Joey Wong

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Joey Wong
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Wáng Zǔxián (Mandarin)
Jyutping Wong4 Zou2jin4 (Cantonese)
Born (1967-01-31) 31 January 1967 (age 51)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other names Joey Wang
Joey Ong Jyo Han/Hen (Taiwanese), Wang Tsu Hsien
Partner(s) Chyi Chin (1985~2002)
Ancestry Shucheng, Anhui
Awards
Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival
1992 Best Actress (A Chinese Ghost Story III)

Joey Wong Cho-Yee (AKA Joey Wang, Wang Tsu Hsien, or Joey Ong Jyo Han/Hen) (Chinese: 王祖賢; pinyin: Wáng Zǔxián, born 31 January 1967) is a Hong Kong based Taiwanese-born actress. She is one of the most legendary movie stars of Chinese Cinema and a timeless beauty icon, widely regarded as the Goddess of The East.

Biography

Wong was born on 31 January 1967 and raised in Taipei. She completed her secondary school education there. She was enrolled in the drama program of Guoguang Arts School (now National Taiwan College of Performing Arts (Chinese article). She has an older brother, a younger brother and one sister.

Her father is a basketball player and he encouraged her to become a professional basketball player when she was fourteen. Shortly thereafter she shot a TV commercial for sport shoes which drew the attention of a film producer who made her the leading lady of film It'll Be Very Cold by the Lakeside This Year. This film attracted the attention of producer Mona Fong of Shaw Brothers and she invited Wong come to Hong Kong to make her first Hong Kong movie Let's Make Laugh II, opposite Derek Yee Tung Sing.

In 1987, she portrayed a beautiful ghost in A Chinese Ghost Story and her beauty and grace made her a film idol in Japan and South Korea. She made a dozen movies in the following years playing similar characters, either ghost or vixen, gliding across the screen.

In 1989 she went to Japan to star in the TV series A Woman From Hong Kong. Later she also made commercials and published photo albums. In 1992 she made her singing debut with the Japanese and Mandarin CD single, "Hold You In My Arms Forever". In 1993, she appeared as the White Snake in Tsui Hark's Green Snake, a revision of the Madame White Snake legend told from the perspective of the younger Green Snake, though White Snake remains the romantic lead.

Wong expressed a desire to retire from film making in 1994 and stayed away from the limelight until 1997 when she returned to the silver screen in the Japanese movie Peking Genjin (Peking Man) and released the companion CD single "Who Are You?".

In 1998 she released the extended Japanese CD Angelus and her first and only full CD, in Mandarin, Isolation a.k.a. Isolated From The World.

She returned to semi-retirement after the release of Isolation, but returned once again to films in 2001 with Peony Pavilion, then once again announced her retirement in 2002 after leaving Chyi Chin.

In 2004 she appeared in Beautiful Shanghai a.k.a. Shanghai Story and reportedly appeared in a Taiwanese TV series with on again, off again beau Chyi Chin. It was reported that she enjoyed her return to films and reportedly signed a multi-film contract. However, the unexpected suicide of her friend and former movie co-star Leslie Cheung caused her to withdraw once again from the limelight.

In September 2005, coinciding with the worldwide release of Beautiful Shanghai (Shanghai Story), she once again announced her formal retirement. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is studying English.

Joey Wong was also very well known for the relationship with Chyi Chin, who was a Taiwanese singer. Their relationships lasted about 16 years, from 1987 to 1991, 1993 to 2002. Now they remain friends.

Selected filmography

[1] [2]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
1987 Hong Kong Film Awards A Chinese Ghost Story Best Actress Nominated
1992 Catalonian International Film Festival A Chinese Ghost Story III Best Actress Won
2002 Golden Bauhinia Awards Peony Pavilion Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Joey Wong". imdb.com. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Joey Wong". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 19, 2010.

External links

  • Joey Wang fan site
  • Joey Wong on IMDb
  • baidu post-largest fanclub in china (in Chinese)
  • Tianya Joey group-Joey database (in Chinese)
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