Ziyi Zhang

Ziyi Zhang

  • Highest Rated: 97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2001)
  • Lowest Rated: 19% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
  • Birthday: Feb 9, 1979
  • Birthplace: Beijing, China
  • An actress of almost eerie, otherworldly beauty and simmering intensity, Zhang Ziyi burst onto the international film scene with her role as the governor's daughter in Ang Lee's acclaimed martial arts adventure Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Stunningly convincing despite her lack of martial arts skills, Zhang's dramatic talents were equally impressive, and she was soon cast in such highly regarded films as Zhang Yimou's Hero and big-budget stateside efforts as Rush Hour 2. Born in Beijing to a working-class family that included her economist father, kindergarten teacher mother, and an older brother, Zhang found creative outlets early with dancing and gymnastics. At the age of 11, she was accepted into a secondary school affiliated with the acclaimed Beijing Dancing College. Though her skills earned Zhang numerous awards there, she soon became frustrated with the pressures of school and began seeking other creative outlets. At 15, she enrolled in Beijing's Central Drama Academy, where she finally seemed to find her niche. Fate sealed the deal when the aspiring actress auditioned for a role in a shampoo commercial directed by acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou, and after working with her, the veteran director thought her ideal for the lead in his upcoming movie The Road Home (2000). Cast as a young girl who falls in love with an older teacher, the film won international praise, in addition to numerous awards. If The Road Home had been her breakthrough, her next film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, brought her even more exposure and fame. With few martial arts skills, Zhang utilized her dancing to perfect the moves needed for the physically challenging role. Though the actress began learning English in hopes of breaking into the Hollywood scene, her first major role in the West, ironically, found her speaking her native Chinese (which was subtitled in English). Parts in such high-profile Chinese features as Zu Warriors and Musa (both 2001) followed, and in 2002, Zhang once again stepped before the camera for Zhang Yimou in the visually dazzling, historical martial arts drama Hero. In addition to earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Zhang Ziyi was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2003, she took the lead for the political drama Purple Butterfly. Later that year, she accepted a supporting role in the popular action comedy sequel My Wife Is a Gangster 2. The actress appeared in no less than three films in 2004, including Wong Kar-Wai's romantic sci-fi drama 2046. She continued her impressive ascent with hits like House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), which were both nominated for Academy Awards and earned Zhang back-to-back BAFTA nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 2007, she provided the voice for Karai in TMNT. Zhang had another critically-acclaimed hit with The Grandmaster in 2013, and starred in John Woo's epic The Crossing in 2014.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Godzilla vs. Kong Dr. Chen 2020
33% The Climbers Xu Ying 2019
41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Chen 2019
19% The Cloverfield Paradox Actor 2018
20% The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi) Actor $0.3M 2016
No Score Yet Run for Love (Zai shi jie de zhong xin hu huan ai) Actor 2016
No Score Yet Wu Wen Xi Dong (Forever Young) Actor 2015
No Score Yet Where's the Dragon? Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Crossing Actor 2014
50% My Lucky Star Producer Sophie Executive Producer 2013
78% The Grandmaster Gong Er $6.4M 2013
68% Dangerous Liaisons Du Fenyu $18.5K 2012
No Score Yet Sophie's Revenge (Fei chang wan mei) Actor Producer 2012
No Score Yet Love for Life (Til Death Do Us Part) (Mo shu wai zhuan) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Sophie's Revenge Producer Sophie 2009
33% Horsemen Kristen Spitz 2009
No Score Yet Mei Lanfang (Forever Enthralled) Meng Xiaodong 2008
34% TMNT Karai $54.2M 2007
36% Ye yan (Legend of the Black Scorpion) (The Banquet) Empress Wan 2006
35% Memoirs of a Geisha Sayuri $57.1M 2005
86% 2046 Bai Ling $1.3M 2005
No Score Yet Princess Raccoon (Operetta tanuki goten) Tanuki-hime "Princess Raccoon" 2005
88% House of Flying Daggers Mei $11M 2004
43% Purple Butterfly (Zi hudie) Cynthia 2004
95% Hero Moon $53.6M 2004
No Score Yet Le Secret Des Poingnards Volants Actor 2004
No Score Yet Mo li hua kai (Jasmine Women) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Jopok Manura 2: Dolaon Jeonseol Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Warrior Princess Bu-yong 2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights Actor 2002
20% Zu Warriors Joy 2001
52% Rush Hour 2 Hu Li 2001
89% The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) Young Zhao Di $0.4M 2001
97% Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Jen 2001

QUOTES FROM Ziyi Zhang CHARACTERS

Sayuri
I am not worthless!
Sayuri
[As narration] The heart dies a slow death. Shedding each hope like leaves, until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains. She paints her face to hide her face, her eyes a deep water; it is not for Geisha to want, it is not for Geisha to feel; Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances. She sings. She entertains you - whatever you want. The rest is shadows: the rest is secret.
Sayuri
The heart dies a slow death. Shedding each hope like leaves, until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains. She paints her face to hide her face, her eyes a deep water; it is not for Geisha to want, it is not for Geisha to feel; Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances. She sings. She entertains you - whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.
Sayuri
Can't you see? Every step I have taken...since I was that little girl on the bridge...was to bring myself closer to you.
Sayuri
Can't you see? Every step I have taken... since I was that little girl on the bridge... was to bring myself closer to you.
Sayuri
No geisha could never hope for more.
Sayuri
How could you?! You don't know what you have done!
Pumpkin
But I do.
Sayuri
I do not understand. Why did you have to bring the chairman?
Pumpkin
Because I know how you feel about him. A long time ago, you took something from me. The only thing I ever truly wanted. Well, now you know how it feels.
Mother
I'm entitled to do as i choose.
Mother
I'm entitled to do as I choose.
Hatsumomo
But you promised the okiya to Pumpkin!
Mother
Look at her, still a virgin maiko. [Pumpkin gets up and runs off]
Hatsumomo
Pumpkin! [Hatsumomo tries unsuccessfully to pull her back]
Sayuri
Can't you adopt us both?
Mother
Quiet Sayuri. Now I'm no fool. Pumpkin would only be Hatsumomo's puppet. How long will it take before you kick us out on the street.
Hatsumomo
I have given you my life.
Mother
Yes your impudence, your foul temper.
Hatsumomo
Who paid for the silk on your back. The rice in your bowl. The tobacco in that pipe of your!? WHO?!
Mother
Don't exaggerate! You have not even had a danna.
Sayuri
This is how it was in this tiny world of women. Friend turned against friend. And now the two greatest geisha in Miyako at war over me. Hatsumomo at my back, Mameha calling, offering me the chance to be one of those elegant women I'd seen on the bridge, floating in the silk kimono, the chairman at my side.
Sayuri
Along with the snow, came a most unexpected visitor.
Hatsumomo
What did Mameha do? Speak to the director, in private?
Sayuri
Not every geisha uses that kind of currency.
Sayuri
Your honorable sister says, "Cut your leg." You cut your leg. She says, "Follow me." You follow. My life had turned into a game, and only she knew the rules.
Sayuri
Your honorable sister says, 'Cut your leg.' You cut your leg. She says, 'Follow me.' You follow. My life had turned into a game, and only she knew the rules.
Sayuri
I humbly beg to differ. What is sumo, but a dance between giants. What is business, but a dance between companies. I'd like to know about every kind of dance.
Hatsumomo
Sometimes, the smartest remark is silence.
Sayuri
What better advise to follow than your own.
Mameha
Sayuri.
Hatsumomo
I was a maiko myself once.
Sayuri
Of course, but it's been such a very long, long, long, long time. [Everyone laughs]
Sayuri
When Mameha granted me my new name, I felt little Chiyo disappear behind a white mask with red lips. I was a maiko now. An apprentice geisha. From that moment, I told myself, when I make tea, when I poured sake, when I danced, when I tied my obi, it will be for the chairman. Until he finds me. Until I am his.
Sayuri
I beg to differ. What is sumo but a dance between giants? What is business but a dance between companies? I wish to know about every kind of dance.
Sayuri
I humbly beg to differ. What is sumo but a dance between giants? What is business but a dance between companies? I would like to know about every kind of dance.
Sayuri
At the temple, there is a poem called "Loss", carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read "Loss"... Only feel it.
Sayuri
At the temple, there is a poem called 'Loss' carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read Loss, only feel it.