Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan

Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan was born on October 10, 1949 in Pin-Tong, Taiwan as Hui Tai-Mei. She is an actress, known for Back Alley Princess (1973), From Hong Kong with Love (1975) and Dragon Inn (1967) and Wu jiao wa (1977).

Polly was one of the top female kung fu stars of the 1960s and 1970s. She never became the legend that Angela Mao has, but personality, diminutive stature and terrific physical skills attracted a legion of fans. Some say that Polly is “the yin to Angela Mao’s yang. While Angela burned on the screen with her serious intense no nonsense determination, Polly delighted with her impish good humor, sweet cockiness, toughness and her willingness to take on silly roles”. Her cuteness however never diminished her extraordinary athletic skills, it just gave her more dimension.

Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan never trained at the Peking Opera, but in 1966 she joined United Film Corporation and began studying martial arts. She acquired Black Belts in tae kwan do, karate and judo and had some highly proficient martial art skills that were utilized in over 60 films.

A year after joining United Film Corporation, she was chosen to be in the companies newest film from King Hu, the original Dragon Inn (1967) which is considered one of the great classics of Chinese cinema.