Cheng Sau-Man was born in Hong Kong on August 19th, 1972.
She got her start as a singer with Capitol Records, but
it wasn't until she signed with Warner Bros. Records in
1996 that her music career really took off. Now she is
widely considered one of the Asian Queens of Pop, and
has numerous hit albums and concerts to her credit.
Her first film appearance was
in 1992's Best of the Best, in which she appeared
opposite Jacky Cheung. She was nominated for Best New
Artist at that year's Hong Kong Film Awards. In 1996,
her acting career got another boost with the release of
the hit film Feel 100%, a Generation X romantic
comedy which was based on a popular comic book.
In 2000, Cheng collaborated with
director Johnnie To and popular actor/singer Andy Lau
on Needing You..., a romantic comedy which went
to to become the highest-grossing Hong Kong film of the
year. In 2001, she was nominated for Best Actress at the
Hong Kong Film Awards for three separate performances,
a feat which has only been accomplished by two other Hong
Kong actors (Chow Yun-Fat and Anthony Wong). She was given
a Best Actress award by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society
for her work in Wu Yen (2001).
For many years, Cheng has been
rumored to be in an "underground" relationship
with fellow actor/singer (and former Capitol Records label-mate)
Andy Hui. Her most recent film was the hit Lunar New Year
comedy Love for All Seasons, which co-starred Louis
Koo and was directed by Johnnie To. She also had a minor
role in the 2002 blockbuster Infernal Affairs.
Currently, Sammi Cheng is consideed the most bankable
female star in Hong Kong. Since 2000, her films have routinely
grossed 20 milliion HK dollars on average, a feat unmatched
by every femaleand nearly every malestar in
the territory. (Kozo 2003)