Kara Hui Ying-hung was born on February 3rd, 1960 in Shandong province of China. She is an actress in Hong Kong. The actress moved from Shandong to Hong Kong as a kid with her parents and siblings. Her father ran a business there. They lost money in their business, and the family was poverty-stricken.
She, along with her mother and siblings, had to work as a street vendor on the streets of Hong Kong. At a young age of fourteen, she began working in Hong Kong’s night clubs to support her family. Filmmaker Lau Kar-Leung discovered her in a nightclub and decided to cast her in his movie named Challenge of the Masters.
This was how her career in films started. The movie Challenge of the Masters was an action film that released in 1976 and had
Gordon Liu playing the lead character Wong Fei Hung.There was no looking back for Kara after this. She featured in many movies in the very next year, including Chinatown Kid, The Brave Archer, Teenager’s Nightmare: The Criminal Part 5 and The Dream of the Red Chamber. Chinatown Kid, an action-based film, was a direction by Chang Cheh and had Alexander Fu Sheng playing the lead. Kara was seen in a role of a girl in a brothel.
The Brave Archer saw Hui playing the character named Mu Nianci. Hui continued working with Chang Cheh in upcoming projects. They did the movie Invincible Shaolin together in 1978. After doing small roles in several movies, her breakthrough role was in the film My Young Auntie in 1981. She featured with Hsiao Ho and Wang Lung Wei among others in the film. It was a light-hearted comedy flick. Her character’s name was Cheng Tai-nun in the film, who was a champion in martial arts. Kara’s performance was loved by the audiences, and she went on to win her maiden Best Actress Award at the 1st Hong Kong Film Awards.
The actress forayed into television in 1996 in a small role in the show Journey to the West, in which she was seen as the Flying Tiger General. It was an adaption of a novel that had the same name. Her roles in the shows Rosy Business (2009) and A Fistful of Stances (2010) as Lau Fong and Cheung Sheung-chu respectively won her Best Supporting Actress nominations.
In the movie scene, her most appreciated performance was in the 2013-horror flick Rigor Mortis. She played the role of Yeung Feng in the movie, which was premiered at the prestigious Venice Festival. The role got her second Hong Kong Film Award in the Best Supporting Actress category. The actress has been linked to her first movie director Lau Kar-Leung in the past. Her brother Austin Wai was also an actor, who passed away on October 4th, 2012.
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Born in Shandong, China, Kara Hui (full name is Kara Wai Ying Hung) is a Hong Kong actress, who belongs to the Manchu background. She shifted to Hong Kong with her entire family as a little girl. At the age of fourteen, she began to work in nightclubs. In one of the interviews, Kara Hui confessed that her father lost all their saved money to business acquaintances, therefore, leaving them without a penny. Hence, her mother, Kara Hui and her brother had to go together out on the streets of Hong Kong to peddle products and earn a livelihood.
Since they were very poor, they lived in the town of Rennie’s Mill. As she worked in nightclubs, Hui was found by a director named, Lau Kar-Leung, who gave her a chance to star in the movie, “Challenge of the Masters” in the year 1976. Further down the line, she worked with Lau in his numerous projects and the media started to believe that they were in a romantic relationship. She is best identified to the international population for her action roles in “Shaw Brothers Studio Films” in the 1970s and 1980s.
Since then, she has been a part of numerous television shows and movies. Her acting career got the most success with the movie, “My Young Auntie” for which she earned the “Best Actress Award” in the very first Hong Kong Film Awards. Moreover, she acquired another “Hong Kong Film Awards”, which was the twenty-ninth ever award ceremony of the same kind in Hong Kong. Her performance in the movie, “At the End of Daybreak” in the year 2009, earned her many awards namely, Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Pacific Meridian, Asian Film Awards, and Golden Horse Awards. Kara Hui is the sibling of Austin Wai, an actor who deceased in the year 2012.