Maria Yi

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Maria Yi
Chinese name 衣依
Pinyin Yī Yī (Mandarin)
Jyutping ji1 ji1 (Cantonese)
Born (1953-07-29) 29 July 1953 (age 63)

Maria Yi (also known as Yi Yi and Maria Yi Dut, born 29 July 1953) is a retired Chinese actress[1] from Shanghai. She appeared in films by Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Productions in the 1970s, most notably in The Big Boss and Fist of Fury, both starring Bruce Lee.[2]


Yi began acting as a teenager, and though she made only a handful of films, she received top billing in most of them.[2] After appearing in The Chase with James Tien in 1971, both she and Tien were cast in Bruce Lee's film The Big Boss. She also had a small role as a martial arts student in Lee's next film, Fist of Fury. Yi would co-star in two more films directed by Lo Wei, appearing with another star of the time, Jimmy Wang Yu.

Yi married a wealthy businessman in June 1974 (one of the guests at her wedding was Big Boss and Fist of Fury co-star Nora Miao). She made her final film, Tiger of Northland, in 1976.[2]


Released English title of original release
1971 The Chase
1971 The Big Boss
1972 Fist of Fury
1973 A Man Called Tiger
1973 Seaman No. 7
1973 Story of Mother
1974 The Tournament
1976 Tiger of Northland


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