Rosamund Kwan

Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam (born Kwan Kar Wai on 24 September 1962) is a former actress from Hong Kong, renowned for her roles in iconic action films, especially as “Thirteenth Aunt” in the Once Upon a Time in China series. She retired from acting in 2007 and has since ventured into the beauty industry.

Early Life and Education

Born in British Hong Kong, Rosamund Kwan grew up in a family deeply rooted in the film industry. Her father, Kwan Shan, a star of the Shaw Brothers Studio, was of Manchu ethnicity from Shenyang, Liaoning, China. Her mother, Cheung Bing-sai, was an actress from Shanghai. Kwan received her education at Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong.

Acting Career

Beginnings and Rise to Fame

Kwan’s acting journey began with the ATV soap opera “Agency 24” (甜甜廿四味). Her film debut was in 1982 alongside Chow Yun-fat in “The Head Hunter.” She gained significant recognition through her roles in action films, often starring alongside major Hong Kong cinema icons like Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, and Jet Li.

Notable Film Roles

Besides action films, Kwan also demonstrated her versatility in dramatic roles, notably appearing with Andy Lau in films like “Casino Raiders” and “The Wesley’s Mysterious File.” She also ventured into music, releasing a duet with Lau titled “Love Forever” in 1994.

International Exposure

In 2001, Kwan expanded her international presence with her role in Feng Xiaogang’s comedy “Big Shot’s Funeral,” alongside Donald Sutherland. Her last film role was in 2005, and she officially announced her retirement from acting in 2007.

Personal Life

Kwan’s personal life includes two marriages. Her first marriage to financial mogul Chris Wong Kwok Sing in 1981 ended the following year. She later married Taiwanese businessman Pierre Chen in 2014, a union that lasted until 2015.

Post-Acting Career

After retiring from acting, Kwan co-founded the Hong Kong-based beauty brand RK Beauty with actress Helen Ma, marking her successful transition from the film industry to the business world.

Poster for the movie "Crocodile Hunter"

Crocodile Hunter

Two cops are partnered together and decide to protect two beautiful women who are actually rivals–one, a woman released from prison, the other, an actress who’s been targeted for rape–while in search of escaped murderous convicts.

Poster for the movie "Casino Raiders"

Casino Raiders

For most of the running time it’s business as usual as gamblers Andy Lau and Alan Tam pull scams when they’re not exposing them for casinos and incurring the wrath of a family of Japanese gangsters before Tam marries rich girl Idy Chan and Lau, as is the way with all movie hustlers, gets a busted hand, a drink problem and Rosamund Chan (so not entirely a bad shuffle there).

Poster for the movie "Tricky Brains"

Tricky Brains

A trickster-for-hire, known as the Tricky Expert, is hired to ruin the lives of a father and son by making them think that he’s a part of the family.

Poster for the movie "Prince Charming"

Prince Charming

Chen Li is the son of an enormously wealthy Hong Kong businessman and is vacationing in Hawaii, experiencing typical girl problems. His lothario friend Lolanto flies in from Hong Kong and is determined to find Chen Li a girl within a few days. After a series of hijinks, Chen Li and Lolanto are back in Hong Kong and investigating high-level embezzling in Chen’s father’s corporation. It also turns out that Kitty and May are employed … Read more

Poster for the movie "The Crazy Companies 2"

The Crazy Companies 2

One the day Horny to get married, his two pals Frank and Kai told him to avoid the trap of marriage. However his finacee forced him to sign the certificate. Kwai, Horny’s other pal had a firm with his brother Fu. Fu could not manage the office and owed the Fok’s family 2M and Fok’s manager Robert persuaded to merge Fu’s company. The three pals joined Fok’s to solve the crisis…

Poster for the movie "The Millionaires' Express"

The Millionaires’ Express

What happens when a glamorous express, with high government officials, wealthy merchants, concubines and a gang of brigands on board, speeds towards the small town of Hanshui, where escaping bank robbers, corrupt officials, and gamblers await? Well, let’s just say the Titanic had a smoother maiden voyage.

Poster for the movie "Once Upon a Time in China and America"

Once Upon a Time in China and America

So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were brutally treated by the Americans under the harsh working conditions. Thus, the American workers’ hatred towards the Chinese immigrants is high. As a result, So gets into trouble with the Americans and the mob, and calls Master Wong for help.

Poster for the movie "No More Love No More Death"

No More Love No More Death

The prequel to Taylor Wong’s With or Without You finds Prince being raised as a trained assassin by his “father.” Meanwhile, he falls in love with Tweedy, a singer who teaches him how to love.

Poster for the movie "Gameboy Kids"

Gameboy Kids

Andy act a successor to a criminal society. While knowing their boss is coming down from an airplane. They got the wrong guy. A taller but absolutely low IQ level guy. He went to the criminal society and give candy bars to people who done ‘nice jobs’. He made the criminal society like a utopia. Aaron just happen to be Andy’s bodyguard.

Poster for the movie "Inspector Pink Dragon"

Inspector Pink Dragon

A blundering Hong Kong police inspector, Ma Yu Long, goes under cover to investigate a high-class businessman, Teng Kuo Chiao, who was bribing city planning officer Ma Yu Yu to build roads to suit his needs and is suspected to be liable in Yu’s death. In the meantime, Long courts Yu’s high school sweetheart, Julia, who wants the inspector to cheat Chiao out of some money as part of the revenge deal.

Poster for the movie "Brief Encounter In Shinjuku"

Brief Encounter In Shinjuku

The hilarious sequel to the 1989 hit The Yuppie Fantasia, Brief Encounter in Shinjuku brings back Lawrence Cheng as a thirty-something Hong Kong yuppie finding misadventures in love and marriage. Leung Foon and Ann reunite after the events of The Yuppie Fantasia, but issues still exist. Ann works overtime to be a better wife, and Leung Foon attempts mightily to be a model, upright husband.

Poster for the movie "The Magic Crane"

The Magic Crane

On his way to a congress of kung fu masters, an initiate falls from a high cliff, only to be rescued by lovely Tien Lam (Anita Mui), who rides a huge (and sorry-looking) crane. The rest of the movie features a battle between warring martial arts factions, an equally fierce rivalry between the two daughters of the Crane Master, the accidental empowerment of an unprincipled master after having eaten half of a secret scroll, a … Read more

Poster for the movie "Once Upon a Time in China"

Once Upon a Time in China

Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces’ (English, French and American) plundering of China.

Poster for the movie "The Wesley's Mysterious File"

The Wesley’s Mysterious File

Andy Lau is Wesley, investigating alien existence on this earth. He works outside of the MIB-influenced FBI operation, run by Shu Qi and Roy Cheung. They’re hot on the trail of the Blue-Blooded Alien (Rosamund Kwan). Two other aliens, the “Warlock Toxin Group,” are gunning for her as well — red maggoty swarming creatures that form into Mark Cheng and Almen Wong.

Poster for the movie "Saviour of the Soul II"

Saviour of the Soul II

Ching-yan lives with his young protege Tim and an inventor referred to only as The Doctor. One day they decide to embark on a quest to the Snowy Mountain in hopes of finding a special block of ice that is said to contain the life essence of immortality. The evil Devil King also wants the ice, but Ching-yan thinks that it contains the secret to meeting a woman who appears in his dreams and attempts … Read more

Poster for the movie "Once Upon a Time in China II"

Once Upon a Time in China II

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese who follow Western ways. Wong must also defend Dr. Sun Yat Sen, a revolutionary, from the military.

Poster for the movie "Once Upon a Time in China V"

Once Upon a Time in China V

Epic adventure set during a tumultuous time in China, when left without a leader, the cavalry is attacked by the powerful allies and pirate bands. A martial arts master, Wong Fei-Hong and Aunt Yee return to do battle against these evil forces.

Poster for the movie "Once Upon a Time in China III"

Once Upon a Time in China III

Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the ‘Dancing Lion Competition’ to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

Poster for the movie "Armour of God"

Armour of God

Jackie Chan stars as Asian Hawk, an Indiana Jones-style adventurer looking to make a fortune in exotic antiquities. After Hawk discovers a mysterious sword in Africa, a band of Satan-worshipping monks kidnap his ex-girlfriend Lorelei, demanding the sword as ransom as well as other pieces of the legendary Armour of God – a magical outfit dating back to the Crusades.

Poster for the movie "Blade of Fury"

Blade of Fury

A young martial arts teacher is drawn into a plan to reform Imperial China.

Poster for the movie "The Assassin"

The Assassin

A poor farmer who loves a woman he is forbidden to associate with becomes a hardened mercenary, and is hired by a local warlord as a professional assassin. Years later, he runs into his old love and begins to question his violent past

Poster for the movie "Big Shot's Funeral"

Big Shot’s Funeral

Yankie director Don Tyler faces mounting insecurity and declining health while on location in Beijing, so his assistant hires down-and-out camerman YoYo to take the reins. Scrambling, studio boss sells the sagging picture to a Japanese media company. But YoYo is determined to upstage the whole production by granting the director’s wish to have a grand “comedy funeral”. To raise the money for it, he auctions off advertising and sponsorships for the funeral to companies … Read more