As Tears Go By (1988) Maggie Cheung Man-yuk plays the guileless, fresh-faced Ngor opposite Andy Lau Tak-wah's Wah in Wong Kar-wai's first feature film. Wah, a small-time triad soldier, has to choose between a chance of love with Ngor and helping his best friend, Turtle (singer Jacky Cheung Hok-yau), fulfil his ambitions to climb the ranks of organised crime. Song of the Exile (1990) In Ann Hui On-wah's film, Cheung plays Hui Yan, a recent British university graduate who reluctantly returns home to Hong Kong for her younger sister's wedding. After her sister emigrates to Canada, Hui Yan accompanies her estranged mother to her home village in Japan, where she glimpses the isolation and sacrifices her mother suffered in marrying outside of her country. Centre Stage (1992) aka Actress Stanley Kwan Kam-pang cast Cheung as Ruan Lingyu, one of China's biggest silent movie stars in the 1930s. Following the circumstances leading to Ruan's suicide at the age of 24, the film in part comments on the influence the tabloid media have on actors' lives. Cheung made history as Ruan, becoming the first Chinese actress to win the prestigious Silver Bear for best actress at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Heroic Trio (1993) Johnny To Kei-fung cast Cheung as Thief Catcher - a shotgun-toting, hard-boiled bounty hunter - in his campy chick action film. Together with the late Anita Mui Yim-fong as Wonder Woman, a mask-wearing, sword-slinging crime fighter, and Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng as Invisible Girl, a troubled but determined right arm of the Evil Master, they work to destroy their mysterious subterranean nemesis. Major wire-fu mayhem ensues. Irma Vep (1996) Cheung plays herself in this film-within-a-film directed by Olivier Assayas. The plot revolves around a French director who wants to make a noir film about a female vampire in Paris. After seeing The Heroic Trio, he believes Cheung is the only one for the part and convinces her to take the role. Cheung tries her best to adapt to life in Paris during the shoot as things fall apart with the production team. Hero (2002) In this period epic with an all-star cast, Cheung plays Flying Snow, an assassin seeking to kill the King of Qin, who wishes to unite the warring states in one great China. Her story, and those of her fellow killers, is told through a bounty hunter (Jet Li), who meets the Qin emperor to claim the reward for terminating the three most powerful assassins in the land. 2046 (2004) In Wong's loose sequel to Days of Being Wild (1991) and the multiple award-winning In the Mood for Love (2000), both of which starred Cheung, the actress reprises the role of Su Li-zhen. 2046 is the number of the hotel room in the 2000 film in which Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Cheung's character meet to write their kung fu serial. The rest of the film continues in self-referential hops in time, with the number 2046 recurring throughout. Clean (2004) In a film directed by her ex-husband, Assayas, Cheung plays Emily Wang, a junkie whose partner dies of a heroin overdose. Their young son, Jay, is placed in his grandparents' care while Wang serves a six-month jail term for possession. After gaining parole, she heads to Paris, where she works in a relative's Chinese restaurant while trying to kick a methadone habit and rebuild her life. With the chance to see Jay again, she determines to change for good and pursue her dream of being a musician. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, where Cheung's performance earned her the award for best actress.