Sammi Cheng: A drama queen returns

After going through a dark period, Sammi Cheng is back in the spotlight - playing a former top actress in First Night Nerves

After Hong Kong auteur Stanley Kwan and actress Sammi Cheng worked together on the film Everlasting Regret (2005) - she was diagnosed with depression.

It was difficult for her to get out of her head the role of tragic 1940s Shanghai beauty Qiyao, according to news reports, and the actress allegedly locked herself up in her room for days at a time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2018, with the headline 'A drama queen returns'. Print Edition | Subscribe