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Zhang Ziyi - Actress

Updated on May 13, 2013

Chinese Actress in Hollywood

Zhang Ziyi (born February 9, 1979) is a Chinese actress born and raised in Beijing, China. Her name pronounced as Jang (rhymes with 'young') DziYee.

Her father Zhang Yuanxiao is an economist and her mother Li Zhousheng is a kindergarten teacher. She 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) in 1994.

At the age of 19, Zhang was offered her first role in Zhang Yimou's The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear award in the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. But her biggest break came in 2000 when she starred in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as the headstrong Jen.

With a string of Chinese and international hits to her name, she has worked with renowned directors such as Zhang Yimou, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark, Lou Ye, Seijun Suzuki, Feng Xiaogang and Rob Marshall.

Zhang Ziyi Quotes:

“I always think it's really hard if you are Asian or Chinese to be really in Hollywood. There are not so many really great characters for you. I always think you are lucky to get offered [something like] 'Memoirs of a Geisha', but I don't think it will happen all the time.”

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Zhang Ziyi Movies on DVD


1996 - Touching Starlight (TV) - Chen Wei

1999 - The Road Home - Young Zhao Di

2000 - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Jen Yu

2000 - Rush Hour 2 - Hu Li

2001 - The Legend of Zu - Joy

2001 - Musa - Princess Bu-yong

2002 - Hero - Moon

2003 - Purple Butterfly - Cynthia/Ding Hui

2003 - My Wife is a Gangster 2 - Gangster boss

2003 - 2046 - Bai Ling

2004 - House of Flying Daggers - Mei

2004 - Jasmine Women - Young Mo/Young Li/Young Hua

2005 - Princess Raccoon - Princess Tanuki

2005 - Memoirs of a Geisha - Sayuri Nitta/Chiyo Sakamoto

2006 - The Banquet - Wan

2007 - TMNT - Karai

2008 - Forever Enthralled - Meng Xiaodong

2009 - Horsemen - Kristen

2009 - Sophie's Revenge - Sophie

2009 - Lost for Words - Lin Zhen

2009 - The Founding of a Republic

2010 - Waiting - Wu Manna

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Wow. She's one of my favorite actresses ... Interesting lens!

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      First saw her on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... then saw her on Rush Hour 2... and then on House of Flying Daggers.... as well as Memoirs of a Geisha... absolutely stunning actress... and amazing with her dance/martial arts moves. Nice lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Very pretty! Blessed and featured on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Good job on this lens!