Gloria Yip

Gloria Yip Wan-Yee
Chinese name 葉蘊儀
Chinese name 葉蘊儀 (traditional)
Pinyin Ye Yun-Yi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Yip Wan-Yee (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1973-01-13) January 13, 1973
Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong
Occupation actor, singer, sculptor
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop, J-pop
Instrument(s) voice
Voice type(s) mezzo-soprano
Label(s) Music Impact
Years active 1988-1995
Spouse(s) 陳柏浩 (Chen Pak Ho) (1995-2000) (divorced)
Children 2 (紹臻/Siu Chun and 衍衍/Hinhin)
Parents Yip Siu, Yip Fu
Ancestry Qingyuan, Guangdong
Education Saint Ma Jiali Women's Academy
Causeway Bay School
Hong Kong Art School
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yip (葉).

Gloria Yip Wan-Yee (Chinese: 葉蘊儀, born January 13, 1973 in Hong Kong, the elder of two sisters and daughter of prominent businessman Yip Shao) is a Hong Kong actress and singer, best known for her four films with director Lam Ngai Kai, and to Western audiences, her "special appearance" in Lam's Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky and principal supporting role in the cult classic[1] Saviour of the Soul. Among her more frequent collaborators are Yuen Biao, Lai Kai Ming, and Wong Jing. Her early roles were primarily cute and comedic, while her more recent, post-divorce roles, have primarily been dramatic.

She was discovered as a teenager by a Japanese talent scout. Like many movie stars in Hong Kong, she has also pursued a career as a singer, touring in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea, and she has released more than half a dozen CDs.[2]

In her homeland, she retains a reputation for wholesomeness, a childlike face described as "forever 19 years old,"[3] and the philandering of her husband, leading to a divorce in 2000, caused a media stir. While she was married, she went into semi-retirement, enjoyed being a mother, and pursued interests in arts and crafts, primarily embroidery and clay sculpture. She graduated from Hong Kong Art School in 2008.

She is fluent in Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, and English and is a fan of Jackie Chan (with whom she has worked), Tom Cruise, Rie Miyazawa, and Madonna.[4] Her roles in Mark Six Comedy and Boxer's Story include brief passages of English dialogue.

Discovery by talent scout

During secondary school at St. Margaret's Women's Academy, she went to Japan, and was discovered by a talent scout. She was only thirteen (though she claimed at the time to be fourteen), took a Japanese name,[4] and appeared in television commercials for McDonald's and TDK. Her career continued from there. In 1987, at age 14, she appeared in the play, 呷醋大丈夫 (The Real Man Sips the Vinegar or Goodbye Darling).[5] At age 19, she appeared in another play, 洗腳水 (The Water for Foot Washing) (1992).[6]

Film career: first phase

She frequently appears in comedian supporting roles, such as Su Rongrong (known simply as "Ron" in the English subtitles), an acrobatic acupuncturist in The Legend of the Liquid Sword, or the just slightly-too-young bounty hunter Fung Ling ("Little Bewitchment") in Flying Dagger. Her most noted role is Ashura the Hell Virgin, a major supporting role in Peacock King, which is usually cited as her screen debut at age 15. English-language bio screen, Saga of the Phoenix DVD, Universe Laser & Video. It should be noted that Chicken and Duck Talk premiered in July 1988 and Peacock King in December 1988, but the latter, being a special effects film, probably took longer to complete. Also, in the former, she is seventeenth billed, has no lines, and has less than a minute of screen time and a starring role in Saga of the Phoenix. This role is also quite comic and often slapstick. She plays a mischievous but essentially innocent offspring of devils. She possesses great power, but essentially as a vessel for others to wield, or for her to use when she is not really trying, and thus she is a source of great danger without any malice. In both films, her character is redeemed when she helps her friends Peacock King/Kujaku (Yuen Biao) and Lucky Fruit (played by different actors in the two films), who act as her guardians, destroy major demons. The role was more demanding in the second film, in which her childlike innocence and mischief is somewhat quelled by a mystical death sentence that attacks her like a disease.

Released half a year prior to Peacock King was the multi-award-winning comedy, Chicken and Duck Talk. Her role is limited to less than a minute of screen time, playing Judy, friend of Michael Hui's son. Judy is referred to several times, is glimpsed briefly in David's Chicken, and appears in the duck restaurant at the film's finale, and never speaks, though she is spoken to. In Demoness from Thousand Years, she appears only at the beginning and end of the film and is listed twelfth in the screen credits, though promotional materials, including the DVD cover, feature her prominently and give her second billing. Her character, Siu-Yi, carries the weight of a second lead in her included scenes as companion to Yun Yu-Yi (Joey Wang), but is unconscious throughout most of the film's narrative, being frozen in the pre-credits sequence and revived during the climax, communicating with Yu-Yi through a television set, and appearing as a doll vendor in the last scene. Prior to these roles, she appeared in the 22 October 1987 and 11 November 1997 episodes of the television series, Goodbye Darling.[7]

She often plays roles that are younger than she is in real life, abetted by the fact that she is just under 5'2". In Saviour of the Soul, she played Andy Lau's 12-year-old kid sister, Wai Heung, who is enamored with baseball, when she was eighteen.

Her other roles include the young bride, Belle Kao, in Jackie Chan's Miracles, in which much of the film's narrative is driven by her character's wedding; Gucci (a confident and witty bank robbery hostage) in The Blue Jean Monster, the mysterious Alien Girl in The Cat, Ann in Pink Bomb, and a cameo as Ricki's murdered girlfriend, Ying, in Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. Of all her films, Story of Ricky (as it was known in English in Hong Kong) has received the widest release in the United States, thanks to promotion by Comedy Central, although its Category III rating made it a minor film in Hong Kong.

Marriage, retirement, and arts and crafts

Her goal was to make a film that she herself would particularly like, and as such she is not particularly prolific as Hong Kong film actors go. She retired from the screen after appearing in the 1994 film, The Gods Must Be Crazy V: The Gods Must Be Funny in China, to get married to toy businessman 陳柏浩 (Chen Pak Ho) on May 25, 1995, and the birth of a son, 陳紹臻 (Chen Siu Chun), followed in February, 1996. The couple had a daughter, 陳衍衍 (Chen Hin Hin), whose name translates "Spread Out," November 30, 1999.

Yip continued to appear on television to demonstrate her hobby of embroidery, and she also wrote a magazine column on arts and crafts. In 1997, she enrolled at Causeway Bay School to study clay sculpture.[8] She graduated from Hong Kong Art School on January 27, 2008,[9] with her porcelain thesis work, 戀物/Materialism (2007).[10]

Divorce and return to film

In January 2000, Yip and Chen were divorced at Chen's suggestion after he had an extramarital affair and was visiting brothels.[6] She returned to the screen in 2001 with a cameo role in Heroes in Love after Chen failed to pay her allowances.[11][12] Details of the affair were exposed to the media in 2002, including Yip publishing excerpts from her own diary concerning her feelings.[6] After nearly a ten-year absence, Yip had the leading role in the horror film, Death Melody (2003), followed by another horror film, Double Face Girl. She also returned to stage plays.

During this later period, she has largely abandoned her comedic persona. In 2004, while Mark Six Comedy places her in a comic foil role as the manager (named Gloria[13]) of an office of immature twentysomethings, deriving humor through being serious, in both Boxer's Story, a drama, and Osaka Wrestling Restaurant, a comedy, she plays serious roles as ex-wives of unsuccessful men, each with a son. In the latter film, she is not involved in any of the comic antics whatsoever, and structurally, her role, a "special appearance" with only four scenes, is designed to give the film an emotional core it might otherwise lack. In the former film, she plays the ex-wife of a character played by Yuen, and much of the film is about regaining her son now that she is married to a cardiologist and has a successful career of her own in automotive sales, primarily to English-speaking clients. In Breezy Summer, her role, again eponymous, is a tragic performance.

Later that year, she was reunited with Story of Ricky star Terry Fan Siu Wong and The Cat star Christine Ng in the television miniseries, Magic Sword of Heaven and Earth, as the goddess Guanyin, which aired in 2005. This role, again serious, is a figure of divine intervention at the second act turning point, and a brief visit in the film's finale. Most of these were low budget productions shot on digital video rather than on film.

In 2007, she appeared in Magic Boy.

When she appeared in 2013 to promote 2014 TVB Series, Never Dance Alone, the media was shocked at changes in her weight, her grey hair, and overall matronly look, describing her as "a replica of a gray-haired Lan Jieying". (Lan is six years Yip's senior.)[3] Friends described her as unrecognizable, fat, and foregrounded their fear of marrying the wrong person.[3]


The musicians who perform with Gloria Yip on her albums include Ricky Ho, Belinda Foo, Iskandar Ismail (keyboards), Eddie Marzuki, Jonathan Koh, Shah Tahir (guitars), Stephen Rufus (saxophone), Larry Lai (flute), and Jimmy Lee (cymbals). The songs are composed by many different people, as are the lyrics, though Yip sometimes writes her own lyrics, such as for "請你等等" ("Invites You and So On...").

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The official English titles of the first three and are essentially literal translations. Otherwise, translations are provided when available.


  1. John Charles, Video Watchdog #40, page 64: "Saviour of the Soul has developed a cult following for its sensational action sequences, which feature futuristic weapons like "The Breathless Bullet," a projectile that sucks all the atmosphere out of rooms (an effect accomplished by having all the color drain out of the image)." A recent DVD release quoted him with the paraphrase "A Cult classic."
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  3. 1 2 3 Meng Hao. "昔日玉女葉蘊儀體型擁腫滿頭白發 似翻版藍潔瑛" Takungpao, June 7, 2013
  4. 1 2 English-language bio screen, Saga of the Phoenix DVD, Universe Laser & Video
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  13. spelled "Goria" in the only two subtitles that name her, but contradicted by the attempts at proper pronunciation on the soundtrack
  14. "Ngau jai foo" literally translates to something like "cow youth trousers."
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