Ms. Yu So Chow
(1930 - 2017)
Original name Yu Siu-yuen, Yu So-chow comes from a family of actors. Her father is the famous Beijing opera actor Yu Zhan-yuan, and she was trained in female warrior roles in Beijing operas already at the age of 8. She made her stage debut at the age of 9, performing Northern Style martial arts skills. In the Beijing Opera "The Legend of the White Snake", Yu demonstrated her acrobatic skills of kicking consecutively twelve flying Red-Tasselled Spears. She also learned sword playing skills from reknowned master Mei Lan-fang. Yu started her acting career in 1948, her earlier works include Mandarin films like “The Revenge of the Great Swordsman” (1949) and “The Thirteen That Go Astray” (1951). She made a total of over 200 films, of which over 170 were martial arts movies. Memorable ones include "The Three Chivalrous Girls of the Northeast" (1961), "The Secret Book” (1961), “Burning of the Red Lotus Monastery, Part One and Two”, (1963), “The Azure Blood and the Golden Pin, Part One and Concluding Episode” (1963), and the famous “Buddha Palm” series. The rest of her appearances are in Cantonese operas like “The Invincible Yeung Generals” (1961), detective stories like “House No 13” (1960) or action movies like “Wong Ang the Heroine” series. In 1966, Yu married famous Cantonese opera actor Mak Bing-wing and since then retired from the limelight. Yu is now residing in the USA.