For today’s Featured Asian, we discuss the beautiful and charming Zhang Ziyi.
Zhang Ziyi is of Chinese decent. She is remembered well for her roles in Hollywood films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and the highly-acclaimed Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).
Zhang Ziyi was born in Beijing on February 1979. When she was a little girl, she studied dance, and entered and won numerous dance competitions. Because of her skill, she was even noticed by the entertainment industry and began appearing in many commercials in Hong Kong.
When she was 18, she entered the Central Academy of Drama. She then started appearing in movies in China in 1999. She then appeared in Hollywood in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, then in Rush Hour 2. Because she was not fluent in English, she had Jackie Chan interpret the movie directions in Rush Hour 2.
Many movies followed after that, but Zhang Ziyi was known most especially for gaining the lead role in Memoirs of a Geisha, a movie adaptation of Arthur Golden’s international bestseller. The movie had a lot of criticism, especially because a geisha is a Japanese woman, and Zhang Ziyi was of Chinese decent. However, because of her beautiful portrayal of lead character Sayuri, she got many positive comments, and even got a Golden Globe nomination.
I remember Zhang Ziyi most especially for her role in Sophie’s Revenge. One day I was browsing the cable for something interesting, and as I was going to one of my favorite channels, Red Channel (presents Asian movies all the time), I saw Zhang Ziyi. She was a different person. In her Hollywood movies, she was always cool and fierce, but in Sophie’s Revenge, she was dorky and gullible. It was like seeing a new side of her, and it was good. It showed how flexible of an actress she is.
Zhang Ziyi is named as one of the most beautiful women in China. I do remember her representing the line of Maybelline in Asia. When I see her, I kind of think about Lee Hyori (Korean singer) because they kind of look a little similar, perhaps because they both have this fierceness in their eyes.
Well, I guess me featuring her in the first ever Featured Asian says that I kind of like her. I haven’t really been following her activities, but when I see her in movies, I admire her for her strong acting abilities.
See you guys until the next Featured Asian!
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