The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

China actress Li Bing Bing hits the big time with Resident Evil


China actress Li Bingbing is blasting into the big time with some heavy-duty guns and a killer dress.

After turns as a white-haired witch in Forbidden Kingdom (2008) and dual roles in the historical drama Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011), the 39-year-old star takes on her highest profile Hollywood role yet in the fantasy action flick Resident Evil: Retribution. The film opens here on Thursday.

Resident Evil is arguably the most successful celluloid adaptation of a video game. The first four films - Resident Evil (2002), Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) - have earned a total of US$675 million (S$) worldwide on a combined budget of US$183 million.

In Retribution, Li plays the role of Ada Wong, a popular player character first introduced in the PlayStation game Resident Evil 2 (1998). And of course, Wong runs, shoots and kicks a** while wearing a sleeveless figure-hugging red number with a thigh-high slit.