Screen Icons: Shu Qi


Please note that the installation is unavailable on 12 Jan due to a booking for private event.

Screen Icons celebrates the transcendent, leading lady performances in Asian cinema. The first in the series: Taiwanese arthouse and box-office star Shu Qi.

With a career spanning almost three decades, Shu Qi has been recognised as one of the most versatile and best-known actresses of her generation. Inhabiting roles that cross national and ethnic identities, and move between historical to contemporary, Shu Qi’s ability to command the screen has made her one of the acclaimed performers to emerge in Chinese cinema.

After a stint as a Category III actress in Hong Kong, Shu Qi successfully transitioned to mainstream cinema with an award-winning role in Viva Erotica 色情男女 in 1996. In 2001, she cemented her place in the arthouse cinematic world with Millennium Mambo 千禧曼波, the first of three collaborations with Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien. Her widely praised natural and instinctive performance earned her international recognition and critical acclaim.

Shu Qi remains one of three Chinese actresses (the previous two were Gong Li and Maggie Cheung) to complete the trifecta of being a jury member for the three major European film festivals – Berlinale in 2008, Cannes in 2009, and Venice in 2023.

This programme examines the turning points in Shu Qi’s career that showcases her diversity in roles and genre. From the romantic comedy Gorgeous 玻璃樽 (1999) where she shares the screen with Jackie Chan and Tony Leung as a young, comparatively unknown actress, to her wildly successful collaborations with Hou Hsiao-hsien in Millennium Mambo 千禧曼波 (2001) and Three Times 最好的时光 (2005), proving to be more than a muse, and finally, as the action star lead in glossy spy flick So Close 夕陽天使 (2002), starring alongside Karen Mok and Zhao Wei.

This programme is in conjunction with the exhibition, Goddess: Brave. Bold. Beautiful. 

13 Apr – 26 May
ArtScience Cinema, Level 4

ticket Ticketed admission with online pre-booking

Standard Adult: S$13
Concessions: S$11 (seniors, students, NSFs)
ArtScience Friends: 20% off

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