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Eugenia Yuan

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Eugenia Yuan (born Eugenia Yuen Lai-Kei) is an actress.

Biography

A Hong Kong Film Awards winner and daughter of martial arts legend Cheng Pei-pei, Eugenia Yuan started out her career not as an actress, but as a rhythmic gymnast for the U.S. Olympic Team and was ranked #4 in the world.

Eventually switching career from an athlete to on-screen ingénue, Eugenia made her screen debut co-starring with her mother in the martial arts picture Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger. She caught the eye of movie executives on both sides of the world who offered to groom her to inherit her mother's kung fu crown.

Eugenia opted instead to co-star in the dark, low-budget feature charlotte sometimes which garnered an honor at the Independent Spirit Awards and was publicly championed by Roger Ebert and featured in his own Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival.

Eugenia returned to Hong Kong to star in Three where she was named "Best Newcomer" in the Hong Kong Film Awards (Hong Kong's equivalent of the Academy Awards). Soon after, Hollywood director Doug Liman hand-picked her for the title role of the cult hit mockumentary Mail Order Wife which brought her to national attention when she was named as a "Rising Star/Screen Acting Discovery" at the premiere of the film in the Hamptons International Film Festival.

She was later nominated at Hong Kong's Golden Horse Awards for her starring role in The Eye 2 and made memorable turns in the John Dahl film The Great Raid and the Oscar-winning Memoirs of a Geisha. The jewelry retailer Me & Ro created a special edition hair ornament inspired by Eugenia's character in the movie.

Eugenia continues to shuttle back and forth between Los Angeles, New York and Hong Kong to take Studio, Chinese-language and American independent roles alike including the 2007 Gotham Awards winning film Choking Man. She also co-stars with Tony Leung Ka Fai in the Kenneth Bi film, The Drummer, and Erica Leerhsen in Slaughter.

Usually with

Eric Byler
Eric Byler
(1 films)
Bey Logan
Bey Logan
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Eugenia Yuan (13 films)

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Actress

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Wuxia films
Actors Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Eugenia Yuan, Chris Pang
Roles Blind Enchantress
Rating60% 3.0482553.0482553.0482553.0482553.048255
Tigre et Dragon 2 reprend les thèmes du premier opus et développe son intrigue autour d’une histoire d’amour perdu, d’une épée légendaire et d'une quête de rédemption. Et ce sur fond de combats d’arts martiaux entre le bien et le mal.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Directed by Yuen Woo-ping
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Martial arts, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen, Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Eugenia Yuan, Chris Pang
Roles Blind Enchantress
Rating60% 3.0482553.0482553.0482553.0482553.048255
Dans une Chine déchirée par des guerres désastreuses entre les différentes écoles d'arts martiaux, Hadès Dai, le seigneur de l'école du "Lotus de l'Ouest", poussé par les visions d'une sorcière, cherche à s'emparer de l'épée "Destinée" afin d'obtenir le pouvoir suprême. Le Seigneur Dai envoie alors le jeune Wei Fang à Pékin pour dérober l'épée dans le palais du Seigneur Tié qui vient de décéder. Wei Fang est battu, puis emprisonné par Yu Shu Lien et son élève, la jeune Vase de neige. Yu Shu Lien comprend dès lors qu'il lui faut rassembler les derniers adeptes de l'école du "Sentier de Fer" qui se sont toujours battus pour le code, le devoir et l'honneur. Cinq guerriers du Jiang hu la rejoignent : Loup silencieux, l'homme auquel elle avait jadis été promise et qu'elle croyait mort, Lame volante, Chan Poing de Tonnerre, Shi Fléchettes d'argent et Ma Tortue. Lorsque les troupes du "Lotus de l'Ouest" pénètrent de nuit dans le palais, Vase de neige libère Wei Fang qui s'empare alors de l'épée légendaire pour la ramener à Hadès Dai. Cependant, agenouillé devant le seigneur Dai, Wei Fang brandit l'épée "Destinée" et tente de le tuer afin de venger la mort de sa mère, la guerrière renégate Han Mei, dont la véritable histoire lui avait été dévoilée par Vase de neige qui fut son élève. En mauvaise posture, Wei Fang est secouru par Loup silencieux, Yu Shu Lien et deux autres guerriers. Au cours d'un duel sanglant, Loup silencieux finit par tuer Hadès Dai. Yu Shu Lien emporte alors l'épée "Destinée", qui suscite tant de convoitises et provoque tant de morts, aux Monts Wudang.
The Man with the Iron Fists 2, 1h29
Directed by Roel Reiné
Origin USA
Genres Martial arts, Kung fu, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Grace Huang, RZA, Andrew Lin Hoi, Carl Ng, Dustin Nguyen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Roles Ah Ni
Rating44% 2.2107152.2107152.2107152.2107152.210715
Thaddeus the blacksmith is on his way to the monks at Wu Chi Temple on a quest on inner peace when he is attacked by the brother of Silver Lion and his henchmen. Thaddeus manages to defeat them all but receives a near fatal wound from Silver Lion's brother's claw. He succumbs to his wounds and is seen drifting on a log down a river.
Revenge of the Green Dragons, 1h34
Directed by Andrew Lau
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Harry Shum Jr., Kevin Wu, Billy Magnussen, Alysia Reiner
Roles Snakehead Mama
Rating53% 2.653572.653572.653572.653572.65357
An immigrant named Sonny (Chon) joined the Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons" when he was a kid, and worked his way up through the gang hierarchy. But as he quickly rose up the ranks and became notorious in the community, his life falls apart around him.
I Don't Know How She Does It, 1h29
Directed by Douglas McGrath
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Busy Philipps
Rating49% 2.453092.453092.453092.453092.45309
By day, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) works for a Boston-based financial management firm; by night, she's a devoted mother to two adoring children and the happily married wife of out-of-work architect Richard (Greg Kinnear). Though balancing those two worlds has its fair share of challenges, Kate generally manages to come out on top thanks to the support of her best friend, Allison (Christina Hendricks), who's had plenty of experience balancing kids and a career. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, Kate's associate assistant, Momo (Olivia Munn), lives for her work and is afraid of settling down. Just when Kate lands a lucrative new account that will see her traveling across the country on a regular basis, however, her new business associate Jack (Pierce Brosnan) makes advances on her, and Richard receives a job offer he can't turn down. Though it looks as if Kate and Richard couldn't possibly take on any more responsibility, the demands of modern living ensure they'll never have a dull moment, even if they try.
Choking Man, 1h23
Directed by Steve Barron
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Eugenia Yuan, Aaron Paul, Mandy Patinkin
Roles Amy
Rating60% 3.003643.003643.003643.003643.00364
Choking Man is an intense blend of psychological drama and magical realism that encapsulates the contemporary immigrant experience in America. Jorge (Octavio Gómez Berríos) is a morbidly shy Ecuadorian dishwasher toiling away in a shabby Jamaica, Queens, New York diner run by Rick (Mandy Patinkin). He works all day long in the shadow of the ever-present Heimlich Maneuver instruction poster which hangs in the diner kitchen. From his solitary kitchen corner, Jorge gropes mutely for a bond with Amy (Eugenia Yuan), the newly hired Chinese waitress and even though she tries to reciprocate, the gulf that separates them may be too large. On the job he is continually tormented by his coworker Jerry (Aaron Paul) and at home in his Harlem boarding, under the psychological control of his late uncle, who was truly like a father to him. His uncle was described as being the only caring person in Jorge's life. He battles his inner demons. Set in the vicinity of JFK airport, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in the world, Choking Man captures the feeling of claustrophobia and almost literal asphyxiation newcomers to America experience as they struggle to find a place and purpose in this strange land.
The Great Raid, 2h12
Directed by John Dahl
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Prison films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, Logan Marshall-Green, Marton Csokas, Connie Nielsen
Roles Cora (Manila Nurse)
Rating66% 3.349783.349783.349783.349783.34978
In 1944, American forces were closing in on the Japanese-occupied Philippines. The Japanese held around 500 American prisoners who had survived the Bataan Death March in a notorious POW camp at Cabanatuan and subjected them to brutal treatment and summary execution, as the Japanese view surrender as a disgrace. Many prisoners were also stricken with malaria.
Memoirs of a Geisha, 2h25
Directed by Rob Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Suzuka Ōgo, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Samantha Futerman
Roles Korin
Rating74% 3.7009353.7009353.7009353.7009353.700935
The film tells the story of Chiyo Sakamoto, a poor Japanese girl who has been sold along with her older sister Satsu into a life of servitude by her parents. Chiyo is taken in by the proprietress of a geisha house, Mother, but Satsu is rejected and is sold to another house in the "pleasure district" of the Hanamachi. At the okiya, she meets another young girl named Pumpkin, and also has numerous unpleasant run-ins with the okiya's senior geisha Hatsumomo.
My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure, 1h18
Directed by Scott Spiegel
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Raymond Cruz, Eugenia Yuan, Dragoş Bucur, Stephen Apostolina
Roles Irina
Rating46% 2.3046552.3046552.3046552.3046552.304655
Modesty Blaise is working as a croupier in a casino in Tangier. A group of violent criminals assassinate her employer and enter the casino shooting staff and demanding entry to the casino's safe. Modesty delays her retaliation and retribution as she protects the lives of her staff. When the criminals kill the only person who can open the safe, Modesty arranges for a fellow employee to arrive who has the password for the computer that holds the details of the entry to the vault. As the criminals and their captives await the individual, Modesty takes on the leader of the criminals at the game of roulette. They agree that if she wins twice in a row a captive sworn to not tell what happened is released; when she loses she has to tell the truth about her background to the leader of the criminals who has become fascinated by her. She relates her life story little by little in the manner of Scheherazade.
The Eye 2
The Eye 2 (2004)
, 1h30
Directed by Oxide Pang et Danny Pang
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Eugenia Yuan, Shu Qi, Jesdaporn Pholdee, Philip Kwok, Rayson Tan, Derek Tsang
Roles Yuen Chi-Kei
Rating57% 2.8506452.8506452.8506452.8506452.850645
Believing she is being rejected by her boyfriend Sam, Joey attempts suicide with sleeping pills, but recovers after having her stomach pumped. When she looks forward to a brand new life, she discovers that she is pregnant. Being tortured by the thought of an abortion and unable to contact Sam, Joey finds herself becoming delusional and emotionally unstable.
Charlotte Sometimes, 1h25
Directed by Eric Byler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Eugenia Yuan, Jacqueline Kim, Shizuko Hoshi
Roles Lori
Rating60% 3.001413.001413.001413.001413.00141
Nominated for two 2003 Independent Spirit Awards, and hailed by Roger Ebert as a breakthrough for Asian American filmmakers, Charlotte Sometimes is a "mysterious and erotic" romance exploring the kinds of love for which there are no names or clear arrangements.
Three
Three (2002)
, 2h7
Directed by Kim Jee-woon, Peter Ho-sun Chan, Nonzee Nimibutr
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Horror
Actors Leon Lai, Eugenia Yuan, Jeong Bo-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Eric Tsang, John Shum
Rating61% 3.0994253.0994253.0994253.0994253.099425
Trois Histoires de l'au-delà est en fait (comme son nom l'indique) trois histoires en un seul film. On a donc droit à trois visions différentes sur l'au-delà et le monde des ectoplasmes.
Dragon Lord, 1h26
Directed by Jackie Chan
Origin Hong kong
Genres Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors Jackie Chan, Mars, Corey Yuen, Tien Feng, Eugenia Yuan, Jennifer Paz
Roles (voice)
Rating64% 3.247733.247733.247733.247733.24773
Dragon (Jackie Chan) tries to send a love note to his girlfriend via a kite but the kite gets away and as he tries to get it back, he finds himself inside the headquarters of a gang of thieves who are planning to steal artifacts from China.