(born September 24
) is a Chinese actress
born in Shenyang
. She is the daughter of Shaw Brothers
star Kwan San
and actress Cheung Bing Sai
. She attended Maryknoll Convent School
in Kowloon Tong
, Hong Kong
Although her last film role was in 2005, she officially announced her retirement from acting in 2007.
Kwans' first acting role was in the ATV soap opera Agency 24
(甜甜廿四味). Her film debut was alongside Chow Yun Fat
in the 1982 film, The Head Hunter
. She appeared with Jackie Chan
, Sammo Hung
and Yuen Biao
in Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
and again with Chan in Project A Part II
and Armour of God
. She also appeared with Jet Li
in the films Swordsman II
, Dr. Wai and the Scripture with No Words
and as Shao Yun aka "Sap Saam Ee" ("Shi San Yi" in Mandarin, "13th Aunt" in English) throughout the Once Upon a Time in China
Although the majority of her acting roles were in dramatic films, she is best known internationally for her roles in Hong Kong action films, alongside a variety of major stars of the genre.
Amongst her more dramatic roles, she notably appeared with House of Flying Daggers star Andy Lau in several films including Casino Raiders and The Wesley's Mysterious Files. Kwan also released a record in 1994, a duet with Andy Lau called "Love Forever".
In 2001 she appeared in Feng Xiaogang's Chinese comedy, Big Shot's Funeral, which starred Donald Sutherland as a film director and Kwan as his adopted daughter.