Amy Yip

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Amy Yip
Born (1966-07-10) 10 July 1966 (age 53)
Years active1984–1997
Partner(s)Lim Kiam Hwee
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese葉子楣
Simplified Chinese叶子楣

Amy Yip (born 10 July 1966) 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]. She finished kindergarten from Lai Chack Tam Shiu Hong Memorial School.


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.

She retired from acting in 1997. 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]

In 1990, a Hong Kong man was sent to prison and charged for stealing money. This man said he stole money in order to sustain Amy Yip's luxurious lifestyle. However, Amy Yip said she had only met the man few times and the man was not a close friend.

Numerous rumours have surfaced over the years about Yip being married to her long term orthopedics surgeon-boyfriend Lim Kiam Hwee, and being pregnant. In an interview in early 2006 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 into the film business, Yip flatly rejected the idea, saying that she was very happy with her carefree lifestyle and had no desire of returning to filming long hours and traveling intensively for movies and record publicity. She also said that she is content with not showing her breasts to make a living.

In May 2018 the first English language book of her career in movies and television was released on Amazon, called The Movies of Amy Yip by Chaz Gower (ISBN 1982967072).


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