Hsu Chi was born in Taiwan, April 16, 1976, to a poverty-stricken family, as Shu Qi. She left her home country at the age of seventeen and made her way to Hong Kong where she became a model for menís magazines. She also found several roles in soft porn films like Sex and Zen II. Though she began in adult movies, Hsu Chi quickly moved on to more legitimate acting jobs, including Viva Erotica, Queer Story, and Growing Up. Viva Erotica won her a Best Supporting Actress Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards and she used the success as a springboard to get better parts. In 1998, Hsu Chi played leading lady in Gorgeous, a film with Jackie Chan and also appeared in ten other movies that same year, including The Storm Riders, Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, Extreme Crisis, and Another Meltdown. The role that could have truly made her career was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Eng Leeís masterpiece that skyrocketed actress Zhang Ziyi to fame. Hsu Chi began the movie, but quit 6 weeks into the filming to do a soda ad for a Japanese company, never anticipating the wild success of the film. However, four years later, she was cast in The Transporter and also appeared in the horror film, The Eye 2. She received a Best Actress award in 2005 for Three Times.