Chingmy Yau

Hong Kong Actress Chingmy Yau

Career Timeline

​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.

Birth Date
Age 51
Born
Hong Kong
Occupation
  • Actor
Film Industry

Top Movies

Filmography

Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
1999 Raped by an Angel 4: The Rapist's Union Hong Kong Woman in intro Actor 0.00
1998 Hold You Tight Hong Kong Ah Moon / Rosa Gao Actor 0.00
1997 Lawyer Lawyer Hong Kong Lotus Shui Actor 0.00
1996 Feel 100% ... Once More Gobby Actor 0.00
1996 Young and Dangerous 2 Hong Kong Ding Yiu / Ting Siu-Yiu Actor 0.00
1996 4 Faces of Eve Hong Kong Nurse/Cherry Chan Actor 0.00
1996 Satan Returns Hong Kong Chan Shou-Ching Actor 0.00
1996 Bodyguards of the Last Governor Hong Kong Siu Dau Actor 0.00
1996 Street Angels Hong Kong Tung Yen Actor 0.00
1996 Blind Romance Hong Kong Yim Tung Tung Actor 0.00
1995 I'm Your Birthday Cake Cher Lo Actor 0.00
1995 The Saint of Gamblers Hong Kong Yuen-Fan Actor 0.00
1995 Lover of the Last Empress Hong Kong Hui Yu Lan/Empress Tzu Hsi Actor 0.00
1995 High Risk Hong Kong Helen Actor 0.00
1995 Legendary Couple Hong Kong Lui Chi Lan Actor 0.00
1994 Legend of the Red Dragon Hong Kong Red Bean Actor 0.00
1994 Modern Romance Hong Kong Chanel Actor 0.00
1994 1941 Hong Kong on Fire Hong Kong Law Mong-Dai Actor 0.00
1994 The Modern Love Hong Kong BoBo Actor 0.00
1994 God of Gamblers' Return Hong Kong Hoi Tong Actor 0.00
1994 Return To A Better Tomorrow Hong Kong Chili Actor 0.00
1993 Future Cops Hong Kong Chun May Actor 0.00
1993 Raped by an Angel Hong Kong Yau Yuk-nam Actor 0.00
1993 Kung Fu Cult Master Hong Kong Siu Chiu Actor 0.00
1993 Boys Are Easy Hong Kong Ching Siu Sze Actor 0.00
1993 City Hunter Japan, Hong Kong Saeko Actor 0.00
1993 Millionaire Cop Shun Actor 0.00
1993 Legend Of The Liquid Sword Hong Kong Flowerless Actor 0.00
1993 Ghost Lantern Hong Kong Siu Fu Yung Actor 0.00
1992 Royal Tramp Hong Kong Princess King Ning Actor 0.00
1992 Truant Heroes Kwan Tak Hing/Ng Siu Yuen Actor 0.00
1992 Deadly Dream Woman Hong Kong Jane Actor 0.00
1992 Casino Tycoon II Hong Kong Mrs Ho Mei Actor 0.00
1992 Lee Rock III Hong Kong Ha / Rose Actor 0.00
1992 She Starts the Fire Hong Kong Wendy Actor 0.00
1992 Casino Tycoon Hong Kong Mei Actor 0.00
1992 Royal Tramp 2 Hong Kong Princess King Ning Actor 0.00
1992 Naked Killer Hong Kong Kitty Actor 0.00
1991 Lee Rock Hong Kong Rose Actor 0.00
1991 Lee Rock II Hong Kong Rose / Ha Actor 0.00
1991 Tricky Brains Hong Kong Banana Fung Actor 0.00
1991 Money Maker Koh Tau Tau Actor 0.00
1990 My Neighbours are Phantoms Hong Kong Sandy Actor 8.00
1989 Happy Together Hong Kong Cherry's housemate Actor 0.00
1989 Perfect Match Hong Kong Gynaecologist Actor 0.00
1989 Mr. Fortune Hong Kong Cha Kit Ching Actor 0.00
1989 They Came to Rob Hong Kong Hong Kong Jenny Tung Actor 0.00
1989 Ghost Busting Hong Kong Yip Ling Actor 0.00
1989 The Romancing Star III Hong Kong Ching Actor 0.00
1988 How To Pick Girls Up! Hong Kong Xiao Beibei Actor 0.00
1988 The Crazy Companies 2 Tau Tau/Amy Actor 0.00
1988 The Crazy Companies Hong Kong Beanie Actor 0.00
1988 Mr. Possessed Hong Kong Wawa Actor 0.00

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