Ching Li was a famous Hong Kong movie actress, popular in the late seventies and early eighties. She was also one of the original members of the Chinese Film Opera troupe. Ching Li had a very interesting early life. She was born inashi (Fujian) Province, daughter of poor farmers. As a child, her parents always encouraged her and helped her and other siblings in anything they did. In her early years at school she also gained a reputation for being “disobedient to authority” by going against the head of the class.
Ching Li began to take acting classes when she was about thirteen years old. At the age of sixteen she made her first ever appearance on Chinese television, playing a chorus girl in a Cantonese show. After that she appeared in about 60 films, most by Shaw Brothers Studio. Her career spanned the entire decade of the seventies till the early eighties when her career went downhill. In the late eighties however her career picked up again.
During the early days of her career Ching Li had a number of personal problems. Her personal life was not stable and at times she even went for months without seeing her husband or wife. One of her most famous films of that era was The Man Who Played With His Hands, which was set in Hong Kong. Ching Li appeared in this film alongside Chow Ting-Yi and she had a small role as an extra.
|Age||45 years old|
|Born||7 March 1975|
|Birthplace||Doumen District, Zhuhai, China|
|Body Measurements||Not Available|
|Eye Color||Not Available|
|Hair Color||Not Available|
|Net Worth in 2020||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
|Source of Income||Player|
From this period until the early nineties Ching Li mostly appeared in less popular films. However, in the late eighties her role in Confucius: An Explorer of the Traditional Chinese Medicine gave her a rare chance to act on behalf of the Chinese government. This role saw her traveling to the USA. This trip gave her the opportunity to meet some of the top movie stars in the industry. When she got back to China, Ching Li made several movies including The Woman Who Loved Flowers, Forgetting names, Romance in Hong Kong, Memento, The Way of Love and Some Like it Hot.
It is interesting to note that after the early life of Ching Li, all her films appeared below the fold of public view, most of them being directed by her daughter. This is the case with almost all Chinese actresses in the past, except perhaps actress Fan Bing-lin, who made a name for herself as an artist. There is no doubt that the career of Ching Li was marked by changes, both in terms of her personal life and in terms of her profession.
Most interesting to note about Ching Li’s early life, is that it did not involve contact with the outside world. All that she did was go to the mainland China to study for the acupuncture qualification that would qualify her to become one of the most trusted doctors in Hong Kong. This is significant because acupuncture has long been known to have healing properties. If Ching Li had made a good film, the mainland China will not be able to deny her credit. On the other hand, if she had made a bad movie, the credit for the bad movie would automatically belong to her daughter.