Chingmy Yau

Chingmy Yau

  • Birthday: 1968-05-16
  • Place of birth: Hong Kong, British Crown Colony [now China]
  • Also know as: Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching

Biography

​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.

Filmography

The Kung Fu Cult Master

1993

As Siu Chiu

City Hunter

1993

As Saeko Nogami / Anna

Naked Killer

1992

As Kitty

Tricky Brains

1991

As Banana Fung

Future Cops

1993

As Chun May

Lawyer Lawyer

1997

As Lotus Shui

High Risk

1995

As Helen

Legend of the Red Dragon

1994

As Red Bean

God of Gamblers' Return

1994

As Hoi Tong

Royal Tramp

1992

As Princess King Ning

Royal Tramp 2

1992

As Princess King Ning

Satan Returns

1996

As Chan Shou-Ching

The Saint of Gamblers

1995

As Yuen-Fan

They Came to Rob Hong Kong

1989

As Jenny Tung

Hold You Tight

1998

As Ah Moon

Millionaire Cop

1993

As Shun

Lee Rock

1991

As Rose

Raped by an Angel

1993

As Yau Yuk-nam

Street Angels

1996

As Tung Yen

Legendary Couple

1995

As Lui Chi Lan

She Starts the Fire

1992

As Wendy

How to Pick Girls Up!

1988

As Xiao Beibei

I'm Your Birthday Cake

1995

As Cher Lo

Money Maker

1991

As Koh Tau Tau

Truant Heroes

1992

As Kwan Tak Hing/Ng Siu Yuen

Young and Dangerous 2

1996

As Ding Yiu

Mr. Possessed

1988

As Wawa

The Crazy Companies II

1988

As Tau Tau/Amy

Mr. Fortune

1989

As Cha Kit Ching

The Crazy Companies

1988

As Beanie

Ghost Busting

1989

As Yip Ling

Perfect Match

1989

As Gynaecologist

Casino Tycoon I

1992

As Mei

Casino Tycoon II

1992

As Mrs Ho Mei

Deadly Dream Woman

1992

As Jane

Happy Together

1989

As Cherry's housemate

Lee Rock II

1991

As Rose / Ha

Modern Romance

1994

As Chanel

Legend Of The Liquid Sword

1993

As Flowerless

Ghost Lantern

1993

As Siu Fu Yung

Boys Are Easy

1993

As Ching Siu Sze

1941 Hong Kong on Fire

1994

As Law Mong-Dai

Lover of the Last Empress

1995

As Hui Yu Lan/Empress Tzu Hsi

Blind Romance

1996

As Yim Tung Tung

The Modern Love

1994

As BoBo

4 Faces of Eve

1996

As Nurse/Cherry Chan

灵幻天师

1988

As

Lee Rock III

1992

As

新人皮灯笼

1993

As 细蓉

Hold You Tight

1998

As Rosa Gao

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