The former Miss Malaysia first grabbed attention in the west by flying around the tree-tops whacking all-comers with a bamboo stick in the cult hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Other action outings have included a welter of Hong Kong high-kicking sagas in the 1980s, the futuristic Vin Diesel car crash Babylon A.D. and as an omnipotent witch in the sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with Brendan Fraser.
However, she will be most widely recognised as martial arts expert and Chinese agent Wai Lin in the Bond outing Tomorrow Never Dies with Pierce Brosnan. She wanted to perform her own stunts but was prevented because director Roger Spottiswoode ruled it too dangerous. However, she did perform all of her fighting scenes.
Fighting talk: [as Wai Lin] "Still interested in hostile takeovers?"