Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam (born Kwan Kar Wai on 24 September 1962) is a Hong Kong former actress, best known for starring as the female lead "Thirteenth Aunt" in the 1990s Once Upon a Time in China film series. She had since retired from acting in 2007.
Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam
Kwan Kar Wai
24 September 1962
|Alma mater||Maryknoll Convent School|
(m. 1981; div. 1982)
(m. 2014; div. 2015)
|Parent(s)||Kwan Shan (father) |
Cheung Bing Sai (張冰茜) (mother)
|Kwan Kar Wai|
Kwan co-founded the Hong Kong-based beauty brand RK Beauty with fellow actress Helen Ma.
Kwan was born in British Hong Kong. Her father, Shaw Brothers star Kwan Shan, was from Shenyang, Liaoning, China, and was of Manchu ethnicity. Her mother, Cheung Bing-sai (張冰茜), was from Shanghai and was also an actress.[unreliable source?] Growing up, Kwan attended Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong.
Kwan's first acting role was in the ATV soap opera Agency 24 (甜甜廿四味). Her film debut was alongside Chow Yun-fat in the 1982 film, The Head Hunter. She appeared with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao in Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars and again with Chan in Project A Part II and Armour of God. She also appeared with Jet Li in the films Swordsman II, Dr. Wai in "The Scripture with No Words" and as Shao Yun a.k.a. "Sup Sum Yee" ("Shi San Yi" in Mandarin, "13th Aunt" in English) throughout the Once Upon a Time in China film series.
Amongst her more dramatic roles, she notably appeared with Andy Lau in several films including Casino Raiders and The Wesley's Mysterious File. Kwan also released a record in 1994, a duet with Lau called "Love Forever".
In 2001 she appeared in Feng Xiaogang's Chinese comedy, Big Shot's Funeral, which starred Donald Sutherland as a film director and Kwan as his assistant. Although her last film role was in 2005, Kwan officially announced her retirement from acting in 2007.
Kwan first married to financial service mogul Chris Wong Kwok Sing in 1981, which lasted only nine months, they split in 1982. Kwan later married Taiwanese businessman Pierre Chen in 2014 without a public announcement, but they divorced in 2015.
- The Head Hunter (再見江湖) a.k.a. Long Goodbye (1982) – Vicky Lee
- The Lost Generation (1983) – Shirley
- Feng liu zhong (1984)
- Prince Charming (1984) – Wan Puipui
- Long Road to Gallantry (1984) – Mu Wan Er
- Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars (夏日福星) (1985) – Wang Yi-Ching
- Millionaire's Express (富貴列車) (1986) – Chi
- Armour of God (龍兄虎弟) (1986) – Lorelei
- Project A Part II (A計劃續集) (1987) – Miss Pak
- Profiles of Pleasure (1988) – Chin Chin
- Three Against The World (群龍奪寶) (1988) – Fan's daughter
- Heart to Hearts (1988) – Peggy
- Vengeance Is Mine (1988) – Jane Li-Su
- The Crazy Companies II (最佳損友闖情關) (1988) – Niko
- The Last Duel (再起風雲) (1989) – Pok Mei-Li / Chi Hau
- Proud and Confident (傲氣雄鷹) (1989) – Jennifer Tang
- Ghost Fever (鬼媾人) (1989) – Pinkey
- Shuo huang de nu ren (1989) – Alice
- Casino Raiders (至尊無上) (1989) – Bo Bo
- Wo ai Tang Ren Jie (1989) – Michelle
- Mr. Smart (瀟洒先生) (1989) – Mona Fong
- Cuo zai xin xiu (1990) – Wendy Wan
- Return to Action (喋血風雲) (1990) – Joey Chan
- Tiger Cage 2 (洗黑錢) (1990) – Mandy Chang
- A Bite of Love (一咬OK) (1990) – Anna
- Undeclared War (聖戰風雲) (1990) – Ann Chang
- Tricky Brains (整蠱專家) (1991) – Lucy Ching
- Hun yin wu yu (1991) – Janice
- Once Upon a Time in China (黃飛鴻) (1991) – 13th Aunt
- Inspector Pink Dragon (神探馬如龍) (1991) – Julia
- The Banquet (豪門夜宴) (1991) – Gigi
- Wo lao po bu shi ren (1991) – Chia – The Ghost
- Gigolo and Whore II (舞男情未了) (1992) – Sherin Chan
- Swordsman II (笑傲江湖之東方不敗) (a.k.a. The Legend of the Swordsman) (1992) – Yam Ying Ying
- Once Upon a Time in China II (黃飛鴻之二男兒當自強) (1992) – 13th Aunt
- With or Without You (明月照尖東) (1992) – Tweedy
- Gameboy Kids (機Boy小子真假威龍) (1992) – Kwan, Chi-Lam
- Saviour of the Soul 2 (九二神鵰之痴心情長劍) (1992) – The Ice Woman
- The Sting (俠聖) (1992) – Yvonne
- Once Upon a Time in China III (黃飛鴻之三獅王爭霸) (1992) – 13th Aunt
- All's Well, Ends Well Too (花田喜事) (1993) – Snow White
- No More Love, No More Death (太子傳說) (1993) – Tracy Chan
- Love Among the Triad (愛在黑社會的日子) (1993) – Kwok Hoi-Lam
- Blade of Fury (一刀傾城) (1993) – Noblewoman
- The Magic Crane (新仙鶴神針) (1993) – Butterfly Lam
- End of the Road (異域2末路英雄) (1993) – Chei's wife
- Assassin (刺客新傳之殺人者唐斬) (1993) – Yiu
- Love is a Fairy Tale (夏日情未了) (1993) – Michelle
- The Great Conqueror's Concubine (西楚霸王) (1994) – Yu Ji
- Long and Winding Road (錦繡前程) (1994) – Winnie Tsang
- Once Upon a Time in China V (黃飛鴻之五龍城殲霸) (1994) – 13th Aunt
- The Eight Hilarious Gods (笑八仙) (1994) – Ho Sin-gu
- A Touch of Evil (狂野生死戀) (1995) – Coco Xu Liuxin
- The Adventurers (大冒險家) (1995) – Mona
- Dr. Wai in "The Scripture with No Words" (冒險王) (1996) – Monica Kwan / Cammy
- Thanks for Your Love (1/2 次同床) (1996) – Li Lam-Lam
- Once Upon a Time in China and America (黃飛鴻之西域雄獅) (a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China and America) (1997) – 13th Aunt
- Big Shot's Funeral (大腕) (2001) – Lucy
- The Wesley's Mysterious File (衛斯理藍血人) (a.k.a. The Wesley's Mysterious Story) (2001) – Fong Tin Ai
- Mighty Baby (絕世好B) (2002) – Sabrina
- Hands in the Hair (做頭) (2006) – Aini (final film role)
Award and nominationEdit
|1992||Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||This Thing Called Love (1991 film)||Nominated|
- "Rosamund Kwan Chi-lam". HKMDb entry. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
- 关之琳息影并非为结婚 自称现在还没男友 [Rosamund Kwan retiring not for marriage, stating she has no boyfriend right now]. Xinhuanet (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
- Chung, Jun-fung; Hou, Elaine (4 November 2015). "Hong Kong actress Rosamund Kwan, Taiwanese tycoon divorced". Central News Agency. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- "Rosamund Kwan". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Rosamund Kwan". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 7 March 2010.