Zhang Ziyi (Chinese: ???; pinyin: Zh?ng Z?yí; born February 9, 1979, Height:164cm, Weight:49kg) is a top Chinese actress and one of the best known Chinese actresses internationally. Zhang was hailed by the media as one of the Four Young Dan actresses (????) in the Film industry in China in 2006, along with Zhao Wei, Xu Jinglei, and Zhou Xun.
Her first major role was in The Road Home (1999). She achieved fame in the West after leading roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (????2000), Rush Hour 2 (???? 2001), House of Flying Daggers (???? 2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (????? 2005). She has been nominated for three BAFTA Awards and a Golden Globe Award.
As one of the most influential Chinese actresses in the world, Zhang Ziyi has been invited guest to present Oscar awards for two consequtive years. She was also the youngest judge at Cannes. USA Magazine TIME once hailed her as China' gift to Hollywood.
Biography of Zhang Ziyi and her career history
Zhang Ziyi was born on February 9, 1979 in Beijing, and is the daughter of an economist father and a kindergarten teacher. Raised with her older brother in an urban, working-class part of Beijing, Zhang was originally interested in dance and gymnastics.
Her entry into the dance world came at age 11, when she was accepted to a secondary school affiliated with Beijing Dancing College. Although a career in dance seemed promising for the graceful Zhang, she became frustrated with the art by the time she was 15, and opted to become an actress instead.
She therefore enrolled in the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, where she received her dramatic training. Zhang Ziyi's calling was answered when she least expected it: she auditioned for a shampoo commercial directed by Zhang Yimou (one of China's most renowned directors). Satisfied with her performance, Zhang Yimou casted her in the lead role of 1999's The Road Home (??????). Since Zhang Ziyi was unknown at the time of the film's release, it was later rereleased by Sony Picture Classics, thanks to her flourishing success.
The Road Home won the "Jury Grand Prix" Silver Bear at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. Zhang Ziyi's performance impressed world renowned director Ang Lee. When Ang Lee was casting actors for his martial arts marvel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, he choosed Zhang Ziyi for an important supporting role as butt-kicking aristocrat Jen Yu. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became one of the biggest hits of 2000, and went on to earn a roaring $130 million at the box office and four Academy Awards, among the long list of other awards it won.
The film's success ensured that Zhang Ziyi would become a first-class Chinese actress and one of the best known Chinese actresses worldwide. Her role garnered her the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2000, as well as the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Scene in 2001.
Zhang Ziyi was cast to play the villain in the summer 2001 sequel to the successful comedy Rush Hour, appearing opposite the comedy duo of Chris Tucker and martial arts master Jackie Chan. Since then, the roles have been pouring in, most notably in hits like Hero (?? 2002) and House of Flying Daggers (???? 2004). After 2004's Jasmine Women (????), Zhang Ziyi kept busy in 2005 with roles in Memoirs of a Geisha (?????) and The Banquet (??). Zhang Ziyi starred in Forever Enthralled (??? 2008) and appeared in The Horsemen (?? 2009) and The Founding of a Republic (???? 2009). Also in the year 2009, Zhang Ziyi tried a new role as movie producer and directed Sophie's Revenge (????), and she starred in the action movie Grandmasters directed by Karwai Wong.
Along with Aaron Kwok, Zhang stars in an AIDS-themed film Love for Life (??) premiering on 10 May 2011.
In September 2011, the Chinese-Korean co-production of the film Dangerous Liaisons (????) begins, where Zhang will star next to Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun. The film is expected to be released in late 2012. She is currently filming and producing Chinese language romantic comedy entitled "My Lucky Star" (????).
Sexy Chinese actress and one of the most beautiful women in the world
Zhang Ziyi's doll-like features and porcelain skin, not to mention her raging sex appeal, landed her a spot on AskMen.com's 2008 Top 99 Most Desirable Women list.
Since 1998 after her debut in the movie industry, Zhang Ziyi has been nominated by some foreign media as one of the most beautiful women, the sexiest women for a couple of times. She has been named one of the 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 by Teen People Magazine in 2001 and 2002, and listed in "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2005 and 2006. Zhang was named one of TIME's World's 100 Most Influential People in 2005 and the magazine called her "China's Gift to Hollywood".
Zhang Ziyi has been never lack of sex scandal. Soon after her debut in Zhang Yimou's The Road Home, Zhang Ziyi was given the nickname "Little Gong Li," in reference to the Chinese super actress Gong Li. But the nickname is not intended to refer to Zhang Ziyi's potential as the next Gong Li; rather, it refers to the alleged affair that Zhang Ziyi had with director Zhang Yimou.
In 2004, Hong Kong reporter took a photo showing Zhang Ziyi kissed Huo Qishan, grandson of Hong Kong tycoon Huo Yingdong. Their engagement ended in 2006.
Zhang was engaged to Aviv "Vivi" Nevo, a venture capitalist. They separated in late 2010.
In 2011, Zhang was rumored to have affair with the deposed Chinese popular politician Bo Xilai. It was said Zhang Ziyi charged 70 million RMB for one night of sleeping. The rumor angered Zhang Ziyi, who threatened to sue an overseas Chinese website for spreading the rumor.
Profile of Zhang Ziyi ???
Chinese name: ???
English name: Ziyi Zhang, Zhang Ziyi
Nationality: Han Chinese
Birth place: Beijing
Birth day: Feb. 9, 1979
Chinese zodiac: Goat
Blood type: O
Education: Graduated from Central Drama Academy
Agency: WMA Agency Co., Ltd.
Representative works: The Road Home, Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon, Sophie's Revenge, 2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, House of Flying Daggers, etc.
Achievements: 2001 – Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Golden Bauhinia Awards; 2005 – Best Actress for 2046 at Hong Kong Film Awards
1996 Touching Starlight ???? as Chen Wei
1999 The Road Home ?????? as Zhao Di
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ???? as Jen Yu
2001 Rush Hour 2 ???? as Hu Li
2001 The Legend of Zu ??? as Joy
2001 Musa ?? as Princess Bu-yong
2002 Hero ?? as Moon
2003 Purple Butterfly ??? as Cynthia
2003 My Wife is a Gangster 2 ??????2 as Gangster boss
2004 2046 as Bai Ling
2004 House of Flying Daggers ???? as Mei
2004 Jasmine Women ???? as Mo/ Li/ Hua
2005 Princess Raccoon ??? as Princess Tanuki
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha ????? as Chiyo Sakamoto/Sayuri Nitta
2006 The Banquet ?? as Wan
2007 TMNT ???? as Karai
2008 Forever Enthralled ??? as Meng Xiaodong
2009 Horsemen ?? as Kristen
2009 Sophie's Revenge ???? as Sophie
2009 The Founding of a Republic ???? as Gong Peng
2011 Love for Life ?? as Qinqin
2012 The Grandmasters ????
2012 Dangerous Liaisons ???? as Du Fenyu
2001 – Most Promising Actress at Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2001 – Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Golden Bauhinia Awards
2004 – Best Actress for Mo li hua kai (Jasmine Women) at Golden Rooster Awards
2005 – Best Actress for 2046 at Hong Kong Film Awards
2005 – Best Actress for 2046 at Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
2005 – Best Actress for House of Flying Daggers and for Forever Enthralled at Huabiao Film Awards
2000 – Best Actress for The Road Home at Hundred Flowers Awards
2001 – Best Supporting Female for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Independent Spirit Awards
2001 – Best Fight for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Versus entire bar) at MTV Movie Awards
2008 – Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema at Shanghai International Film Festival
2000 – Best Supporting Performance, Female for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
2001 – Best Young Actress in an International Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at Young Artist Awards