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Cheng Pei-pei stretches dramatic wings in 'Lilting'
Cheng Pei-pei stretches dramatic wings in 'Lilting'

Cheng Pei-pei has put down her swords. The ballet-trained actress came to fame in the 1960s as the "Queen of the Swords" in Hong Kong kung fu classics such as 1966's "Come Drink With Me" and 1969's "Dragon Swamp" as well as playing the villainous Jade in Ang Lee's Oscar-winning 2000 film, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." But the 67-year-old rarely has been given a chance to stretch her dramatic wings on-screen. First-time filmmaker Hong Khaou initially didn't know if the action star could handle the complex role of Junn, a Chinese Cambodian woman living in London who is grieving over the unexpected death of her son, in the...

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