Anita Yuen

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Anita Yuen
Chinese name 袁詠儀 (traditional)
Chinese name 袁咏仪 (simplified)
Pinyin Yuán Yǒngyí (Mandarin)
Jyutping jyun4 wing6 ji4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Dongguan, Guangdong
Born (1971-09-04) September 4, 1971 (age 43)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Leng Leng (靚靚)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Julian Cheung (m. 2001–present)
Children Morton Cheung (b. 2006)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yuen.

Anita Yuen Wing-yi is a Hong Kong film and television actress. She was the winner of the 1990 Miss Hong Kong Pageant.

Pageant career[edit]

At the age of 18, Yuen entered the Miss Hong Kong 1990 pageant. She was a heavy favorite to win the crown from the semifinal to final. During the semifinals on August 5, 1990, she won the Miss Photogenic award. She had a semifinal score of 485, placing 3rd overall. The finals were held on August 21, 1990. She eventually beat out another big favorite, Helen Yung who was 1st runner up and the winner of 2 other awards. Yuen later represented Hong Kong at the Miss Chinese International 1991 pageant, held on February 2, 1991. She took 1st runner up for Hong Kong. She also competed at the Miss Universe 1991 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. She failed to make the top 10 and was placed 60th.

Film career[edit]

Yuen is best known for her role as the female lead in Derek Yee's 1993 tear-jerker C'est la vie, mon chéri (1993). She is also well-remembered in her cross-gender comic role opposite Leslie Cheung in He's a Woman, She's a Man (1994). The two roles won for her the Hong Kong Academy Best Actress awards. She also gave a powerful performance in, for instance, The Chinese Feast, co-starring together with Leslie Cheung. Apart from her role in a great many films, she has also acted in a number of Mainland-Taiwan television serials, such as Hua Mu Lan, opposite Vincent Zhao.

Personal life[edit]

Her husband is Hong Kong actor and singer Julian Cheung. In May 2006, Yuen announced that she was 3 months pregnant with their first child. Their son, Morton Cheung, was born on November 12, 2006. On June 23, 2007, Yuen was a guest on TVB's Be My Guest with host Stephen Chan revealing that she and Julian were secretly married in the United States, San Francisco, back in 2001.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1991 Be My Guest Fong On Yee TVB
1992 Angel's Call Ling Shanshan TVB
1999 Hua Mulan Hua Mulan CTV
2000 State of Divinity Ren Yingying CTV
2001 The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung Song Xihu CTS
2002 The Monkey King The Goddess of Nine Heaven TVB
2004 The River Flows Eastwards Sufen
2005 Love's Lone Flower Yun Fang CTS
2008 Love Exchange Sit Tze Yiu (Zita) TVB
2009 Born Rich Cheuk Yat-sam TVB Nominated – TVB Award for Best Actress
Nominated – TVB Award for My Favourite Female Character
Love in Trouble Time Sam So ATV Produced in 2001
2011 All Men Are Brothers Lin Chong's wife
2013 Longmen Express Sheng Qiuyue Season 1

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Awards Notes
1992 The Days of Being Dumb Jane Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
Talk to Me Dicky
Handsome Siblings Madam Ti
1993 A Warrior's Tragedy Ting Ling-Lam
Prince of Portland Street Yao-Yao
Tom, Dick and Hairy Fong
The Incorruptible Joss Lee
Deadly China Hero Miss Nine
Legend of the Liquid Sword Red
The Sword Stained with Royal Blood Jade Ho
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Yee/Lynn
1994 From Beijing with Love Siu Kam
He's a Woman, She's a Man Lam Chi Wing Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
C'est la vie, mon chéri Min Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Crystal Fortune Run Ko Kit
The True Hero Hung
I've Got You, Babe Ron
The Worth of Silence Kwong Mei-Chi
Crossings Mo-yung
It's a Wonderful Life Shou-Kit Ho
He & She Tai Lok-Yee
I Will Wait for You Cheung Wai-Sum
Taste of Killing and Romance Yu-Feng
Whatever You Want Ko Sau-Ping
Tears and Triumph Sai Ming-Jun
1995 Heaven Can't Wait Moon Lady
Just Married
The Chinese Feast Au Ka-Wai
The Age of Miracles Mrs. Sheung
Tragic Commitment Lam Hiu-Tung
Thunderbolt Amy Yip
The Golden Girls Mei-Ball
I Want to Go on Living Yip Fan
01:00 A.M. Fong Siu-Yin
Tricky Business Moon
1996 Entrance of the P-Side Yip Yuk-Sum Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Tristar Bai Xuehua
Till Death Do Us Laugh Yuen Siu-Wen
Who's the Woman, Who's the Man Lam Chi Wing
Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star Beautiful
1997 A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation Xiaoqian (voice)
Hong Kong Night Club Cora
God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage Seven
He Comes from Planet K Moon
Up for the Rising Sun
The Wedding Days Rachel Lam
1998 Enter the Eagles Lucy
Anna Magdalena Assistant Editor
Till Death Do Us Part BoBo Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
2000 Don't Look Back... Or You'll Be Sorry!! Lisa
Lensman: Power of the Lens (voice)
Dragon Heat
2003 Kung Fu Girls
2004 Love Trilogy Chui
2005 Love's Lone Flower Yuanfeng
2007 Protégé Jong's wife Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010 72 Tenants of Prosperity Pinky
2011 I Love Hong Kong
2013 Ip Man: The Final Fight Cheung Wing-sing
The Love Experience
2014 The Deathday Party

References[edit]

  • Halliwell, Leslie; Walker, John (2003). Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies (15th Edition ed.). HarperCollins. p. 503. ISBN 0-06-053423-0. 
  • Staff (2008). "Anita Yuen". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Monica Chan
Miss Hong Kong
1990
Succeeded by
Amy Kwok
Preceded by
Maggie Cheung
for Centre Stage
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actress
1994
for C'est la vie, mon chéri
1995
for He's a Woman, She's a Man
Succeeded by
Josephine Siao
for Summer Snow