Rosamund Kwan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Kwan.
Rosamund Kwan
Chinese name 關之琳 (traditional)
Chinese name 关之琳 (simplified)
Pinyin Guān Zhīlín (Mandarin)
Jyutping Gwaan1 Zi1lam4 (Cantonese)
Birth name 關家慧 (Traditional)
关家慧 (Simplified)
Guan Ga Wei (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Manchu & Han Chinese
Ancestry Shenyang, Liaoning
Born (1962-09-24) 24 September 1962 (age 52)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Gigi (之之)
"Thirteenth Aunt"
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982—2004
Spouse(s) Wong Kwok-sing
Parents Kwan Shan
Cheung Bing Sai (張冰茜)

Rosamund Kwan Chi-lam (born 24 September 1962) is a Hong Kong actress, best known for starring as the female lead "Thirteenth Aunt" in the 1990s Once Upon a Time in China film series.

Although her last film role was in 2005, she officially announced her retirement from acting in 2007.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Kwan was born in British Hong Kong. Her father, Shaw Brothers star Kwan Shan, was from Shenyang, Liaoning, China and was of Manchu ethnicity. Her mother, Cheung Bing Sai (張冰茜), was from Shanghai and was also an actress.[2] Growing up, Kwan attended Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong.

Kwans' first acting role was in the ATV soap opera Agency 24 (甜甜廿四味). Her film debut was alongside Chow Yun-fat in the 1982 film, The Head Hunter. She appeared with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao in Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars and again with Chan in Project A Part II and Armour of God. She also appeared with Jet Li in the films Swordsman II, Dr. Wai and the Scripture Without Words and as Shao Yun aka "Sup Sum Yee" ("Shi San Yi" in Mandarin, "13th Aunt" in English) throughout the Once Upon a Time in China film series.[3]

Although the majority of her acting roles were in dramatic films, she is best known internationally for her roles in Hong Kong action films, alongside a variety of major stars of the genre.

Amongst her more dramatic roles, she notably appeared with Andy Lau in several films including Casino Raiders and The Wesley's Mysterious File. Kwan also released a record in 1994, a duet with Andy Lau called "Love Forever".

In 2001 she appeared in Feng Xiaogang's Chinese comedy, Big Shot's Funeral, which starred Donald Sutherland as a film director and Kwan as his assistant.



  1. ^ "关之琳息影并非为结婚 自称现在还没男友(图) (Rosamund Kwan to live in retirement...)". www.News.CN. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ "關之琳". Chinese Wikipedia entry. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  3. ^ "Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lam". HKMDb entry. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Rosamund Kwan". Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Rosamund Kwan". Retrieved March 7, 2010. 

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