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Maggie Cheung

Maggie Cheung

One of Hong Kong's most respected and best-liked actresses, Maggie Cheung has done it all. Cheung's versatility as an action star, talented comedienne, and dramatic actress has allowed her to transcend the Hong Kong film industry to become a vibrant figure in international cinema. Born in Hong Kong on September 20, 1964, Cheung moved to England with her family at the age of eight. She remained in England until she finished her secondary school education. Upon returning to Hong Kong, she began a modeling career, which led to TV commercials and the title of first runner-up for Miss Hong Kong 1983. The following year, she broke into film, doing a number of vapid comedies with titles like Prince Charming, The Frog Prince, Happy Ghost 3, Happy Fat New Year, and Love Hungry Suicide Squad. She got her big break in 1985, when she was cast opposite legendary action star Jackie Chan in Police Story. The film's success gave her greater exposure, but it also resulted in her being typed in comic or damsel-in-distress roles. Cheung got her next big break, and her chance to prove herself as a dramatic actress, when Wong Kar-Wai cast her in his 1988 crime drama As Tears Go By. Although she continued to do comedies and put-upon-woman roles (starring in the Police Story sequels and appearing in the Chow Yun-Fat action flick A Better Tomorrow 3), she also sought out more challenging work. She earned strong notices for her work in such films as the family conflict drama Song of the Exile (1990) and Wong Kar-Wai's 1991 period drama Days of Being Wild. In 1992, Cheung won some of the greatest acclaim of her career for her work in The Actress, Stanley Kwan's docudrama about a silent film icon. That same year, Cheung further proved her versatility with starring roles in three more action films, Twin Dragons with Jackie Chan; the third installment of the Police Story trilogy; and The Heroic Trio, in which she and fellow action stars Michelle Yeoh and Anita Mui were cast as comic book superwomen. Following another collaboration with Wong on Ashes of Time, a 1994 period drama, Cheung broke through to an international audience in Irma Vep (1996). The popular film, directed by Olivier Assayas (whom Cheung married in 1998), featured Cheung as herself, an actress caught up in the chaos surrounding a filmmaker's attempts to make a tribute to Louis Feuillade's classic serial Les Vampires. Spending much of the film clad in an extremely flattering cat suit, Cheung endeared herself to international critics and audiences alike. The following year, she made her first English-language film, starring alongside Jeremy Irons and Gong Li in Wayne Wang's Chinese Box. Cast as a mysterious young woman named Jean, Cheung held her own against the more internationally well-established Irons and Gong. That same year, she won further acclaim for her work in the romantic comedy Comrades, Almost a Love Story, in which she played one of a pair of lovers kept apart for ten years by fate and circumstance. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide


Maggie Cheung Trivia

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in Clean?
Maggie Cheung was Emily Wang in Clean

Who did Maggie Cheung play in Farewell China?
Maggie Cheung was Li Hung in Farewell China

What role did Maggie Cheung portray in The Heroic Trio?
Maggie Cheung played Chat/Thief-Catcher in The Heroic Trio

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in Dragon Inn?
Maggie Cheung was Jade King in Dragon Inn

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in Irma Vep?
Maggie Cheung was Maggie in Irma Vep

What role did Maggie Cheung portray in Green Snake?
Maggie Cheung played Green Snake in Green Snake

What role did Maggie Cheung portray in A Fishy Story?
Maggie Cheung played Ah-chu in A Fishy Story

What role did Maggie Cheung play in In The Mood For Love?
Maggie Cheung played Su Li-zhen in In The Mood For Love

What role did Maggie Cheung play in Twin Dragons?
Maggie Cheung played Barbara in Twin Dragons

What role did Maggie Cheung play in Days of Being Wild?
Maggie Cheung played Su Lizhen in Days of Being Wild

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in Police Story 2?
Maggie Cheung was May in Police Story 2

What role did Maggie Cheung portray in Hero?
Maggie Cheung played Flying Snow in Hero

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in As Tears Go By?
Maggie Cheung was Ah Ngor in As Tears Go By

Who did Maggie Cheung play in Chinese Box?
Maggie Cheung was Jean in Chinese Box

Who did Maggie Cheung play in Police Story 3: Super Cop?
Maggie Cheung was May in Police Story 3: Super Cop

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in Ashes of Time Redux?
Maggie Cheung was brother's wife in Ashes of Time Redux

Who did Maggie Cheung portray in A Better Tomorrow III?
Maggie Cheung was Ling in A Better Tomorrow III

Who did Maggie Cheung play in The Soong Sisters?
Maggie Cheung was Soong Ching-Ling in The Soong Sisters

Who did Maggie Cheung play in Moon Warriors?
Maggie Cheung was Hsien in Moon Warriors


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