ZHANG ZIYI

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ZHANG ZIYI

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Chinese name : 章子怡
Born : February 9, 1979 (1979-02-09) (age 29)
Beijing, China
Years active 1999 - present
[show]Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Actress
2004 2046
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Best Supporting Actress
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Best Actress
2004 2046
Golden Rooster Awards
Best Actress
2004 Jasmine Women

Zhang Ziyi (Chinese: 章子怡; pinyin: Zhāng Zǐyí; born February 9, 1979, in Beijing) is a BAFTA Award-nominated Chinese film actress, 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, Seijun Suzuki and Rob Marshall.

Biography
Born in Beijing, China, Zhang 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).

When Zhang's parents suggested she go to the dance academy, she was skeptical. While at the boarding school, she noticed how catty the other girls were while competing for status amongst the teachers. She would cry each night and morning, and on one occasion ran away from the school.[original research?]


Career
At the age of 19, Zhang was offered her first role in Yimou's The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear award in the 2000 Berlin Film Festival. Zhang further rose to fame due to her role as the headstrong Jen in the phenomenally successful Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which she won the Independent Spirit's Best Supporting Actress Award and the Toronto Film Critics' Best Supporting Actress Award.

Zhang's first appearance in an American movie was in Rush Hour 2, but because she didn't speak English at the time, Jackie Chan had to translate everything the director said to her. In the movie, her character's name, "Hu Li," is translated from Mandarin Chinese to "Fox".

Zhang then appeared in Hero, with her early mentor Yimou, which was a huge success in the English-speaking world and an Oscar and a Golden Globe contender. Her next film was the avant-garde drama Purple Butterfly by Lou Ye, which competed at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Zhang went back to the martial arts genre with House of Flying Daggers, which earned her a Best Actress nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

In 2046, directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring many of the best-known Chinese actors and actresses, Zhang was the female lead and won the Hong Kong Film Critics' Best Actress Award and the Hong Kong Film Academy's Best Actress Award.

Showing her whimsical musical tap-dancing side, Zhang starred in Princess Raccoon, directed by Japanese legend Seijun Suzuki, who was honored at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

In 2005, Zhang landed the lead role of Sayuri in the film adaptation of the international bestseller Memoirs of a Geisha. For the film, she reunited with her 2046 co-star Gong Li and with her Crouching Tiger co-star Michelle Yeoh. For the role, Zhang received a 2006 Golden Globe Award nomination, a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and a BAFTA nomination.

Zhang has also been known to sing, and was featured on the House of Flying Daggers soundtrack with her own musical rendition of the ancient Chinese poem, Jia Rén Qu (佳人曲, The Beauty Song). The song was also featured in two scenes in the film.

On June 27, 2005, it was announced that Zhang had accepted an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), placing her among the ranks of those able to vote on the Academy Awards.

In May 2006, Zhang became the youngest member to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

In the fall of 2006, Zhang played Empress Wan in The Banquet (Yè Yàn 夜宴), a film set in the Tang Dynasty.

Zhang provided the voice of Karai in the TMNT movie that was released on March 23, 2007. She later starred in The Horsemen (2008) with Dennis Quaid and in Mei Lanfang (2008).


Ambassadorship
Zhang is the face of Maybelline, Garnier and Shangri-la Hotel and Resort Group. She is also a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and a spokesperson for "Care for Children," a foster-home program in China.


Personal life
Soon after Zhang's debut in Yimou's The Road Home, rumors arose regarding a possible affair between the actress and the older director. Yimou was previously involved in an extramarital affair with actress Gong Li, whom he similarly debuted and with whom Zhang was quickly compared to. However, a relationship between the two remains unconfirmed.
Hong Kong and Taiwanese media have often pushed at ties between Zhang and co-star Jackie Chan. This was fuelled in part by photos that emerged of the pair during celebrations of Chan's birthday on the set of Rush Hour 2.

Zhang for a while was publicly linked with Fok Kai-shan, grandson of Hong Kong business tycoon Henry Fok.

Although Zhang does not like to talk in public about her private life, in 2006, she stated in an interview that she had found love - but did not offer a name. When quizzed by Phoenix TV in early 2007 if she was happy, she stated in the interview: "Yes, very much so ... I'm doing the things I enjoy."

In January 2007, Zhang was spotted holding hands and kissing her new partner at a New York basketball game. The man was identified as 41-year-old, Israeli multi-millionaire and venture capitalist, Vivi Nevo. The two were again seen together at an Oscar party in Los Angeles. Nevo, who has previously been tied to model Kate Moss, is a major shareholder in Time Warner and an early backer of The Weinstein Company with whom Zhang is purported to have a multi-film deal.


Trivia
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The article could be improved by integrating relevant items and removing inappropriate ones.

Of the characters making up her name, Zhāng (章) is her surname (not to be confused with the more common Zhāng 张 which is a homonym but written with a different character), Zǐ (子) means child or esteemed person, and Yí (怡) means joy or happiness. She has appeared in English language films under the name Ziyi Zhang. In an interview, she stated that the name change was her publicist's idea of a way to appeal to Western audiences.
Zhang says that one of her methods of learning the English language was listening to Eminem, which apparently led to some embarrassing situations. She said "I don't always know what he is talking about, so I write down the lyrics and repeat them. Later, I understood how rude they were."

Filmography
Year English Title Chinese Title Role Director
1996 Touching Starlight 星星点灯 Chen Wei Sun Wenxue
1999 The Road Home 我的父親母親 Young Zhao Di Zhang Yimou
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 卧虎藏龙 Jen Yu Ang Lee
2001 Rush Hour 2 尖峰时刻2 Hu Li Brett Ratner
The Legend of Zu 蜀山传 Joy Tsui Hark
Musa 武士 Princess Bu-yong Kim Sung-su
2002 Hero 英雄 Moon Zhang Yimou
2003 Purple Butterfly 紫蝴蝶 Cynthia/Ding Hui Lou Ye
My Wife is a Gangster 2 我老婆是大佬2 Gangster boss Jeong Heung-sun
2004 2046 2046 Bai Ling Wong Kar-wai
House of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏 Mei Zhang Yimou
Jasmine Women 茉莉花开 Young Mo/Young Li/Young Hua Hou Yong
2005 Princess Raccoon 狸御殿 Princess Tanuki Seijun Suzuki
Memoirs of a Geisha 艺伎回忆录 Sayuri Nitta/Chiyo Sakamoto Rob Marshall
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 Wan Feng Xiaogang
2007 TMNT 忍者神龟 Karai Kevin Munroe
2008 The Horsemen 沙漠战士 Kristen Jonas Åkerlund
Mei Lanfang 梅兰芳 Meng Xiaodong Chen Kaige


Awards and nominations

Awards nominated
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2001 - Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2005 - Best Actress for House of Flying Daggers
BAFTA Awards

2001 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2005 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for House of Flying Daggers
2006 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Memoirs of a Geisha
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2001 - Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Golden Globes

2006 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for Memoirs of a Geisha
Golden Horse Film Festival

2000 - Best Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2004 - Best Actress for 2046
Hong Kong Film Awards

2001 - Best Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2003 - Best Supporting Actress for Hero
Image Awards

2006 - Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for Memoirs of a Geisha
Kids' Choice Awards

2002 - Favorite Female Action Hero for Rush Hour 2
MTV Movie Awards

2001 - Breakthrough Female Performance for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2002 - Best Villain for Rush Hour 2
2005 - Best Fight for House of Flying Daggers *(For Zhang Ziyi vs. The Emperor's guards)
2006 - Sexiest Performance for Memoirs of a Geisha
Online Film Critics Society Awards

2001 - Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Satellite Awards

2005 - Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Memoirs of a Geisha
Screen Actors Guild Awards

2006 - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Memoirs of a Geisha
Teen Choice Awards

2001 - Film - Choice Breakout Performance

Awards won
Hundred Flowers Awards

2000 - Best Actress for The Road Home
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2001 - Most Promising Actress
Golden Bauhinia Awards

2001 - Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Golden Rooster Awards

2004 - Best Actress for Mo li hua kai
Hong Kong Film Awards

2005 - Best Actress for 2046
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

2005 - Best Actress for 2046
Independent Spirit Awards

2001 - Best Supporting Female for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
MTV Movie Awards

2001 - Best Fight for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon *(Versus entire bar)
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

2000 - Best Supporting Performance, Female for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Young Artist Awards

2001 - Best Young Actress in an International Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [img][/img][img][/img]

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