Kara Hui

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Kara Hui Ying-hung
Chinese name 惠英紅 (traditional)
Chinese name 惠英红 (simplified)
Pinyin Huì Yīng Hóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Wai6 Jing1 Hung4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Manchu (Plain Yellow Banner)[1]
Born (1960-02-03) 3 February 1960 (age 54)
Shandong, China[2]
Years active 1976 - present
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hui.

Kara Hui Ying-hung (born 3 February 1960), also romanized as Kara Wai Ying Hung, is a Hong Kong-based Chinese actress of Manchu descent. Known in the West primarily by her kung-fu fighting roles in Shaw Brothers Studio films in the 1970s and 1980s, she had since portrayed more serious roles with great success, and she is the first winner of Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress in 1982. Her portrayal of a mother in the 2009 film At the End of Daybreak won her the highest recognition at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Pacific Meridian, Asian Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards.

Biography[edit]

Hui's family moved to Hong Kong in 1966 and she started working at night clubs at fourteen.[3] In her interview on Be My Guest, Hui revealed her family lost their savings from her father's business acquaintances.[4] Left penniless, Hui's mother, herself and her siblings were forced to peddle goods on the streets of Hong Kong. In the early years, Hui's family resided in the poor shanty town of Rennie's Mill.[4]

After working at nightclubs, Hui was discovered by film director Lau Kar-leung and cast in Lau's Challenge of the Masters (1976). After that, she participated in various films of Lau with whom she also was rumoured to have had an affair.[3]

Hui reached her career apex in My Young Auntie (1982), for which she was awarded the Best Actress Award in the 1st Hong Kong Film Awards. She won the Best Actress Award for the second time at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Hui is the sister of actor Austin Wai (passed away on October 4, 2012).

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1976 Challenge of the Masters
1977 Chinatown Kid Girl in brothel
1977 The Brave Archer Mu Nianci
1977 Teenager's Nightmare: The Criminals Part 5
1977 The Dream of the Red Chamber
1978 Invincible Shaolin Xiu Yin
1978 Heaven Sword & Dragon Sabre Part II
1978 The Voyage of Emperor Chien Lung
1978 Swordsman and Enchantress
1978 The Cunning Hustler
1978 The Brave Archer 2 Mu Nianci
1978 Clan of Amazons
1978 Shaolin Handlock Li's student
1979 The Tigress of Shaolin Tsai Chiao
1979 The Last Judgement
1979 Life Gamble Xiao Hung
1979 The Scandalous Warlord Concubine
1979 Mad Monkey Kung Fu Miss Chen
1979 The Deadly Breaking Sword Xiaoqin
1979 The Ghost Story
1979 Dirty Ho Choi Hung
1980 Return to the 36th Chamber Hung
1980 The Swift Sword
1980 Emperor Chien Lung and the Beauty
1980 Heaven and Hell Lin Wei-Gang's Girlfriend
1980 Clan of the White Lotus Mei-Hsiao
1981 Sword Stained with Royal Blood
1981 Return of the Sentimental Swordsman Sun Hsiao Hung
1981 My Young Auntie Cheng Tai-Nan
1981 The Brave Archer 3
1981 The Martial Club Chu Ying
1981 The Tiger and the Widow
1981 The Duel of the Century
1982 The Emperor and the Minister
1982 Cat vs Rat Chan's sister
1982 Brave Archer 4
1982 Legendary Weapons of China Fang Shao-Ching
1982 The 82 Tenants
1982 Buddha's Palm
1983 Demon of the Lute
1983 The Lady Is the Boss
1984 Three Stooges Go Undercover
1984 New Tales of the Flying Fox Yuan Tzu-yi
1984 Eight Diagram Pole Fighter Yang No.8
1984 Family Light Affair
1984 Double Decker (1984)
1984 The Return of Pom Pom Yuen Hung/Mimi
1984 Long Road to Gallantry Li Sai Nan
1985 Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars Tour Girl
1985 Robby the Rascal Suya
1985 Why Me? Woman Whose Husband Gambles
1985 Journey of the Doomed
1986 The Story of Dr. Sun Yat-sen
1986 Rosa Lei's Sister
1986 The Seventh Curse Inspector Chiang
1987 Rouge Actress Portraying Ghost
1988 Peacock King
1988 The Inspector Wears Skirts May
1988 Pretty Women at War Ah Phoh
1989 Mr Canton and Lady Rose
1989 Burning Ambition Chau Siu-Hong
1989 They Came to Rob Hong Kong Inspector Shang
1989 Red Lips
1989 Widow Warriors Sister-in-law
1989 The Inspector Wears Skirts II
1990 Stage Door Johnny
1990 Angel Terminators Hon
1990 Raid on Royal Casino Marine May
1990 Lethal Angels 2
1991 The Banquet The Servant
1991 Heart of Danger
1991 Who Cares!
1991 Queen of Gambler
1991 The Roar of the Vietnamese Yuen Wan-Yin
1992 The Inspector Wears Skirts IV May
1992 Behind the Curtain
1992 Guys in Ghost's Hand
1992 Zen of Sword Ha Hou's Aunt
1992 Mega Force from Highland
1992 Legend of the Drunken Tiger Leela
1993 Madam City Hunter Siu-Hung
1993 Tattoo Girl
1995 The Vengeance
1996 Dragon from Shaolin
1996 Xiu hua da dao
2000 High K
2000 Fist Power
2001 Visible Secret Siu Kam's mother
2003 The Park Mrs. Yu
2003 Infernal Affairs II Hau's sister
2003 The Secret Society - Boss Fai's ex-wife
2003 Night Corridor Sam's mother
2004 Blood Brothers Wing's mother
2005 A Chinese Tall Story
2005 Crazy N' the City Rachel
2008 Legendary Assassin Boss
2008 L for Love, L for Lies Bobo's mother
2009 At the End of Daybreak
2010 72 Tenants of Prosperity
2011 A Chinese Ghost Story Lao Lao, the tree demon
2011 Wu Xia Knife fighter
2011 The Wedding Diary
2011 Turning Point 2
2012 Diva Sister Dan
2012 Happiness Me Too
2013 Midnight Train
2013 7 Assassins
2013 The Wedding Diary 2
2013 The Fox Lover
2013 Rigor Mortis Yeung Feng
2013 Control
2014 Lock Me Up, Tie Him Down
2014 The Midnight After

Television[edit]

Year Title Role TVB Anniversary Awards
1996 Journey to the West
西遊記
女儿国将军
1997 Deadly Protection
保護證人組
1997 Lady Flower Fist
苗翠花
Ma Yuk Mui
馬玉梅
1999 At the Threshold of an Era
創世紀
Eva Lau Shuet Ling
劉雪玲
1999 A Smiling Ghost Story
衝上人間
Fong Yuet-Ping
方月冰
1999 Tai Ji Zong Shi
太極宗師
红姨
2001 The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000
倚天屠龍記
Miejue Shi Tai
滅絕師太
2006 Safe Guards
鐵血保鏢
Yan Ching
殷靜
2006 Below the Lion Rock 2006
獅子山下
2007 On the First Beat
學警出更
Wong Shuk Yin
黃淑賢
2007 ICAC Investigators 2007
廉政行動2007
Choi Yuet Ngo
蔡月娥
2007 Word Twisters' Adventures
鐵咀銀牙
Poon Bak Fung
潘白鳳
2008 Wasabi Mon Amour
和味濃情
Ko Kwai
高桂
2008 Forensic Heroes II
法證先鋒II
Cheng Lai Ling
鄭麗玲
2008 Legend of the Demigods
搜神傳
Cho Mong Yau
草忘憂
2008 Pages of Treasures
Click入黃金屋
Fun
2009 Man in Charge
幕後大老爺
Ching Tai Niang
程大娘
2009 Rosy Business
巾幗梟雄
Lau Fong
劉芳
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress
2009 Sweetness in the Salt
碧血鹽梟
Choi Ngan Fa
蔡銀花
2009 Beyond the Realm of Conscience
宮心計
Tam Yim Sheung
譚豔裳
2010 A Fistful of Stances Cheung Sheung-chu
蔣上珠
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress
2010 Can't Buy Me Love
公主嫁到
Concubine Wei
韋貴妃
2010 No Regrets
巾幗梟雄之義海豪情
Yeung Ng Lai-sim
楊吳麗嬋
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine
傾世皇妃
Du Feihong (Empress Du)
杜飛虹
TBA Women of the Tang Dynasty
唐宮燕之女人天下
Wu Zetian

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film / television series Result
1982 1st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress My Young Auntie Won
2002 21st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Visible Secret Nominated
2003 40th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actress Night Corridor Nominated
2009 43rd TVB Anniversary Awards Best Supporting Actress Rosy Business Nominated
2009 46th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 16th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 4th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 10th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 10th Changchun Film Festival Best Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 Vladivostok International Film Festival Best Actress At the End of Daybreak Won
2010 44th TVB Anniversary Awards Best Supporting Actress A Fistful of Stances Nominated
2011 48th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actress A Chinese Ghost Story Nominated
2012 31st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Wu Xia Nominated
2014 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Rigor Mortis Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/10/9/13/n3023311p.htm
  2. ^ [1] at AsiaCue
  3. ^ a b Kara Hui Ying-Hung Biography at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
  4. ^ a b [Be My Guest, Episode # 157, March 20, 2010]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
None
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
1982
for My Young Auntie
Succeeded by
Becky Lam
for Lonely Fifteen
Preceded by
Mei Fang
for Orz Boyz
Golden Horse Awards for Best Supporting Actress
2009
for At the End of Day Break
Succeeded by
Hao Lei
for The Fourth Painting
Preceded by
Paw Hee-Ching
for The Way We Are
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
2010
for At the End of Day Break
Succeeded by
Miriam Yeung
for Perfect Wedding
Preceded by
Gina Pareño
for Serbis
Asian Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress
2010
for At the End of Day Break
Succeeded by
Yoon Yeo-jeong
for The Housemaid
Preceded by
Paw Hee-Ching
for The Way We Are
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
2010
for At the End of Day Break
Succeeded by
Carina Lau
for Detective Dee and
the Mystery of the Phantom Flame