A retrospective of Ziyi’s career was organized in a theater in Beijing to mark her 20 years long career. She showed up and sat with Hou Yong and others to talk about her work and movies such as Crouching Tiger, 2046, The Grandmaster, and more.
Category: Crouching Tiger
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 first episode for the second season of The Birth of an Actor, now called I Am An Actor, was just aired in China tonight. We had the chance to see Chen Kaige, as well as a play retelling a scene of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Enjoy!
Beautiful TV spots were released in China to promote I Am An Actor featuring the 3 judges taking part in their own previous work. The one with Ziyi is really amazing and include scenes from The Road Home, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, 2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Grandmaster and The Wasted Times.
During the promotion of The Grandmaster in New York, Ziyi was asked about her involvement in the sequel of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She answered that she didn’t know yet if she would return for the sequel. A few hours ago, various sources confirmed that she was indeed in talks to reprise her role as Jen Yu.
Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang is in talks to reprise her role as badass warrior apprentice Jen Yu in the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which will begin shooting in March 2014.
A source close to the film says Zhang’s part would be shot as flashbacks to explain what happened to her character. As previously announced by The Weinstein Company, Michelle Yeoh will return as Yu Shu Lien and Donnie Yen will star as Silent Wolf in the sequel, titled Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon — The Green Destiny. Yuen Wo Ping will direct; Ang Lee directed the original, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000. John Fusco is writing the screenplay, based on Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Du Lu, book 5 in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy series on which the original film is based.
With Yuen Woo-ping directing, it is a possibility that Ziyi will join. They know each other very well, since he choreographed The Grandmaster.
A pretty huge update for today.
I’ve updated the gallery with a lot of old pictures from the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon era. I’ve added pictures from Berlin Film Festival when The Road Home was in official Competition, premieres of Crouching Tiger at Cannes, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, etc… We also have some pictures of Ziyi winning her first major actress award at Hundred Flowers Awards. Stay tuned for gallery updates in the next weeks!