Exclusive Interview: Cinema Icon Cynthia Rothrock Talks Her Career, Rise To Stardom And More

The highly renowned Fantasia International Film Festival is happening now in Montreal and we’re kicking off our coverage with a woman who’s an absolute legend in martial arts and cult film. In a time of superhero movies where powerful female characters are growing to be more progressive and established in fandom, Cynthia Rothrock would be one of the cinematic matriarchs of every feminine but extremely tough and well-rounded characters we see today.

In Northern California in 1983, Hong Kong-based production company Golden Harvest was searching the United States for the next Bruce Lee. After witnessing her skills in a demonstration, they signed the young Rothrock to a contract which had her appear in several films overseas including Yes, Madam, along with superstar Michelle Yeoh. She stayed in Hong Kong until 1988 and upon her return to the Us, starred in a number of cult movies.

She was given her eighth-degree
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