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Josephine Koo Mei-Wah
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Josephine Koo in FULL MOON IN NEW YORK (1990) Josephine Koo in TALES FROM THE DARK 1 (2013)
  To say Josephine Koo Mei-Wah is a late bloomer would be a bit of an understatement. She started her acting career in her early thirties, a time when most actresses begin to plan their retirement. Divorced after over 12 years of marriage, Koo had hit a crossroads; she had little or no work experience, so a friend with contacts in the entertainment business helped her get into acting. It seemed that her age actually worked to her advantage, as Koo brought a mature and serene quality to her performances that was (and still is) rare in youth-obsessed Hong Kong Cinema. Her onscreen debut in Yim Ho’s critically acclaimed Homecoming (1984) was rewarded with the Best New Artist Award and a nomination for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards. This was followed by a Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for A Fishy Story (1989) and a Golden Horse Best Supporting Actress Award win for To Liv(e) (1992), both films in which she played a woman with younger male lovers. Western audiences may know her better as Kenneth Tsang’s wife in Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992). In 2004 Koo beat out Zhang Ziyi and Joey Wong for the Best Actress Award at the 7th Annual Shanghai International Film Festival with her performance in Shanghai Story (CHINA 2004). The audience reportedly gasped in surprise when Koo, who still looks radiant and elegant, went to up to receive the award and it was revealed that she was already 52 years old and a grandmother. (Yinique 2005)
selected filmography
(actor unless otherwise noted)
Homecoming (1984)
Midnight Whispers (1988)
A Fishy Story (1989)
Full Moon in New York (1990)
Sleazy Dizzy (1990)
Red Dust (1990)
Queen of Temple Street (1990)
Shogun and Little Kitchen (1992)[cameo]
To Liv(e) (1992)
Handsome Siblings (1992)[cameo]
Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
The Golden Girls (1995)
Maiden Rose (1995)
Shanghai Story (2004)
Tales From the Dark 1 (2013)
Helios (2015)
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