Candice Yu (余安安, Yu On On) born Yu De Ying on 22 October 1959) is a Hong Kong film actress and occasional singer, best known for her films with Shaw Studio of the 1970s and 1980s.
She was the first wife of acclaimed Hong Kong actor, Chow Yun-fat. Yu made her debut in film at the age of 16 in “Let’s Rock” and was instantly signed by the Shaw Brothers Studio in 1976 after starring in the film Massage Girls with Chow Yun-fat, her future husband and in Forever and Ever alongside Alan Tang. Between 1977 and 1979, she starred in six of Chu Yuan’s sword films, including Death Duel, The Sentimental Swordsman, Legend of the Bat, Murder Plot, and two Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre films. In the late 1970s, Yu also began appearing on television, notably the Rediffusion TV series Reincarnated, and her appearances as Princess Xiang Xiang in the martial arts series Book and Sword. In 1984 she portrayed a lesbian in the film Lust For Love of a Chinese Courtesan.
In 1992, Yu had a cameo role in Swordsman 2, directed by Tsui Hark.
In 2005, Yu came out of retirement to appear in Derek Yee’s film 2 Young. She has since rekindled her career, appearing in two films in 2006 Rob-B-Hood and My Name Is Fame and four films in 2007, including Whispers And Moans, House of Mahjong, Exodus, and Beauty And The 7 Beasts.
Yu received her first Hong Kong Film Awards nomination in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress in the film My Name is Fame. In 2011, Yu received a 30th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Once a Gangster. In 2012, Yu received a Hong Kong Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s Boundless Movement. [wikipedia]
Inspired by interviews with real-life prostitutes, Herman Yau’s sexy but socially conscious film revolves around a social worker seeking to unionize sex workers, and depicts a variety of tawdry experiences from the seedy underbelly of Hong Kong.