My Asian Actress Top 5

My Asian Actress Top 5

Memoirs of a Geisha won three Oscars last week (Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design), but I am not sure if any Asian actress was ever nominated for an Oscar? Although it’s quite difficult to name my favourite Asian actresses, I will give it a shot anyway.
My current top 5:

1. Ziyi Zhang (China, 1979)
2. Shu Qi (Taiwan, 1976)
3. Lucy Liu (USA, 1968)
4. Chiaki Kuriyama (Japan, 1984)
5. Eugenia Yuan (Birthplace/year N/A)

Do you want to share your own top 5 with us? Go ahead, make my day and comment! 🙂

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  1. Hmmm, that’s a difficult one but here are my favorites (in random order): Ziyi Zhang, Kelly Hu, Grace Park, Tia Carrere, and Lucy Liu.

  2. Yes, acting and screen presence

    1. Tran Nu Yên-Khê
    2. Maggie Cheung
    3. Xun Zhou
    4. Sandra Oh
    5. Wong Faye/Eugenia Yuen

    Tran Nu Yên-Khê (Scent of Green Papaya, Cyclo, Verticle Ray of the Sun) has a hypnotic presence beyond words.

    Maggie Cheung is a simply a superb film actress. Period.

    Xun Zhou (Suzhou River, Balzac and the Little Seamstress) is a very standout Chinese style actress, quirky and adorable.

    There’s just something about Sandra Oh (Double Happiness, Sideways, Under the Tuscan Sun) that pulls me in.

    And who didn’t fall in love with Wang Faye in Chungking Express, or Eugenia Yuan in Mail Order Bride–both in performance and beauty.

    Honorable Mention: Lucy Liu, Ming Na Wen, Zhang Ziyi.

    As far a the world’s love affair with Zhang Ziyi, she proved herself in 2046, then took a big step back in Memoirs. I live in Shanghai, and girls of her beauty are a dime-a-dozen.

    Lastly, somewhere on this list–and the site–we need to find some space for HK pop star and actress, Karen Mok–a total Asian Siren.

  3. I really don’t have a top five. I usually separate it to the four main regions, U.S.A., Japan, H.K./China, Korea.

    1. Ming-Na
    2. Michelle Krusiec
    3. Kelly Hu

    That is it for the U.S.

    1. Matsu Takako
    2. Shibasaki Kou
    3. Ueto Aya

    1. Maggie Cheung
    2. Liu Yi Fei
    3. Zhang Ziyi

    1. Kim Hee-Sun
    2. Ha Ji-Won
    3. Jeon Ji-Hyun

    That is about it.

  4. There’s a lot of great names above. I’ll just throw in two more that didn’t get mentioned.

    Vivian Wu (Pillow Book and The Last Emperor.) Wow.

    Valerie Chow (Chungking Express. Faye Wong was cute, but Valerie stole the show for me (looks wise, given her very small role). I kept urging Tony Leung to pick up the phone and call his smoking-hot flight attendant ex. Idiot didn’t listen. 🙂

  5. Diane Mizota and Carrie Ann Inaba in “Austin Powers in Gold Member”

    [broken links removed!]

  6. I will not be greedy. I choose only three in no order, other than alphabetically:

    Akira Fubuki
    Jun Kusanagi
    Ryoko Mitake

    The first two have beautiful faces as well as outstanding bodies.

    I like Jun’s age … now maturing and knowledgeable. Speaking of THE “doll ” Jun, check out 3 scans in black and white that I found to be the absolute tops as an erotic, sensuous and provocative experience!!!! And all she is tying to do in the photos is to remove a T-shirt which gets delightfully hung up on her gorgeous breast.'La-Mode-Scan/jun_kusanagi_41.jpg'La-Mode-Scan/jun_kusanagi_47.jpg'La-Mode-Scan/jun_kusanagi_48.jpg

    What say you erotica experts??


  7. I think his topic was favorite actresses not porn stars. Anyways here goes:
    1. Maggie Cheung (she’s just so talented)
    2. Gong Li (also very talented)
    3. Michelle Yeoh (great in action & dramatic roles)
    4. Yukie Nakama (performs well in both comedic
    and dramatic roles plus she’s just a natural
    5. Kelly Hu (just because she’s from Hawaii and
    because I couldn’t think of anyone else at the
    Sorry Korea I don’t watch many of your films.
    Oh yeah I forgot Kobe Tai.

  8. My list is more contemporary and, pardon me, more North Americanized.

    1. Kristin Kreuk
    2. Brenda Song
    3. Grace Park
    4. Zhang Ziyi
    5. Lucy Liu

    If you want more Asian Asians, I’d add Bai Ling, Gong Li and Aishwarya Rai.

  9. I guess the only non-Korean actress that would be on my top 5 would be Maggie Cheung. The others would be:

    Sung Hyun-ah (IMHO, on of Korea’s most underrated)
    Shim Hye-jin
    Jeon Ji-hyun (Used to think she was just another pretty face until I saw her in “The Uninvited”)
    Lee Bo-hee (Popular in the 80s-90s)

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