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Zhang Ziyi

Other names : 章子怡
Cheung Chi Yi
Zhang Zi Yi
Birthdate : 9/2/1979
Nationality : China
Workplace : China, Hong Kong, USA
Activities : Producer (2), Actress (22), (1)


One of the hottest stars to emerge from China in recent years, Zhang Ziyi stunned audiences with her debut performance in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Road Home’. The film went on to win the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival 2000, propelling Zhang Ziyi into the international limelight. Her meteoric shot to stardom continued with Ang Lee’s Academy Award winning blockbuster, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.

Zhang Ziyi’s interest in the performing arts originated in dance and gymnastics. At age eleven, she was accepted to a secondary school affiliated with the Beijing College of Dance and during the 4 years that she trained in dance, she managed to pick up a number of awards. However, although a career in dance seemed promising for the graceful Zhang, her growing interest and enthusiasm for acting prevailed and she enrolled in the prestigious Central Academy of Drama in Beijing.

She was soon discovered by Zhang Yimou, the internationally celebrated director of ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ and ‘Red Sorghum’. Zhang knew immediately that Zhang Ziyi would be perfect for his new film, ‘The Road Home’ (1999), and cast her in the role of a young girl in love with a schoolteacher in rural China. Her performance was so assured that when Ang Lee was casting actors for his high-profile martial-arts extravaganza, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000) he immediately chose Zhang Ziyi for the role of the impetuous aristocrat Jen Yu.

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’’s roaring success ensured that Zhang Ziyi would become a familiar face to filmgoers, as the high-flying, graceful martial artist who shared fight scenes with Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat. Her role garnered her the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 as well as the Most Promising Actress at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards. In 2001, she was awarded the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Scene and was voted one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Zhang Ziyi’s talents have since moved beyond her homeland, working in Hollywood for ‘Rush Hour 2’ (2001) opposite the comedy duo Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, and starring in the ambitious Korean epic, ‘The Warriors’. She will next be seen in Tsui Hark’s ‘The Legend Of Zu’ as well as Wong Kar Wai’s futuristic ‘2046’.

 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 Crossing, The 2014 Actress
 Better And Better 2013 Actress
 My Lucky Star 2013 Producer, Actress
 Dangerous Liaisons 2012 Actress
 Grandmaster, The 2012 Actress
 1911 2011 Actress
 Love For Life 2011 Actress
 Founding Of A Republic, The 2009 Actress
 Sophie's Revenge 2009 Producer, Actress
 Forever Enthralled 2008 Actress
 Banquet, The 2006 Actress
 Memoirs Of A Geisha 2005 Actress
 2046 2004 Actress
 House Of Flying Daggers 2004 Actress
 Jasmine Women 2004 Actress
 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2003
 Purple Butterfly 2003 Actress
 Hero 2002 Actress
 Legend Of Zu, The 2001 Actress
 Musa: The Warrior 2001 Actress
 Rush Hour 2 2001 Actress
 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 Actress
 Road Home, The 1999 Actress

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 Zhang Ziyi pictures :  (Hide)
The Grandmaster
The Founding Of A Republic
The Banquet
House Of Flying Daggers
House Of Flying Daggers
Rush Hour 2
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Purple Butterfly
 Other Zhang Ziyi pictures :  (Hide)
Forever Enthralled (4)
The Banquet (7)
House Of Flying Daggers (8)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (1)
Hero (1)
Musa: The Warrior (4)
Rush Hour 2 (3)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (7)

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