Movie star Chow Yun-fat is to take legal action against an American newspaper over allegations that he has triad connections. Chow rejected a report in the San Francisco Chronicle and said he was seeking legal advice to launch a libel case. Wednesday's report was absurd and irresponsible, he said. Chow, 42, is the second Hong Kong star accused of having links with triad gangs, while heading for Hollywood stardom. Comedian Stephen Chiau Sing-chi was refused Canadian residency in 1996. Authorities there cited 'secret evidence' of triad connections in Hong Kong. Repeated appeals by Chiau were rejected. Some Hong Kong actors attribute such accusations to racism, although they admit triad extortion does exist in the entertainment industry. Provisional legislator Ma Fung-kwok, who represents the interests of the industry, urged the Government to act through diplomatic channels. 'The industry might have some problems but it is unreasonable and irresponsible for foreign media to label all Hong Kong stars as being linked with triads,' said Mr Ma. 'The industry has to do something to give itself a shine first, but I think the Government should also help. We have a number of overseas representatives and they should help clarify and explain whenever such reports emerge.' Mr Ma, who said he knew Chow well, promised to write to the Broadcasting, Culture, and Sport Bureau and press it for action. Chow is famous for his roles in films depicting triad fights. The former TVB actor sprang to stardom playing a triad killer in John Woo's A Better Tomorrow in the mid-1980s. His Hollywood debut, The Replacement Killers, has just been released. Chow plays a contract killer working for a Chinatown underworld leader. The actor is in Canada filming his second English action thriller. His Los Angeles-based agent, the William Morris Agency, could not be reached for comment.