The Leading East Asian Ladies!

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 08 Dec 2012 | updated - 04 Dec 2017 | Public

From all films I've seen. Rules for the Ranking: my personal rating + the imdb rating x votes.

1. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

5374 points

2. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

4611 points

3. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

2362 points

4. Machiko Kyô

Actress | Rashômon

Machiko Kyô was born on March 25, 1924 in Osaka, Japan as Yano Motoko. She was an actress, known for Rashomon (1950), Gate of Hell (1953) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956). She died on May 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

1693 points

5. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

1400 points

6. Doona Bae

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was Ring (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take Care of My ...

1293 points

7. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

1250 points

8. Eihi Shiina

Actress | Ôdishon

Eihi Shiina was born on February 3, 1976 in Fukuoka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Audition (1999), Tokyo Gore Police (2008) and The Outrage (2010).

609 points

9. Setsuko Hara

Actress | Banshun

Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in ...

440 points

10. Brigitte Lin

Actress | Chung Hing sam lam

Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Chungking Express (1994), Police Story (1985) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.

440 points

11. Seung-Yun Lee

Actress | Bin-jip

Seung-Yun Lee was born on August 18, 1968 in Seoul, South Korea. She is an actress, known for 3-Iron (2004), Piano Man (1996) and You with Me (2017).

363 points

12. Takako Matsu

Actress | Kokuhaku

Born Fujima Takako in Tokyo in 1977, she found herself in a family of actors and actresses including her kabuki artist father, uncle and brother, a sister who would act in movies and would eventually marry a man from the entertainment industry. Her mother Norika is a businesswoman. Her niece is a ...

363 points

13. Ryôko Hirosue

Actress | Okuribito

Kochi on the island of Shikoku was bombed from the air and razed to the ground by the USA during 1945, but Kochi castle still stands as a historical point of interest. More recently the city has acted as the birth place of short-haired tomboyish singer and actress Hirosue Ryoko. She signed up for ...

309 points

14. Wei Tang

Actress | Se, jie

Wei Tang was born on October 7, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Lust, Caution (2007), Blackhat (2015) and The Golden Era (2014). She has been married to Tae-yong Kim since July 12, 2014.

292 points

15. Hye-ja Kim

Actress | Madeo

Hye-ja Kim is an actress, known for Mother (2009), How to Steal a Dog (2014) and Late Autumn (1982).

268 points

16. Chieko Higashiyama

Actress | Tôkyô monogatari

Chieko Higashiyama was born on September 30, 1890 in Chiba, Japan as Sen Watanabe. She was an actress, known for Tokyo Story (1953), Sen-hime (1954) and The Idiot (1951). She died on May 8, 1980.

263 points

17. Soo-jung Lim

Actress | Janghwa, Hongryeon

Soo-jung Lim was born on July 11, 1980 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) and Happiness (2007).

250 points

18. Yeo-reum Han

Actress | Hwal

Yeo-reum Han was born on October 25, 1983 in South Korea as Min-Jeong Seo. She is an actress, known for The Bow (2005), Samaritan Girl (2004) and Sex Volunteer (2009).

206 points

19. Kinuyo Tanaka

Actress | Joyû Sumako no koi

Tanaka Kinuyo was a highly regarded and prolific actress best known for her films with director Mizoguchi Kenji. She was immersed in the world of film having received her start in the world of entertainment at age fourteen, being a filmmaker herself, being the cousin of director Kobayashi Masaki ...

199 points

20. Nobuko Otowa

Actress | Bokuto kidan

Nobuko Otowa was born on October 1, 1924 in Tottori, Japan as Nobuko Kaji. She was an actress, known for The Strange Tale of Oyuki (1992), Epitome (1953) and Onna no issho (1953). She was married to Kaneto Shindô. She died on December 22, 1994.

195 points

21. Rie Miyazawa

Actress | Yu wo wakasuhodo no atsui ai

She started her career playing innocent girl-next door types in movies and TV dramas, but shocked the Japanese public in the early 90s by starring in the movie Erotic Liaisons, and then by appearing nude in a photo book titled, "Santa Fe". As a result, the conservative NHK network dropped her from ...

192 points

22. Nobuko Miyamoto

Actress | Marusa no onna

Wife of quirky Japanese director, Jûzô Itami, and star of most of his movies. In late 1997 her husband comitted suicide, over a magazine's allegations of him having an extra-marital affair.

166 points

23. Jitsuko Yoshimura

Actress | Onibaba

Jitsuko Yoshimura was born on April 18, 1943 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Onibaba (1964), Pigs and Battleships (1961) and Secret Agent 101 (1966). She was previously married to Tetsuo Ishidate.

157 points

24. Vivian Wu

Actress | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Vivian Wu was born in Shanghai, China, in 1966 as Wu Jun Mei. She started acting at age 15 with the Shanghai Film Studio, and then later studied Travel Industry Management at Hawaii's Pacific University. After that she played 'Wen Hsiu' in the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor (1987) directed by ...

153 points

25. Yûki Kudô

Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha

Kudoh Yuki is an accomplished Japanese singer, former teen idol and actress whose resume includes more than half a dozen records, starring roles in Japanese, Japan-Iran and Japan-Canada films, stage and anime productions. She was only seventeen when she was working overseas, in the USA, filming a ...

149 points



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