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Everything about the talented Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi
Welcome to Zhang Ziyi Infos, your best source for the Chinese actress since 2007. Zhang Ziyi is a famous actress known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grandmaster and so many other great films. Zhang Ziyi currently stars in The Rebel Princess, a 68 episodes Chinese period drama. Read her full biographyhere.
Good news! Ziyi will attend the next Cannes Film Festival. The actress will be a member of the Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award jury.
18 VR works were selected out of hundreds of submissions to enter the final round of the Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award Competition to compete for a chance to win the Best VR Story and the Best Interactive Experience awards. The jury will evaluate the projects based on their storytelling techniques, immersive and interactive designs, and innovations. The winners will be announced on 22 May at the online Cannes XR x VeeR Future Award Ceremony on Alexandria.
During her stay in Cannes, Ziyi attended a special ceremony organized by Caroline Scheufele to make a special announcement, that Ziyi is the new global ambassador of Chopard, the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Malaysia Tatler reported the news today.
Chopard didn’t just accessorise her – in her capacity as co-president of Chopard, Caroline Scheufele announced that Zhang was its new global brand ambassador at the rooftop of Martinez Hotel where the maison had transformed the entire space into its private luxe sanctuary. Zhang, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her cinematic debut in Zhang Yimou’s The Road Home, was chosen as she “personifies all the emotions evoked by Chopard creations”.
Just after travelling back to China, Ziyi was already attending a new event in Beijing. She participated in the Babies’ Day ceremony to promote Feihe.
Ziyi was still in Cannes today to attend the closing ceremony of the festival. After appearing on the red carpet, she presented the prize of best actor, which was awarded to Antonio Banderas for his role in Almodovar’s Pain and Glory.
The special event at the Cannes Film Festival Rendez-vous with Zhang Ziyi was just uploaded on the official website of the festival. You can watch the original version here and the version with English dubbing here. Some gorgeous pictures were added to the gallery.
Ziyi shared a lot yesterday during this masterclass, about her career and herself. She mainly talked about working of films like 2046, The Grandmaster, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but a few others too. Some highlights of the interview were transcribed on the official website of the Cannes Festival.
About her fighting spirit: I was born into a very traditional family. My mother worked in a maternity hospital and my father was an economist for the government. I didn’t grow up in luxury. My parents worked hard to bring us up and we did not have many activities. I don’t remember my parents encouraging me a lot or saying “I love you.” They have always been demanding with me even though I have won many awards in my career. This has taught me to be demanding of myself. Most of the roles I have interpreted have this perseverence as a a common theme.
On the filming of Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster): This film shoot was the most demanding of my whole career up until now. I was in a very anxious and melancholy period of my life. I remember asking for a day off in the middle of the filming, which was complicated because it would cost a lot of money. But Wong Kar-wai agreed. He knew that I was not feeling well and he showed himself to be very understanding. Today he is a very close friend. I could play any role for him.
The third day of Ziyi at Cannes this year started with an amazing news. She attended a short press conference to announce her participation at the 3nd Tokyo Film Festival, starting on October 28 and closing on November 5. She will serve as the chairman of the jury of this prestigious film festival. Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Gong Li were also chairmen in the past, making Ziyi the fourth Chinese to occupy this high position.
Hollywood Reporter reported the news and included some worth mentioning details from the press conference.
TIFF director Takeo Hisamatsu called Ziyi “one of the leading actresses in the world” and said her performance in legendary Japanese director Seijun Suzuki’s final film Princess Raccoon (2005) had “earned her many Japanese fans.”
Zhang recalled her first trip to Tokyo with her first feature, Zhang Yimou’s The Road Home (1999), which went on to win a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. “I was immensely touched by the warmth of the reception and witnessed first-hand the love and passion that Japan has for the art of moviemaking,” she said.
Ziyi was once again the center of attention at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. She appeared full of joy and charm in a dress by Azzaro at the photocall of the extensive interview she will have tomorrow Rendez-vous with Zhang Ziyi. Tons of pictures of the event should be added regularly as the show up. For now, you can enjoy the few great shots we have, as well as a video from the official youtube account of the festival.
Later during the day, she walked on the red carpet of Quentin Taratino’s last film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She was wearing a gorgeous dress by Zuhair Mahid with a PRITCH London black leather belt.
As planned, Ziyi showed up at the special screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon where she made a short speech and presented the movie. Some pictures of this event should be added later with any luck.
Zhang Ziyi, Wu Jing, Shen Teng and Xu Zheng come together to direct four short films as part of a new anthology drama paying tribute to normal Chinese families in four different eras, as well as their collective memories.
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