Friday, April 29, 2011

Nerd Girl of Note #111 - Irene Tsu

Irene Tsu is probably not a well known name, but she is one of those actresses that showed up everywhere in the '60s and '70, yet maintained her career into recent years. Her first credit was as an uncredited dancer in Rodger's and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song (Henry Koster, 1961) and her most recent appearance was in an episode of Cold Case (2009).

Tsu appeared in numerous nerd-friendly films and television shows, a few of which are; My Favorite Martian (1964), The Sword of Ali Baba (1965), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1965), Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1965, 1967), The Wild Wild West (1967), Mission Impossible (1972), Three the Hard Way (1974), The New Adventures of Wonder Woman (1977), Baywatch Nights (1996), and Star Trek: Voyager (1997, 2001).

She has a substantial role in the Jim Kelly kung-fu, Blackbelt Jones "sequel" Hot Potato. That is a fun film, but not that great. Tsu is a southeast Asian cop out to get the bad guy, and is not thrilled to have Jones (Jim Kelly) and his crew of misfits in her way. She seems pretty adept at the fighting scenes, and helps make the movie better than it might have been.

"The Man Who Made Volcanoes"

Hawaiian Punch Oriental Fetishism

Three the Hard Way


Couch Potato Cop said...

Turner Classic Movies just aired "Caprice" from '67 in which Irene Tsu co-starred with Doris Day. A very talented and unheralded actress from the time.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Thanks. I'll have to look out for that.

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