There is plenty of room in the Hong Kong film industry for matriarchs, and the actresses who have taken up the mantle of these roles often have quite an impressive résumé. Yuen Qiu, who everyone knows as the landlady from Kung Fu Hustle, was also in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with a Golden Gun. Cheng Pei-pei, the high-kicking girl from wuxia movies of the 60s and 70s, had a role in Disney’s live action feature Mulan . And Helena Law Lan, who is known for her role as the creepy old lady from the Thou Shalt Not Swear horror series, was once a spokeswoman in Hong Kong for YSL Beauty. How Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai inspired filmmakers like Sofia Coppola Two of the fabulous ladies on our list captured the heart of Hong Kong icons. Teresa Mo, who won Leslie Cheung’s love when he was in his early twenties, won best actress at the 37th Hong Kong film awards. Chow Yun-fat may have had a short-lived marriage with Candice Yu, but she went on to become a style icon and socialite in the 90s. Andy Lau’s good friend Deanie Ip also won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the 68th Venice International Film Festival for her role in A Simple Life, starring alongside Lau. Scroll down and see how glamorous all these ladies – who are now playing senior roles on the big and small screen – were in their heyday. Lee Heung-kam You may recognise her as dowager in many TVB dramas of yesteryear, but she was a beauty back in the day and a thespian of Chinese opera in Hong Kong. 10 of Andy Lau’s best films Helena Law Lan World-renowned for playing a slew of creepy old ladies in horror films such as Thou Shalt Not Swear and July 13th , Helena Law Lan is a veteran of Hong Kong’s entertainment industry. She also became a symbol for ageing gracefully, when she was the spokeswoman for YSL beauty campaigns in Hong Kong. Yuen Qiu You may know her as the formidable landlady in Kung Fu Hustle , but she was the “school flower”, the equivalent of prom queen, in high school. It’s no wonder that she had a bit role in The Man with a Golden Gun alongside Roger Moore. 13 of Canto-pop king Jacky Cheung’s greatest hits Candice Yu Candice Yu famously had a whirlwind marriage to Chow Yun-fat that only lasted nine months, but she was also a famous socialite and renowned beauty throughout the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. She’s been very candid in interviews about her struggles as a single parent after her divorce from Henry Lee Junior. She has played many roles on the silver and small screen, but most people remember her stunning performance as Princess Heung Heung in the television adaptation of Jin Yong’s The Legend of the Book and the Sword; although there have been many remakes, the popular opinion is that no other actress has held a candle to Yu. Deanie Yip Duk-han Deanie Yip’s outstanding acting needs no introduction as she’s won the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, not to mention countless others at the Hong Kong Film Awards. She’s best pals with Andy Lau and while she’s barely old enough to be his mum he’s facetiously called her “Godmother” in public. Because her acting skills are so well-known, not a lot of people remember that Ip was a pop diva in the early 80s. Who is Yuen Woo-ping, the kung fu master behind The Matrix? Mary Hon Mary Hon aged like fine wine. We’re used to seeing her play the roles of beautiful mothers and powerful dowagers, and her looks have not faded with time. Teresa Mo Shun-Kwan Teresa Mo was a fresh-faced ingénue in the 70s and famously caught the eye of Hong Kong legend Leslie Cheung when they were making RTV television series Love Story. She famously turned down his proposal in 1979 but managed to remain good friends. Mo won best actress in the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards for her role in Tomorrow is Another Day. 7 things you didn’t know about Leslie Cheung Alice Fung So-bor You may not know this lady by name, but you’ve definitely seen her playing seniors on television. She said in an interview that she’s been cast in grandmother roles since she was 40 years old, and at the time they had to draw her wrinkles in. She is known as TVB’s default grandmother, but man, she was quite a dish back in the day. Cheng Pei-pei Any fan of wuxia movies will recognise this intimidating lady that was kicking butt on the silver screen for decades. She recently made an appearance in Disney’s live-action feature Mulan as the matchmaker. We think she’d give Liu Yifei a run for her money if a 20-year old Cheng auditioned for the role of Mulan in this day and age. Bruce Lee remembered: Friends recall fond times, 47 years after his death Fung Bo Bo Fung Bo Bo was Hong Kong’s answer to Shirley Temple in the 60s. The child actor grew up and matured on the silver and small screen and has been in the entertainment industry her whole life. Life has not always been easy for her, and Fung has been open and honest about her struggles with depression and is an advocate for mental health. It’s rare for an actor to go from cute to renowned beauty to ageing gracefully, and that is something Fung can be extremely proud of. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .