HONG KONG • Listen up, girls: Singer-actor Aaron Kwok is 50 and ready for marriage.
The Heavenly King, whose birthday was on Monday, celebrated turning the big 5-0 in a 25+25-themed party on Sunday, which also marked his 25th anniversary in show business.
Thinking he was attending a normal birthday dinner at a hotel, he had a surprise when he opened the door and saw not just his mother, but also long-time friends - including stars Julian Cheung and wife Anita Yuen, Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung with her husband Real Ting and their son - as well as colleagues.
Yue later posted a picture on Instagram, showing the birthday boy on stage with a microphone, against a sign which read "25AaronKwok25 Happy Birthday".
According to Oriental Daily, Kwok wished that his mum would have good health and that he would see more career breakthroughs.
He added: "Wish that I would meet Miss Right, set up a family and receive the blessings of everyone."
On Weibo on Monday, he thanked his friends and shared pictures of the party, including one of him and his mum cutting the birthday cake.
His desire to marry was evident as he wrote: "While I continue to work hard, I hope to get married soon and have a family."
At the party, friends including actors Chow Yun Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Charlie Young, Louis Koo and Alan Tam and singer Jacky Cheung also sent birthday greetings via video.