Charine was one of the many young talented women that Cinema City pooled together for their youth comedies in the mid-1980s. She has great dimples and went on to make films into the 90s'. A few of her films were: Happy Ghost (debut), Wild Ones, Lung Fung Restaurant, Isle of Fantasy, Rose Rose I Love You (Agent 3) and Holy Weapon. Later after she retired there were rumors swirling about that she had gotten involved with a member of a triad (the Tiger of Wanchai) and she in fact did executive produce the film of that name starring Simon Yam.
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Born on May 19, 1948 in Nanjing China
Tall, dark and handsome. Though born in China - and though he grew up in Hong Kong, Charlie became one of the premier leading men in Taiwan during the 1970's and may well have been Brigitte Lin’s most frequent co-star (Among the movies in which they appeared together are The Legend of the White Snake, The Love Affair of Rainbow and Misty Moon). He was married at one time to Josephine Siao but left her to romantically pursue Brigitte all the way to the U.S. (where she had ostensibly gone to temporarily further her studies. N.B. Charlie, Josephine and Brigitte all appear in the 1974 movie entitled Girlfriend). In the 1980s he tried to make a switch to HK films and though he appeared in a number of solid films he was never able to gain the success that he had in Taiwan.
Here is an excellent
website dedicated to Charlie Chin
Do you need an actor to play a smarmy, sex mad, sleazy character? Look no further - Charlie Cho is your man! He made a pretty good career playing these types and has appeared in loads and loads of films - some pretty good, many of them low brow Cat III fare - but he almost always plays the same type of character.
Born 05/23/74 in Taiwan
From 1994 through 1997, Charlie Yeung was the hottest actress in HK. Nearly everyone fell in love with her slightly off kilter face that was incredibly appealing but far from a classic beauty. She seemed to be everywhere - from magazine shoots, to recording albums to getting choice roles in good films. And then she announced her retirement - the high profile life left her no time and no privacy and she moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to open an image consulting business. Rumors of her return to the film industry float through the air like wishful thinking, but other than her temporary return to provide the voice for one of the characters in Tsui Hark’s Animated Chinese Ghost Story (1997), they always have proven false thus far.
While still living with her parents, she moved to HK from Taiwan and did some commercials in high school, but her big break was doing one with Aaron Kwok that thrust her into the publicity spotlight. In 1993 she made her film debut in Future Cops and then began a remarkable run of films in 1994 with Ashes of Time (actually the first movie that she worked on but since it took so long to finish...!), What Price Survival, The Lovers, Love in the Time of Twilight, Young Policemen in Love, How Deep is Your Love, Dr Wai, Fallen Angels, High Risk, The Wedding Days, Intimates and Task Force. An incredible series of quality films. It would be lovely having her return but as intrusive as the press is in HK one can certainly understand her opting to get out and stay out.
Long Arm of the Law (one of the gang), Return of the Lucky Stars, Tiger Cage (one of the cops), They Came to Rob Hong Kong (Rooster), Royal Warriors (one of the cops in the station house), Story of Rickey (the snitch) and one of the rapists in Her Vengeance.
He was in loads of kung fu films in the 70s – Boxer from Shantung, Flying Guillotine, Blood Brothers, 3 Evil Masters, Killer Constable, a couple of the Five Deadly Venom films – Crippled Avengers (the father) and Daredevil, Iron Monkey (1977) – often cast as a villain - but held in very high regard by kung fu fans for his abilities. He appeared in such a large number of the Shaw Brothers films that he became known as "Mr. Shaw Brothers". He was a martial artist before becoming a film star and had won the 1969 light-heavyweight championship at the East-Asian Tournement. His Monkey Style (which he began learning at the age of 8!) is suppose to be one of the very best. In the 70's, he also participated in two of the first films to deal with the triads - The Teahouse (1974) and Big Brother Cheng (1975). One of his better good guy roles was in a few of the Shaw Brothers films portraying Hung Sze Kuan; who is the same character that Jet Li portrayed in New Legend of Shaolin.
Chen Ping was born in Taiwan in 1948 and began her acting career at the age of 16 in Taiwanese film and television. In 1972 she moved to Hong Kong and signed up with the Shaw Brothers and in her first film for them Kiss of Death she immediately established herself as an erotic actress and was to appear in a number of films of that nature over the next few years – The Girlie Bar (middle sister), Illicit Desire, The Sinful Adulteress, Women of Desire and Crazy Sex to name a few. She also made appearances in a few more mainstream films such as The Killer Clans and Mighty Peking Man. She had a solid career in the 1970’s but by the early 80’s was out of film.
She has had a number of small roles in films
(The Greatest Lover, Heart of Dragon) and is also the wife of a famous
Chinese Opera composer and lyricist, Tang Di Sheng.
Born in 1945
Cheng Pei Pei. The name has such a ring to it. She was the first modern day action film heroine and is revered by many to this day. Though her major films were in the 1960's, she still acts from time to time and just had a major part in the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as the evil Jade Fox.
She was trained in dancing more than the martial arts (as of course were many of the action heroines - Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Khan and Moon Lee) but was interested in acting and graduated from the Southern Screen Experimental Theater in 1963 and was hired by the Shaw Brothers. Under the Shaw Brothers she acted in musicals and dramas until she was chosen by a little known director (at that time) named King Hu to star in his film Come Drink with Me.
Pei Pei reprised this role in the film Golden Swallow (a.k.a. The Girl with the Thunderbolt Kick) but under director Chang Cheh the focus shifted to a male (as was his wont) Jimmy Wang Yu. Some other action films of hers are: Shadow Whip, Whiplash, Kung Fu Girl, Jade Raksha and Flying Dagger. By the mid-70's she had basically retired from the film business and at one time even had a cooking show on TV in Los Angeles during the 80's. Some of her rare film appearances afterwards were - a small cameo in Wing Chun as Michelle Yeoh's sifu, as the competing head of a Peking Opera school in Painted Faces (1988) and she had a terrific part in Stephen Chow's Flirting Scholar.
This former Miss H.K. has only appeared in a handful of films to my knowledge - most of them fairly quality dramas. Her best known role was as Chow Yun Fat's distraught girlfriend in Dream Lovers (for which she got a HKFA Best Supporting Actress nomination) - and has also been in The Log, Intimates and Tempting Heart (Gigi's aunt).
Like the character she essayed in 1993’s Three Summers (and for which she got a HKFA Best Newcomer nomination), Cherie Chan is an actual Lantau Island villager. Other films in which she has appeared include Always on My Mind, Tian Di and Victory (the player wishing to go to the USA).
Born 02/16/1960 in HK
During the 1980's there was perhaps no more popular actress in HK than Cherie Chung. In a number of polls, she was consistently voted most popular. It's not difficult to understand why. She was of course lovely - and could be absolutely radiant and sophisticated if the role called for it - but her beauty was more of the girl next door kind - soft and inviting - someone you would like to know and be friends with. She emitted great amounts of warmth and charm along with just enough sexy quirkiness to be endearing.
She was equally adept at comedy and drama - and some of her other films are: Peking Opera Blues, Winners and Sinners, Dead and the Deadly, The Good, the Bad and the Beauty.
Born 06/20/83 in Taiwan
With a face as fresh as a newly baked apple pie, Cherrie has hit the HK film scene with a nice splash. With a maturity that belies her young age, she has managed to be in a number of high profile films within a very short time in the business and before even hitting the ripe old age of twenty.
This fellow has had a few film cameos over the years - usually as a clearly gay fellow - recently he was in naked Poison as the cop. He is actually quite well known though as a film art director and has many credits for costume design and Art Director.
(Information and write up provided by Sebastian
In “Hong Kong Babylon”, Ric Meyers is quoted as stating that Peking Opera Blues was: “So glorious a showcase for the talents of Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, and Cherie Chung, that their male co-stars fade away, both on screen and in memory”. Still, I am surprised that such as Cheung Kwok Keung (who played the soldier with glasses) did not proceed to have a more extensive and distinguished filmography. Having seen him convincingly play a character very different from that one in Candlelight’s Woman (for one thing, he is a married man; for another, he is a physical cripple), I do think this to be rather unfair.
Other works in which this under-rated actor has appeared include:
Eastern Condors, Love, Guns and Glasses, Untold Story III, and Champions
(Yuen Biao's friend).
Her cool, sharp looks, piercing eyes, high cheekbones, hourglass figure and short stylish hair make her an entrancing vision and in the 90's she became quite a favorite and appeared in many popular films.
In June 2001, she announced that she is returning to the film industry.
He graduated from the HK Academy of Performing Arts and in 1995 began a stand up comedy act with Dayo Wong. He made his film debut in 1989's My Heart is the Eternal Rose (as the obnoxious son) but did not really begin his film career until 1995 with the terrific film Golden Girls. A few other films are: Love and Sex Among the Ruins, Once Upon a Time in Triad Society II, F***/Off, Lost and Found (as That Worm’s primary assistant), Forbidden City Cop and in Too Many Ways To Be No. 1 (as the boss of the crew who has fate against him).
Cheung Ying Choi was one of the biggest Cantonese movie superstars of Hong Kong cinema in the 1960s. He was at the peak of his popularity from 1962 till 1965. He was born in 1934 and appeared in his first movie in 1953. He made a total of over 300 Cantonese black & white feature films - many were box-office classics. Only a handful of his movies are in colour.
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With a bald headed visage like his, it is no wonder that he almost always got stuck as a nasty kung fu villain. Some films he was in are: - The Shaolin Temple trilogy, Deadend Besiegers, White Lotus Cult, New Legend of Shaolin (the poison monster), Fong Sai Yuk II (the main villain) and Tai Chi II.
Born in 07/07/68 in Osaka, Japan
This curvaceous Japanese actress has appeared in two HK films - one as the police woman/robot in Robotrix who displays her vast charms. Her other film is Finale in Blood. She has also I have read appeared in a number of revealing Japanese films such as the Rapeman of Edo series. She is also in the recent Japanese film Gohatta which has received much praise.
Born on July 10, 1946 in Shanghai.
Chin Han is a stage name - his real name is Sun Siang Chong - and he is the son of World War II nationalist hero General Sun Yuen-liang. He made made his movie debut in 1967. He was the leading male actor in Taiwan during the 1970s and was often paired with Brigitte Lin. He had a long-term affair with Brigitte -- who he met on the set of her debut film, Outside the Window -- in fact that created a bit of a scandal (he was married and with two children at the time that their affair was revealed). He appeared in a number of first class productions in the 1990s such as Red Dust (with Brigitte) and Actress (aka Centre-Stage, which stars Maggie Cheung). He also appears in the 1991 TV documentary tribute to Brigitte entitled A Portrait of Lin Ching Hsia.
His acting career is apparently still ongoing but he has also made a name for himself as an oil and watercolor painter (His mother was an extremely gifted artist who founded an Art Gallery in Taipei).
Chin Han now lives in Taipei with his two children.
Chin Kar Lok has a reputation as being absolutely one of the best stuntmen and martial artists in the business - but much of his finest work has gone unaccredited because he was doubling for someone else.
The brother of Chin Kar Lok had the makings of a leading man with his strong good looks, but even though he has had some good roles in a few classic films the "leading man" aura never quite took.