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      Tsai Chin

      Tsai Chin

      Highest Rated: 100% Hollywood Chinese (2007)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1933

      Birthplace: Shanghai, China

      Chinese actress Tsai Chin attracted the Western world's attention in the 1960s with roles in the Fu Manchu franchise and "You Only Live Twice" (1967) before introducing her talents to a whole new generation in "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). Born in Tianjin, Republic of China in 1933, Tsai Chin began following in the footsteps of her Peking opera actor father Zhou Xinfang when she studied at London's RADA aged 17. After making her screen debut in "Yangtse Incident" (1957), Chin played Ingrid Bergman's adopted daughter in "The Inn of Sixth Happiness" (1958), appeared alongside brother Michael Chow in "Violent Playground" (1958) and graced the small screen in "Emergency-Ward 10" (ITV, 1957-1967). In 1959 she took the lead in West End musical "The World of Suzie Wong" and after scoring a major hit with its number, "The Ding Dong Song," became a fully-fledged recording artist, cabaret performer and variety show host. Chin continued to pursue her acting ambitions, landing parts in much-maligned comedy "The Cool Mikado" (1963) and sci-fi "Invasion" (1965). But her career truly took off when she played Lin Tang, the daughter of Christopher Lee's titular villain, for five Fu Manchu films and appeared alongside Sean Connery as undercover agent Ling in James Bond flick "You Only Live Twice" (1967). However, after showing up as a prostitute in "The Virgin Soldiers" (1969), spy in "Rentadick" (1972) and Presidential wife in docudrama "The Subject of Struggle" (ITV, 1972), Chin put her screen career on hold. On moving to America, she joined the experimental Cambridge Ensemble, studied Drama at Tufts University and made her directorial debut with Harold Pinter's "The Lover." Following the end of the Cultural Revolution, Chin took up a teaching position in Beijing and served as a cultural liaison between the UK and China, but eventually returned to acting in the 1989 West End production of "M. Butterfly." Chin won rave reviews for her performance as one of four immigrant mothers who share stories about their past in the adaptation of Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" (1993). She then made her Broadway debut in 1996's "Golden Child," appeared in thriller "Red Corner" (1997) and took center stage in cross-cultural family drama "Journey from the Heart" (1999). After showing up in "Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity" (2002), "The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer" (2003) and "The Interpreter" (2005), Chin played Auntie in historical epic "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005), guested as Sandra Oh's mother in "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005-) and revisited the Bond franchise as Madame Wu in "Casino Royale" (2008). Chin returned to China to play Dowager Jia in romantic series "The Dream of the Red Mansions" (CCTV, 2010) before taking on grandmother roles in "A Leading Man" (2013) and "She Lights Up Well" (2014) and adding "Now You See Me 2" (2016), "She's Got a Plan" (2016) and "The Jade Pendant" (2017) to her filmography. Chin then took a rare leading role playing a chain-smoking gambler embroiled in a gang war in "Lucky Grandma" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      Hollywood Chinese poster
      Hollywood Chinese
      Lucky Grandma poster Lucky Grandma Blow-Up poster
      The Joy Luck Club poster
      The Joy Luck Club
      The Face of Fu Manchu poster
      The Face of Fu Manchu
      The Interpreter poster The Interpreter Memoirs of a Geisha poster Memoirs of a Geisha Red Corner poster
      Red Corner




      96% 74% Lucky Grandma Grandma (Character) - 2019
      82% 95% Abominable Nai Nai (Voice) $60.9M 2019
      No Score Yet 44% The Jade Pendant Madame Pong (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She's Got a Plan Mrs. Roberts (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Lights Up Well Grandma (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nani Isabel (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 76% American Masters Unknown (Character) - 2008
      58% 57% Year of the Fish Mrs. Su (Voice) - 2007
      100% No Score Yet Hollywood Chinese Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 52% Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Grandma Wu (Character) - 2006
      35% 83% Memoirs of a Geisha Auntie (Character) $57.0M 2005
      57% 54% The Interpreter Luan (Character) $72.5M 2005
      17% 50% The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer Madame Lu (Character) - 2003
      29% 63% Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity Hun Ping Wong (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gold Cup Ma (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My American Vacation Grandma Lee (Character) - 1999
      30% 48% Red Corner Chairman Xu (Character) $22.4M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crowfoot Det. Lisa Ishima (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 67% The West Side Waltz Unknown (Character) - 1995
      86% 89% The Joy Luck Club Lindo Jong (Character) $32.8M 1993
      No Score Yet 9% The Castle of Fu Manchu Lin Tang (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 17% The Vengeance of Fu Manchu Lin Tang (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 3% The Blood of Fu Manchu Lin Tang (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 27% The Brides of Fu Manchu Lin Tang (Character) - 1966
      87% 84% Blow-Up Thomas' receptionist (uncredited) (Character) - 1966
      80% 29% The Face of Fu Manchu Lin Tang (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cool Mikado Pitti-Sing (Character) - 1963


      94% 76% Royal Pains Mrs. Sesumi (Guest Star) 2012
      84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2007
      45% No Score Yet The Evidence Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1998