Archive for the 'Festival' Category

Yesterday, Ziyi attended “The Magnificent Seven” Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. The actress was gorgeous.


It looks like Ziyi is going to stay a little longer in Toronto this September. The jury for the Platform competition was unveiled today and Ziyi is one of the three jurors.

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced the jury for Platform, the programme that champions directors’ cinema from around the world. For the programme’s second year, its three-person international jury will be composed of legendary directors Brian De Palma and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and acclaimed actor Zhang Ziyi. Together, they will award a prize of $25,000 to the best Platform selection, to be announced at the Festival Awards Ceremony on September 18.

Here’s what the director and CEO of TIFF, Piers Handling, had to say about it:

“We are honoured to have De Palma, Haroun, and Zhang on the Platform Jury for the programme’s second year. Each one of them brings a breadth of expertise and experience in visionary filmmaking, artistic direction, and unprecedented, bold narratives,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “We are thankful to our esteemed jury for making the time to be here this September to celebrate our renewed commitment to artistically ambitious filmmaking with Platform.”

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This year’s Toronto Film Festival will be exceptionnally riveting!


On September 15th Ziyi will attend the onstage conversation “In Conversation With…” at the TIFF.

In Conversation With… offers intimate, in-depth, personal and compelling discussions from cinema’s preeminent talent.

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You can read here the page dedicated to Ziyi on TIFF’s official website.


The complete lineup of the 41th Toronto Film Festival has just been unveiled. Ziyi’s next anticipated film The Wasted Times will have it’s world premiere at the renowned canadian festival. Let’s hope Ziyi will attend and walk the red carpet.

Here is the short sumary offered by the festival’s official site, along with a superb new still.

Superstars Ge You, Zhang Ziyi and Tadanobu Asano headline this hotly anticipated thriller about a Japanese spy hunting down a former friend for the murder of his family in 1920s Shanghai.Superstars Ge You, Zhang Ziyi and Tadanobu Asano headline this hotly anticipated thriller about a Japanese spy hunting down a former friend for the murder of his family in 1920s Shanghai.

Moreover, the film is slated for release in China on December, 23rd.


Yesterday, the cast of “The Crossing” attended the 25th Singapore International Film Festival.

During the press conference Ziyi talked about John Woo, her character and her vision of life.

Who wouldn’t want a chance to work with the legendary John Woo?” she said. “My generation of actors all relish an opportunity to work with a director like him. He’s a very caring director. Plus, when I looked at the script, I was very moved.”

In the movie, Zhang plays Yu Zhen, a woman who goes through much hardship – including being a prostitute – in order to find happiness with her beloved. “She has persistence and perseverance and I think all successful women in the world have that trait,” she said. “So why did I choose to do this role? Because in my life, I’ve never had this same experience. I never had to endure (Yu Zhen’s) pain. It was a very challenging role.

“If I find a movie and role that I like, I’ll insist on doing it,” she added. “Even though it might be very difficult preparing for it and filming it. If I really believe that my choice is correct, then I’ll do it! Because you become stronger after the going through a difficult process.”

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And as for Chinese media reports about her recent revelation about her desire to get married soon, Zhang said: “Marriage, and life in general, all needs to happen naturally. Really, I feel that a lot of things cannot be planned. Especially relationships. How do you plan that? You don’t even know what will happen tomorrow, right?

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You can read two other interesting articles here and here.

In the evening, the cast attended the opening ceremony of the festival and the premiere of the film. Ziyi was absolutely gorgeous ! Watch a video of the red carpet by clicking here.


The 45th International Film Festival of India, opened in Goa on Thursday. Zhang Ziyi and Tony Leung attended the opening ceremony. Wong Kar-wai’s ‘The Grandmaster’ will close the festival. The Hong Kong-based director will also receive the lifetime achievement award on the last day of the extravaganza. Source.


Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, who has worked with celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai in ‘The Grandmaster’, says he has a unique style of working.

Ziyi, 35, said that the star-cast shot the film, which is also the closing movie of the ongoing International Film Festival of India, without any script.

Wong Kar Wai is my master. He gave me the opportunity to star in his last project ‘The Grandmaster’. He has a unique style of filmmaking.

“He shoots his films without scripts and we shot ‘The Grandmaster’ also in that way. We didn’t know the whole story in the beginning but we started understanding it gradually with each day on the set,” Ziyi told PTI.

Wong Kar Wai will receive the lifetime achievement award at IFFI.

The ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ actress has been part of both Chinese and American films. Ziyi also expressed her desire to star in an Indian film especially for its enchanting music.

I have watched many Indian films since my childhood. I really like the beautiful music of Indian films and I hope that we soon will try to incorporate such quality in our films. Indian love stories really touch me,” said the actress who is representing China, which is the focus country of the festival.

During her maiden visit to India, she met actor Anupam Kher and is impressed with his filmography.

“Anupam Kher has done 418 films and now I have started worshipping him. He said he loved my latest work ‘The Grandmaster’,” she said.

Ziyi feels that more Indian films should be sent to China in order to increase knowledge about each other’s cinema.

“In the last 20 years very less Indian films have been sent to China and that’s why this festival is very important to me as I will get to watch Indian films here,” she said.

The ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ actress said the Chinese film industry is in its growing phase.

“Chinese film is growing very fast. People love to go to cinema now. Our box-office scores very quick,” she said.

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