Born Li-Hui Lin in Xindian, Taiwan, on 16 April 1976 Shu Qi moved to Hong Kong aged 17 with dreams of an acting career. She rose to fame initially in nude pictorials and softcore sex movies. Her big break came after she received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Viva Erotica at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards in 1997. Her ascent to big box office star in the Hong Kong film scene followed her role in the critically acclaimed Millennium Mambo, for which she won the Best Actress award at the 2001 Golden Horse Awards (the east asian Oscars).
She was originally cast to play Zhang Ziyi' role in the worldwide blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but her later fired manager had her do a commercial instead! She has been a member of Cannes film festival juries and continues to be one of the highest paid actresses in asian cinema. In 2015, she starred in Mojin: The Lost Legend, which became the highest ever grossing Chinese language movie. She married Hong Kong actor-director Stephen Fung in 2016.