Tsai Chin


Chinese actor, director, and author Tsai Chin at a Cork International Film Festival event. Chin appears third from the right of the image, wearing dark pants and a dark sequined jacket, looking directly into the camera. The others in this image are undocumented in this archive.

Tsai Chin is a Chinese-born actress who was born on November 30, 1936, in Shanghai, China. She grew up in Taiwan and attended school in England before embarking on an acting career. Tsai Chin is best known for her roles in films such as "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "The Joy Luck Club" (1993), and "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005). 

Tsai Chin started her career in Hong Kong, where she appeared in a number of films in the 1950s and 1960s. She then moved to London and began working in theater, appearing in productions such as "The World of Suzie Wong" and "A Touch of Class." In 1967, she was cast as the Bond girl Ling in the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice," which brought her international recognition. 

Tsai Chin continued to work in film and television throughout the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in a number of British and American productions. In 1993, she received critical acclaim for her role as Auntie Lindo in the film adaptation of Amy Tan's novel "The Joy Luck Club." She later appeared in the films "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005) and "Casino Royale" (2006). 

In addition to her acting work, Tsai Chin is also a singer and has released several albums in both English and Chinese. She has also written a memoir, "China Doll: From My Childhood in Mao's China to My Career in the West." Today, Tsai Chin continues to work in film and television, write, and teach.

Tsai Chin