Zhang Ziyi

Actor
A delicately beautiful Chinese actress, Ziyi Zhang first caught the attention of filmgoers at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival with her debut performance as a young girl who falls in love with a schoolteacher in director ... Read more »
Born: 02/09/1979 in Beijing, CN

Filmography

Actor (33)

The Wasted Times 2016 (Movie)

Xiao Liu (Actor)

The Crossing Part II 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Lucky Star 2013 (Movie)

Sofie (Actor)

The Crossing Part I 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grandmaster 2013 (Movie)

Gong Er (Actor)

Dangerous Liaisons 2012 (Movie)

Du Fengyu (Actor)

Love for Life 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Warrior's Way 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Horsemen 2009 (Movie)

Kristin Spitz (Actor)

Jian guo da ye 2009 (Movie)

Gong Peng (Actor)

Sophie's Revenge 2009 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

Mei Lanfang 2008 (Movie)

Meng Xiaodong (Actor)

TMNT 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Karai (Actor)

Jopok Manura 2: Dolaon Jeonseol 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Molihua Kai 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Ye Yan 2006 (Movie)

Empress Wan (Actor)

2046 2005 (Movie)

Bai Ling (Actor)

Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 (Movie)

Sayuri (Actor)

Princess Raccoon 2005 (Movie)

Princess Tanuki (Actor)

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Banquet 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

Moon (Actor)

House of Flying Daggers 2004 (Movie)

Mei (Actor)

Purple Butterfly 2004 (Movie)

Ding Hui (Actor)

Cinema Secrets 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

Hu Li (Actor)

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The Road Home 2001 (Movie)

Young Zhao Di (Actor)

Zu Warriors (Remake) 2001 (Movie)

Princess (Actor)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

Jen Yu (Actor)

Musa 2000 (Movie)

Princess Furong (Actor)

Biography

A delicately beautiful Chinese actress, Ziyi Zhang first caught the attention of filmgoers at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival with her debut performance as a young girl who falls in love with a schoolteacher in director Zhang Yimou's acclaimed drama, "The Road Home" (1999). Her strong performance and the rumors of a romance with Yimou led many Asian journalists to dub the newcomer "little Gong Li," after the director's former leading lady, whom he helped raise to prominence in the United States. Within months, she enjoyed a further career boost when the martial arts romance "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) premiered at Cannes. Her performance as the headstrong Jen Wu, a sheltered aristocrat with a taste for adventure, anchored the movie and demonstrated her astonishing range, while stealing the thunder from stars Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat. Already one of the biggest stars in China - and the frequent subject of many tabloids in her native land - Zhang reached mainstream success in America with "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005), a role that earned her widespread critical acclaim and the rare opportunity to become a high-profile Chinese actress in the United States.

Relationships

Li Sheng

Mother

Zhang Xiao

Father

EDUCATION

China Central Drama College

Beijing

Milestones

2009

Co-starred opposite Dennis Quaid in the drama thriller "Horsemen"

2007

Voiced the character of Karai in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot, "TMNT"

2005

Starred as Sayuri, the lead in Rob Marshall's film version of Arthur Golden's best selling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress

2004

Starred as a blind girl in "House of Flying Daggers" helmed by Zhang Yimou

2002

Co-starred with Jet Li and Maggie Cheung in "Hero," helmed by Zhang Yimou

2001

Co-starred in "Zu, Warriors of the Magic Mountain 2", directed by Tsui Hark

2001

English language acting debut, "Rush Hour 2"

2000

Breakthrough screen role as the impulsive romantic heroine Jen Wu in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", helmed by Ang Lee

1999

Feature film acting debut, "The Road Home", directed by Zhang Yimou

At age 17, auditioned for a shampoo commercial directed by Zhang Yimou

Enrolled in dancing school as a child; won

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