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Top 10 actresses who kick butt

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Tough, skilled
and beautiful

Don't mess with these chicks! They're fierce, strong and can do some serious damage.
1

Ziyi Zhang as Gong Er

Ziyi Zhang GIF

Ziyi Zhang GIF

The beautiful, strong Ziyi Zhang rose to megastardom in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. And now, we can't wait to see her as Gong Er in the new film The Grandmaster.

2

JeeJa Yanin as Zen

JeeJa Yanin as Zen

One of our favorite fight scenes is when Zen (JeeJa Yanin) takes on 12 men in Chocolate.

3

Angelababy as Chen Yu Niang

Angelababy as Chen Yu Niang

In the 2012 film Tai Chi Zero, Angelababy turned heads as Chen Yu Niang.

4

Lucy Liu as Madame Blossom

Lucy Liu as Madame Blossom

In The Man with the Iron Fists, Lucy Liu's sexy looks were as dangerous as her fan with its dagger tips. Lucy Liu is also on this list for her role of O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill.

5

Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien

Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien

Everyone loved the fight scene between Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang) in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

6

Bingbing Li as Ni Chang

Li Bingbing as Ni Chang

Ni Chang was better known as The Bride With White Hair — the right-hand woman to Collin Chou in The Forbidden Kingdom.

7

Kelly Hu as Sona

Kelly Hu as Sona

Sona (Kelly Hu) impressed everyone — including Jet Li — in Cradle 2 the Grave.

8

Maggie Cheung as Flying Snow

Maggie Cheung in

Former model and beauty pageant winner Maggie Cheung proved she's more than just a pretty face as Flying Snow in Jet Li's Hero.

9

Uma Thurman as The Bride

Uma Thurman as The Bride

Her sword techniques, martial arts moves and killer good looks left everyone in awe in Kill Bill.

10

Pei-pei Cheng as Golden Swallow

Cheng Pei-pei as Golden Swallow

Long before we saw Pei-pei Cheng in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, she starred in the 1966 King Hu wuxia film Come Drink with Me as the fierce Golden Swallow.

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Photo credits: Ziyi Zhang, The Grandmaster; JeeJa Yamin, valdez2032.wordpress.com; Angelababy, topchinesemovies.com; Lucy Liu, blog.mysofa.es; Michelle Yeoh, theguardian.com; Bingbing Li, wuxiaedge.com; Kelly Hu, us_asians.tripod.com; Maggie Cheung, Miramax Films; Uma Thurman, sliverofice.com; Pei-pei Cheng, londoncitynights.com
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