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Chingmy Yau

​Born May 16, 1968 as Yau Suk Ching, Chingmy Yau get her start in the entertainment industry by participating in beauty pageants. It was after her appearance at the Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant in 1989 (where she took the "Miss Photogenic" trophy) that she began to get film offers. Most of her early work consisted of her playing goody-two-shoes roles in romantic comedies until notorious film-maker Wong Jing took Yau under his wing -- and into his bed, even though he was married at the time. Yau became one of the queens of Category III (Hong Kong's version of the NC-17 rating, given to movies with high doses of sex and/or violence) films, through her roles in movies such as the deliciously sleazy Naked Killer (1992). However, unlike most Cat III actresses, she never appeared fully nude. Rumors abounded that Wong Jing (who either directed or produced almost every film Yau was in at the time) had strict control over what Yau could or could not show. Despite Wong's restrictions, Yau continued to heat up the screen in her roles. She even lent a bit of "real" sensuality to the usually sexually tame Jackie Chan in 1992's City Hunter (where she sports almost the exact same outfit as worn by Lara Croft in the hit video game "Tomb Raider"). Gambling never seemed as sexy as when Yau combined kung-fu with wagering in God of Gamblers Returns (1994). Yau provided excellent comic relief (and got back a bit at the hounding Hong Kong press) as well as providing a nice bit of "eye candy" by portraying an annoying tabloid TV reporter in High Risk (1995). Despite her attempts to diversify her acting portfolio, she is still best known for her roles in ultra-sleazy exploitation flicks such as Raped by an Angel (1993). The Hong Kong tabloid press is well-known for being rabid, especially towards actresses, and Chingmy Yau was no exception. Almost from the beginning of her film career, Yau was hounded by reporters claiming that she had slept her way into the film industry, and critics were always quick to cut her down. By 1997, when she publicly announced her and Wong Jing's breakup, no one was really surprised and most people expected her to retire outright. She has continued to work -- albeit at a much slower pace, now doing about one movie a year. But it seems as if Yau is following the lead of many other Hong Kong actresses who shot to fame and left just as quickly. She recently tied the knot to a fashion designer, and if the marriage goes well, she may never work again.

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May 16, 1968 In Hong Kong, British Crown Colony [now China]
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mr. Possessed 1988-02-15
Latest Project:
Movie Left Right Love Destiny 1999-10-10
Known For
Poster of I'm Your Birthday Cake
Poster of High Risk
Poster of Legend of the Red Dragon
Poster of They Came to Rob Hong Kong
Movie Left Right Love Destiny Carol 1999-10-10
Movie Raped by an Angel 4: The Rapist's Union Woman in intro 1999-01-17
Movie Hold You Tight Ah Moon / Rosa Gao 1998-05-14
Movie Lawyer Lawyer Lotus Shui 1997-07-31
Movie Street Angels Tung Yen 1996-01-20
Movie Blind Romance Yim Tung Tung 1996-01-04
Movie Young and Dangerous 2 Ding Yiu / Ting Siu-Yiu 1996-03-30
Movie Bodyguards of Last Governor Siu Dau 1996-10-19
Movie Feel 100%... Once More Gobby 1996-12-21
Movie Satan Returns Chan Shou-Ching 1996-05-17
Movie 4 Faces of Eve Nurse/Cherry Chan 1996-10-30
Movie Lover of the Last Empress Hui Yu Lan/Empress Tzu Hsi 1995-03-17
Movie The Saint of Gamblers Yuen-Fan 1995-06-28
Movie Legendary Couple Lui Chi Lan 1995-09-14
Movie High Risk Helen 1995-07-12
Movie I'm Your Birthday Cake Cher Lo 1995-11-18
Movie The Modern Love BoBo 1994-04-21
Movie Legend of the Red Dragon Red Bean 1994-02-05
Movie Modern Romance Chanel 1994-06-30
Movie Return to a Better Tomorrow Chili 1994-07-14
Movie 1941 Hong Kong on Fire Law Mong-Dai 1994-12-29
Movie God of Gamblers' Return Hoi Tong 1994-12-24
Movie Raped by an Angel Yau Yuk-nam 1993-05-27
Movie City Hunter Saeko 1993-01-16
Movie Millionaire Cop Shun 1993-01-01
Movie Film ohne Fesseln - Das neue Hongkong Kino Herself 1993-01-01
Movie Legend Of The Liquid Sword Flowerless 1993-03-11
Movie Psycho Killer 1993-06-09
Movie Ghost Lantern Siu Fu Yung 1993-11-27
Movie The Kung Fu Cult Master Siu Chiu 1993-12-18
Movie Boys Are Easy Ching Siu Sze 1993-08-12
Movie Future Cops Chun May 1993-07-15
Movie Lee Rock III Ha / Rose 1992-06-08
Movie Truant Heroes Kwan Tak Hing/Ng Siu Yuen 1992-02-20
Movie Casino Tycoon Mei 1992-02-20
Movie Royal Tramp Princess King Ning 1992-07-30
Movie She Starts the Fire Wendy 1992-09-17
Movie Naked Killer Kitty 1992-12-03
Movie Royal Tramp 2 Princess King Ning 1992-09-24
Movie Casino Tycoon II Mrs Ho Mei 1992-08-20
Movie Deadly Dream Woman Jane 1992-09-10
Movie Tricky Brains Banana Fung 1991-02-02
Movie Money Maker Koh Tau Tau 1991-05-22
Movie Lee Rock II Rose / Ha 1991-10-10
Movie Lee Rock Rose 1991-09-18
Movie My Neighbours are Phantoms Sandy 1990-04-26
Movie Mr. Fortune Cha Kit Ching 1989-03-23
Movie They Came to Rob Hong Kong Jenny Tung 1989-02-23
Movie Perfect Match Gynaecologist 1989-03-17
Movie Happy Together Cherry's housemate 1989-08-19
Movie The Romancing Star III Ching 1989-12-21
Movie Ghost Busting Yip Ling 1989-09-11
Movie Mr. Possessed Wawa 1988-02-15
Series The Under-Cover Story 郑婉华 1988-03-01
Movie The Crazy Companies 2 Tau Tau/Amy 1988-12-15
Movie How to Pick Girls Up! Xiao Beibei 1988-07-18
Movie The Crazy Companies Beanie 1988-03-27