Stephen Chow and Xu Jiao, who played a boy, in a still from 2008 film CJ7, which made the then child actor an overnight star. She escaped media attention by going to the United States to study in 2013, and has several adult roles under her belt now.

Remember Xu Jiao? Stephen Chow’s CJ7 co-star is all grown up and making her way in the Chinese film business

  • Fame was a double-edged sword for the then child actress, who left to attend high school in the United States and escape the media gaze
  • She talks about her part in romance Miss Forever, which opens soon, her zest for challenging roles, and why playing a boy in CJ7 is still the toughest she’s had
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Stephen Chow and Xu Jiao, who played a boy, in a still from 2008 film CJ7, which made the then child actor an overnight star. She escaped media attention by going to the United States to study in 2013, and has several adult roles under her belt now.
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Jackson Yee in a film still from Better Days, directed by Derek Tsang. Photo: Handout

Film about school bullying, Better Days, moves cinema-goers to tears in China, and becomes box office hit after censors finally allowed it to be screened

  • Hong Kong director Derek Tsang’s film, twice pulled before eventually going on general release, strikes a chord in China, where many kids are bullied at school
  • Public-service announcements shown before and after the film; one details the launch of a government anti-bullying campaign in primary and middle schools
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Jackson Yee in a film still from Better Days, directed by Derek Tsang. Photo: Handout
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