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Francoise Yip

Francoise Yip

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Francoise Yip is the only daughter of a Chinese father and French mother. At an early age Francoise began studying both piano and dance but it was piano that she would excel at. Winning many awards, competitions and kudos, Francoise passed on an opportunity to study music full time to pursue a degree in political science. It was during these years at university that, at the persistence of a friend, Francoise began modeling. Despite finding early success, her career as a model didn't last long.

In 1994, after an international casting call, Francoise was chosen to star along side Jackie Chan in Rumble in The Bronx. The critical and financial success of Rumble in Asia (and its subsequent number one box office bow in the United States) made Francoise an instant success and garnered her two Hong Kong Film Award nominations.

She went on to gain a foot hold as a bankable female lead in numerous Hong Kong films before being asked to star with Kung-fu cinema great Jet Li in Tsui Hark's Black Mask. It was in this film that Francoise demonstrated her outstanding athletic ability as a dark and commanding femme fetale.

Shortly after finishing Black Mask Francoise returned to her homeland to resume her studies and work on Ernest Dickerson's Futuresport with Wesley Snipes and Vanessa Williams.

She is currently working on an urban drama called Flesh and Blood, is in pre-production as both the lead and producer on an independent feature and can be seen as a guest star on an upcoming episode of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Francoise Yip Facts

BirthdaySeptember 4, 1972 (51)
BirthplaceNorth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Selected Filmography

Rumble In The Bronx
Black Mask
Four-Film Collection
Blood Ties: The Complete Series
Extreme Chan Action Pack
Blood Ties: Season 1
Blood Ties: Season 2
Black Mask/ Forbidden Kingdom
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