Cheng Pei-pei

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Cheng Pei-pei
Cheng Pei Pei.jpg
Cheng at Old Billingsgate, London,
December 2014
Born (1946-12-04) 4 December 1946 (age 73)
Years active1964–present
Yuan Wen-tung
(m. 1970; div. 1987)
Hong Kong Film AwardsBest Supporting Actress
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career
Also known asThe Queen of Swords
OriginShaoxing, Zhejiang, China

Cheng Pei-pei (born 6 January 1946) is a Chinese actress perhaps best known for her performance in the 1966 King Hu wuxia film Come Drink with Me. She is more recently known for her portrayal of Jade Fox in the award-winning 2000 wuxia film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


Cheng first appeared in the 1964 Taiwanese drama film Lovers' Rock. Cheng is perhaps best known for starring in the 1966 Hong Kong wuxia film Come Drink with Me, directed by King Hu. Set during the Ming Dynasty, it stars Cheng as Golden Swallow, a skilled swordswoman on a mission to rescue her brother. Cheng continued to play expert swordswomen in a number of films throughout the 1960s.[1]

In 2000, she returned to international attention with her role as Jade Fox in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.[2] She followed this up with her portrayal of Long Po in the 2004 television miniseries Watery Moon, Hollow Sky, which was shown on Asian-American television as Paradise. She continues to work for Zhouyi Media in mainland China.



Year Title Role Notes
1964 Lovers' Rock (情人石) Lin Qiuzi
1964 The Last Woman of Shang (妲己) dancing girl
1965 The Lotus Lamp (寶蓮燈) Liu Yanchang
1965 Song of Orchid Island (蘭嶼之歌) Ya Lan
1966 Come Drink with Me (大醉俠) Golden Swallow
1966 The Joy of Spring (歡樂青春)
1966 Princess Iron Fan (鐵扇公主) White Bone Demoness
1967 Blue Skies (1967 film) [fr] (艷陽天) Chen Yun
1967 The Dragon Creek (龍虎溝) Guo Er-niu
1967 Hong Kong Nocturne (香江花月夜) Chia Chuan-chuan
1967 Operation Lipstick [fr] (1967) (諜網嬌娃)
1967 The Thundering Sword [fr] (神劍震江湖) So Jiau-jiau
1968 Golden Swallow (金燕子) Golden Swallow
1968 The Jade Raksha (玉羅剎) Leng Qiuhan
1968 That Fiery Girl (紅辣椒) Pearl
1969 Dragon Swamp (毒龍潭) Qing-er/Fan Ying
1969 The Flying Dagger (飛刀手) Yu Ying
1969 The Golden Sword (龍門金劍) Ngai Jin-feng
1969 Raw Courage (虎膽) Shangguan Xiuyi
1970 Brothers Five (五虎屠龍) Yen Hsing-kung
1970 Lady of Steel (荒江女俠) Fang Ying-qi
1971 The Lady Hermit [fr] (鍾馗娘子) Leng Yu-shuang
1971 The Shadow Whip (影子神鞭) Yang Kaiyun
1971 The Patriotic Heroine (拼命娘子)
1972 The Yellow Muffler (玉女嬉春) singer
1973 None But the Brave (鐵娃) Siu Ying
1974 Whiplash (虎辮子) Hu Pien-tze
1982 Lunatic Frog Women (烈日女娃人)
1983 All the King's Men (天下第一)
1988 Painted Faces (七小福) Ching
1993 Flirting Scholar (唐伯虎點秋香) Madame Wah
1993 Kidnap of Wong Chak Fai (綁架黃七輝) Kung Tse-sam
1994 From Zero to Hero (亂世超人)
1994 The Gods Must Be Funny in China (非洲超人) Aunty
1994 Kung Fu Mistress (神鳳苗翠琴)
1994 Lover's Lover (情人的情人)
1994 Wing Chun (詠春) Ng Mui Cameo
1996 How to Meet the Lucky Stars (運財五福星) Chu Ba
1997 The Spirit of the Dragon (老鼠龍之猛龍過港) Yun Gee
1999 Four Chefs and a Feast (四個廚師一圍菜) Cameo
1999 A Man Called Hero (中華英雄) Hero's mother Cameo
1999 The Truth About Jane and Sam (真心話) Sam's mother
2000 Fist Power (生死拳速) Brian's mother
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍) Jade Fox WonHong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2000 Lavender (薰衣草) Madame Tung Cameo
2001 Shadow Mask (武神黑俠) Red Goddess a.k.a. The Legend of Black Mask
2002 Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (龍騰虎躍) Liu Ruyan also producer
2002 Naked Weapon (赤裸特工) Faye Ching
2004 Sex and the Beauties (性感都市) Mona
2004 The Miracle Box (天作之盒) Joanna's mother
2005 Insuperable Kid (無敵小子霍元甲) Aunt San
2005 House of Harmony Amah
2007 They Wait Aunt Mei
2007 Special Boys (功夫好男兒) Aunt Lan
2007 Shanghai Baby Conny
2007 The Counting House (藏) Lia
2008 Kung Fu Killer Myling
2008 Love Under the Sign of the Dragon Tham
2009 Basic Love (愛情故事) Ling's grandmother
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li Zhilan
2009 Blood Ties (還魂) Madam Lee
2009 Taishan Kung Fu (泰山功夫)
2010 Flirting Scholar 2 (唐伯虎點秋香2之四大才子) Madame Wah
2010 Here Comes Fortune (財神到)
2011 Coming Back (回馬槍)
2011 Legendary Amazons (楊門女將之軍令如山) She Saihua
2011 Let Love Come Back (讓愛回家)
2011 Shanghai Hotel
2011 Double Bed Treaty (雙人床條約)
2011 Speed Angels (極速天使) Auntie Fen
2011 My Wedding and Other Secrets Mrs. Chu
2012 Imperial Bodyguard (御前侍衛)
2012 Give Me Five (五行攻略)
2014 Lilting Junn
2014 The Scroll of Wing Chun White Crane (永春白鹤拳之擎天画卷)
2014 The Eyes of Dawn (黎明之眼)
2014 Streets of Macao
2014 The Bat Night
2015 Bright Wedding(璀璨的婚禮)
2015 Lost in Wrestling
2016 Good Take Too
2017 Love Of Hope(讓愛活下去)
2017 Meditation Park Maria Wang
2019 Flirting Scholar from the Future
2020 Mulan The Matchmaker Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Chivalrous Shadow, Fragrant Footprints (俠影香蹤) Golden Swallow
1984 The Legend Continues (霍東閣) Chan Shi-chiu
1996 Wong Fei Hung Series: The Final Victory (黃飛鴻之辛亥革命) Beggar So
1997 The Pride of Chaozhou (我來自潮州) Poon Yuk-lin
1998 Master Ma (馬永貞之爭霸上海灘) Ma Daniang
1998 Master Ma II (馬永貞之英雄血) Ma Daniang
1999 Young Master of Shaolin (少年英雄方世玉) Ng Mui
2000 Young Justice Bao (少年包青天) Bao's Mother
2001 Legendary Fighter: Yang's Heroine (楊門女將—女儿當自強) She Saihua
2001 Heroes in Black (我來也) Feng Pobu's mother
2002 Book and Sword, Gratitude and Revenge (書劍恩仇錄) Empress Dowager Chongqing
2002 Springs of Life (春到人间) Yun Shuheng
2004 Chinese Paladin (仙劍奇俠傳) Granny Jiang
2004 Water Moon, Hollow Sky (水月洞天) Long Po a.k.a. Paradise
2005 Li Wei Resigns from Office (李衛辭官) Li Wei's mother
2006 Women of Times (至尊紅顏) She Huijun
2006 The Yang Sisters Honey Yang
2008 Home with Kids 5 (家有儿女5)
2010 A Weaver on the Horizon (天涯織女) Mrs. Fang
2012 Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky (軒轅劍:天之痕) Granny Ma
2012 The Patriot Yue Fei (精忠岳飛) Yue Fei's mother
2013 Daughter's Return (千金归来) Mother Rong
2016 Ice Fantasy (幻城) Feng Tian


  1. ^ "Cheng Pei-pei". Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "Cheng Pei-pei". The New York Times.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Carrie Ng
for The Kid
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress
for Crouch Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Succeeded by
Karena Lam
for July Rhapsody