The Magster, beloved by so many filmgoers for
the energy and joy and dazzling looks that she brings to the screen. Sometimes
she can look sweet and goofy; other times as elegant and stylish as a martini.
Brought up in England, she came to HK for a
beauty contest and found fame and fortune. For her first number of years,
she appeared in dozens of films usually playing an innocent slightly muddled
but almost always adorable character. As Jackie Chan's girlfriend in the
first three Police Stories, she gained much fame, but in other roles as
in The Actress and Song of Exile she slowly and quietly became the best
actress in HK in my opinion. She has that thing called "magic" up
on the big screen. She connects with the audience and whether it be comedy
or drama somehow she makes the filmgoers care about her character.
Perhaps, she has waved farewell to HK and is
now seeking other challenges abroad. I certainly can't fault her for that,
but I will very much miss watching her pout and her grin and her slightly
crooked face in HK films.
Heroic Trio - Maggie as Thief Catcher dazzles
the eye in her black leather attire
Comrades - Almost a Love Story - a wonderfully
told story of Maggie and Leon Lai's relationship with one another. Maggie
is just terrific here as she creates as real a character as you are likely
to find in HK film. She won the HK Best Actress Award for this.
Soong Sisters - Maggie has to share the
stage with the other two Soong Sisters - Michelle Yeoh and Vivian Woo,
but it is her performance that lies at the center of this film. Some stunning
close-ups of Maggie.
Ashes of Time - Maggie only has brief film
time in this Wong Kar Wai masterpiece, but it is without a doubt a few
of the most memorable and glorious minutes in cinema.
Dragon Inn - one of her most delightful
characters as she plays an innkeeper in a remote area of ancient China
who from time to time cooks one of her customers to serve to the other
guests for dinner.
Seventh Curse - one of her earlier films
and I love watching her race through the streets and uncover booby traps
in the jungle. Her acting here may be minimal, but she is as effervescent
as a shaken ginger ale on the screen.
Flying Daggers - a totally goofy off the
wall comedy, but her character as “Flying Cat” steals the film for
A Fishy Story - Maggie is stunning
and charming as Holly Golightly in HK. A lovely romantic story that is
saturated with wonderful pictures of Maggie always looking very chic yet
Rose - in a film that is not entirely satisfying,
Maggie gives one of her most natural and splendid performances.
Irma Vep - a lot of people dislike this
film, but I believe a lot of this hostility is caused by the fact that
Maggie left HK behind to work on this French film and got married to the
French director. It is a quirky little film in which Maggie plays herself
and is the central character as the film production just whirls around
her in total confusion. Her performance is very low key and she primarily
reacts to those around her, but it is an opportunity to hear her slightly
cockney English accent and does she ever look good in that cat suit!
Maggie Cheung non-movie pictures
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