Candice was the plaything/concubine (Cici) of Brigitte Lin in Swordsman II. I just found out from YTSL that she was also the ex-wife of Chow Yun Fat. Apparently, after Chow's first love with Idy Chan was broken up by his mother he turned to Candice and they were married shortly afterwards in 1983. It only lasted for nine months.
Born 12/06/65 in the Xuzhou province of China
I think I first became a big fan of Carina Lau in the film Days of Being Wild in which she poignantly portrays a hostess girl with a sense of bravado and vulnerability at the same time. But the exact minute was when she walks down the stairs from Leslie Cheung's apartment and runs into Jacky Cheung. He asks her what she does for a living and she replies "turn on your radio and I'll show you" and then proceeds to dance a little hootchie-kootchie number to the music - swaying her hips rhythmically to the sounds from the radio. That short scene spoke to the fact that this was a total woman - not half woman/half girl as so many HK actresses tend to be these days. She is also one of the finest actresses in HK.
In 2002 Carina found herself involved in a scandal that rocked Hong Kong for months. A magazine owned by Albert Yeung (head of EEG and manager of The Twins and Joey Yung among others) displayed a picture of a female Hong Kong actress in an obvious state of distress and in topless mode. Though the face was pixillated over it soon became common knowledge that the person was Carina and that the picture was taken years before when she was kidnapped by some triad thugs. As more information spilled out it was revealed that at the time of the kidnapping Carina was having a financial dispute with Yeung and much speculation arose that he was in fact behind the kidnapping and the photo and was now publishing it to embarrass Carina. The city and other actors were outraged at this - Carina addressed the issue with dignity - and soon the magazine was closed down - but as of yet the investigation into the kidnapping has not come up with anything.
Born 08/16/73 in HK
In her few years in film she managed to impress many with her beauty and her ability. Right from the beginning she was able to appear in top films. At one time she was a Cathay Pacific airline attendant - but at some point she was discovered by Tsui Hark and he cast her in his 1992 film Wicked City. She also became a favorite of Johnny To's and appeared in a number of his films.
Born 1963 in Kowloon
Something about Kowloon has attitude and so does Carrie Ng. Her sexy and wicked red lipsticked smile is unforgettable and entrancing. When she smiles at times, my knees practically buckle. She is also a terrific dramatic actress though most people remember her as the lethal lesbian assassin in the trashy but sublime Naked Killer. Like Carina Lau, Carrie comes across as all woman - an adult who can match you step for step. Though now known for her sexy demeanour, it wasn't always that way for Carrie.
Catherine is primarily a TV actress, but I've had a soft spot for her ever since I saw her as Charmy, the lovely widow in Wing Chun.
Some other films: Black Cat in Jail, Tri-Star, Front Page
She seemingly came from nowhere or Australia which is nearly the same thing to become a major star in the time it takes most of us to choose dinner from a menu. In 1998 she made a commercial for a lemon tea product that brought her a lot of attention and Stephen Chow cast her in his film King of Comedy as a tough hostess girl with a tender heart hidden behind walls of attitude. She bedazzled the critics and the audience with her clean fresh looks, talent and incredible charm. It was absolutely one of the best debuts for an actress since Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Cecilia moved to Australia when she was fourteen with her mother after her parents were divorced. In 1998 she came to HK on a vacation and was spotted on the street by a modeling agent. She made the commercial and as they say the rest is history.
Some other films: Legend of Speed, Twelve Nights
and a small part in Tokyo Raiders.
Here is a good site about
By general consent Cecilia is one of the best and classiest actresses to be in HK over the past two decades. She still looks so young that many people don't realize how long she has been appearing in films - and that she even appeared in a few old kung fu films.
Ungrateful Tink, Life in Last Hour, Troublesome Night VII
This Taiwanese actor has had a few good character roles in No Risk No Return (the main gambler), Requital, New Legend of Shaolin, Fong Sai-Yuk (Michelle Reis's father), Prison on Fire II (Chow Yun Fat's friend).
He has been in films since the 80s - Carry On Hotel (the bellboy), They Came to Rob Hong Kong (the informer that Roy Cheung kills), Operation Pink Squad, 92 Legendary La Rose Noire, I'm Your Birthday Cake (the lawyer Andy Lau), Rose, Private Eye Blues, Fallen Angels (Takashi's main "client), And I Hate You So (radio station manager) and Jiang Hu "The Triad Zone" (the lawyer).
With his brutish looks this fellow has had no scarcity of bad guy roles over the years.
(Thanks to Nando Rohner for the filmography)
Chan has appeared a few times in small cameos - Love is Not a Game, Jiang Hu "The Triad Zone" - but his most famous role was as the owner of the Midnight Express in Chungking Express. He was also the stills photographer for Chungking Express and Wong Kar-wai asked him to take on this role.
Chan graduated from the HK Academy of Performing
Arts. These days he is primarily doing TV on the Mainland, but earlier
in the 90's he was in a wide variety of films - Modern Romance, Final Option,
Why Wild Girls, Eternal Evil of Asia, Story of Ricky (the mute), In the
Heat of the Summer, Spike Drink Gang and Diary of a Serial Killer. He also
portrayed the character Bucktooth So in Once Upon a Time in China IV, V
and In America as well as in the TV series.
This slightly portly actor, Chan Lung, was an essential part of Sammo's stunt team during the 80's and appeared in many of his films. Some were Encounters of the Spooky Kind (as the bad wizard), Prodigal Son, Winners and Sinners (one of the bad guys who fights Sammo in the warehouse), Victim (the brother-in-law), Fong Sai Yuk (the servant) and Heart of Dragon.
As they tell it in HK – there are the bad triads and there are the good triads. Once the film industry started making money hand over fist in the 80’s and early 90’s many triads began moving into the business – often using unsavory and violent tactics to force actors or directors to work for them.
Charles Heung’s brother Jimmy is a top triad figure in HK – but he is considered a “good triad”. Both of these brothers apparently truly love film. It’s right out of a Damon Runyon story. Charles is a producer as well but has also been acting in films since the early 70s. His best known role was as the God of Gambler’s bodyguard in parts I and II. Some other films were Arrest the Restless, Prince of Temple Street and Casino Raiders.
Rumor has it that the film True Mob Story with Andy Lau and Alex Fong was based to some degree on their lives - though Charles denied it. At some point a few years ago the brothers split and went their own ways with Jimmy running the Wins production company and Charles getting China Star - which is now the most powerful film company in HK.
Here is some more interesting information provided by James Chang.
His father, Heung Chin, was the head of all Triads in Hong Kong. However, he was expelled from Hong Kong in the late 1950s and fled to Taiwan.
His eldest brother, Heung Wah Yim, the Godfather of Sun Yee On, was sentenced to ten years imprisonment by H.R.H. Sir Ti-Liang Yang, the chief justice, in 1987. However, he was released two years later since his lawyer was able to provide sufficient proof of his 'innocence'. Sir Ti-Liang, a very respectable elderly judge (also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the HKU), was enraged, and on the very day when Heung was released, he publicly condemned him at the court, calling him a scoundrel and a 'dirty rat which dwelled in the drains'. After this incident, the Heungs stayed out of the business and Charles has always pretended that he was a normal citizen.
Charles tried to keep himself away from his
family's triad image and so he broke with Jimmy in 1995,as Jimmy's style
of negotiating business too closely resembled that of a Triad member. Later
in 2000, when his brother Heung Wah Po was arrested for setting fire to
his own apartment (after quarreling with his mistress), Charles refused
to help him and publicly announced that he did not know his brothers well
since they were given birth by different mothers.
This Taiwanese actor has just received a lot
of press for his portrayal as the romantic bandit in Crouching Tiger, Hidden
His other main Hong Kong film was in Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together as Tony Leung's friend and co-worker. He is in the cast of the science fiction film -- entitled 2046 after the year in which it is set -- that is Wong Kar Wai’s latest project.
During the 70's, she acquired the nickname
of "The Wolf Devil Woman" for her roles in Taiwanese films such as Wolf
Devil Woman I & 2, Miraculous Flower, Dark Lady of Kung Fu, General
Invincible and as Jackie's partner in Fantasy Mission Force.
Where a Good Man Goes (Lau Ching-wan's wife),
Young and Dangerous, Pretty Woman, Erotic Ghost Story.
Like his Golden Chicken co-star, Sandra Ng, he is a Commercial Radio DJ/talkshow host. This fairly young fella first caught my eye when he put in a good supporting performance in Forever and Ever (as Luk Chi-Keung). He has appeared to have put in some time and effort in a whole bunch of low budget -- but not necessarily bad -- productions including Paramount Motel, Undercover Blues and The Wall plus had supporting/character actor roles in other works like Goodbye Mr. Cool and a cameo appearance in Just One Look.
(Written up by YTSL)