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Sandra Ng: The Hong Kong rebel

Sandra Ng made her name in a gangster film and went on to star as a prostitute in a comedy franchise. Tom Brook reports on the boundary-pushing actor.

She’s played a prostitute in a comedy franchise and a lesbian pimp in a drama series: it’s clear that Sandra Ng is unafraid of risqué roles. A household name in Hong Kong, the actor has appeared in more than 100 films and TV shows since the 1980s, and has never played it safe.

“One of the funny things about Sandra Ng’s career is that she’s been given an enormous amount of latitude to play roles that really clash with traditional Chinese and Confucian values,” says film critic Grady Hendrix.

Yet according to Ng, local audiences have not had a problem with her performances in films like Portland Street Blues or the Golden Chicken franchise. “I was concerned about the women watching the film,” she tells Tom Brook. “I was afraid that I would offend them but I did some screenings just for women – they laughed more than the men.”

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