While the cheongsam, also known as qipao, is no longer a common sight on the streets of Chinese cities, the form-fitting dress is still worn at Chinese weddings, important ceremonies and in films.

From actress Anita Mui Yim-fong’s traditional   cheongsams with butterfly prints in the film Rouge to the exquisite cheongsams worn by Tang Wei in Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, the garment has played a role in some of the most memorable Chinese films. Here are five roles that…



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