Cynthia Rothrock is an American martial artist and actress in martial arts films. She was a martial arts sensation in the 80s and 90s, appearing in various films as as well as overseas films in Hong Kong. She holds black belt rankings in seven styles of martial arts and was World Champion in forms and weapons five times between 1981 and 1985.
Cynthia was discovered by Golden Harvest, now Orange Sky Golden Harvest, in 1983. The film production company is one of the largest production and distribution companies in Hong Kong and dominated the market in the 1970s to the 1980s. Through Golden Harvest, Cynthia became one of the few western performers to reach celebrity status in Asia. She made her film debut in 1985 in Yes, Madam (also known as Police Assassins or In the Line of Duty Part 2) which also starred Michelle Yeoh. After completing seven films in 3 years, she left Hong Kong in 1988 and began working on films in the US.