Kara Hui

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hui.
Kara Hui Ying-hung
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At the USA Smithsonian Institution world premiere of the Hong Kong film Happiness on July 15, 2016, Kara Wai
Background information
Chinese name 惠英紅 (traditional)
Chinese name 惠英红 (simplified)
Pinyin Huì Yīng Hóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Wai6 Jing1 Hung4 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Manchu (Plain Yellow Banner)[1]
Born (1960-02-03) 3 February 1960 (age 57)
Zhucheng, Shandong, China[2]
Years active 1976 - present

Kara Hui Ying-hung (born 3 February 1960), also romanized as Kara Wai Ying Hung, is a Hong Kong actress of Manchu ethnicity.

Known to the international audience for her kung-fu roles in Shaw Brothers Studio films in the 1970s and 1980s, Kara Hui has since portrayed a wide range of roles on screen and on television with much success. She is the inaugural and a three-time recipient of Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of a mother in the 2009 film At the End of Daybreak won her acting awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Pacific Meridian, Asian Film Awards, and Golden Horse Awards.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Shandong, China, Kara Hui moved to Hong Kong with her family as a toddler.[3] In her interview on Be My Guest, Hui revealed her family lost their savings due to 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 her 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 was cast in Lau's Challenge of the Masters (1976). After that, she participated in various films of Lau.[3]

Hui reached her career apex in My Young Auntie (1982), for which she was earned the Best Actress Award in the 1st Hong Kong Film Awards. She won another two Best Actress Awards for the 29th and 36th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Hui is the sister of actor Austin Wai, who died on October 4, 2012.



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
2010 Kung Fu Wing Chun Master Ng Mui
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
2015 Lovers and Movies
2015 Kungfu Taboo
2015 Daughter
2016 Happiness Tse Yuen-fan


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Journey to the West
Flying Tiger General
1997 Deadly Protection
Lee Dzi San
1997 Lady Flower Fist
Ma Yuk Mui
1999 At the Threshold of an Era
Eva Lau Shuet Ling
1999 A Smiling Ghost Story
Fong Yuet-Ping
1999 Tai Ji Zong Shi
2001 The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000
Miejue Shi Tai
2006 Safe Guards
Yan Ching
2006 Below the Lion Rock 2006
2007 On the First Beat
Wong Shuk Yin
2007 ICAC Investigators 2007
Choi Yuet Ngo
2007 Word Twisters' Adventures
Poon Bak Fung
2008 Wasabi Mon Amour
Ko Kwai
2008 Forensic Heroes II
Cheng Lai Ling
2008 Legend of the Demigods
Cho Mong Yau
2008 Pages of Treasures
2009 Man in Charge
Ching Tai Niang
2009 Rosy Business
Lau Fong
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress
2009 Sweetness in the Salt
Choi Ngan Fa
2009 Beyond the Realm of Conscience
Tam Yim Sheung
2010 A Fistful of Stances
Cheung Sheung-chu
Nominated - Best Supporting Actress
2010 Can't Buy Me Love
Concubine Wei
2010 No Regrets
Yeung Ng Lai-sim
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine
Du Feihong (Empress Du)
2013 Women of the Tang Dynasty
Wu Zetian
2015 Incredible Mama Chung-Sam Fat-yuen

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
2017 11th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Happiness Nominated
2017 36th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Happiness Won


  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]

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