Michelle Reis in a Post interview in September 1995. A model and Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant winner who became an actress despite having no training, she excelled playing opposite Jet Li, Leon Lai and Stephen Chow in hit 1990s films. Photo: SCMP
Michelle Reis in a Post interview in September 1995. A model and Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant winner who became an actress despite having no training, she excelled playing opposite Jet Li, Leon Lai and Stephen Chow in hit 1990s films. Photo: SCMP

How Michelle Reis turned beauty pageant win into a movie career as ‘the nice girl who can play nasty’

  • ‘The most important thing here is to get yourself known,’ Michelle Reis said of parlaying her 1988 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant win into a movie career
  • Reis often played girl-next-door roles, but shone as a criminal in Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels and was world-class in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s Flowers of Shanghai

Michelle Reis in a Post interview in September 1995. A model and Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant winner who became an actress despite having no training, she excelled playing opposite Jet Li, Leon Lai and Stephen Chow in hit 1990s films. Photo: SCMP
Michelle Reis in a Post interview in September 1995. A model and Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant winner who became an actress despite having no training, she excelled playing opposite Jet Li, Leon Lai and Stephen Chow in hit 1990s films. Photo: SCMP
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