People talk about Chingmy not being able to act.
To me that's like complaining that Mark McGuire can't bunt. People don't
pay to watch McGuire bunt and people don't pay to see Chingmy act. They
come to see Chingmy because she is simply the sexiest actress in the world.
It's just there - in the way she moves, the way she flirts, the way she
smiles. If you don't feel that sexual energy from your seat, I would advise
a check-up with your doctor. Have him see if your pulse is still beating.
She has also had the good fortune (due admittedly
to her relationship with Wong Jing) to appear in a number of good films
along with some great co-stars such as Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Jet
Li. But she holds her own. My eyes are always following her every move.
I would also argue that within the range of films that she chooses - light
comedy to cartoon like action to provocative roles- she excels. I think
she is a fine comedian and like another Sex Goddess - Marilyn Monroe -
I think an appreciation for her acting will surface at some point in the
Naked Killer - this sizzling exploitation
fare made Chingmy into the sex goddess of HK. From hot pants to evening
gown, she just devours the screen with her purring sexuality. A sex icon
City Hunter - Chingmy brings a zestful
zip to this Jackie Chan cartoon like movie. As a rival detective, she looks
so good that you barely notice that short guy next to her.
Kung Fu Cult Master - Chingmy saves
Jet Liís life in this fantasy kung fu feast and looks so good doing it.
I am your Birthday Cake - strictly for
the Chingmyphiles like myself. A silly film in which she metamorphasizes
butterfly like from a studious sedate woman into . . . well Chingmy
and all that implies.
Lover of the Last Empress - I think she
was actually trying to do some acting in this one - but somehow her role
as a concubine learning how to be sexy and provocative was not a big stretch
God of Gamblerís Return - secondary role
to Chow Yun Fat, but when she slides down that banister with gun blazing
it made the movie for me.
Raped by an Angel - a pretty awful movie
by most standards, but the one scene of Chingmy intentionally luring a
rapist by performing a strip tease is worthy of a visit.
Street Angels - Chingmy in the world of
hostess bars and triad members is as you might imagine somewhat trashy,
but having her partnered along with Hsu Chi is a delight to the senses.
1941 Hong Kong on Fire - Chingmy and her
sister Veronica Yip are amazingly intense in this otherwise exploitive
film about surviving under Japanese rule.
Ghost Lantern - wonderfully played out
by Chingmy and Tony Leung Ka Fai as their love withstands the test of time
and death. Chingmy makes for a very beautiful ghost!
Hold You Tight - Stanley Kwan gives Chingmy
an opportunity to act and she does a wonderful job in this very intimate
look at relationships and sexuality.