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Zhang Ziyi Woman Actress

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Zhang Ziyi Woman Actress

Post  Admin on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:15 pm

Zhang Ziyi (born February 9, 1979 in
Beijing, China) is one of the most well-known Chinese filmactresses
working today, with a string of Chinese and international hits to her

She has worked with renowned directors such as Zhang Yimou, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Seijun Suzuki and Rob Marshall.

in Beijing, China, Zhang Ziyi joined the Beijing Dance Academy at the
age of 11, and at 15 she entered China's prestigious Central Academy of
Drama (regarded as the top acting college in China).

When her parents suggested she go to the dance academy, she was skeptical.

While at the boarding school, she noticed how catty the other girls were while competing for status amongst the teachers.

She would cry each night and morning, and on one occasion ran away from the school.

At the age of 19, she was offered her first role in world renowned director Zhang Yimou's The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear award in the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.

Zhang further rose to fame due to her role as the headstrong Jen in the phenomenally successful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,
for which she won the Independent Spirit's Best Supporting Actress
Award and the Toronto Film Critics' Best Supporting Actress Award.

Her first appearance in an American movie was in Rush Hour 2, but as she didn't speak English at the time, Jackie Chan had to translate everything the director said to her.

In that movie, her character's name, "Hu Li" translated from Mandarin Chinese is "Fox".


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