chu fell into the hands of the king and some other generals. In the winter of 208 BC, another rebel force claiming to restore the Zhao state, led by Zhao Xie, was besieged in Handan by Zhang Han. Zhao Xie requested for reinforcements from Chu. King Huai II granted Xiang Yu the title of "Duke of Lu" (魯公), and appointed him as a second-in-command to Song Yi, who was ordered to lead an army to reinforce Zhao Xie. At the same time, the king placed Liu Bang in command of another army to attack Guanzhong, the heartland (capital territory) of Qin. The king promised that whoever managed to enter Guanzhong first will be granted the title "King of Guanzhong".

Battle of Julu:

Main article: Battle of Julu

The Chu army led by Song Yi and Xiang Yu reached Anyang, some distance away from Julu (巨鹿; in present-day Xingtai, Hebei), where Zhao Xie’s forces had retreated to. Song Yi ordered the troops to lay camp there for 46 days and he refused to accept Xiang Yu’s suggestion to proceed further. Xiang Yu took Song Yi by surprise in a meeting and killed him on a charge of treason. Song Yi’s other subordinates were afraid of Xiang Yu so they let him become the acting commander-in-chief. Xiang Yu sent a messenger to inform King Huai II and the king approved Xiang’s command.

In 207 BC, Xiang Yu’s army advanced towards Julu and he sent Ying Bu and Zhongli Mo to lead the 20,000 strong vanguard army to cross the river and attack the Qin forces led by Zhang Han, while he followed behind with the remaining majority of the troops. After crossing the river, Xiang Yu ordered his men to sink their boats and destroy all but three days worth of rations, in order to force his men to choose between prevailing against overwhelming odds within three days or die trapped before the walls of the city with no supplies or any hope of escape. Despite being heavily outnumbered, Chu forces scored a great victory after nine engagements, defeating the 300,000 strong Qin army. After the battle, other rebel forces, including those not from Chu, came to join Xiang Yu out of admiration for his martial valour. When Xiang Yu received them at the gate, the rebel chiefs were so fearful of him that they sank to their knees and did not even dare to look up at him.

Zhang Han sent his deputy Sima Xin to Xianyang to request for reinforcements and supplies from the Qin imperial court. However, the eunuch Zhao Gao deceived the emperor and the emperor dismissed Zhang Han’s request. Zhao Gao even sent assassins to kill Sima Xin when the latter was returning to Zhang Han’s camp, but Sima managed to escape alive. In dire straits, Zhang Han and his 200,000 troops eventually surrendered to Xiang Yu in the summer of 207 BC. Xiang Yu perceived the surrendered Qin troops as disloyal and a liability, and had them executed by burying them alive at Xin’an (新安; in present-day Yima, Henan). Zhang Han, along with Sima Xin and Dong Yi, were spared from death. Xiang Yu appointed Zhang Han as "King of Yong", while Sima Xin and Dong Yi were respectively conferred the titles of "King of Sai" and "King of Di".

Feast at Hong Gate:

Main article: Feast at Hong Gate

After his victory at the Battle of Julu, Xiang Yu prepared for an invasion on Guanzhong, the heartland of the Qin dynasty. In the winter of 207 BC, the last Qin ruler Ziying surrendered to Liu Bang in Xianyang (Qin’s capital), bringing an end to the Qin Dynasty. When Xiang Yu arrived at Hangu Pass, the eastern gateway to Guanzhong, he saw that the pass was occupied by Liu Bang’s troops, a sign that Guanzhong was already under Liu’s control. Cao Wushang (曹無傷), a subordinate of Liu Bang, sent a messenger to see Xiang Yu, saying that Liu would become King of Guanzhong in accordance with King Huai II’s earlier promise, while Ziying would be appointed as Liu’s chancellor. Xiang Yu was furious after hearing that. At that time, he had about 400,000 troops under his command while Liu Bang only had a quarter of that number.

As strongly encouraged by his advisor Fan Zeng, Xiang Yu invited Liu Bang to attend a feast at Hong Gate and plotted to kill Liu during the banquet. However, Xiang Yu later listened to his uncle Xiang Bo and decided to spare Liu Bang. Liu Bang escaped during the banquet under the pretext of going to the latrine.

Xiang Yu paid no attention to Liu Bang’s presumptive title and led his troops into Xianyang in 206 BC. He ordered the execution of Ziying and his family, as well as the destruction of the Epang Palace by fire. It was said that Xiang Yu would leave behind a trail of destruction in the places he passed by, and the people of Guanzhong were greatly disappointed with him.[3]

Despite advice from his subjects to remain in Guanzhong and continue with his conquests, Xiang Yu was insistent on returning to his homeland in Chu. He said, "To not return home when one has made his fortune is equivalent to walking on the streets at night in glamourous outfits. Who would notice that?"[1] One of his followers said, "It is indeed true when people say that the men of Chu are apes dressed in human clothing." Xiang Yu had that man boiled alive when he heard that insult.[1]

Division of the empire:

See also: Eighteen Kingdoms:

After the downfall of the Qin dynasty, Xiang Yu offered King Huai II the more honourable title of "Emperor Yi of Chu" and announced his decision to divide the former Qin Empire. Xiang Yu declared himself "Hegemon-King of Western Chu" (西楚霸王) and ruled nine commanderies in the former Liang and Chu territories, with his capital at Pengcheng. In the spring of 206 BC, Xiang Yu divided the former Qin Empire into the Eighteen Kingdoms, to be granted to his subordinates and some leaders of the former rebel forces. He moved some of the rulers of other states to more remote areas and granted the land of Guanzhong to the three surrendered Qin generals, ignoring Emperor Yi’s earlier promise to appoint Liu Bang as king of that region. Liu Bang was relocated to the remote Hanzhongarea and given the title of "King of Han" (漢王).

Xiang Yu appointed several generals from the rebel coalition as vassal kings, even though these generals were subordinates of other lords, who should rightfully be the kings in place of their followers. Xiang Yu also left out some other important rebel leaders who did not support him earlier, but did contribute to the overthrow of Qin. In winter, Xiang Yu moved Emperor Yi to the remote region of Chen, effectively sending the puppet emperor into exile. At the same time, he issued a secret order to the vassal kings in that area and had the emperor assassinated during his journey in 205 BC. The emperor’s death was later used by Liu Bang as political propaganda to justify his war against Xiang Yu.

Shortly after the death of Emperor Yi, Xiang Yu had Han Cheng (King of Hán) put to death and seized Han’s lands for himself. Several months later, Tian Rong (chancellor of Qi) took control over the Three Qis (Jiaodong, Qi and Jibei) from their respective kings and reinstated Tian Fu as the King of Qi, but he took over the throne himself afterwards. Similarly, Chen Yu, a former vice chancellor of Zhao, led an uprising against the King of Changshan, Zhang Er, and seized Zhang’s domain and reinstalled Zhao Xie as the King of Zhao.

Chu–Han Contention:

Battle of Pengcheng:

In 206 BC, Liu Bang led his forces to attack Guanzhong. At that time, Xiang Yu was at war with Qi and did not focus on resisting the Han forces. The following year, Liu Bang formed an alliance with another five kingdoms and attacked Western Chu with a 560,000 strong army, capturing Xiang Yu’s capital of Pengcheng. Upon hearing this, Xiang Yu led 30,000 men to attack Liu Bang and defeated the latter at the Battle of Pengcheng, with the Han army suffering heavy casualties.

Battle of Xingyang:

Liu Bang managed to escape after his defeat with Xiang Yu’s troops on pursuit. Han troops retreated to Xingyang and defended the city firmly, preventing Chu forces from advancing west any further, but only managed to hold on until 204 BC. Liu Bang’s subordinate Ji Xindisguised himself as his lord and surrendered to Xiang Yu, buying time for Liu Bang to escape. When Xiang Yu learned that he had been fooled, he became furious and had Ji Xin burned to death. After the fall of Xingyang, Chu and Han forces were divided on two fronts along present-day Henan. However, Xiang Yu’s forces were not faring well on the battlefront north of the Yellow River, as the Han army led by Han Xin defeated his troops in every single battle. At the same time, Liu Bang’s ally Peng Yue led his men to harass Xiang Yu’s rear.

Treaty of Hong Canal:

By 203 BC, the tide had turned in favour of Han. Xiang Yu managed to capture Liu Bang’s father after a year-long siege and he threatened to boil Liu’s father alive if Liu refused to surrender. Liu Bang remarked that he and Xiang Yu were oath brothers,[4] so if Xiang killed Liu’s father, he would be guilty of patricide. Xiang Yu requested for an armistice, known as the Treaty of Hong Canal, and returned the hostages he had captured to Liu Bang as part of their agreement. The treaty divided China into east and west under the Chu and Han domains respectively.

Battle of Guling:

Shortly after, as Xiang Yu was retreating eastwards, Liu Bang renounced the treaty and led his forces to attack Western Chu. Liu Bang sent messengers to Han Xin and Peng Yue, requesting for their assistance in forming a three-pronged attack on Xiang Yu, but Han Xin and Peng Yue did not mobilise their troops and Liu Bang was defeated by Xiang Yu at the Battle of Guling. Liu Bang retreated and reinforced his defences, while sending emissaries to Han Xin and Peng Yue, promising to grant them fiefs and titles of vassal kings if they would join him in attacking Western Chu.

Defeat and downfall:

Main article: Battle of Gaixia:

In 202 BC, Han armies led by Liu Bang, Han Xin and Peng Yue attacked Western Chu from three sides and trapped Xiang Yu’s army, which was low on supplies, at Gaixia. Liu Bang ordered his troops to sing folk songs from the Chu region to create a false impression that Xiang Yu’s native land had been conquered by Han forces. The morale of the Chu army plummeted and many of Xiang Yu’s troops deserted in despair. Xiang Yu sank into a state of depression and he composed the Song of Gaixia. His wife Consort Yu committed suicide. The next morning, Xiang Yu led about 800 of his remaining elite cavalry on a desperate attempt to break out of the encirclement, with 5,000 enemy troops pursuing them.

After crossing the Huai River, Xiang Yu was only left with a few hundred soldiers. They were lost in Yinling (陰陵) and Xiang Yu asked for directions from a farmer, who directed him wrongly to a swamp. When Xiang Yu reached Dongcheng (東城), only 28 men were left, with the Han troops still following him. Xiang Yu made a speech to his men, saying that his downfall was due to Heaven’s will and not his personal failure. After that, he led a charge out of the encirclement, killing one Han general in the battle. Xiang Yu then split his men into three groups to confuse the enemy and induce them to split up as well to attack the three groups. Xiang Yu took the Han troops by surprise again and slew another enemy commander, inflicting about 100 casualties on the enemy, while he only lost two men.


Xiang Yu retreated to the bank of the Wu River (near present-day He County, Maanshan, Anhui) and the ferryman at the ford prepared a boat for him to cross the river, strongly encouraging him to do so because Xiang Yu still had the support of the people from his homeland in the south. Xiang Yu said that he was too ashamed to return home and face his people because none of the first 8,000 men from Jiangdong who followed him on his conquests survived. He refused to cross and ordered his remaining men to dismount, asking the ferryman to take his warhorse, Zhui (騅), back home.

Xiang Yu and his men made a last stand against wave after wave of Han forces until only Xiang himself was left alive. Xiang Yu continued to fight on and slew over 100 enemy soldiers, but he had also sustained several wounds all over his body. Just then, Xiang Yu saw an old friend Lü Matong among the Han soldiers, and he said to Lü, "I heard that the King of Han (Liu Bang) has placed a price of 1,000 gold and the title of "Wanhu Marquis" (萬戶侯; lit. "marquis of 10,000 households") on my head. Take it then, on account of our friendship." Xiang Yu then committed suicide by slitting his throat with his sword, and a brawl broke out among the Han soldiers at the scene due to the reward offered by Liu Bang, and Xiang Yu’s body was said to be dismembered and mutilated in the fight. The reward was eventually claimed by Lü Matong and five others.

After Xiang Yu’s death, Western Chu surrendered and China was united under Liu Bang’s rule, marking the victory of the Han dynasty. Liu Bang held a grand state funeral for Xiang Yu in Gucheng (穀城; in Dongping County, Taian, Shandong), with the ceremony befitting Xiang’s title "Duke of Lu". Xiang Yu’s relatives were spared from death, including Xiang Bo, who saved Liu Bang’s life at the Feast at Hong Gate, and they were granted marquis titles.

Depiction of character:

Xiang Yu is depicted as a ruthless leader, in sharp contrast to his rival, Liu Bang. He was a mass murderer, ordering the massacres of entire cities even after they surrendered peacefully. This often led to cities putting up strong resistance, as they knew they would be killed even if they surrendered. The most notorious example of his cruelty was when he ordered the 200,000 surrendered Qin troops to be buried alive after the Battle of Julu,[5][verification needed][6][verification needed] and the gruesome methods of execution he employed against his enemies and critics. Conversely, Liu Bang is portrayed as a shrewd and cunning ruler who could be brutal at times,[7] but forbade his troops from looting the cities they captured and spared the lives of the citizens, earning their support and trust in return. Xiang Yu’s story became an example for Confucianists to advocate the idea that leaders should rule with benevolence and not govern by instilling fear in the people. However, his ambitions ended with the collapse of Western Chu, his defeat by Liu Bang, and his death at the early age of around 30.

Song of Gaixia:

The Song of Gaixia (垓下歌), translated as The Hegemon’s Lament by Burton Watson,[8]was a song composed by Xiang Yu while he was trapped by Liu Bang’s forces at Gaixia.[citation needed]

The lyrics in English as follows are based on Burton Watson’s translation:[9]

^ "Dapple" is Watson’s translation of the name of Xiang Yu’s warhorse Zhui (騅)
^ This "Yu" refers to Xiang Yu’s wife Consort Yu
The historian Sima Qian, who wrote Xiang Yu’s biography in the Records of the Grand Historian, described Xiang as someone who boasted about his achievements and thought highly of himself. Xiang Yu preferred to depend on his personal abilities as opposed to learning with humility from others before him. Sima Qian thought that Xiang Yu had failed to see his own shortcomings and to make attempts to correct his mistakes, even until his death. Sima Qian thought that it was ridiculous when Xiang Yu claimed that his downfall was due to Heaven’s will and not his personal failure.[1]

Liu Bang’s general Han Xin, who was one of Xiang Yu’s opponents on the battlefield, made a statement criticising Xiang, "A man who turns into a fierce warrior when he encounters a rival stronger than he is, but also one who is sympathetic and soft hearted when he sees someone weaker than he is. Neither was he able to make good use of capable generals nor was he able to support Emperor Yi of Chu, as he killed the emperor. Even though he had the name of a Conqueror, he had already lost the favour of the people."[10][verification needed]

The Tang dynasty poet Du Mu mentioned Xiang Yu in one of his poems Ti Wujiang Ting (題烏江亭): "Victory or defeat is common in battle. One who can endure humiliation is a true man. There are several talents in Jiangdong, who knows if he (Xiang Yu) can make a comeback?"[11][verification needed] However, the Song dynasty poet Wang Anshi had a different opinion, as he wrote, "The warrior is already tired after so many battles. His defeat in the Central Plains is hard to reverse. Although there are talents in Jiangdong, are they willing to help him?"[12][verification needed] The Song Dynasty female poet Li Qingzhao wrote: "A hero in life, a king of ghosts after death. Until now we still remember Xiang Yu, who refused to return to Jiangdong."[13][verification needed]

Mao Zedong also once mentioned Xiang Yu, "We should use our remaining strength to defeat the enemy, instead of thinking about achieving fame like the Conqueror."[14][verification needed] In 1964, Mao also pointed out three reasons for Xiang Yu’s downfall: not following Fan Zeng’s advice to kill Liu Bang at the Feast at Hong Gate and letting Liu leave; adhering firmly to the terms of the peace treaty (without considering that Liu Bang might betray his trust); building his capital at Pengcheng.

Xiang Yu is popularly viewed as a leader who possessed great courage but lacked wisdom, and his character is aptly summarised using the Chinese idiom you yong wu mou(simplified Chinese: 有勇无谋; traditional Chinese: 有勇無謀; pinyin: yǒu yǒng wú móu),[15]meaning "has courage but lacks tactics", "foolhardy". Xiang Yu’s battle tactics were studied by later military leaders while his political blunders served as cautionary tales for later rulers.[citation needed] Another Chinese idiom, si mian chu ge (Chinese: 四面楚歌; pinyin: sì miàn chǔ gē; lit.: ‘surrounded by Chu songs’), was also derived from the Battle of Gaixia, and used to describe someone in a desperate situation without help. Another saying by Liu Bang, "Having a Fan Zeng but unable to use him" (有一范增而不能用), was also used to describe Xiang Yu’s reliance on his advisor Fan Zeng and failure to actually listen to Fan’s advice.[citation needed]





The Hegemon’s Lament
My strength plucked up the hills,
My might shadowed the world;
But the times were against me,
And Dapple[a] runs no more;
When Dapple runs no more,
What then can I do?
Ah, Yu,[b] my Yu,
What will your fate be?

Cultural references:

Xiang Yu’s might and prowess in battle has been glorified in Chinese folk tales, poetry, and novels, and he has been the subject of films, television, plays, Chinese operas, video games and comics. His classic image is that of a heroic and brave, but arrogant and bloodthirsty warrior-king. His romance with his wife Consort Yu and his suicide have also added a touch of a tragic hero to his character.[original research?][citation needed]

Poetry, folk tales, novels:

Xiang Yu’s might and prowess in battle appears in Chinese folk tales and poetry, e.g., in his final battle.[16] The Meng Ch’iu, an 8th-century Chinese primer, contains the four-character rhyming couplet: "Ji Xin impersonates the Emperor". It referred to the episode in the Battle of Xingyang when Ji Xin and 2,000 women disguised themselves as Liu Bang and his army, to distract Xiang Yu in order to buy time for Liu Bang to escape from the city of Xingyang.[17]

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, Sun Ce is nicknamed "Little Conqueror" (小霸王) and is often compared favourably to Xiang Yu by his contemporaries.[citation needed] Sun Ce is best known for his conquests in the Jiangdong region that laid the foundation of the state of Eastern Wu in the Three Kingdoms era. In Water Margin, another of the Four Great Classical Novels, Zhou Tong, one of the 108 outlaws, is nicknamed "Little Conqueror" for his resemblance to Xiang Yu in appearance.

In Jin Ping Mei, (Ci Hua edition) Xiang Yu (项籍) is mentioned as an example of a tragic character in the song at the opening of the first chapter.[18]

The character Mata Zyndu in Ken Liu’s epic fantasy novel The Grace of Kings is based on Xiang Yu.


A famous Beijing opera, The Hegemon-King Bids His Lady Farewell, depicts the events of Xiang Yu’s defeat at the Battle of Gaixia. The title of the play was borrowed as the Chinese title for Chen Kaige’s award-winning motion picture Farewell My Concubine.[citation needed]


Portrayed by Shek Sau in the 1985 Hong Kong television series The Battlefield.
Portrayed by Hu Jun in the 2003 Chinese television series The Story of Han Dynasty.
Portrayed by Kwong Wah in the 2004 Hong Kong television series The Conqueror’s Story.
Portrayed by Tan Kai in the 2010 Chinese television series The Myth.
Portrayed by Peter Ho in the 2012 Chinese television series King’s War.
Portrayed by Ming Dao in the 2012 Chinese television series Beauties of the Emperor.
Portrayed by Qin Junjie in the 2015 Chinese television series The Legend of Qin.
Portrayed by Tim Yu in the 2018 Chinese television series Hero’s Dream.


Portrayed by Ray Lui in the 1994 Hong Kong film The Great Conqueror’s Concubine.
Portrayed by Feng Shaofeng in the 2011 Chinese film White Vengeance.
Portrayed by Daniel Wu in the 2012 Chinese film The Last Supper.

Video games:

Xiang Yu is one of the thirty-two historical figures who appear as special characters in the video game Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI by Koei.[citation needed] He is also featured as a non-playable character (NPC) in the action role-playing game Prince of Qin.[citation needed] Xiang Yu is one of the main two characters in the 1990s Super Nintendo historical simulation game Rise of the Phoenix by the Koei corporation, the other being Liu Bang. Xiang Yu is a playable character in the online mobile role-playing game Fate/Grand Order.



^ a b c d e f g h i Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian, Volume 7, Annals of Xiang Yu.
^ "Xiang Yu – Famous Leader of Uprising in Ancient China". Cultural China. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
^ Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian, Volume 1, Biography of Emperor Gaozu.
^ Liu Bang and Xiang Yu became sworn brothers in a ceremony with King Huai II of Chu as their witness in 208 BC.
^ 王杰. 项羽坑杀了二十万秦朝降兵吗? (in Chinese).
^ “火烧阿房”:蒙的什么冤,平的什么反? (in Chinese). 陕西新闻网.
^ Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian, Volume 8.
^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2010. Writing Sima Qian’s Rhetorical Style into English—On Burton Watson’s Translation of Records of the Grand Historian. Xiuying Li, Dalian University of Technology.
^ Minford, John, ed. (2000). An Anthology of Translations Classical Chinese Literature Volume I: From Antiquity To The Tang Dynasty. Columbia University Press. pp. 414–415. ISBN 0-231-09676-3.
^ (遇強則霸的匹夫之勇,和遇弱則憐的婦人之仁。既不能任用賢能將帥,又曾遷逐楚義帝,用兵趕盡殺絕。雖名為霸王,其實民心盡失。)
^ (勝敗兵家事不期,包羞忍恥是男兒。江東弟子多才俊,捲土重來未可知。)
^ (百戰疲勞壯士衰,中原一敗勢難回。江東子弟今雖在,肯與君王捲土來。)
^ (生當作人傑,死亦為鬼雄,至今思項羽,不肯過江東。)
^ (宜將剩勇追窮寇,不可沽名學霸王。)
^ 看《神话》穿越历史 西楚霸王项羽有勇无谋 (in Chinese). 半岛网 ( January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011.[verification needed]
^ Xiang Yu (Chinese rebel leader) Britannica Online Encyclopedia
^ David Johnson, The City-God Cults of T’ang and Sung China, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 45, No. 2 (Dec., 1985), pp. 363-457
^ "Text of Jin Ping Mei". Chinese Text Project. Retrieved 6 December 2014.


Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian, Volume 7.
Ban Gu et al. Book of Han, Volume 31.
Sima Guang. Zizhi Tongjian, volumes 8, 9, 10, 11.

Hegemon-King of Western Chu
House of Xiang
Born: 232 BC Died: 202 BC
Titles in pretence:
Preceded by: Emperor Yi of Chu— TITULAR —
Hegemon-King of Western Chu. 206–202 BC
Reason for succession failure:
Chu–Han Contention Succeeded by: Han Xin as King of Chu


Emperor of China: 206–202 BC
Reason for succession failure:
Chu–Han Contention Succeeded by: Emperor Gaozu of Han.

Gilles Fuchs, France:

Enjoy the last segment of the series, introducing Gilles Fuchs–founder of the Marcel Duchamp Award, which is a key point of this exhibition, and currently a representative of the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF)–whose responses exude his abundant love of art.


Establishing the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF) in 1994, serving as a representative of that organization since 1998, and establishing the Marcel Duchamp Award in 2000, Gilles Fuchs serves as a spokesman for the development of French contemporary art.

Q: Please describe about your profession?
A: I am now retired (I previously was in the fashion and perfume business) but I have been for nearly fifty years an "addict" art collector.
Upon my retirement I created with some friends an Association to promote French artists abroad. (ADIAF)
We were convinced that the French way of life or "civilisation" should be taken with more consideration than it is presently the case.
The main art stream (under the fallacious reason that it should be better understood by" every one") has aimed at being spectacular, "sensational" and out of measure with some tendency to vulgarity.
French art is by tradition based on reflection, elegance and sense of measure. It is a humanism. Two different aims; one, provocative to the extreme; the other one discreet and trying to convince.

Our association is composed exclusively of contemporary art collectors (about 300).
We wish to underline the choices of collectors, with modest means, what play an active part in the present art world distinct from the overwhelming institutions or "institutional collectors".
Their choices are not based on speculation but on their deep taste and reflection. The value or symbolic financial status of a work of art is far from their main preoccupation.
They never forget Leonardo Da Vinci: "art is cosa mentale"
It is a sort of democratic alternative.

Q: Frankly why do you collect the art?
A: Collectors are "maniac"; it is part of their character and they cannot live without indulging in this side of themselves.

You may collect everything from stamps to "white elephants" but it is theoretically a finished world. There is a day when your collection is completed.

This is not the case when you collect contemporary art. There is always something new happening and like mushroom in autumn, new artists spring from anywhere with something new to say or a new way to say it.

This is the interest of collecting an art that is always challenging

Art is the soul of its time:To be in close contact with it is essential. To learn about it when it has become historical loses some impact.
Art is a choice of society .There is no aesthetics without ethics.

Q: Among many high-profile artists, whom are you keeping eyes on?
As I told previously I am more interested in emerging artists than in celebrities. It is then that you may feel the vulnerability of a work as well as its raw boldness. Creation is always stimulating. I am not a prophet, I like to discover.
Celebrities have to consolidate their works, to make them more understandable, more acceptable. But there may be repetitions (with no real meaning) or even complaisance.

It is like the story of the 3 little pigs.
One builds his house quickly in straw.
The second one is more cautious and makes it in wood.

The third one works for eternity and builds it in stone.
I may often prefer the first one.

Relevant information:

・The answer from the collector participating in "French Window" exhibition
– File01. Jerome and Emmanuelle de Noirmont
– File02. Alex and Greta Vanden Berghe
– File03. Michel Poitevin
– File04. Gilles Fuchs:

・The Answer from the artist participating in "French Window" exhibition.
– File01. Mathieu Mercier
– File02. Pierre Ardouvin
– File03. Thomas Hirschhorn
– File04. Camille Henrot
– File05. Claude Closky
– File06. Valerie Belin
– File07. Philippe Mayaux

・"French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize"

・Mori Art Museum on Flickr:
Images of "French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize"-1
Images of "French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize"-2
Images of "French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize"-3.

Günther Jauch, Germany:

Günther Johannes Jauch (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʏntɐ joˈhanəs ˈjaʊx]; born 13 July 1956) is a German television presenter, television producer, and journalist.


Jauch was born in Münster. He is known for a unique style of informing and entertaining people that is generally considered witty and funny. He won several awards for his appearances in German television. Jauch also owns the production company "i&u TV", which stands for Information und Unterhaltung("information and entertainment"). He is known to make large donations to charity from money he receives from his appearances in advertisements and other promotional work.

Jauch has used his personal wealth to purchase and restore several historic buildings in and around Potsdam, his current town of residence.

In the 1980s, Jauch worked for radio programs of Bayerischer Rundfunk. Jauch has produced and hosted the prime time TV programme stern TV [de], a television news magazine programme, on the private German RTL national TV network since 1990. The programme caused some sensation due to the transmission of falsified articles delivered by the journalist Michael Born who was subsequently convicted to a four-year prison sentence in 1996, a few other prominent German TV networks had also been deceived with such material.[1] In January 2011, after celebrating the end of his 21-year reign hosting stern TV [de], Jauch will now host a weekly political talkshow on the national German public TV network Das Erste ("The First").[2]

In 2005, Jauch was named by Stern magazine the most famous German in the world. In late 2006, Jauch announced that he would only host the first broadcast of the Four Hills Tournament (from Oberstdorf) and celebrate New Year’s Eve with his family. Jauch had hosted all events of the Four Hills Tournament since 2000. The 2007 season tournaments from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen were hosted by Marco Schreylinstead.[3]

Jauch, together with Thomas Gottschalk, is also part of the German TV show Die 2 – Gottschalk und Jauch gegen alle.[4]

In 2015, shortly after Stefan Raab had announced the end of his TV career, Jauch declared publicly that he intends to gradually reduce his appearance on TV too; stating that he will eventually give up his political talk show Günther Jauch on ARD and to focus on his other TV shows such as Wer wird Millionär? on RTL.[5][6]

Personal life:

After 18 years of common-law marriage, Jauch married Thea in the Orangerie at Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam in 2006.[7][8] He is a member of the Hamburg Jauch family.

Jauch and Thea have two biological daughters, Svenja (born in 1989) and Kristin (born in 1993). The couple adopted two orphaned daughters in 1997 and 2000, named Katja and Masha.[9][3]


Jauch is characterised by his secluded lifestyle. He stated in interviews that he takes the liberty of leading a life that does not correspond to his supposed economic possibilities. According to his own statement, he has spent considerable amounts of his income, including all the profit from advertising jobs, on charitable causes since the early years of his career.[10] In 2002, he made significant financial contributions to the reconstruction of the Fortunaportal (Gate of the Fortuna) at the Potsdam Stadtschloss city palace. Jauch has also given financial support to other projects in Potsdam, e.g. the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, (where he got married in 2006), the Potsdam city canal, the Kloebersaal,[11] a hall in the north wing of the Marmorpalais (Marble Palace), which is opposite his villa at Heiligen See lake, as well as the restoration of the Neptungrotte (Neptune Grotto) in the palace gardens of Schloss Sanssouci.[12] Furthermore, he supported the construction of the Marienschule Potsdam, a co-educational Roman-Catholic school for primary and secondary education, which belongs to the archdiocese of Berlin.[13][14] The prime minister of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, called him a citizen every mayor could ever wish for.[15] Jauch was an ambassador for the Berlin Pro-Reli-Kampagne, a petition which aimed to change the Education Act of the state of Berlin in order to introduce religious studies as an elective subject instead of ethics as a sole compulsory subject. The campaign eventually failed in April 2009.

Jauch’s ancestress on his grandmother’s side, Anna Weißebach, founded the CaritasKonferenzen, the German branch of the International Association of Charities. Jauch’s own family set up soup kitchens in Hamburg as early as the 19th and 20th century and founded and maintained poorhouses in Hamburg and other places. In line with his family’s tradition of charitable foundations, Jauch endowed the founding of a branch of Die Arche in Drewitz(Potsdam) in 2009, which provides free meals for children in need. He also covers ongoing property and personnel expenses.[16] Die Arche – Christliches Kinder- und Jugendwerk e.V. is a Christian organisation for children and adolescents.

Vineyard owner:

Günther Jauch is also continuing a 200 year-old family tradition of wine-growing.[17] In 2010, he successfully applied for membership in the German Prädikat Wine Estates VDP (German: “Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter”), in order to acquire a relative’s vineyard (Othegraven in Kanzem) which was approved by VDP that certifies Germany’s wines that meet the organizations requirements.[18] The entire property, including a mansion and an English Garden, has been subject to preservation orders since 2003.

Günther Jauch’s family has been running the winery since 1805, when his ancestor and merchant Emmerich Grach bought the property. Jauch’s grandmother Elsa von Othegraven, his grandfather Hans Jauch and his father Ernst-Alfred Jauch were part of the community of heirs. However, in 1996 the winery was inherited by a distant relative.

In order to ensure that the winery was not going to be sold to a party outside the family, Günther Jauch decided to buy it.[19] One of the previous owners had been Jauch’s famous great-great-uncle, Franz Weißebach. According to the VDP, the vineyard is a gem of a vineyard, rare in its quality and attractive location.[17] In 2011, Jauch acquired a further vineyard (Wawerner Herrenberg) in Wawern that is 3.5 acres.[20] It had also belonged to his ancestor Emmerich Grach. Günther Jauch also co-produced wines that supermarket chain Aldi has been selling under his name since 2018.[21]

Dispute about privacy:

Günther Jauch wanted to legally prohibit any type of media coverage in the preparation of his wedding in July 2006. The Landgericht Berlin granted him an interim injunction against the newspaper Bild and other publications of the Springer publishing house.[22] The Kammergericht Berlin, however, decided against a prohibition of general media coverage in June 2006 due to his celebrity status. According to the judges, they were allowed to report about the date and place of the wedding.[23] After the magazine Bunte published photos of the wedding and details about the ceremony, Thea Jauch went to court against the publishing house to demand damages and compensation for pain and suffering totalling 325,000 Euros. The Landgericht Hamburg awarded her only 25,000 Euros compensation in January 2008. The judgment was set aside by the Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht in October 2008. As a public figure, interest in Jauch’s wedding was legitimate, it said. An anew appeal was refused by the Federal Constitutional Court. The demand for damages by Günther Jauch in a separate lawsuit was in vain as well.

The couple then went before the European Court of Human Rights to claim that the German justice system did not protect Jauch’s right to privacy sufficiently and breached his right to protection of property, because they did not award him damages for the published photos. The court in Strasbourg affirmed the public’s interest in his wedding and therefore, their claims were without cause. German justice had carefully weighed between the right to privacy and the freedom of the press, it said. The complaint was declared inadmissible.[24]

Shows hosted:

1985–1987: Live aus dem Alabama
1988–1997: Das aktuelle sportstudio (Up-to-date Sport news)
since 1989: Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen (People, Pictures, Emotions)
1990–2010: Stern TV
since 1999: Wer wird Millionär? (German version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)
2000–2006: RTL-Skispringen (ski jumping)
2001–2004: Der Große IQ-Test (The Big IQ Test)
2001–2009: 5-Millionen SKL Show
2002–2004: Grips-Show (Brain Show)
since 2009: 5 gegen Jauch (5 against Jauch)
2011–2015: Günther Jauch (Sunday evening political talkshow on Das Erste)
2013–2017: Die 2 – Gottschalk & Jauch gegen alle (with Thomas Gottschalk and Barbara Schöneberger)
2016–2017: 500 – Die Quiz-Arena
since 2018: Denn sie wissen nicht, was passiert – Die Jauch-Gottschalk-Schöneberger-Show (with Thomas Gottschalk and Barbara Schöneberger)
since 2019: Bin ich schlauer als Günther Jauch? (Am I smarter than Günther Jauch?)


1988: Goldene Kamera
1989: Bayerischer Fernsehpreis
1990: Bambi
1998: Bayerischer Fernsehpreis together with Marcel Reif
2001: Goldene Kamera, Bayerischer Fernsehpreis, Bambi for Wer wird Millionär?
2002: Adolf-Grimme-Preis
2003: Unsere Besten, Rank 29, Osgar, Bambi
2006: Deutscher Fernsehpreis
2010: Deutscher Fernsehpreis
2011: Goldene Kamera, red dot design award
2012: Goldene Kamera

Products advertised:

Krombacher (beer)
Karstadt Quelle (a department store / mail-order company)
Süddeutsche Klassenlotterie [de] (a lottery)
DHL (a postal service owned by Germany’s Deutsche Post alongside Thomas Gottschalk)
World Wide Fund for Nature (a nature preserve organization)

References in popular culture:

Jauch is mentioned in the song Rot by Markus Henrik, in his role as the host of the show Wer wird Millionär? (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?).
Jauch is also mentioned in the Blumentopf song "Warum eigentlich nicht?"


^ Thomas Pritzl: Der Fake-Faktor. Spurensuche im größten Betrugsfall des deutschen Fernsehens. kopäd, 2006, ISBN 3-938028-69-6
^ "Günther Jauch ab 2011 im Ersten". Das Erste (in German). Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
^ a b "Der Familie zuliebe: Jauch tritt kürzer". Der Spiegel (in German). 27 December 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2006.
^ "RTL: Die 2: Gottschalk und Jauch gegen alle" (in German).
^ "Südddeutsche: Zum Rückzug von Günther Jauch" (in German).
^ "Spiegel: Abschied von Jauchs ARD-Talk: Es wurde Zeit" (in German).
^ "Günther Jauch heiratet seine Thea" (in German). 28 March 2006.
^ "IMDb: Günther Jauch – Biography".
^ "Günther Jauch adoptiert zweites Waisenkind" (in German). 7 May 2000.
^ "Jauch verschenkt "jeden Cent"" (in German). Archived from the original on 2005-02-03.
^ "Ein Fall für Jauch: Kloebersaal wieder geöffnet" (in German). 27 June 2003.
^ "Schlosspark Sanssouci: Günther Jauch spendet eine Million für Grottensanierung"(in German).
^ "Opus Dei erhält Schulverbot". F (in German).
^ "Günther Jauch und Katherina Reiche stehen Pate" (in German).
^ "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award 2003" (in German).
^ "Geldflut für die "Arche"" (in German).
^ a b "VDP Prädikatsweingüter: Günther Jauch aufgenommen | News | DER DEUTSCHE WEINBAU".
^ "Günther Jauch wird Winzer" (in German).
^ "Spiegel-Gespräch : "Ich bin angstfrei" – Der Spiegel 26/2011" (in German).
^ "Günther Jauch: "Ich dachte, ich werde da mal ebenso rotnasig wie freundlich auf der Veranda sitzen"". Die Zeit (in German). 21 September 2011. ISSN 0044-2070.
^ "Jauch verrät neue Details zu seinem Aldi-Wein" (in German). 3 April 2018.
^ "Bild darf keine Einzelheiten über Jauchs Hochzeit verbreiten" (in German).
^ "Netzeitung Medien: Jauchs Berichterstattungsverbot eingeschränkt" (in German). Archived from the original on 2006-07-01.
^ "Günther Jauch und seine Frau scheitern mit Klage vor Menschenrechtsgerichtshof" (in German).

Andy Lou, Hong Kong:

Andy Lau Tak-wah BBS MH JP[3] (traditional Chinese: 劉德華; simplified Chinese: 刘德华, born 27 September 1961), is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter and film producer. He 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 time.[4] In the 1990s, Lau was branded by the media as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop and was named as "Fourth Tiger" among the Five Tiger Generals of TVBduring the 1980s[5]

Lau was entered into the Guinness World Records for the "Most Awards Won by a Cantopop Male Artist". By April 2000, he had already won an unprecedented total of 292 awards.[6] Lau also holds numerous film acting awards, having won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actorthree times and the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor twice. In 2005, Lau received the "No.1 Box office Actor 1985–2005" award of Hong Kong,[7] yielding a box office total of HK$1,733,275,816 for shooting 108 films in the past 20 years,[6][8] and in 2007, he received the "Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia" award by the Nielsen Company (ACNielsen).[3] On 25 June 2018, Lau was invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[9][10]

Early life:

Andy Lau was born in Tai Po, Hong Kong, a son of a fireman Lau Lai (劉禮). He was the fourth child of the family; he has three elder sisters, one younger sister, and a younger brother named Lau Tak-sing. His family was considered to be wealthy as his grandfather was a landowner, but his father left with him to the slums of Diamond Hill when he was six, where the area was full of wooden houses, and was burnt down when he was eleven. As a young boy, Lau had to fetch water for his family up to eight times a day because their house was not equipped with plumbing.[6] He graduated from a Band One secondary school, Ho Lap College in San Po Kong, Kowloon.[11] He was named as Lau Fook-wing (劉福榮) during his academic years. He also practices Chinese calligraphy.[8] Lau converted to Buddhism in the 1980s.[citation needed] He was raised in a nominally Buddhist household and is now a follower of the Lingyan Mountain Temple in Taiwan.[12]

Career: Actor
See also: Andy Lau filmography

In 1981, Lau signed up for the artist training program offered by TVB, which is where his acting career began.[1] The lead role which led to his initial popularity was in the 1982 TVB series The Emissary. In 1983, Lau’s role as "Yang Guo" in the TVB wuxia series, The Return of the Condor Heroes (神鵰俠侶) further increased his popularity. From then on, he would take on many of the lead roles in many TVB series.

In September 1983, TVB was looking to increase their ratings in competition with Korea and Japan for the best variety show. The station then created the show TVB All-star challenge (星光熠熠勁爭輝) featuring almost the entire line-up of the most popular actors and singers at the time.[13] Lau, along with Tony Leung, Michael Miu, Felix Wong, and Kent Tongwere branded as the "Five Tiger Generals of TVB" (無線五虎將) due to their popularity on the show.[13]

In the late ’80s, Lau left TVB due to contract problems. TVB wanted to bind him to an exclusive five-year contract which Lau refused to sign, so TVB blacklisted him. He then focused on his film career.[6]

In 1981, Lau made a guest appearance in one of Susanna Kwan’s music videos and caught the eye of the manager Teddy Robin.[14] Teddy Robin then gave Lau a chance to play a small role in the film, Once Upon a Rainbow.[14] This was the first step in Lau’s film acting career.[14] He landed a role in Ann Hui’s 1982 film, Boat People.[1] Later in 1983 he had his first leading role in the Shaw Brothers-produced action film, On the Wrong Track.[15]

One of his early leading roles included the more serious 1988 film, The Truth (法內情).

However, Lau is best known in films for his (often) recurring roles as a "Heroic Gangster", such as Wong Kar-wai’s 1988 film As Tears Go By, and Benny Chan’s 1990 film A Moment of Romance.

Though a respectable actor, Lau was initially known more for his handsome features. Some people he has worked with have called him a matinee idol, but he has claimed to be an artist.[4] Lau has proved his acting skills in many of his films. His first major acting prize came with A Fighter’s Blues, which was his first Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actor.[16]He would win the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor award that year for Running Out of Time.[17] In 2004, he won the prestigious Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actor for his performance in Infernal Affairs III, the second sequel to the popular Infernal Affairs.[18]He is also known to Western audiences for starring in wuxia films such as House of Flying Daggers, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

In 2005, Lau received the "No.1 Box office Actor 1985–2005" award of Hong Kong, yielding a box office total of HKD 1,733,275,816 for shooting 108 films in the past 20 years.[6][8] The aforementioned figure is as compared to the first runner-up Stephen Chow’s (HKD 1,317,452,311) and second runner-up Jackie Chan’s (HKD 894,090,962). "I’ve never imagined that it would be as much as 1.7 billion!" he told reporters. For his contributions, a wax figure of Lau was unveiled on 1 June 2005 at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.[19] In 2007, Lau also received the "Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia" award by the Nielsen Company (ACNielsen).[3]

Film producer:

In 1991, Lau set up his own film production company, Teamwork Motion Pictures, which in 2002 was renamed to Focus Group Holdings Limited. His contributions in the film industry as well as his involvement in nurturing new talent in the Asian film industry led him to winning the "Asian Filmmaker of the Year" award in the Pusan International Film Festival in 2006.[3] Some of the films Lau has produced include award-winning films, Made in Hong Kong and A Simple Life, his 100th film, A Fighter’s Blues, the Chinese digital film Crazy Stone, and big budget action blockbusters, Firestorm and Shock Wave.

Musical career:

Lau released his first album "Only Know that I Still Love You" (只知道此刻愛你) under Capital Artists in 1985.[6] This album was not a big hit,[6] but despite having a voice not traditionally associated with popular music, Lau’s hard work and perseverance resulted in him becoming one of the most successful singers in Cantopop. His singing career reached stellar status in 1990 with the release of the album
entitled "Would It Be Possible" (可不可以), and his subsequent releases only solidified his status as a marketable singer.[6] For that song, he would win his first 1990 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards. He would then win at least one RTHK award category every year consecutively until the year 2007.

From Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards he has won the "Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist" award 7 times and the "Asia Pacific Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artist" award 15 times.[6]He was also entered into the Guinness World Records for "Most Awards Won by a Cantopop Male Artist". By April 2000, he had already won an unprecedented total of 292 awards.[6]

Many of Lau’s songs quickly topped the music charts not only in Hong Kong, but also in Taiwan, Mainland China, and in many different parts of Asia. Some of his most notable hits include "The Days We Spent Together" (一起走過的日子), "If You Are My Legend" (如果你是我的傳說), "The Tide" (潮水), "Forget Love Potion" (忘情水), "True Forever" (真永遠), "Chinese people" (中國人), "Love You Forever" (愛你一萬年), "You Are My Woman" (你是我的女人), and "Secret Admiration" (暗裡著迷). Besides singing in Cantonese and Mandarin, he has also sung in other languages such as English, Japanese, Malay, and Taiwanese Hokkien. One example of a Hokkien song was (世界第一等), and he has also performed a Cantonese cover of Joan Jett’s "I Hate Myself for Loving You" (我恨我痴心).

Since the early 1990s, Lau, along with Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok, and Leon Lai have been referred to by the Chinese media as the Cantopop Four Heavenly Kings.[5]

Lau sang alongside Jackie Chan during a part of the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony on 24 August 2008. In addition, Lau, who has been supporting disabled athletes in Hong Kong for more than a decade, was appointed as the Goodwill ambassador for the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[20] He led other performers in singing and performing the song "Everyone is No.1" at the Beijing National Stadium just a few hours before the 2008 Paralympics opening ceremony began.[21] He also sang the theme song "Flying with the Dream" with Han Hong during the Paralympics opening ceremony on 6 September 2008.[20]

As a songwriter, most of Lau’s creative works are as a lyricist. To date, Lau has composed five songs, which include "Missing You Everyday" (天天想你), co-composed with Eric Moo,[22] "If One Day" (如果有一天),[23] "Happiness Is So Far… So Sweet" (幸福.這麼遠.那麼甜),[24] "Spending the Rest Our Lives Together" (餘生一起過),[25] all of which he also sang and wrote the lyrics, and "Brothers" (兄弟), the theme song of his 2004 film, Jiang Hu, which he wrote the lyrics for but was sung by co-star Chapman To.[26] Most of the songs he has written have been for himself.

Books written:

To date, Lau has written and published two books. They include his 1995 autobiography, This Is How I Grew Up (我是這樣長大的) written in prose,[27] and his 2012 book, My 30 Work Days (我的30個工作天), which is a collection of his 30 personal diaries he wrote while working on the 2011 film, A Simple Life.[28]

Appearance in other media:

Lau is alleged to have been featured as a non-player character (NPC) as a random pedestrian in a sandbox-style action video game called Prototype. On 6 July, the Hong Kong local newspapers Headline Daily and Sing Tao Daily reported on Lau’s cameo.[29]

Community service:

In 1994, Lau established the Andy Lau Charity Foundation which helps people in need and promotes a wide range of youth education services.[3] In 1999, he received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award, being the third person from Hong Kong at that time to receive this distinguished honour.[3] In 2008, Lau took a main role in putting together the Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign for relief toward the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.[30] It was one of the largest and most ambitious charity events ever assembled in the territory.

Lau was noted for his active involvement in charity works throughout his 30 years in showbiz and honoured as a "Justice of Peace" by the Hong Kong SAR government in 2008.[31] In May 2010, he received the "World Outstanding Chinese" award and an "honorary doctorate" from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.[32] On 14 December 2017, Lau was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree from the Hong Kong Shue Yan University, with the citation highlighting his popularity among locals which stated: "His low-key, modest, friendly and approachable personality has endeared him to millions of fans and ordinary folks alike, who also consider him to be a ‘heartthrob’ and the ‘unofficial Chief Executive of Hong Kong".[33]

Lau was also named in the Panama Papers leak.[34]

Personal life:

In 2008, Lau married Malaysian Chinese Carol Chu (朱麗倩) after 24 years of speculation over their relationship, both are vegetarian and devout Buddhists.[35] The couple married in Las Vegas.[35] On 9 May 2012, Chu gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Hanna.[36] In January 2017, Lau was seriously injured after being thrown off and stomped by a horse during a commercial shoot in Khao Lak, an area three hours outside of Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.[37][38] However, Lau was able to make a full return to work in August 2017, stating he has recovered 95 per cent from his injuries and has fully recovered by the end of the year.[39][40].

Lau never had a motorcycle-class driving license, so most of the scenes on Full Throttlewere done by a stunt double. When he performs with one, the engine is never on.[41][42]

Awards and nominations:

Year, Award, Category Nominated work, Result:

1983 Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer Boat People Nominated
1989 Best Actor As Tears Go By Nominated
1990 Golden Horse Film FestivalBest Supporting ActorKawashima Yoshiko Nominated
1992 Hong Kong Film Awards Best ActorLee Rock Nominated
Best Original Film Song (Singer) Casino Raiders II Nominated
1995 Best Original Film Song (Singer)Tian Di Nominated
1996 Best Actor Full Throttle Nominated
Best Original Film Song (Singer/Lyricist) Nominated
1998 Best Film (Producer) Made in Hong Kong Won
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By antefixus21 on 2018-10-25 10:59:56

I have mastered creating mock drafts. Most of the time, I look for a
good fantasy baseball site and I compare and analyze their stats and
rankings when making my draft. I am not a fantasy baseball expert but I
do have a strategy in playing a fantasy baseball game. And that is the
reason why I won my league in 2009. It has worked for me a few times so
let me share to you some of my tips to winning a league.

of all, you should know that Jose Reyes is the most overrated player in
fantasy baseball. He is a 5 category fantasy player but his average,
power, and RBI potential are not worth for a first round pick. A
shortstop position is scarce so I pick Harley Ramirez on the first
round pick. In the early draft, I would pick a power hitter that will
hit for a tom of average, home runs, and RBIs. Albert Pujols is the
most consistent hitter in the major leagues and I would pretty much
take him than the other players. However, my absolute favorite spot in
a fantasy draft in a 10 team league is the 6-8 spots and in a 12 team
league I like the 8-10 picks. Don’t worry, you can still get a
wonderful player at the top because someone will probably pick on Reyes
and I have seen Chase Utley go in the first round or in the early
second round.

Last season, I often hear people question the
fact I take pitcher so late during mock drafts. For me, pitchers are so
much more volatile than position players. People with the last first
round pick and the first second round pick have been consistently
picking Johan Santana and Tim Lincecum back to back. Of course they are
now going to have the best one two punch of any rotation in the league
but for me, health among pitchers is much more of a concern than
position players.

Like I said before I absolutely love doing
fantasy drafts and playing against family and friends or complete
strangers. If any of you who read this would be interested in starting
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