Cheng Pei-pei in a still from Come Drink with Me (1966), the first of her many martial arts films. Shaw Brothers boss Run Run Shaw picked her for the film after seeing the actress dance. Photo: Shaw Brothers Studio Cheng Pei-pei in a still from Come Drink with Me (1966), the first of her many martial arts films. Shaw Brothers boss Run Run Shaw picked her for the film after seeing the actress dance. Photo: Shaw Brothers Studio
Cheng Pei-pei in a still from Come Drink with Me (1966), the first of her many martial arts films. Shaw Brothers boss Run Run Shaw picked her for the film after seeing the actress dance. Photo: Shaw Brothers Studio

Cheng Pei-pei: how martial arts actress of Crouching Tiger fame first saw stardom in wuxia classic Come Drink with Me

  • She played the malicious guardian in Ang Lee’s groundbreaking global martial arts hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but her career had begun decades earlier
  • Cheng shot to stardom playing Golden Swallow in King Hu’s 1966 film, reprised the role for Chang Cheh, and became the leading martial arts actress of the 1960s

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Cheng Pei-pei in a still from Come Drink with Me (1966), the first of her many martial arts films. Shaw Brothers boss Run Run Shaw picked her for the film after seeing the actress dance. Photo: Shaw Brothers Studio Cheng Pei-pei in a still from Come Drink with Me (1966), the first of her many martial arts films. Shaw Brothers boss Run Run Shaw picked her for the film after seeing the actress dance. Photo: Shaw Brothers Studio
Cheng Pei-pei in a still from Come Drink with Me (1966), the first of her many martial arts films. Shaw Brothers boss Run Run Shaw picked her for the film after seeing the actress dance. Photo: Shaw Brothers Studio
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