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Tsai Chin is a Actor Chinoise born on 30 november 1936 at Shanghai (Chine)

Tsai Chin

Tsai Chin
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Nationality Chine
Birth 30 november 1936 (87 years) at Shanghai (Chine)

Tsai Chin (Chinese: 周采芹; pinyin: Zhōu Cǎiqín) is an actress, director, teacher and author, best known in America for her role as Auntie Lindo in the film The Joy Luck Club.

The third daughter of the legendary Peking opera actor and singer Zhou Xinfang and Western-educated mother Ju Lilian, Tsai Chin was the first Chinese student trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and later earned a Masters Degree at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her career spans more than five decades and three continents. She starred onstage in London's West End in The World of Suzie Wong, and on Broadway in Golden Child. Chin appeared in two James Bond films: as a Bond girl in You Only Live Twice; and Casino Royale. Her single, "The Ding Dong Song," recorded for Decca, hit the top of the music charts in Asia. She was the first acting instructor to be invited to teach acting in China after the Cultural Revolution, when China's universities re-opened. In China she is best known for her portrayal of Grandmother Jia in the 2010 TV drama series The Dream of Red Mansions.


Chin was born on November 30, 1933, in Tianjin, China, where her father was on tour. She grew up in Shanghai's French Concession, where (under her western name, "Irene Chow") she received a multi-lingual education at The Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mctyeire School (中西女中) in Shanghai, and King George V School in Hong Kong. During her childhood, Chin was witness to colonial occupation, Japanese invasion of China, Chinese Civil War, and the Communist take-over in 1949. At age 17, she left Shanghai and was sent to England to study at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she later became an Associate Member. Her brother is Michael Chow, restaurateur and painter.

Best films

Abominable (2019)

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Filmography of Tsai Chin (31 films)

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Abominable (2019)

Directed by Jill Culton
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal
Actors Chloe Bennet, Tsai Chin, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, James Hong, Annie Le Youdec
Roles Nai Nai (voice)
Rating70% 3.510363.510363.510363.510363.51036
Yi, une jeune fille chinoise, trouve un jeune yéti magique, qu'elle nomme Everest, et l'aide à retrouver sa famille. Pendant leur quête, ils doivent surmonter leurs plus grandes peurs tout en voyageant à travers différentes dimensions, accompagnés de leurs amis, Jin et Peng.
Now You See Me 2, 2h9
Directed by Jon Chu
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Roles Bu Bu
Rating64% 3.2067353.2067353.2067353.2067353.206735
Three years after the events of the first film, Arthur Tressler's son, Walter (Daniel Radcliffe), seeks to bring "The Four Horsemen" to justice, after his father's imprisonment.
A Leading Man, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Heather Mazur, Tsai Chin, Kate Miner, Isidora Goreshter, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, Cameron Bender
Roles Grandma Mei An
Rating65% 3.299023.299023.299023.299023.29902
GQ Qi (Jack Yang) finally makes it big playing a coveted role on a television sitcom. Everyone is happy for him – the network, his mother, his best friend – everyone except GQ himself. He is stuck playing an offensive stereotype. The day he decides to speak up for himself on set, the executive producer fires him. To salvage his career, he starts dating A-list casting director Rachel Cohen (Heather Mazur); work and love soon become intertwined.
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, 1h37
Directed by John Laing
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Children's films
Actors Brenda Song, Shin Koyamada, Sally Martin, Anna Hutchison, James Gaylyn, Justin Chon
Roles Grandma
Rating54% 2.7200252.7200252.7200252.7200252.720025
The plot was described by the author and numerous critics as a teen installment to a Jackie Chan plot with a Disney twist. Gary Marsh called the film "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon".
Casino Royale, 2h24
Directed by Martin Campbell, Michael G. Wilson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Spy films, Jeu, Seafaring films, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Poker
Actors Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini
Roles Madame Wu
Rating79% 3.997033.997033.997033.997033.99703
After killing Dryden, a traitorous MI6 section chief—who has been selling classified information—and the chief's contact, James Bond receives his double-0 status and is designated 007. He then travels to Madagascar in pursuit of Mollaka, a globe-trotting bombmaker-for-hire. After a parkour chase to an unnamed African embassy, Bond kills Mollaka against orders and escapes by setting off an explosion which immobilizes the embassy's security forces. Searching through Mollaka's mobile phone, Bond discovers a text message, which he traces to Alex Dimitrios, an associate of the banker and terrorist financier Le Chiffre. Aided by Mr. White, who is a representative of a terrorist organization later revealed to be Quantum, Le Chiffre is introduced to Steven Obanno, a high ranking member of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, and arranges to bank several briefcases full of cash for Obanno. Le Chiffre, however, decides to invest the money into stock in a successful company called SkyFleet and then engineers a terrorist attack to sink its share prices, creating huge profits for himself.
The Interpreter, 2h
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Monde imaginaire, Politique, Political films, Films about language and translation
Actors Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener, Jesper Christensen, Yvan Attal, Earl Cameron
Roles Luan
Rating63% 3.1994253.1994253.1994253.1994253.199425
Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an interpreter working at the United Nations in New York City. She was raised in the Republic of Matobo, a fictional African country, but has dual citizenship. The U.N. is considering indicting Edmond Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), Matobo's president, to stand trial in the International Criminal Court. Initially a liberator, over the past 20 years he has become as corrupt and tyrannical as the government he overthrew, and is now responsible for ethnic cleansing and other atrocities within Matobo. Zuwanie is soon to visit the U.N. and put forward his own case to the General Assembly, in an attempt to avoid the indictment.
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 Auntie
Rating73% 3.6535253.6535253.6535253.6535253.653525
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.
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, 1h28
Directed by Craig R. Baxley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Lisa Brenner, Steven Brand, Kate Burton, Tsidii Le Loka, Brad Greenquist, Deirdre Quinn
Roles Madame Lu
Rating54% 2.7015352.7015352.7015352.7015352.701535
The miniseries is an adaptation of The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red (2001), written by Ridley Pearson under the pseudonym Joyce Reardon, Ph.D. Pearson's novel was based on the script of Stephen King's Rose Red.
Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity, 1h30
Directed by Mina Shum
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Sandra Oh, Valerie Tian, Ric Young, Tseng Chang, Tsai Chin, Mario Carotenuto
Roles Hun Ping Wong
Rating65% 3.294433.294433.294433.294433.29443
Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho (Valerie Tian) tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's (Sandra Oh) financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects. Mindy's misdirected charms appear to cause an aging security guard to lose his job and a local butcher to win the lottery. The guard, the butcher and her mother's stories all intersect, bound together by Mindy's attempts at magical intervention. Kevin Yee plays Raymond Lee, a young boy who loses his turtle; Mindy tries to help him find the animal by using her magic.
Titan A.E.
Titan A.E. (2000)
, 1h34
Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Gary Goldman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Sur une planète fictive, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, Drew Barrymore
Roles Old Woman (voice)
Rating65% 3.2995853.2995853.2995853.2995853.299585
In 3028 A.D., humanity has mastered deep space travel and interacted with several alien species. A human invention called "Project Titan" alarms the Drej, a pure energy-based alien species who attack Earth after breaching the Global Defense System. As the Drej start to attack Earth, Professor Sam Tucker, the lead researcher for "Project Titan", sends his son Cale on one of the evacuation ships with his alien friend Tek while Tucker and other members of his team fly the Titan spacecraft into hyperspace. When the Drej mothership destroys the Earth with an energy beam, the surviving humans become nomads, generally ridiculed by other alien species.
Red Corner
Red Corner (1997)
, 2h2
Directed by Jon Avnet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Political films
Actors Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann, Peter Donat, Robert Stanton
Roles Chairman Xu
Rating62% 3.149883.149883.149883.149883.14988
Red Corner tells the story of a wealthy American businessman named Jack Moore (played by Richard Gere) working in China and attempting to put together a satellite communications deal as part of a joint venture with the Chinese government. Before the deal goes through, he is framed for the murder of a powerful Chinese general's daughter, and the satellite contract is awarded to Moore's competitor, Gerhardt Hoffman. Moore's court-appointed lawyer Shen Yuelin, (played by Bai Ling), initially does not believe his claims of innocence, but the pair gradually unearth further evidence that not only vindicates Moore but also implicates powerful figures within the Chinese central government administration, exposing undeniable conspiracy and corruption. Shen manages to convince several high-ranking Chinese officials to release evidence that proves Moore's innocence. Moore is quickly released from prison while the conspirators that framed him are arrested. At the airport, Moore asks Shen to leave China with him, but she decides to stay as there are many more things to change in China. However, she admits that meeting Moore has changed her life, and she considers him part of her family now. They both then share a heartfelt hug on the airport runway.
The Joy Luck Club, 2h19
Directed by Wayne Wang
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Feminist films, Films about sexuality, Political films
Actors Ming-Na Wen, Rosalind Chao, Lauren Tom, France Nuyen, Tamlyn Tomita, Kieu Chinh
Roles Lindo Jong
Rating76% 3.847283.847283.847283.847283.84728
The Joy Luck Club was formed by four women in San Francisco: Lindo Jong (Tsai Chin), Ying-Ying St. Clair (France Nuyen), An-Mei Hsu (Lisa Lu), and Suyuan Woo (Kieu Chinh). The members have mainly played mahjong and told each other's stories over the years. They emigrated from their native country, China, remarried, and gave birth to children in America. Suyuan's daughter June (Ming-Na Wen) replaced her when Suyuan died four months before the time the film is set. The mothers have high hopes for their daughters' success, but the daughters struggle through "anxieties, feelings of inadequacy, and failures." Throughout the film, the mothers and daughters bond by learning to understand each other and by overcoming their conflicts.
Love Unto Wastes, 1h36
Directed by Stanley Kwan
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Tsai Chin, Irene Wan, Elaine Jin, Chow Yun-fat, Tsai Chin
Roles Chiu Suk-Ling
Rating66% 3.337263.337263.337263.337263.33726
Trois jeunes femmes originaires de Taiwan débarquent à Hong Kong avec la ferme intention de devenir célèbre. Elles font la connaissance d’un jeune homme dans un bar avec qui elles se lient d’amitié et partagent des moments d’intimité. Jusqu’au jour où l’une d’entre elles est retrouvée morte. Un inspecteur de police mène l’enquête et cherche à comprendre ce qui liait réellement les quatre amis profondément affectés par la disparition de la jeune femme.