Amy Yip

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Amy Yip
Chinese name 葉子楣 (traditional)
Chinese name 叶子楣 (simplified)
Pinyin Yè Zǐmèi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Jip6 Zi2 Mei4 (Cantonese)
Born (1965-06-10) 10 June 1965 (age 51)
Hong Kong
Years active 1984–1997

Amy Yip (born 10 June 1965 in Hong Kong) is an actress who was one of the leading sex symbols of Hong Kong cinema in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She was known for her slender figure and her disproportionately large breasts. She has family roots in Taishan, Guangdong.[citation needed]


Amy Yip is best known for her roles in Hong Kong Category III films such as Sex and Zen and Erotic Ghost Story. The movie Sex and Zen is also the highest grossing Category III movie in the history of Hong Kong box office.

Yip first came to notice by appearing in various television series' in the mid-1980s. Erotic Ghost Story in 1987 proved to be a breakthrough role and she became one of the most popular actresses in Hong Kong and many other parts of Asia in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She had large, full breasts which made her much in demand for nude scenes. However she refused to appear fully naked on film. Her efforts to avoid fully exposing her breasts on screen through clever use of camera angles, whereby the side of her breast is seen, became known as the "Yip tease". However, in Erotic Ghost Story for example, she did show her buttocks in one scene. In the year 1990, a Hong Kong man sent to prison and charged for stole money. This man said he stole money due to afford Amy Ip's luxury life. However, Amy Ip only said she had only met the man few times and the man was not her very good friend. She retired from acting in 1992. She expressed regret that, given the nature of her films, there were not many memorable roles during her acting career. The only exceptional movie for her was the 1991 movie Queen of the Underworld which she portrayed Sister Har, a woman who climbed from the lowest depths of society to become the celebrated queen of the night life in the 1960s and 1970s of Hong Kong.

Personal life[edit]

Numerous rumours have surfaced over the years about Yip married to her long term orthopedics surgeon-boyfriend Lim Kiam Hwee, and being pregnant. In an early 2006 interview with an East Weekly reporter who spotted Yip walking her dog at Repulse Bay, however, she said she was in a steady relationship with her boyfriend of more than 15 years and had no intention of getting married or having children. She added she had food and beverage businesses set up in Hong Kong and Macau that kept her busy and occupied.

When asked if she would consider a comeback in show business, Yip flatly rejected the idea, saying that she was very happy with her carefree lifestyle and had no desire of going back to filming long hours and traveling intensively for movies and record publicity. She also said that she is content not showing her breasts to make a living.


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