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Chin Tsi-ang is a Actor Chinoise born on 22 february 1909

Chin Tsi-ang

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Nationality Chine
Birth 22 february 1909
Death 15 october 2007 (at 98 years)

Chin Tsi-Ang (February 22, 1909 – October 15, 2007), also romanized as Qian Siying, was one of the earliest martial arts actors of Chinese cinema, and the first female star. She debuted in South China Dream (南华梦, Nanhua Meng) in 1925 at the age of 16, and played a leading role in Southern Heroine (江南女侠, Jiangnan Nüxia) in 1930.

Biography

Born and raised in Shanghai, when Chin was an infant a fortune-teller told her parents that to avoid an early death, she would have to be brought up as a boy. As a result, she was permitted to engage in activities usually reserved for males, although sometimes with her gender disguised. Chin began martial arts training at the age of eight, later going on to perform all her own stunts as well as choreograph scenes. An offer to invest in the new Langhua Movie Studio, made to her father by a close friend and businessman, started Chin's acting career. The studio's first production was to be a martial arts film entitled South China Dream. Her father showed initial enthusiasm until his friend suggested Chin's athletic and attractive daughter would be perfect for a role in it. The elder Chin held a low opinion of actors, but was eventually convinced his daughter might be essential to the new venture's success.. South China Dream (later retitled Dreams of Women) was released in two parts, 20 reels total, and box office receipts were good enough to permit the studio to make two more action films in which Chin Tsi-Ang again played important supporting roles.

Chin's supporting roles in Langhua's successful first three movies launched what would become a long movie career. In 1928 she joined the Fudan Film Company, her first role for that studio being the female lead in The Swallow Heroine, after which she starred in three more for Fudan the following year. In 1930 she moved up a level to the Great Wall Film Company, making what would become her representative work, Southern Heroine, directed by Yang Xiaozhong and co-starring Zhang Zhizhi as her villainous adversary. Chin's performance impressed audiences in a film that came out just as Shanghai studios discovered the potential of marketing their product to Southeast Asia's Chinese community; Chin's emerging popularity amongst this group brought a steady stream of theater owners to Shanghai to buy copies of her films, regardless of the cost. She went on to make nine more action films for Great Wall and other studios, and since some of these were multi-parters, the actual number totaled about twice that. The last of these was released in 1931, by which time the fervor for martial arts movies had cooled, so Chin moved into other genres, including sound films.

She married director Hung Chung-Ho, with whom she had seven children (one of her grandchildren is Sammo Hung), and having become a star in Shanghai, they moved to Hong Kong, where they formed the Sanxing Film Company, which specialized in wuxia and produced the first Fong Sai-Yuk film in 1938. The company continued in business until 1963, when the Hong Kong government requisitioned its properties. Chin's husband died not long afterwards, following which she felt the urge to resume making movies, but when the matter of her age (now 53) came up, she replied that she just wanted to make movies again, and would be happy to take "green leaf" roles (bit parts or extras). She specialized in playing women her own age, often the mother or grandmother of a lead character. In this second stage of her career, she worked in more than 180 theatrical films over five decades, one of the more recent being in Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love at age 90.

Chin died in Hong Kong on October 15, 2007.

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Chin Tsi-ang (50 films)

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My Wife Is 18, 1h44
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Charlene Choi, Ekin Cheng, Stephanie Che, Bernice Liu, Patrick Tang, Chin Tsi-ang
Roles Thirteen's grandma
Rating59% 2.9507752.9507752.9507752.9507752.950775
The film begins in the city of London, where a 30-year-old man sits in front of a university board of 3 women. Apparently, the subject the man is being assessed in is Psychology of women, so hence the unisexual university board. The man is yet again told he has failed completely in the subject, and as he exits the university he is identified as Cheng (Ekin Cheng) by his colleagues.
In the Mood for Love, 1h38
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Maggie Cheung, Rebecca Pan, Joe Cheung, Julien Carbon et Laurent Courtiaud, Chin Tsi-ang
Roles Amah
Rating80% 4.049964.049964.049964.049964.04996
The film takes place in Hong Kong, 1962. Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung), a journalist, rents a room in an apartment of a building on the same day as Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), a secretary from a shipping company. They become next-door neighbours. Each has a spouse who works and often leaves them alone on overtime shifts. Despite the presence of a friendly Shanghainese landlady, Mrs. Suen, and bustling, mahjong-playing neighbours, Chow and Su often find themselves alone in their rooms. Their lives continue to intersect in everyday situations: a recurring motif in this film is the loneliness of eating alone, and the film documents the leads' chance encounters, each making their individual trek to the street noodle stall.
The Blade
The Blade (1995)
, 1h45
Directed by Tsui Hark
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Action, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Chiu Man-cheuk, Xiong Xin-xin, Chin Tsi-ang, Collin Chou
Roles Mah
Rating69% 3.498793.498793.498793.498793.49879
Ding-on is an orphaned swordsmith working in a factory, called "Sharp Foundry", run by his master, who is an old friend of his deceased father. The master's daughter, Ling, who narrates the film, is romantically interested in both Ding-on and his coworker, Iron Head.
The Mad Monk, 1h29
Directed by Johnnie To, Ching Siu-tung
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Action
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about religion
Actors Stephen Chow, Maggie Cheung, Anthony Wong, Kirk Wong, Ng Man-tat, Wong Yat-fei
Roles Old Woman with Bad Stomach
Rating61% 3.0963953.0963953.0963953.0963953.096395
The movie starts out with all of the gods in heaven complaining to the Jade Emperor about the malicious practical jokes played on them by Dragon Fighter Lohan. The Emperor summons Dragon's sworn-brother, Tiger Fighter Lohan (Ng Man Tat), in order to find Dragon. Dragon (Stephen Chow) eventually appears and rebuke the various gods for their horrible judgments on mankind. He insisted he can do a better job and is banished to be reincarnated into an animal by the Jade Emperor. The Bodhisattva Guan Yin (Anita Mui) intervene and issues Dragon a challenge. If he can change the fates of three people—a beggar, a prostitute, and a villain—doomed to nine incarnations as their current position in life within three heavenly days (thirty years), without heavenly powers, he will be upgraded in heavenly status. If he fails, he will be downgraded from an arhat to an animal. The Bodhisattva gives him a magical fan that can only be used three times a day for sleight-of-hand-like magic tricks to help him in his mission. However, heavenly soldiers force him down from heaven before he has the fan in hand.
C'est La Vie Mon Cheri, 1h45
Directed by Derek Yee
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Anita Yuen, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Paul Chun, Sylvia Chang, Peter Ho-sun Chan
Rating75% 3.784323.784323.784323.784323.78432
Min (Anita Yuen), who is part of a Cantonese street opera troupe and a part-time cover artiste, meets Kit (Lau Ching-Wan), a struggling jazz musician who has just broken up with his celebrity singer girlfriend (Carina Lau). Through her bubbly personality, she affects Kit for the better. However, just as their relationship begins to stabilize and win acceptance from Min's family, which includes a strict mother and a doting, saxophone-playing uncle, Min is re-diagnosed with bone cancer, which she had once suffered as a young child.
Casino Tycoon I, 2h13
Directed by Wong Jing
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Andy Lau, Chingmy Yau, Joey Wong, Paul Chun, Wong Yat-fei, Chin Tsi-ang
Roles Chang's mother
Rating59% 2.955382.955382.955382.955382.95538
Se déroulant durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Casino Tycoon relate l'histoire de Benny, un jeune diplômé joué par Andy Lau, qui fuit à Hong-Kong durant l'invasion japonaise et se convertit dans le jeu à Macao. Une fois à Macao, il rencontre un homme d'affaires local qui a des liens avec le crime organisé, il se construit lentement son chemin dans les rangs de la pègre de Macao, qui mène finalement à des troubles.
Royal Tramp, 1h50
Directed by Gordon Chan, Ching Siu-tung, Wong Jing
Origin Hong kong
Genres Martial arts, Comedy, Kung fu, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Stephen Chow, Sharla Cheung, Ng Man-tat, Sandra Ng, Chingmy Yau, Natalis Chan
Rating70% 3.5458653.5458653.5458653.5458653.545865
Après avoir aidé un fameux rebelle, Wai Siu-bo devient son élève et est choisi pour aller voler un livre secret dans le palais impérial.
To Be Number One, 2h23
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Mob film, Crime
Actors Cecilia Yip, Lawrence Ng, Amy Yip, Frankie Chan, Ng Man-tat, Kenneth Tsang Wing Kong
Roles Md. Wu
Rating71% 3.579473.579473.579473.579473.57947
The protagonist Ho begins the story as a poor Teochew refugee from Communist China, and leads his men to become paws of corrupted police Fat Kwan to control the drug trade. After Ho establishes himself, Fat Kwan turns against him, cripples him and kills many of his men, but Ho keeps rising and eliminates all his enemies. However Ho is blinded by his growing power, and his empire ends with the establishment of ICAC.
Days of Being Wild, 1h34
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Jacky Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Rebecca Pan
Rating73% 3.698633.698633.698633.698633.69863
Dans les années 1960 à Hong Kong, Yuddy, élevé à la diable par sa mère adoptive, indolent et charmeur, se laisse bercer par la vie, passant de bras en bras, seulement alarmé quand on lui propose le mariage. Narcissique, obsédé par le besoin qu'il éprouve de découvrir ses origines, Yuddy quitte amis, maîtresses et mère pour partir aux Philippines, à la recherche de son passé.
All for the Winner, 1h41
Directed by Corey Yuen, Jeffrey Lau
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Action
Actors Stephen Chow, Sharla Cheung, Ng Man-tat, Sandra Ng, Corey Yuen, Paul Chun
Roles Old Woman
Rating67% 3.395343.395343.395343.395343.39534
Sing (Stephen Chow) is a mainland China country boy who arrives in Hong Kong to visit his Uncle "Blackie Tat" (Ng Man-tat). When Sing stays with his uncle and his friends in their apartment, Blackie soon learns of Sing's supernatural ability to see through objects and, later on, his ability to change playing cards by rubbing them. He takes advantage of this and turns Sing into the Dou Seng or the "Saint of Gamblers". After getting into a fight with several alleyway gamblers he meets the lovely Yee-mung (lit. trans: Beautiful Dream, but euphemistically as wet dream), a henchman for the "King of Gamblers", and becomes infatuated with her. Sing quickly becomes a rival to the King and must win his way through a world competition to prove his skill.
Kung Fu Vs. Acrobatic, 1h39
Directed by Yuen Wah
Origin Hong kong
Genres Martial arts, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Andy Lau, Joey Wong, Natalis Chan, Yuen Wah, Shing Fui On, Lee Siu-kei
Roles Old woman with child boarding bus
Rating56% 2.8127652.8127652.8127652.8127652.812765
Advertising company staff Mo Tak-fai and his friend Lai Chi are going to mainland China for a business trip during which Chi smuggled some relics which leads them being chased by the police and they strayed into a cave. Chi was bitten by a poisonous snake in the cave but was saved by medicine from hero Lung Kim-fei from centuries ago and shares it with Tak-fai. Not only does the medicine detoxifies Chi, it also gave Tak-fai and Chi internal strengths. There, they also rescue Princess Wan-lo and her maid Siu-man who were frozen for eight hundred years from the Yuan Dynasty while also allowing two-hundred-year-old evil martial arts expert Tin-chan escape.
Midnight Whispers
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama
Actors Moon Lee, Chin Tsi-ang
Roles Hua's mother-in-law
Rating64% 3.233243.233243.233243.233243.23324
The Romancing Star, 1h43
Directed by Wong Jing
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Maggie Cheung, Eric Tsang, Natalis Chan, Stanley Fung, Sharla Cheung
Roles mahjong player
Rating60% 3.045793.045793.045793.045793.04579
Fred (Chow Yun-fat), foul-mouthed, together with his two close buddies, Silver (Eric Tsang) and Tony (Natalis Chan), are working in a garage. Their boss, Ken (Stanley Fung), is harsh and dingy. However, a warm and close friendship has been established among the four. In order to recover the heartbreak of Fred, Ken suggested a tour to Penang to cheer up Fred. They came across two beautiful girls, Maggie (Maggie Cheung) and Agnes (Agnes Cheung), strolling leisurely on the beach as if they were very wealthy. Since then they decided on courtship. They played a poker game to decide who’s to who. And Fred, the winner, chose Maggie to be his sole target. By the rules of the game, Ken, Silver and Tony have to compete to see who in the ends will win the heart of Agnes.
Flaming Brothers, 1h42
Directed by Joe Cheung
Origin Hong kong
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Gangster films
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Alan Tang, Emily Chu, Patrick Tse, Philip Chan, Joe Cheung
Roles Resident of old folks home
Rating61% 3.0959953.0959953.0959953.0959953.095995
Alan Chan (Alan Tang) and Cheung Ho-tin (Chow Yun-fat) are orphans wandering in the streets of Macau who became sworn brothers together, they make a living by stealing. One day, while Tin was stealing food in a church, he is discovered by Ho Ka-hei (Pat Ha), who encourages him not to steal and subsequently brings food to him and his friends everyday until one day, when Ka-hei was adopted and the two farewell in tears. Alan and Tin struggles very hard and finally succeeds and become triad leaders. During a gang warfare, Alan and Tin kill Chiu, the underling of a major Macau triad leader Ko Lo-sei (Patrick Tse). Ko mobilizes his men to seek revenge but the strong-willed Alan strikes back. Then, the cunning Ko pretends to reconcile with Alan and provides news for Alan to traffick arms in Thailand. However, the arms dealer turns out to be Ko's rival, Uncle Pui, and Alan nearly lost his life. With his extraordinary courage, Alan gains Pui's trust and successfully makes business. At the same time, Alan also meets Macau singer Jenny and falls in love with her and brings her back to Macau. While Alan was highlighting danger in Thailand, Tin re-encounters Ka-hei in a Catholic school and after lay each other's heart bare, they get engaged. However, Ka-hei requests Tin to leave the underworld and wants to lead a peaceful life in Hong Kong. Tin summons his courage to tell Alan about this, but Alan, while preparing big business with Tin, becomes enraged. Having to choose between his lover and his brother, Tin sadly leaves Alan. When Ko discovers that Alan safely returned from Thailand, he falls out with him and annexes all his purchased arms, formally declaring war with Alan. Later, Alan falls into Ko's trap and becomes encircled where his underlings are fully wiped out and Jenny is also killed from protecting him. Alan decides to single-highhandedly deal with Ko. In Hong Kong, Tin hears news of it and leaves his beloved wife and returns to Macau to fight with Ko alongside Alan in a gunfight where after a fierce battle, the trio dies together.