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Shu QiLin Li-hui (Chinese: 林立慧) born on the 16th of April 1976 in Xindian township, Taipei County (now New Taipei City) is better known by her stage name Shu Qi (Chinese: 舒淇), is a Taiwanese-Hong Kong actress and model. As of 2014, she was among the highest paid actresses in Taiwan.

Shu ranked 18th on Forbes' China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 23rd in 2014, 32nd in 2015, 48th in 2017 and 90th in 2019.

She went to Hong Kong at the age of 17 in search of a film career. She eventually came under the management of Hong Kong film producer Manfred Wong, who signed her to several Hong Kong Category III films such as Sex & Zen II.

Shu Qi starred in Derek Yee's 1996 film, Viva Erotica, which was about the erotic film industry in Hong Kong, together with Karen Mok and Leslie Cheung.

She received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Viva Erotica at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards in 1997.

Thereafter, she has appeared in Hong Kong films such as Portland Street Blues in 1998, City of Glass in 1998, the box office hit Gorgeous in 1999, Stanley Kwan's The Island Tales in 1999 and Hou Hsiao-hsien's film Millennium Mambo in 2001 - making her transition into mainstream acting.

Shu QiIn 2002, Shu starred in the French film The Transporter, the first installment of the Transporter franchise. This marked her first foray into the American market.

Later, Shu would go on to star in a small but very memorable role in the American romantic comedy New York, I Love You in 2008.

Among Shu's earlier notable roles of note were The Foliage in 2004 - a romance film set in Yunnan during the Cultural Revolution. She won the Best Actress award at the 13th Shanghai Film Critics Awards for her performance.

Shu again worked with Hou Hsiao-hsien in Three Times in 2005, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival and won Shu the Best Actress award at the Golden Horse Awards.

In 2006, Shu starred in the third installment of the gangster film, My Wife Is a Gangster alongside Korean actor Lee Beom-soo. She also starred alongside Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro in the crime drama Confession of Pain.

Shu was a member of the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The same year, she was honored at the Huabiao Awards as Best Actress for the Taiwan and Hong Kong region for her performance in the romantic comedy film, If You Are the One, directed by Feng Xiaogang.

Shu QiThe romantic comedy was a hit and became the highest grossing Chinese film of the year.

Shu starred in Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons in 2013, directed by Stephen Chow and loosely based on the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West. The film overtook Lost in Thailand to become the highest grossing Chinese movie.

Shu reunited with director Hou Hsiao-hsien in his first wuxia film The Assassin in 2015, where she starred as the titular character. The film received overwhelming positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, and Shu won the Best Actress award at the Asian Film Festival.

The same year, she starred in the blockbuster film Mojin: The Lost Legend, adapted from popular adventure novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light.

In 2016, Shu starred alongside Feng Shaofeng and Victoria Song in the Chinese remake of My Best Friend's Wedding. She was also cast in fantasy comedy The Village of No Return, which premiered at the first day of Spring Festival in 2017 and starred in Stephen Fung's The Adventurers alongside Jean Reno and Andy Lau.

Shu has been cast in the upcoming science fiction film Shanghai Fortress, adapted from the 2006 novel Once Upon a Time in Shanghai and was to be released in 2019.

Shu QiFrom 2006 to 2009, Shu Qi was selected by Kenzo Takada to be part of the third advertising campaign for its successful fragrance Flower by Kenzo. She also worked as a spokesperson for Shiatzy Chen.

Shu Qi has been representing Frederique Constant in Asia as a brand ambassador since 2008.

She, along with Frederique Constant and Paint-a-Smile Foundation, repainted the murals on the walls of the cardiology department at the Beijing Children's Hospital.

The charity aims to reduce the anxiety of a stay in hospital for children through bringing colourful paintings into children's hospital wards.

Shu Qi took a special trip to the hospital with Frederique Constant CEO Peter Stas and the charity's founder Laura Cotton. The actress played games with the young patients and gave them presents. The charity was established by Laura Cotton after a tragic accident in her family made her decide to dedicate her life to the improvement of the hospital environment.

Now the charity trains and sends professional teams of Smile Painters around the world to decorate and transform bare white walls into landscapes of dreams and fantasy.

Shu QiThe relationship between Frederique Constant and Paint a Smile began in 2008, when the watch brand presented its annual “Passion Award” to Laura Cotton.

Afterwards, Frederique Constant donated CHF 50 (about RMB 317) to the Paint a Smile Foundation for each “Heart Beat” or “Love” women’s watch sold in China.

As revenue topped double-digit growth, the watchmaker raised a large amount, and earlier this year the first local partnership programme was initiated.

Over two months, artists from Paint a Smile created lively cartoon murals on the walls of the cardiology department at the Beijing Children's Hospital.

Frederique Constant CEO Peter Stas explained: “Frederique Constant is more than a young Geneva watch brand faithful and passionate for watch arts, we also wish to translate our passion and creativity into good drives, paying back to society and reaching people who need help. The painting of the Beijing Children’s Hospital is a perfect manifestation of such ideas.”

During her visit, Shu Qi said: “Making hospitals prettier places is a very meaningful and creative manoeuvre. I believe the more welcoming environment will not only increase healing power among children, but also leave a pleasant memory among them."

Shu Qi"I appreciate Frederique Constant very much for granting me the opportunity to get involved in such activities. I hope there will be more people joining in and hope Frederique Constant will have a bright future. I was delighted when Frédérique Constant asked me to be their Chinese Ambassador for the Ladies collection," said SguQi.

Shu Qi has also been Emporio Armani's Asian ambassador for its Fall/Winter 2010 collection and Shu is also the brand Ambassador for Bulgari.

Shu married Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung in 2016. The two had met on the set of the romance drama Bishonen in 1997, and dated for four years.

She was once set to play the character of Jiao Long in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. However, her manager, who was subsequently fired, made her leave the film and do a commercial instead. She was replaced by another Taiwanese actress Chang Chen.

Shu has appeared in various films until now, the most popular being ‘Sex & Zen II’, Viva Erotica, Young and Dangerous: the Prequel, A Man Called Hero, If You Are The One, The Assassin, The Foliage and If You Are The One 2.

Shu Qi has been one of the highest paid Chinese entertainment industry actresses. Shu also featured in the Chinese edition of the Playboy magazine. Qi Shu has appeared on a number of television projects and appeared in numerous music videos.

Shu QiShe has won numerous awards in her career. She won the Best Actress Award at the 10th Asian Film Awards for The Assassin. She also won the Best Supporting Actress award at 35th Golden Horse Awards for Portland Street Blues.

In the year 2016, she married actor-director Stephen Fung after having been in a relationship with him for four years.

The 43-year-old superstar, who was the guest of honour at the Shanghai International Film Festival recently, took a tumble when she was walking up the main stage, startling everyone around her.

Entertainment portals Toggle and QQ.com reported that Shu Qi was wearing 7.6 centimetre-high heels when she apparently slipped on the wet steps leading up to the stage.

It was raining, and two men were holding umbrellas for her, while another gentleman helped her navigate the slippery steps.

But as soon as stepped on the stage, she fell forward. Security guards and the event host scrambled to help her, and she was able to slowly make her way to the centre of the stage.

Shu QiA video of her fall subsequently made its rounds in cyberspace, and showed that she fell flat on the ground. Many Netizens expressed concern, and wondered if she was hurt.

Fortunately, Shu Qi was cheery throughout the festival, and said that she was “not bad”. She eventually took off her heels before making her way off the stage.

The actress later said on Weibo, "Grateful for everyones care - have a great day", hinting that she was all right.

About the Paint a Smile Foundation

Paint a Smile Foundation was founded by Laura Cotton in December 2000. Its mission is to reduce the anxiety of staying in the hospital by permanently transforming the cold and impersonal environment into a colourful and welcoming world. Paint a Smile travels on demand throughout the world. In close collaboration with hospitals and with sponsors, a project with Paint a Smile is developed and completed in 4-6 weeks.

The Foundation is always thoughtful to various religious and cultural backgrounds. The Foundation selects and trains its painters and works with highly qualified Smile Painters from different countries.

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Filmography

Film

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1995 Unexpected Challenges 灵欲轨道 Sha Sha
1996 Sex & Zen II 玉蒲團二之玉女心經 Huan Ji
Street Angels 紅燈區 Ming Ming
Till Death Do Us Laugh 怪談協會 Ye
Growing Up 人细鬼大之三个Handsup的少年 Qi Qi
Viva Erotica 色情男女 Meng Qiao
1997 My Dad Is a Jerk 對不起,多謝你 Angela
Love Is Not a Game, But a Joke 飛一般愛情小說 Ah Shan
L-O-V-E... Love 超級無敵追女仔 Luo Fei
Those Were the Days 精装难兄难弟 Zhao Fangfang
Love: Amoeba Style 愛情Amoeba Boy
The Fruit is Swelling 蜜桃成熟時1997 Herself Cameo
1998 Bishonen 美少年之戀 Clara
The Lucky Guy 行運一條龍 Fang Fang
The Storm Riders 風雲雄霸天下 Chu Chu
Another Meltdown 碧血藍天 Chan Pun
Young and Dangerous: The Prequel 新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇 Ah Fei
City of Glass 玻璃之城 Yue Wen
Young and Dangerous 5 98古惑仔之龍爭虎鬥 Deng Meiling
Portland Street Blues 古惑仔情義篇之洪興十三妹 Dao Baqi
Extreme Crisis B計劃 Anita Lee
Love Generation Hong Kong 新戀愛世紀 Joey
1999 Gorgeous 玻璃樽 Ah Bu
Iron Sister 悍婦崗 Sun Tiemei
A Man Called Hero 中華英雄 Mu Xiuluo
Metade Fumaca 半支煙 Ah Nan
When I Look Upon the Stars 天旋地戀 Kiki
My Loving Trouble 7 我愛777 Julia / 777
2000 My Name is Nobody 賭聖3無名小子 Ku'er
The Island Tales 有時跳舞 Mei Ling
Flyin' Dance 第一次的親密接觸 Qing Wu Fei Yang
Born to Be King 勝者為王 Deng Meiling
For Bad Boys Only BadBoy特攻 Guan Zheng
Skyline Cruisers 神偷次世代 June
Dragon Heat 龍火 Herself Cameo
Bruce Law Stunts 特技猛龍 Herself Cameo
2001 Millennium Mambo 千禧曼波 Vicky
Hidden Whisper 小百無禁忌 Xiao Bai
Love Me, Love My Money 有情飲水飽 Ya Cai
Beijing Rocks 北京樂與路 Yang Yin
Visible Secret 幽靈人間 June
Martial Angels 絕色神偷 Cat
2002 Home in My Heart 山顶上的钟声 Li Juan
The Wesley's Mysterious File 衛斯理藍血人 Bai Su
Women From Mars 當男人變成女人 Messenger of Hell
So Close 夕陽天使 Chen Ailin
Just One Look 一碌蔗 mysterious girl on balcony Cameo
The Transporter Lai Kwai
2003 The Foliage 美人草 Ye Xingyu
Looking for Mr. Perfect 奇逢敵手 Xiao Ling
Magic & Me 千變魔手 Herself Documentary short film
2004 Haunted Office Office有鬼 Ah Shan
The Eye 2 見鬼2 Joey Cheung
2005 Seoul Raiders 韓城攻略 JJ
Home Sweet Home 怪物 May
Three Times 最好的時光 Xiu Mei
2006 My Wife Is a Gangster 3 조폭 마누라 3 Lim Yaling
Confession of Pain 傷城 Xi Feng
2007 Forest of Death 森冤 Xia Songqi
The Electric Princess House 电姬馆 pregnant woman Short film
Blood Brothers 天堂口 Lulu
2008 If You Are the One 非誠勿擾 Liang Xiaoxiao
2009 Look for a Star 游龍戲鳳 Xue Milan
New York, I Love You Chinese herbalist
2010 City Under Siege 全城戒備 Angel
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen 精武風雲-陳真 Kiki
If You Are the One 2 非诚勿扰2 Liang Xiaoxiao
2011 A Beautiful Life 不再讓你孤單 Li Peiru
10+10 十加十 young woman Short film
2012 Love Fang Rouyi
The Second Woman 情謎 Huibao / Huixiang
Tai Chi 0 太極從零開始 Mother Yang Cameo
Tai Chi Hero 太極Ⅱ:英雄崛起 Mother Yang Cameo
CZ12 十二生肖 David's wife Cameo
Beautiful University
2013 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西遊·降魔篇 Miss Duan
2014 Gone with the Bullets 一步之遥 Wan Yanying
2015 The Assassin 刺客聶隱娘 Nie Yinniang
All You Need Is Love 落跑吧愛情 Ye Fenfen
Mojin: The Lost Legend 鬼吹燈之尋龍訣 Shirley Yang
The Last Women Standing 剩者為王 Sheng Ruxi
2016 My Best Friend's Wedding 我最好朋友的婚礼 Gu Jia
2017 The Village of No Return 健忘村 Chen Yuxun
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back 西遊伏妖篇 Miss Duan Cameo
The Adventurers 俠盜聯盟 Ye Hong
2018 The Island 一出好戏 Shanshan
2019 Shanghai Fortress 上海堡壘 Lin Lan
痞子爱人
TBA 宅男恋河神 produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien
Bull Brothers 牛兄牛弟
天涯歌女 牛兄牛弟 directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien

Television series

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1999 Up Where We Belong 難得有情人 Gui Ping
2001 The Duke of Mount Deer 小寶與康熙 Little Goldfish Guest Star
2004 Feel 100% 百分百感覺 Nikki Cameo
Romance of Red Dust 風塵三俠之紅拂女 Hong Fu Nü
2006 Stephen's Diary 老馮日記 Lao Ma's ex-girlfriend Cameo

Discography

Year English title Original title Album Notes
1998 "Frustrated" 心领 Portland Street Blues OST
"You Don't Know" 你不知道
2005 "Those Years, This Day" 那一年, 这一天 Seoul Raiders OST with Richie Jen
2007 "Blood Brothers" 天堂口 Blood Brothers OST
2009 "I Do" N/A Look for a Star OST with Andy Lau
2010 "Card Door" 卡门 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen OST
"Faraway Village" 远方的故乡
"Goodbye" 再见
"Happy" 快乐吧
2013 "Love In A Life Time" 一生所爱 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons< OST

Film

Asian Film Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 10th Best Actress The Assassin Won [1]

Changchun Film Festival

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 7th Best Actress The Foliage Nominated
2012 10th Love Nominated

China Film Director's Guild Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 1st Best Actress The Foliage Nominated
2016 7th The Assassin Nominated

Chinese Film Media Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 2nd Best Actress Millennium Mambo Nominated
2005 5th The Foliage Nominated
2006 6th Three Times Nominated
2011 11th Most Anticipated Actress If You Are The One Nominated

Golden Horse Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1996 33rd Best Supporting Actress Viva Erotica Nominated
1997 34th Best Actress Love Is Not a Game, But a Joke Nominated
1998 35th Best Supporting Actress Portland Street Blues Won
2001 38th Best Actress Millennium Mambo Nominated
2005 42nd Three Times Won
2011 48th A Beautiful Life Nominated
2013 50th Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Nominated
2015 52nd The Assassin Nominated
2017 54th The Village of No Return Nominated

Golden Bauhinia Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 2nd Best Supporting Actress Viva Erotica Won
1999 4th Best Actress City of Glass Nominated

Fantastic Fest

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 - Best Actress (Comedy Features) Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Won [5]

Hong Kong Film Award

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1997 16th Hong Kong Film Awards"> Best New Performer Viva Erotica Won
Best Supporting Actress Won
1998 17th Hong Kong Film Awards" Best Actress Love Is Not a Game, But a Joke Nominated
1999 18th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Portland Street Blues Won
The Storm Riders Nominated
Best Actress City of Glass Nominated
2010 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Look for a Star Nominated
2012 31st Hong Kong Film Awards A Beautiful Life Nominated

Huabiao Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 13th Best Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) If You Are the One Won

Hundred Flowers Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 30th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress If You Are the One Nominated
2016 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Mojin: The Lost Legend Nominated

Macau International Movie Festival

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 8th Macau International Movie Festiva My Best Friend's Wedding Nominated

Shanghai Film Critics Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 13th Best Actress The Foliage Won

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