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Zhang Ziyi

 

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Zhang Ziyi Actress Information
Labelled as China’s gift to Hollywood, Zhang Zhiyi is one of the rising stars of Beijing cinema with a string of hits to her name that include “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “House of Flying Daggers”, and “Rush Hour 2”. Apart from her acting ability, she is also famous for her beauty and poise and has been ranked or named in many top 10 and top 100 lists for hottest and sexiest women by FHM and other publications.

Names
English name – No known English name
Chinese name – 章子怡
Pinyin – Zhang Ziyi

Details
Date of birth – 9th February 1979
Place of Birth- Beijing, CHina
Height – 1.65 meters

Background
Zhang Ziyi was born and raising in Beijing by her mother who is a kindergarten teacher and her father who is an economist. She comes from a very tight and traditional family and has a close relationship with her elder brother.

Acting Career
Zhang Ziyi started studying dance when she was eight and followed the advice of her parents to join the Beijing Dance Academy when she was 11. Her time at the dance academy was not trouble free and she ran away at least one. Her first break came at the age of 15 when won a national youth dance championship and started appearing in Hong Kong’s television commercials.

She was offered her first acting role at the age of 19 and appeared in the award winning “The Road Home” (1999). Zhang Ziyi’s second film was “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000) which launched her acting career and made her a household name. She appeared in her first western movie a year later with Jacky Chan in “Rush Hour 2” (2001).

Since 2001 Zhang Ziyi has starred in a number of box offices successes in China and the west that include “Hero” (2002), “House of Flying Daggers” (2004) and “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005). In one of Zhang Ziyi’s most recent films “Liaisons” (2012), she starred alongside Cecilia Cheung and Zhang Dongjian and earned 20 million RMB. One of the highest salaries paid to a Chinese actor/actress in 2012.

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Personal Life
Zhang Ziyi had been romantically linked to director Zhang Yimou, Jacky Chan and Erik Fok, the grandson of a Hong Kong business tycoon.  None of these relationships were ever confirmed.

She was engaged to an Israeli venture capitalist Aviv Nevo for some time but eventually separated for cultural reasons. Zhang Ziyi explained she wants a traditional Chinese family surrounded by relatives, children and full of warmth and love. Apparently Aviv was not able to provide Zhang Ziyi with that kind of family.

Zhang Ziyi Trivia
-Zhang Ziyi could not speak English when she starred in Rush Hour 2 and Jackie Chan had to translate for her

-Zhang Ziyi is not a trained martial artist and her fight sequences use her dance moves.

Chinese Movie and Film Titles
Better and Better (2013)

The Grand Master (2013)
Gong Er

Love and Let Love (2012)

Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
Den Fenyu, beautiful widow

Love For Life (2011)
Shang Qinqin

The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Gong Peng

Sophie's Revenge (2009)
Sophie, comic book artist

Forever Enthralled (2008)
Meng Xiaodong

TMNT (2007)
Karai

The Banquet (2006)
Empress Wan

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Sayuri

Princess Raccoon (2005)
Tanukihime

Jasmine Flower (2004)
Young Mo / young Li / young Hua

2046 (2004)
Bai Ling

House of Flying Daggers (2004)
Xiao Mei

My Wife Is a Gangster 2 (2003)
The Triad Boss

Purple Butterfly (2003)
Cynthia / Ding Hui

Hero (2002)
Moon

The Warrior (2001)
Princess Bu-yong

Zu Warriors (2001)
Joy

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Jen Yu

The Road Home (2000)
Zhao Di, Young

Foreign Movie and Film Titles
Horsemen (2009)
Kristin

Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Hu Li (as Zhang Ziyi)

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Film and TV Awards for Zhang Ziyi
24th Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – 2046

22nd Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Hero

20th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

46th Golden Horse Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Forever Enthralled

41st Golden Horse Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – 2046

37th Golden Horse Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2009 Golden Rooster Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Forever Enthralled

2004 Golden Rooster Awards
Winner – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Jasmine Women

2006 Hundred Flowers Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – House of Flying Daggers

2000 Hundred Flowers Awards
Winner – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – The Road Home

2009 Huabiao Film Awards
Winner – Outstanding Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Forever Enthralled

2005 Huabiao Film Awards
Winner – Outstanding Actress – Zhang Ziyi – House of Flying Daggers

2005 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – House of Flying Daggers

2001 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2007 Asian Film Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – The Banquet

2006 BAFTA Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Memoirs of a Geisha

2005 BAFTA Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – House of Flying Daggers

2001 BAFTA Awards
Nominee – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
Winner – Most Promising Actress – Zhang Ziyi
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2006 Chlotrudis Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – 2046

2003 Golden Bauhinia Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Hero

2001 Golden Bauhinia Awards
Winner – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2006 Golden Globes, USA
Nominee – Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama – Zhang Ziyi – Memoirs of a Geisha

2005 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Winner – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi – 2046

2006 Image Awards
Nominee – Outstanding Actress – Motion Picture – Zhang Ziyi – Memoirs of a Geisha

2001 Independent Spirit Awards
Winner – Best Supporting Female – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2002 Kids' Choice Awards, USA
Nominee – Favorite Female Action Hero – Zhang Ziyi – Rush Hour 2

2006 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Sexiest Performance – Zhang Ziyi – Memoirs of a Geisha

2005 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Best Fight – Zhang Ziyi – House of Flying Daggers

2002 MTV Movie Awards
Nominee – Best Villain – Zhang Ziyi – Rush Hour 2

2001 MTV Movie Awards
Winner – Best Fight – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Nominee – Breakthrough Female Performance – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001 Online Film Critics Society Awards
Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2005 Satellite Awards
Nominee – Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama – Zhang Ziyi – Memoirs of a Geisha

2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Nominee – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Zhang Ziyi – Memoirs of a Geisha

2008 Shanghai International Film Festival
Winner – Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema – Zhang Ziyi

2011 Shanghai Film Critics Awards
Winner – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi

2001 Teen Choice Awards
Nominee – Film – Choice Breakout Performance – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
Winner – Best Supporting Performance, Female – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2001 Young Artist Awards
Winner – Best Young Actress in an International Film – Zhang Ziyi – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2008 QQ Entertainment Awards
Winner – Best Movie Actress (Mainland) – Zhang Ziyi
Winner – Most International Influential Artist – Zhang Ziyi

2011 Hua Ding Awards
Winner – Outstanding Achievement – Zhang Ziyi
Winner – Favorite Movie Star – Zhang Ziyi

2010 Hua Ding Awards
Winner – Best Artist (Public Image) – Zhang Ziyi

2004 Chinese Film Media Awards
Winner – Best Actress – Zhang Ziyi (Mainland) – Purple Butterfly

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Supporting websites for Zhang Ziyi

IMDb Actress Database for Zhang Ziyi
No 1 Zhang Ziyi Fansite