7 Interesting things you probably didn't know about Shu Qi of A Beautiful Life
Beautiful Taiwanese actress Shu Qi is an award-winning actress who has astounded us in her many movie roles. Her newest movie, The Assassin, earned one of the most important awards in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. But her rise to acclaim wasn't easy. Find out more interesting facts about her.
First of all, let's make sure you know her name correctly. In Chinese it is 舒淇, pronounced as Shu Qi (or Hsu Chi.) You may see "Qi Shu" listed in a few places, but fans and Asian movie lovers all know her as Shu Qi.
Here's Shu Qi in a glamorous gown at Cannes 2015:
1. Shu Qi is 39 years old, but she's already made over 80 movies and 5 TV dramas. She started working part-time as a model while in high school to help her family's finances, and eventually dropped out of school. At the age of 16, she was already making adult-content films.
2. Her first movie appearance was in 1995, and she got famous when she started playing in movies rated "Category 3" in Hong Kong. Those movies were very sexually revealing. Despite the Category-3 works, Shu Qi won Best Supporting Actress at the 1997 Hong Kong Film Awards for Viva Erotica, which earned praise as a sex comedy.
3. With her win as Best Actress in prestigious awards such as the 2001 Golden Horse Award in Taiwan for Millennium Mambo, it confirmed her successful transition into mainstream acting and earned her the associated respect.
4. Shu Qi co-starred with Jason Statham in Transporter, the first of his successful movie franchise. Remember she was the secret package that Jason needed to deliver?
5. She is one of the Taiwanese actors who are also popular in Hong Kong and China. Her weibo social media account is followed by almost 30 million people — that's more than 2 million over Lee Min Ho, the most popular South Korean actor in China.
6. Shu Qi most recently played a legendary female martial artist Nie Yinniang in The Assassin, and the movie won the Best Director award at Cannes for Taiwanese director Hou Hsiang-Hsien. The martial arts masterpiece was praised for the directorial vision, and it contained only 9 lines of dialogue. Shu Qi's biggest challenges were acting with restraint and dealing with difficult martial arts moves.
Here's a video showing Shu Qi along with Director Hou and the rest of the cast being interviewed at Cannes. Shu Qi's answer at 11:15 was notable when she mentioned that even the circulation of the air was an important element of Hou's visual subtlety.
7. She will next star in the Chinese remake of the Julia Roberts romantic comedy movie My Best Friend's Wedding. The new movie is slated to premiere in 2016.
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