Hong Kong Martial Arts Star Cheng Pei-pei Joins Ivan Sen's 'Goldstone'

Cheng Pei-pei
Ivan Sen

Famed for her swordplay, Cheng has starred in over 50 martial arts classics over five decades of working.

Hong Kong veteran Cheng Pei-pei, often called "The Queen of Martial Arts," has joined the cast of Ivan Sen's outback noir thriller Goldstone, which is currently shooting in Queensland.

The contemporary western thriller is written and directed by Indigenous filmmaker Sen, whose previous credits include Mystery Road and Toomelah, and is produced by David Jowsey, who produced both those projects, and Greer Simpkin, who exec produced The Code and The Secret River.

Cheng has been in over 50 feature films, many of them for Shaw Bros and including some of the biggest wuxia films of the 1960s, such as King Hu's 1966 classic Come Drink With Me. She played Jade Fox in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, the first time she played a villain.

Also featuring in the movie are Aaron Pedersen (The Fear of Darkness, Mystery Road), Alex Russell (Chronicle, Cut Snake), Jacki Weaver, David Gulpilil, David Wenham, Aaron Fa’Aoso and Tom E. Lewis.

Cheng's family emigrated to Australia when she was young, while she stayed in Hong Kong to be an actor.

"My career has taken me all around the world, to many countries, but this is the first time I have come to work in Australia, to my family's home. It means a lot to me," she said.

Goldstone is being made by Bunya Productions, in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia, and it will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Transmission Films, with international sales by Arclight Films.

"It was a truly great moment when the iconic star of Chinese and Hong Kong cinema arrived in Goldstone, a most iconically outback Australian location, to work with acclaimed director Ivan Sen," said Jowsey.

Screen Australia's Head of Indigenous, Penny Smallacombe, said: "Cheng Pei-pei's screen presence will not only be a fantastic addition to a significant Australian story by an award-winning Indigenous filmmaker, but it also promises to deliver a story that reflects multicultural Australia."