Zhang Ziyi

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FILMOGRAFIA – FILMOGRAPHY
Zhang Ziyi (9/02/1979- Beijing, Cina)

Una delle attrice più famose degli ultimi anni è senza dubbio Zhang Ziyi, che aveva sorpeso il pubblico con la sua prima apparizione in “La strada verso casa” di Zhang Yimou. Il film ha vinto l’Orso d’Argento al Festival di Berlino nel 2000, lanciando la giovane attrice cinese nel firmamento delle stelle del cinema asiatico. Il successo è continuato con il pirotecnico film di Ang Lee “la Tigre e il Dragone“, e con un altro film di arti marziali di Zhang Yimou, “Hero“.

L’interesse di Zhang Ziyi verso l’arte dello spettacolo comincia con la danza e la ginnastica. All’età di undici anni venne accettata in una scuola media affiliata al Collegio di Danza di Pechino. Sebbene potesse ambire ad una folgorante carriera nella danza, l’interesse per la recitazione prevalse, e decise di iscriversi alla Central Academy of Drama di Pechino.

Presto è stata scoperta da Zhang Yimou che subito riconobbe in lei un talento particolare, e decise che sarebbe stata perfetta per interpretare il ruolo della giovane ragazza innamorata di un insegnante di scuola nella Cina rurale in “la strada verso casa” (1999).

Il successo della “Tigre e il Dragone” le ha garantito un posto nell’Olimpo degli attori cinesi più famosi accanto a Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat, Jet Li. Nel 2004 ha debuttato nell’attesissimo “2046” del geniale regista di Hong Kong Wong Karwai.

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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’ and Zhang Yimou’s martial arts epic, ‘HERO’.


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. Although a career in dance seemed promising for the graceful Miss 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. Zhang Ziyi later reteamed with helmer Zhang Yimou to play the brave and loyal servant, Moon, in 2003’s Academy Award nominated ‘HERO’.

The success of ‘HERO’ and ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ ensured that Zhang Ziyi would become a familiar face to filmgoers as the high-flying, graceful martial artist who shared fight scenes with Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun Fat. Her role in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ 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 Hou Yong’s ‘Jasmine’ as well as Wong Kar Wai’s futuristic ‘2046’.

Attrice – actress


Wo de fu qin mu qin – TheRoad Home – My Father and Mother – La Strada verso casa (1999)
Wo hu cang long – Ngo foo chong lung – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – La Tigre e il Dragone (2000)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Shu shan zheng zhuan – Zu Warriors – The Legend of Zu (2001)
Wu shi – Musa – Musa the Warrior – Warrior (2001)
Ying xiong – Hero (2002)
Zi hudie – Purple Butterfly (2003)
Jopok manura 2: Dolaon jeonseol – My Wife Is a Gangster 2 (2003)
2046 (2004)
Shi mian mai fu – The House of the Flying Daggers (2004) (eng)
Mo li hua kai – Jasmine (2004)
Good Cook, Likes Music (2005) (in produzione)
Ye Yan – The Banquet – Il banchetto (2006)
Forever Enthralled (2009)

Varie – other

Making Magic Out of Mire (2001) (partecipazione documentario) (ringraziamenti speciali)
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awardsì (2001) (partecipazione TV)
Ultimate Fights from the Movies (2002) (partecipazione al documentario su La tigre ed il dragone)

Zhang Ziyi Chinese actress

Zhang Ziyi