Cheung at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival.
|Chinese name||張曼玉 (traditional)|
|Pinyin||Zhāng Mànyù (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Jèung Maahn Yuhk (Cantonese)|
20 September 1964 |
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
|Years active||1984–2004, 2010|
|Spouse(s)||Olivier Assayas (1998–2001; divorced)|
Maggie Cheung (born 20 September 1964), also known as Cheung Man-yuk (張曼玉), is a Hong Kong actress. Raised in England and Hong Kong, she has over 70 films to her credit since starting her career in 1983. Some of her most commercially successful work was in the action genre, but Cheung once said in an interview that of all the work she has done, the films that really meant something to her are Song of Exile, Center Stage, Comrades: Almost a Love Story and In the Mood for Love. As Emily Wang in Clean, her last starring role to date, she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Cheung's native language is Cantonese, but she is multilingual, having learned to speak English, Mandarin and French.
Maggie Cheung was born in Hong Kong. In 1971, she attended St. Paul's Convent School, where she began at the primary one level. Her family emigrated from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom when she was eight. She spent part of her childhood and adolescence in England. She returned to Hong Kong at the age of 18 in 1982 for a vacation, but ended up staying for modeling assignments and other commitments; she also shortly obtained a sales job at Lane Crawford department store. In 1983, she entered the Miss Hong Kong pageant and won the first runner-up and the Miss Photogenic award as well. She was a semi-finalist in the Miss World pageant the same year.
Prior to 1988, her screen appearance was often limited to eye candy roles. One of Cheung's notable movie roles then is that of "May", the girlfriend of police detective "Kevin" Chan Ka Kui in Jackie Chan's Police Story series (however, she did not reprise the role in Police Story 4: First Strike or New Police Story). Maggie frequently cited her performance in the movie As Tears Go By (1988), her first of many collaborations with film director Wong Kar-wai 王家衛, as the piece that truly began her serious acting career. In Center Stage, she performed in Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese fluently, switching languages with ease. In Clean, she performed in fluent English, French, and Cantonese. She is a polyglot as a result of her upbringing in Hong Kong and England and ten years' stay in Paris.
Cheung was a jury member at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival, the 1999 Venice Film Festival, the 2004 Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2010 Marrakech Film Festival. And for the first time in its history, the 59th Cannes Film Festival (2006) used a photographic image of a real actress on its poster — that of Cheung.
On 7 February 2007, The New York Times rated Maggie Cheung as one of the 22 Great Performers in 2006 for her Cannes winning role as Emily in Clean. After 25 years of making movies, she decided to retire from acting to pursue a career as a film composer. She had mentioned she would like to compose music and paint after having fulfilled her acting potential. Her most recent film appearance was as Mazu, Chinese goddess of the sea, in the film/video installation Ten Thousand Waves by British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien.
As UK's Independent puts it, since her Cannes moment in 2004 Cheung "turned her back on film" and has shifted her focus to philanthropy, making music, and editing. In April 2010 she was appointed as UNICEF's Ambassador to China. In July 2011 Cheung was awarded the degree Doctor honoris causa at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
She married French director Olivier Assayas in 1998. They divorced in 2001 but their relationship remained amicable. In 2004, Cheung made her award-winning film Clean with him. As part of her portrayal of recovering drug addict and aspiring singer Emily in Clean, Cheung performed songs written by David Roback of Mazzy Star and Dean Wareham of Dean & Britta.
She had a relationship with Beijing based architect Ole Scheeren from Autumn 2007 to Spring 2012.
- 42nd Berlin International Film Festival
- 57th Cannes Film Festival
- Chicago International Film Festival
- Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress for Center Stage (aka Actress) 阮玲玉 (1992)
- 8th Torino Film Festival, 1990
- Jury Special Award to Maggie Cheung for Farewell China 愛在別鄉的季節 (1990)
- Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards
- Best Actress of Golden Horse Award for Full Moon in New York 人在紐約 (1989)
- Best Supporting Actress of Golden Horse Award for Red Dust 滾滾紅塵 (1990)
- Best Actress of Golden Horse Award for Centre Stage (aka Actress) 阮玲玉 (1991)
- Best Actress of Golden Horse Award for Comrades: Almost a Love Story 甜蜜蜜 (1996)
- Best Actress of Golden Horse Award for In the Mood for Love 花樣年華 (2000)
- Hong Kong Film Awards
- Best Actress of Hong Kong Film Award for A Fishy Story 不脫襪的人 (1990)
- Best Actress of Hong Kong Film Award for Centre Stage (aka Actress) 阮玲玉 (1992)
- Best Actress of Hong Kong Film Award for Comrades, Almost a Love Story 甜蜜蜜 (1996)
- Best Actress of Hong Kong Film Award for The Soong Sisters 宋家皇朝 (1998)
- Best Actress of Hong Kong Film Award for In the Mood for Love 花樣年華 (2001)
- Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
- Best Actress of HKFCS Award for Comrades, Almost a Love Story 甜蜜蜜 (1996)
- Asia-Pacific Film Festival
- Best Actress Award for Comrades, Almost a Love Story 甜蜜蜜 (1997)
- Hawaii International Film Festival
- Award for Achievement in Acting (2004)
- 29th Montreal World Film Festival/Festival des Films du Mond
- Special Award for Exceptional Contribution to Cinematographic Art (2005)
- 10th Shanghai International Film Festival
- Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema (2007)
|1984||畫出彩虹||Rainbow Round My Shoulder|
|1984||新紮師兄||Police Cadet '84|
|1985||武林世家||The Fallen Family|
|1985||楊家將||The Yang's Saga|
Music Video/Music TV Drama
- 日落巴黎 Sunset in Paris (1989) Starring: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Cherie Chung
- 穿梭梦里人 (1991) Starring: Jacky Cheung (张学友), Maggie Cheung
- 一場遊戲一場夢 Starring: Dave Wang (王傑), Maggie Cheung
- 半夢半醒之間 Starring: Alan Tam (谭咏麟), Maggie Cheung
- "Miss Hong Kong 1983". misshkbeauties.com. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- - Miss World Previous Title Holders - 1983
- "Annual Archives - Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Venice Film Festival (1999)". IMDb. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Juries 2007". festival-cannes.fr. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Jury 2010". festivalmarrakech.info. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Hirschberg, Lynn (11 February 2007). "Great Performers". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- Flynn, Bob (10 April 2007). "Maggie Cheung : Why the Asian Star is turning her back on film". The Independent (London).
- "Maggie Cheung: Why the Asian star is turning her back on film". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- "Honorary degree for Maggie Cheung". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- "尔冬升谈旧情人张曼玉：她为了躲我才离开香港-娱乐-人民网". Ent.people.com.cn. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- "Berlinale: 1992 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
- "Festival de Cannes: Clean". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 11 November 2009.
- "Maggie Cheung Okays with 'Basterds' Cut". China Daily. China Daily. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
- Gritten, David (6 Oct 2010). "Maggie Cheung returns in Ten Thousand Waves". Telegraph (London: Telegraph). Retrieved 13 Oct 2010.
- "Maggie Cheung". imdb.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
- "Maggie Cheung". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maggie Cheung.|
- One on One with Maggie Cheung, moderated by Kent Jones
- Maggie Cheung at the Internet Movie Database
- Maggie's Bio in The New York Times
- Maggie Cheung - Taking Chinese Modernity to the West
- The Zen of Maggie, The San Francisco Chronicle
- Maggie Cheung & Tony Leung - Glimmer Twins, Village Voice
- Maggie Cheung masterclass at the UK Festival of Chinese Cinema: Cinema China 07
- Maggie Cheung on Clean @dailymotion
- Historical List of Taiwan Golden Horse Award Winners
- Honorary Degree for Maggie Cheung at Edinburgh University