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Suet Nei

 
 
 
 
Other names : 雪妮
Hung Suet Nei
Suet Lei
Suet Nay
Xue Ni
 
Birthdate : 1/1/1947
Nationality : Hong Kong
Workplace : Hong Kong
Activities : Actress (62), (1)

Biography

Suet Nei was a young female idol of sixties's Hong Kong Cantonese cinema who specialised in Wu Xia Pian and alongside Connie Chan Po Chu, Josephine Siao Fung Fung and Yu So Chau was one of the genre’s prominent star.

Born in 1947, Hung Suet Nei (shorten to merely Suet Nei for the movies) became a contract player for the Crane Film Company in 1962 at sixteen or seventeen of age. Her film début was the comedy One Queen and Three Kings where she had a supporting part, as in her second picture The Golden Harpin (Part 3) Both movies were directed by Chan Lit Ban, one of the best Cantonese Wu Xia Pian filmmaker of the sixties and credited with helping launch many stars careers. Suet Nei rosed to starring player with the lead role in The Snowflake Sword series a fitting title as Suet Nei’s name actually means “Snow Maid”. The first half of Suet Nei’s career unfolded mostly under director Chan’s auspices, who directed nine of her first twelve movies. Chan ’s and Suet Nei’s association reach it’s zenith with the diptych Paragon of Sword and Knife and Paragon of Sword and Knife (Grand Finale) which saw the young woman co-star alongside Connie Chan Po Chu in one of Cantonese Wu Xia Pian cinema most ambitious effort.

Although Suet Nei did played in a handful of comedies and dramas, it’s in Wu Xia Pian that she appeared the most playing the typical cool and feisty lady knight. Although she could do trampoline leaps, action scenes on wires and even jump down from roofs, somersaults by her own admission were beyond her capability, hence the occasional uses of a stunt double. But although she wasn’t the acrobatic equal to the likes of Peking Opéra trained Connie Chan or Yu So Chau, Suet Nei could still proves herself quite furiously springy in her sword-fight scenes.

Suet Nei’s film career lasted six years and she is credited with at least 43 movies four out of five being Wu Xia Pian films. In all she made thirteen movies with Chan Lit Ban. Others recurrent director she worked with have included Joe Law Chi (five movies), Ng Wui (also 5), and specially Ling Yun (10). Having appeared in 21 movies together Suet Nei most regular leading man was then matinee idol Kenneth Tsang but she also was paired with the equally famed Lui Kei (on five movies) and Paul Chun Pui (3). She faced Sek Kin, Cantonese leading bad guy, in at least 18 movies. She co-starred alongside Connie Chan Po five times and three times with Nancy Sit.another of Cantonese cinema teen idol. It’s worth noting that the latter also reached stardom in Chan Li Ban’s movies.

During her years as a contract player for the Crane Film Company Suet Nei made on average five movies each year. Once her contract ended however and she gone to seek her fortune elsewhere her working pace increased dramatically. Thus Suet appeared in 21 movies in 1968, nearly half of her entire filmography.

Suet Nei did 9 movies the following year before her film career came to an end. Despite it’s frenzied productivity, Cantonese cinema was in full popular decline at the time overtaken by Hong Kong’s mandarin cinema which produced far more lavish movies. The time was ripe then for Suet Nei to retired even she was only 22 years old. Fittingly Suet Nei last release movie The One-Armed Magic Nun was another production of the director who made her star in the first place; Chan Lit Ban. He had her played on a most peculiar even unique image of a “mad diva”.

If Kenneth Tsang was her regular leading man in the movies, in real live it’s Tong Gaai (Tang Chia) that Suet Nei ended-up marrying, Shaw Brothers studio leading action directed who alongside her action partner Lau Kar leung (Liu Chia Liang) staged the fight in many of Suet Nei movies. She never reappeared on the big screen but it’s known that she was a supporting role playing on at least one TV series titles in Chinese Qing Shi Ji Si Dang An.

Yves Gendron (November 2004)
Sources:
The Making of Martial Art Film As Told By Filmmakers and Stars. Hong-Kong City Council
A Study of Swordplay Cinema. Hong-Kong City Council.
 
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Filmography
 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 - 1970 - 1960 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
 
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 I Love Hong Kong 2011 Actress
 Some Day 2010 Actress
 D.I.E. 2008 Actress
 Four, The 2008 Actress
 Money-Maker Recipe, The 2008 Actress
 Threshold Of A Person, The 2008 Actress
 CIB Files 2006 Actress
 Lethal Weapons Of Love And Passion 2006 Actress
 Lady Fan 2004 Actress
 White Dragon, The 2004 Actress
 At The Threshold Of An Era II 2000 Actress
 At The Threshold Of An Era 1999 Actress
 Detective Investigation Files IV 1999 Actress
 Blade, The 1995
 Secret Agent No. 1 1970 Actress
 Bloody Handkerchief 1969 Actress
 Flying Thief, White Flower 1969 Actress
 Mad Dragon 1969 Actress
 Magic Bow 1969 Actress
 Mysterious Weapon 1969 Actress
 One-Armed Magic Nun, The 1969 Actress
 One-Eyed Loner, The 1969 Actress
 Twin Swords, The 1969 Actress
 Two Sisters Who Steal 1969 Actress
 Where The Dragon Dares 1969 Actress
 Admirers Of The Girl In Mini-Skirt, The 1968 Actress
 Assasinator, The 1968 Actress
 Avenging Sword, The 1968 Actress
 Buddhist Spiritual Palm Returned 1968 Actress
 Deadly Dragon Sword, The 1968 Actress
 Dragon Fortress, The 1968 Actress
 Flower And The Sword, The 1968 Actress
 Flying Dragon Dagger, The 1968 Actress
 Grand Duel, The 1968 Actress
 Hire A Husband 1968 Actress
 Hotel Blues 1968 Actress
 How Huang Fei Hong Vanquished The Monster And Conquered the 9 Fractions 1968 Actress
 Killing Sword, The 1968 Actress
 Magnificent Five, The 1968 Actress
 One-Eyed Swordsman, The 1968 Actress
 Paragon Of Sword And Knife (Grand Finale) 1968 Actress
 Saint, The 1968 Actress
 Three Heroines (Part 1) 1968 Actress
 Three Heroines (Part 2) 1968 Actress
 Three Young Girls 1968 Actress
 Blood Stains The Iron Fist 1967 Actress
 Green-eyed Demon 1967 Actress
 Lady In Black Cracks The Gate Of Hell 1967 Actress
 Paragon Of Sword And Knife 1967 Actress
 Dark Heroine Mu Lanhua Shattered The Black Dragon Gang 1966 Actress
 Dark Heroine Mu Lanhua, The 1966 Actress
 Golden Cup and the Wandering Dragon (Part 2) 1966 Actress
 Master Cute And Da Fanshu 1966 Actress
 Master Cute 1965 Actress
 Cheating Is All We Do 1964 Actress
 Golden Hairpin (Final Episode), The 1964 Actress
 Golden Hairpin (Part 3), The 1964 Actress
 Golden Harpin (Part 3), The 1964 Actress
 Snowflake Sword (Grand Finale), The 1964 Actress
 Snowflake Sword (Part 1), The 1964 Actress
 Snowflake Sword (Part 2), The 1964 Actress
 Golden Hairpin (Part 2), The 1963 Actress
 One Queen And Three Kings 1963 Actress
 

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