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Lesser known Famous Asian Actresses in Hollywood

Updated on August 19, 2011

4 Talented Asian Actresses not everyone knows about, yet.

There is not many Asian actresses that grace our stages. But when they do, they certainly captivate our audiences and are not easily forgotten. Some of the most recent films I have watched made me interested in discovering the lesser known Asian actresses.

Every now and then I will see one that really caught my eye, or amazed me with her talents. I remember the first time I saw The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise and Koyuki Kato. Her role was small, and she said very few things. But her role was passionate, believable, strong, and overall just well played. She continues to be one of my favorite asian actresses that never lets me down.

Here are a few talented women that I have recently seen and hope to see them again in some big blockbuster films or highly celebrated tv shows.


Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu started out with winning a Miss Teen USA pageant back in 1985. Since then she has starred in some big blockbuster movies like the Scorpion King, the Sentinel, X-men 2, and several other films going all the way back to Friday the 13th Jason Takes Manhattan back in 1989. She has been incredibly busy making appearances on top shows like Numb3rs, CSI, NCIS, and about about 20 other TV shows!

While Kelly Hu is best known for being Hawaiian, she is also of English, Chinese, and Filipino Heritage.

She recently broke sale records by being the cover girl on the popular magazine MAXIM. Considering Maxim mostly displays sexy women on the cover, its quiet amazing that a lesser know Asian Actress could do such a thing.

Yin Chang
Yin Chang

Yin Chang

Yin Chang recently became famous by playing Nelly Yuki on the TV show Gossip Girl. Yin Chang is part Malaysian, Taiwanese, and Chinese which makes for a very cute mix. Growing up in New York she became quite the entrepreneur. Along with acting she also creates unique jewelry for her website LeliMelo.

Has also starred in Law and Order and Six Degrees.

Kato Koyuki
Kato Koyuki

Koyuki Kato

One of my favorites. Koyuki was born and raised in Japan. Koyuki Kato has stared in several movies but she first became famous doing Japanese TV shows.

Her first big role was playing Taka in movie The Last Samurai co-Starring Tom Cruise. What a huge step for a lesser known Asian actress! The Last Samurai was her first international film and she played her part beautifully. She also does some major commercials in Japan for Panasonic.

Her most recent role was in the movie Blood:The Last Vampire playing the Arch Villain in a cute school girl out fit. If you enjoyed the Manga you will enjoy this movie!

Yunjin Kim
Yunjin Kim

Yunjin Kim

At # 98 on MAXIM's 2006 annual Hottest 100, this South Korean/ New Yorker has gained some fame over the past 6 years with her aspiring role on the hit TV show Lost. She plays Sun-Hwa Kwon.

Yunjin has been on many late night shows like the David Letterman show, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O'Brian to boost her Asian actresses stardom.

Early on Yunjin Kim Stared in several Korean dramas. Most notably Ardor.

She also had a big breakthrough role in a Korean movie called Shiri. She plays a two sided role in the movie, a cute fish store owner, and a killer spy for the North Korean army. Its a good movie if you like the action spy flicks, I own the movie and enjoy it on occasion.

Yin Chang
Yin Chang
Yunjin Kim
Yunjin Kim
Koyuki Kato
Koyuki Kato
Kelly Hu
Kelly Hu

Famous Asian women

Who looks the best?

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josephbutao also recommended Celeste Thorson


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      5 years ago

      Thanks for sttnairg the ball rolling with this insight.

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      8 years ago

      u r so beautiful pics

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      rajat tyagi 

      8 years ago

      i think koyuki kato is the most famous actress in hollywood of asia

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      9 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Nice hub and great pics! However in your poll above.. who looks the best, I think you need to add "all of the above". They all look beatiful to me, maybe I have an Asian fetish. Lucky for me I live in Asia!

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      9 years ago

      You are right josephbutao,She is of Lebanese, Spanish, native american, Korean and Scottish Irish decent. And its a beautiful mixture indeed. just so everyone can see, i will post a few pics of her at the very bottom under the comment section. Thanks for the tip!

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      9 years ago from Davao, Philippines

      Celeste Thorson is a new Asian American actress that is quickly rising to fame.

    • Midasfx profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you Green Baron for commenting. I actually have made a few more hubs about some more amazingly gorgeous women. Check out some of my other hubs, you might find something you like

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      The Green Baron 

      10 years ago


      These women are unbelieving hot....

      I usually only go for Russian woman but that Yunjin Kim is something else....

      I met have to change my preferences, Asian girls are gorgeous....Great Hub MidasFX, keep 'em hubbing ;-)

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      10 years ago

      Tia Carrere is gorgeous, she would be a good candidate for this list! but then again there are so many beautiful Asian girls, I don't know how you could only choose a few!

      There is something about Yin Change that is sooooo sexy. I don't exactly know what it is...

      Great hub!

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      10 years ago

      dont forget Tia Carrere. shes very beautiful, Wikipedia says shes spanish, chinese and filipino.

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      Raymond D Choiniere 

      10 years ago from USA

      Sorry. Cannot choose between them. I'll take them all. LOL Thank you for sharing. I've seeing beautiful ladies. :)

    • Midasfx profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by thanglynn07. Kelly Hu is gorgeous. Unfortunetly I can't just pick one as my favorite. I think they are all so talented and so beautiful.

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      10 years ago from Long Beach, CA

      By far Kelly Hu is the most gorgeous and talented actress! I first saw her in The Scorpion King and my my my she is something! I think I saw that movie specifically for her! Ok ok...a portion of that was also because of Dwayne Johnson. They made a dynamite couple!

    • Midasfx profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Your very welcome Maita. You are always kind enough to stop by and leave a comment, So I thought I would give you some credit. Take care !

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      10 years ago from US

      I like Koyuki Kato, and Midas, they are all good ones, thanks for adding the list to Chinese actresses, have a good day, Maita


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