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Personal information

Lang Lang(Chinese: 郎朗; pinyin: Láng Lǎng) (born June 14, 1982 in Shenyang, Liaoning, China) is a Chinese concert pianist of Hong Kong citizenship.

Lang Lang

Heralded as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, 28 year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and all the top American orchestras.

Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over five billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008 The Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

2Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy® Awards, pairing up with jazz great Herbie Hancock for an astounding performance that was broadcasted live to 45 million viewers worldwide. The two pianists continued their collaboration with an inaugural world tour in summer 2009.

Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education and outreach programs. To that effect, he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of The Recording Academy and UNICEF. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was created to enrich the lives of children through a deeper understanding and enjoyment of classical music, and to inspire and financially support the next generation of musicians. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen scholars from the foundation – aged between 8 and 10 years old – performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show on "Oprah's Search for the World's Most Smartest and Most Talented Kids."

Lang Lang continues to give master classes regularly throughout the world at the invitation of the most prestigious music institutions, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Hanover Conservatory, as well as all the top conservatories in China where he holds honorary professorships. He has held music residencies, which include master classes for exceptional students, in Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Rome and Stockholm. In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project, created by YouTube and Google, reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide.

3In the 2009-10 season, Lang Lang continued his busy touring schedule around the world. He was a featured highlight of the Carnegie Hall festival "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: Celebrating Chinese Culture," where he premiered Chen Qigang's new piano concerto, "Er Huang," and closed the festival with a performance of Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He presented "Lang Lang and Friends," a concert featuring rising talent from the United States and China, performing works by Western and Chinese composers. In addition, the Musikverein in Vienna presented the “Lang Lang Fest,” which included a joint concert between Lang Lang and Cecilia Bartoli. As the youngest instrumentalist to ever receive an invitation, Lang Lang will also be in residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, which has several concerts including the New Year’s Eve concert and a concert with 100 school children in the spring. In the 2010-11 season, Lang Lang will perform at the opening night of Christoph Eschenbach’s inaugural season with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as the opening of Carnegie Hall season. He will also hold residencies in London, Paris, Milan, Madrid and Sydney.

His biography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, published by Random House in eleven languages, was released to critical acclaim. As part of his commitment to the education of children, he released a version of his autobiography specifically for younger readers, entitled Playing with Flying Keys.

Tens of thousands of people have enjoyed Lang Lang’s performances in open-air concerts in parks and venues around the globe, including Central Park in New York City, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Theaterplatz in Dresden and Derby Park in Hamburg. Lang Lang participated in the opening concert at Munich's Olympic Stadium with Mariss Jansons, marking the commencement of the World Cup Games. In celebratory concerts for the closing of 2008 Euro Cup finals, Lang Lang played with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta in front of Schönbrunn Palace.

Continuing his work with world-famous conductors, Lang Lang has performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Waldbühne, Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin at the Philharmonie, and Seiji Ozawa for the New Year’s Eve gala opening of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

4In December 2007, Lang Lang was guest soloist at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm, an event attended by Nobel Laureates and members of the Royal Family. He returned as soloist for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony and concert for President Barack Obama.

Lang Lang has become the face of numerous global campaigns. Steinway has recognized Lang Lang's popularity with children by creating five versions of the “Lang Lang™ Steinway” designed for early music education. This is the first time in its 150-year history that Steinway has ever used an artist’s name to produce pianos. Lang Lang is also a global brand ambassador for Sony Electronics, with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. Lang Lang recently signed on to represent Aegon's worldwide financial services, and he is proud to continue his relationship with Audi Automobiles as their Global Brand Ambassador. Lang Lang’s performance attire is generously provided by Versace.

Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of 3, and by the age of 5, he had won the Shenyang Competition and had given his first public recital. Entering Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin Études at the Beijing Concert Hall at age 13. Lang Lang’s break into stardom came at age 17, when he was called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the “Gala of the Century,” playing a Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Following this gigantic debut, he performed successful concerts around the world. The Times in London remarked: “Lang Lang took a sold-out Albert Hall by storm… This could well be history in the making.”

Lang Lang has made numerous TV appearances, including The Today Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show and 60 Minutes among many others. He has been featured on every major TV network and in news and lifestyle magazines worldwide, including such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Vogue, The Times, Financial Times, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Die Welt, Reader’s Digest and People. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “biggest, most exciting keyboard talent encountered in many years,” Lang Lang has progressed from one triumphant appearance to the next.

5Lang Lang has performed for numerous international dignitaries including the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Barack H. Obama, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Hu Jin-Tao of China, President Horst Koehler of Germany, H.R.H. Prince Charles, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Poland President Lech Kaczynski.

In 2004, Lang Lang was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Lang Lang has contributed and worked to raise funds and awareness for earthquake relief efforts in China and Haiti. These efforts included auctioning the red Steinway piano played during his 2008 New York Central Park concert, donating the net proceeds to the American Red Cross China Earthquake fund, and organizing a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, donating the net proceeds to UNICEF’s Earthquake Relief Fund in Haiti. As Chairman of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award Project, Lang Lang celebrates another aspect of arts commitment. He also currently serves on the Weill Music Institute Advisory Committee as part of Carnegie Hall’s educational program and is the youngest member of Carnegie Hall’s Artistic Advisory Board. He has been added as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders picked by the World Economic Forum and received the 2010 Crystal Award in Davos.

6Lang Lang is the featured soloist on the Golden Globe® winning score "The Painted Veil” composed by Alexandre Desplat and can be heard on the soundtrack of “The Banquet” composed by Tan Dun. All of his albums have entered the top classical charts as well as many pop charts around the globe. His album of the First and Fourth Beethoven Piano concertos with L’Orchestre de Paris and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach debuted at #1 on the Classical Billboard Chart. Lang Lang also appeared on Billboard’s New Artist chart at the highest position ever for a classical artist. In 2007, he was nominated for a Grammy® Award, becoming the first Chinese artist to be nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist. He was honored by The Recording Academy with the 2007 Presidential Merit Award; past recipients have included Zubin Mehta and Luciano Pavarotti. Lang Lang recently recorded the movie soundtrack of the Japanese blockbuster film “Nodame Cantabile,” Chopin 24 Etudes for “Project Chopin” (the largest project in honor of Chopin’s bicentenary) and “Nuit De Mai” with Placido Domingo. Lang Lang’s latest recording is of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky piano trios with violinist Vadim Repin and cellist Mischa Maisky. In February 2010, Lang Lang joined Sony Music Entertainment as an exclusive recording artist; his first album with Sony features a live recording of his 2010 recital at Vienna’s legendary Musikverein.

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan onboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in 2002.

Chinese name: 成龍 (Traditional)

Chinese name: 成龙 (Simplified)

Pinyin: Chéng Lóng (Mandarin)

Jyutping: Sing4 Lung4 (Cantonese)

Birth name:
Chan Kong-sang
陳港生 (Traditional)
陈港生 (Simplified)
Chén Gǎngshēng (Mandarin)
Can4 Gong2 Sang1 (Cantonese)

Ancestry: Linzi, Shandong, China

Origin: Hong Kong

Born:
7 April 1954 (age 56)
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Other name(s): 
房仕龍 (Fong Si-lung)
元樓 (Yuen Lou)
大哥 (Big Brother)

Occupation:
Actor, martial artist, director, producer, screenwriter, action choreographer, singer

Genre(s):
Cantopop
Mandopop
Hong Kong English pop
J-pop

Years active: 1962–present

Spouse(s): Lin Feng-jiao (1982–present)

Children: Jaycee Chan (born 1982)

Parents: Charles and Lee-Lee Chan

Influences:
Bruce Lee
Buster Keaton
Harold Lloyd

2Jackie Chan, SBS, MBE (born Chan Kong-sang, 陳港生; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, action choreographer, filmmaker, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer.

In his movies, he is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts. Jackie Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 100 films. Chan has received stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

As a cultural icon, Chan has been referenced in various pop songs, cartoons, and video games. Chan is also a Cantopop and Mandopop star, having released a number of albums and sung many of the theme songs for the films in which he has starred.

Stunts

Jackie Chan performs most of his own stunts, which are choreographed by the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. He has stated in interviews that the primary inspiration for his more comedic stunts were films such as The General directed by and starring Buster Keaton, who was also known to perform his own stunts. Since its establishment in 1983, Chan has used the team in all his subsequent films to make choreographing easier, given his understanding of each member's abilities. Chan and his team undertake many of the stunts performed by other characters in his films, shooting the scenes so that their faces are obscured.

3The dangerous nature of his stunts makes it difficult for Chan to get insurance, especially in the United States, where his stunt work is contractually limited. Chan holds the Guinness World Record for "Most Stunts By A Living Actor", which emphasizes "no insurance company will underwrite Chan's productions, in which he performs all his own stunts". In addition, he holds an unrecognised record for the most number of takes for a single shot in a film, having shot over 2900 retakes for a complex scene involving a badminton game in Dragon Lord.

Chan has been injured numerous times attempting stunts; many of them have been shown as outtakes or as bloopers during the closing credits of his films. He came closest to death filming Armour of God, when he fell from a tree and fractured his skull. Over the years, Chan has dislocated his pelvis and broken his fingers, toes, nose, both cheekbones, hips, sternum, neck, ankle and ribs on numerous occasions. Promotional materials for Rumble in the Bronx emphasized that Chan performed all of the stunts, and one version of the movie poster even diagrammed his many injuries.

Filmography and screen persona

Jackie Chan created his screen persona as a response to Bruce Lee, and the numerous imitators who appeared before and after Lee's death. In contrast to Lee's characters, who were typically stern, morally upright heroes, Chan plays well-meaning, slightly foolish regular guys (often at the mercy of their friends, girlfriends or families) who always triumph in the end despite the odds.

4Additionally, Chan has stated that he deliberately styles his movement to be the opposite of Lee's: where Lee held his arms wide, Chan holds his tight to the body; where Lee was loose and flowing, Chan is tight and choppy. Despite the success of the Rush Hour series, Chan has stated that he is not a fan of it since he neither appreciates the action scenes in the movie, nor understands American humour. In the same interview Chan said that while he is not enamored with the films he makes in the U.S., and has repeatedly shown a lack of enthusiasm for some of his biggest Hollywood projects fearing that Chinese viewers may not understand them, he uses the high salaries from these pictures to fund Chinese projects that he is more interested in.

In recent years, the aging Chan grew tired of being typecast as an action hero, prompting him to act with more emotion in his latest films. In New Police Story, he portrayed a character suffering from alcoholism and mourning his murdered colleagues. To further shed the image of Mr. Nice Guy, Chan played an anti-hero for the first time in Rob-B-Hood starring as Thongs, a burglar with gambling problems.

Television work

In 2000, Chan hosted a fictionalised version of himself in the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures, which ran until 2005.

5In July 2008, the BTV reality television series entitled The Disciple (simplified Chinese: 龙的传人; traditional Chinese: 龍的傳人, lit. "Disciple of the Dragon") concluded. The series was produced by, and featured Jackie Chan. The aim of the program was to find a new star, skilled in acting and martial arts, to become Chan's "successor" and student in filmmaking. Contestants were trained by Jackie Chan Stunt Team members Alan Wu and He Jun and competed in various fields, including explosion scenes, high-altitude wire-suspension, gunplay, car stunts, diving, obstacles courses etc. The regular judges on the program were He Ping, Wu Yue and Cheng Pei Pei. Guest judges include Stanley Tong, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. The "Finals" began on 5 April 2008, with 16 contestants remaining, and concluded on 26 June 2008. Amongst those in attendance were Tsui Hark, John Woo, Ng See Yuen and Yu Rongguang.

The winner of the series was Jack Tu (Tu Sheng Cheng). Along with runners up Yang Zheng and Jerry Liau, Tu is now set to star in three modern Chinese action films, one of which was scripted by Chan, and all three will be co-produced by Chan and his company JCE Movies Limited. The films will be entitled Speedpost 206, Won't Tell You and Tropical Tornado and will be directed by Xie Dong, Jiang Tao and Cai Rong Hui. All 16 finalists will be given the opportunity to work on the films, or to join the Jackie Chan Stunt Team. Production on the first film is due to begin in September 2008. In addition, the finalists will be given roles in a forthcoming BTV action series.

Music career

6Jackie Chan had vocal lessons whilst at the Peking Opera School in his childhood. He began producing records professionally in the 1980s and has gone on to become a successful singer in Hong Kong and Asia. He has released 20 albums since 1984 and has performed vocals in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese and English. He often sings the theme songs of his films, which play over the closing credits. Chan's first musical recording was "Kung Fu Fighting Man", the theme song played over the closing credits of The Young Master (1980). At least 10 of these recordings have been released on soundtrack albums for the films. His cantonese song Story of a Hero (英雄故事) (theme song of Police Story) was selected by the Royal Hong Kong Police and incorporated into their recruitment advertisement in 1994.

Chan voiced the character of Shang in the Chinese release of the Walt Disney animated feature, Mulan (1998). He also performed the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You", for the film's soundtrack. For the US release, the speaking voice was performed by B.D. Wong and the singing voice was done by Donny Osmond.

In 2007, Chan recorded and released the song "We Are Ready", the official one-year countdown song to the 2008 Summer Olympics. He performed the song at a ceremony marking the one-year countdown to the 2008 Summer Paralympics.

The day before the Beijing Olympics opened, Chan released one of the two official Olympics albums, Official Album for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - Jackie Chan's Version, which featured a number of special guest appearances. Chan, along with Andy Lau, Liu Huan and Wakin (Emil) Chau, performed "Hard to Say Goodbye", the farewell song for the 2008 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.

Image and celebrity status

7Jackie Chan has received worldwide recognition for his acting, having won several awards including an Innovator Award from the American Choreography Awards and a lifetime achievement award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards. He has stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars. Despite considerable box office success in The Northsouth Territories, Chan's American films have been criticised with regard to the action choreography. Reviewers of Rush Hour 2, The Tuxedo, and Shanghai Knights criticised the toning down of Chan's fighting scenes, citing less intensity compared to his earlier films. The comedic value of his films is questioned; some critics stated it can be childish at times.

Chan is a cultural icon, having been referenced in Ash's song "Kung Fu", Heavy Vegetable's "Jackie Chan Is a Punk Rocker", Leehom Wang's "Long Live Chinese People", as well as in "Jackie Chan" by Frank Chickens, and television shows Celebrity Deathmatch and Family Guy. He has been the inspiration for manga such as Dragon Ball (including a character with the alias "Jackie Chun"), the character Lei Wulong in Tekken and the fighting-type Pokémon Hitmonchan. In addition, Jackie Chan has a sponsorship deal with Mitsubishi Motors. As a result, Mitsubishi cars can be found in a number of Jackie Chan films. Furthermore, Mitsubishi honoured Chan by launching Evolution, a limited series of cars which he personally customised.

8A number of video games have featured Jackie Chan. Before Stuntmaster, Chan already had a game of his own, Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu, released in 1990 for the PC-Engine and NES. In 1995, Chan was featured in the arcade fighting game Jackie Chan The Kung-Fu Master. In addition, a series of Japanese Jackie Chan games were released on the MSX by Pony, based on several of his films (Project A, Project A 2, Police Story, The Protector and Wheels On Meals).

Chan has always wanted to be a role model to children, remaining popular with them due to his good-natured acting style. He has refused to play villains and has almost never used the word "fuck" in his films (He's only said that word in two films, The Protector and Burn, Hollywood, Burn), but in Rush Hour, in an attempt to be "cool" and imitate his partner Carter, who said "What's up, my nigga?" to a club of black men, he said the same thing when Carter was in another room and they all attacked him, so he had to pull out his fighting skills to beat them down and escape. Chan's greatest regret in life is not having received proper education, inspiring him to fund educational institutions around the world. He funded the construction of the Jackie Chan Science Centre at the Australian National University and the establishment of schools in poor regions of China.

9Chan is a spokesperson for the Government of Hong Kong, appearing in public service announcements. In a Clean Hong Kong commercial, he urged the people of Hong Kong to be more considerate with regards to littering, a problem that has been widespread for decades. Furthermore, in an advertisement promoting nationalism, he gave a short explanation of the March of the Volunteers, the national anthem of the People's Republic of China. When Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005, Chan participated in the opening ceremony. In the United States, Chan appeared alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in a government advert to combat copyright infringement and made another public service announcement with Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to encourage people, especially Asians, to join the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Construction has begun on a Jackie Chan museum in Shanghai. Work began in July 2008 and although was scheduled to be completed on October 2009, as of January 2010 it is still under construction.

The Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation

Founded in 1988, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation offers scholarships and active help to Hong Kong's young people through a variety of worthy causes. Over the years, the foundation has broadened its scope to include provision of medical services, aid to victims of natural disaster or illness, and projects where the major beneficiaries are Hong Kong people or organizations. Major donation projects of The Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation:

• The Jackie Chan Gymnasium at Lingnan University
• The Jackie Chan Challenge Cup Intercollegiate Invitation Tournament
• The Jackie Chan Family Unit, Hong Kong Girl Guides Association Jockey Club Beas River Lodge
• The Jackie Chan Whole Person Development Center
• Renovation of the Bethanie Site, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
• Medical Funding in Mainland China (Operation Smile)
• Medical Donation in Hong Kong (Queen Mary Hospital, SARS Relief)
• Support for the Performing Arts
• Youth Development Programs

The Dragon's Heart Foundation

The Dragon's Heart Foundation was founded in 2005 to fulfill the desperate needs of children and the elderly in remote areas of China. Since 2005, the Dragon's Heart Foundation has built over a dozen schools, provided books, fees, and uniforms, and has raised millions of dollars to give much-needed educational opportunities for the poor. In addition, the Dragon's Heart Foundation provides for the elderly with donations of warm clothing, wheelchairs, and other items. Jackie often travels to the remote locations to attend groundbreakings or school openings, and to lend support and encouragement.

Awards and nominations

Hong Kong Film Awards

• Best Action Choreography Nomination for Dragon Lord 
• Best Actor Nomination for Project A
• Best Actor Nomination for Heart of Dragon
• Best Actor Nomination for Police Story
• Best Director Nomination for Police Story
• Best Film for Rouge
• Best Actor Nomination for Mr Canton and Lady Rose
• Best Actor Nomination for Police Story 3: Super Cop
• Best Actor Nomination for Crime Story
• Best Action Choreography Nomination for Crime Story
• Best Actor Nomination for Rumble in the Bronx
• Best Action Choreography for Rumble in the Bronx
• Best Actor Nomination for Police Story 4: First Strike
• Best Actor Nomination for Who Am I?
• Best Action Choreography for Who Am I?
• Best Action Choreography Nomination for Gorgeous
• Best Actor Nomination for New Police Story
• Professional Spirit Award
• Best Film Nomination for The Myth
• Best Action Choreography Nomination for The Myth
• Best Original Film Song Nomination for The Myth
• Best Action Choreography Nomination for Rob-B-Hood
• Best Film Nomination for Shinjuku Incident

(10 Best Actor Nominations, 7 Best Action Choreography Nominations, 3 Film Nominations, 1 Best Director Nomination, 1 Best Original Film Song Nomination)

Yaoming

Ming Yao

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Personal information

Date of birth: September 12, 1980
Place of birth: Shanghai, China
Nationality: Chinese
Listed height: 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Listed weight: 310 lb (141 kg)

Career information

NBA Draft 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Pro career 1997–present

Career history 

Shanghai Sharks (1997–2002)
Houston Rockets (2002–present)

Career highlights and awards

7×NBA All-Star (2003–2009)
2×All-NBA Second Team (2007, 2009)
3×All-NBA Third Team (2004, 2006, 2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)
3×IBA Asian Championship MVP (2001, 2003, 2005)

Public life

Yao is one of China's most recognizable athletes, along with Liu Xiang. He has led Forbes' Chinese celebrities list in income and popularity for six straight years, earning 51 million U.S. dollars (357 million yuan) in 2008. A major part of his income comes from his sponsorship deals, as he is under contract with several major companies to endorse their products. He was signed by Nike until the end of his rookie season; when they decided not to renew his contract, he signed with Reebok. He also had a deal with Pepsi, and he successfully sued Coca-Cola in 2003 when they used his image on their bottles while promoting the national team. However, he has since signed with Coca-Cola for the 2008 Olympics. His other deals include partnerships with Visa, Apple, Garmin, and McDonald's.

Yao has also participated in many charity events during his career, including the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. In the NBA's offseason in 2003, Yao hosted a telethon, which raised 300,000 U.S. dollars to help stop the spread of SARS. In September 2007, he held an auction that raised 965,000 U.S. dollars (6.75 million yuan), and competed in a charity basketball match to raise money for underprivileged children in China. He was joined by fellow NBA stars Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, and Baron Davis, and movie star Jackie Chan. After the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Yao donated $2 million to relief work, and created a foundation to help rebuild schools destroyed in the earthquake.

On July 16, 2009, Yao bought his former club team the Shanghai Sharks, which was on the verge of not being able to play the next season of the Chinese Basketball Association due to financial troubles.

2This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yao (姚). Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; pinyin: Yáo Míng; born September 12, 1980) is a professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the tallest player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in).

Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. He entered the 2002 NBA Draft, and after negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick of the draft. He has since been selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game in each of his first seven seasons, and has been named to the All-NBA Team five times. However, the Rockets have advanced past the first round of the playoffs only once since he joined the team, and he has missed significant time due to injury in each of the past five seasons.

3Yao is married to Ye Li, a former player for the China women's national basketball team. He is one of China's best-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies, and he has been the richest celebrity in China for six straight years. His rookie year in the NBA was the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, and he co-wrote, along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher, an autobiography titled Yao: A Life in Two Worlds.

International career

42000 and 2004 Olympics

Yao first played for China in the Summer Olympics at the 2000 Olympics Basketball Tournament, and he was dubbed, together with 7-foot teammates Wang Zhizhi and Mengke Bateer, "The Walking Great Wall".During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Yao carried the Chinese flag during the opening ceremony, which he said was a “long dream come true”.He then vowed to abstain from shaving his beard for half a year unless the Chinese national basketball team made it into the quarter-finals of the 2004 Olympics Basketball Tournament. After Yao scored 39 points in a win against New Zealand, China lost 58–83, 57–82, and 52–89 against Spain, Argentina and Italy respectively. In the final group game, however, a 67–66 win over the reigning 2002 FIBA World Champions Serbia and Montenegro moved them into the quarterfinals. Yao scored 27 points and had 13 rebounds, and he hit two free throws with 28 seconds left that proved to be the winning margin.He was selected to the All-Olympics team with his performance, averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 55.9% from the field.

Asian Championships

Yao led the Chinese national team to 3 consecutive FIBA Asian Championship gold medals, winning the 2001 FIBA Asian Championship, the 2003 FIBA Asian Championship, and the 2005 FIBA Asian Championship. He was also named the MVP of all three tournaments.

2006 World Championships

5Yao's injury at the end of the 2005–06 NBA season required a full six months of rest, threatening his participation in the2006 FIBA World Championship. However, he recovered before the start of the tournament, and in the last game of the preliminary round, he had 36 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Slovenia to lead China into the Round of 16. In the first knockout round, however, China was defeated by eventual finalist Greece. Yao's final averages were 25.3 points, the most in the tournament, and 9.0 rebounds a game, which was fourth overall.

2008 Olympics

After having surgery to repair his fractured foot, Yao said that if he could not play in the Olympics, "It would be the biggest loss in my career to right now". However, he returned to play with the Chinese national team on July 17, 2008. On August 6, Yao carried the Olympic Flame into Tiananmen Square, as part of the Olympic torch relay. He also carried the Chinese flag and led his country's delegation during the opening ceremony. After China opened with a 101-70 loss to the United States, and an overtime defeat to Spain, Yao scored 30 points in a win over Angola, and 25 points in a three-point win against Germany, which clinched China's place in the quarterfinals. However, China lost to Lithuania in the quarterfinals by 26 points, eliminating them from the tournament. Yao's 19 points a game were the second-highest in the Olympics, and his averages of 8.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game were third overall.

Career statistics
Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
CBA statistics
Year Team GP RPG APG FG% FT% PPG
1997–98 Shanghai 21 8.3 1.3 0.615 0.485 10
1998–99 Shanghai 12 12.9 1.7 0.585 0.699 20.9
1999–00 Shanghai 33 14.5 1.7 0.585 0.683 21.2
2000–01 Shanghai 22 19.4 2.2 0.679 0.799 27.1
2001–02 Shanghai 24 19 1.9 0.721 0.759 32.4
Career 122 15.4 1.8 0.651 0.723 23.4
NBA statistics Regular Season
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Houston 82 72 29 0.498 0.5 0.811 8.2 1.7 0.4 1.8 13.5
2003–04 Houston 82 82 32.8 0.522 0 0.809 9 1.5 0.3 1.9 17.5
2004–05 Houston 80 80 30.6 0.552 0 0.783 8.4 0.8 0.4 2 18.3
2005–06 Houston 57 57 34.2 0.519 0 0.853 10.2 1.5 0.5 1.6 22.3
2006–07 Houston 48 48 33.8 0.516 0 0.862 9.4 2 0.3 2 25
2007–08 Houston 55 55 37.2 0.507 0 0.85 10.8 2.3 0.4 2 22
2008–09 Houston 77 77 33.6 0.548 1 0.866 9.9 1.8 0.4 2 19.7
Career 481 471 32.7 0.525 0.2 0.832 9.3 1.6 0.4 1.9 19.1
All-Star 5 5 18.2 0.529 0 0.667 4.2 1.6 0.2 0.2 8
Playoffs
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Houston 5 5 37 0.456 0 0.765 7.4 1.8 0.4 1.4 15
2004–05 Houston 7 7 31.4 0.655 0 0.727 7.7 0.7 0.3 2.7 21.4
2006–07 Houston 7 7 37.1 0.44 0 0.88 10.3 0.9 0.1 0.7 25.1
2008–09 Houston 9 9 35.9 0.545 0 0.902 10.9 1 0.4 1.1 17.1
Career 28 28 35.3 0.519 0 0.833 9.3 1 0.3 1.5 19.8

Jet li

Jet Li

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Personal information

Birth: April 26, 1963 in Hebei, China.

Family: 2 Older Brothers, 2 Older Sisters, Father passed away in 1965 and mother passed away in 2002.

Spouse: Nina Chi Li

Children: 2 daughters from a previous marriage, 2 daughters from current marriage

Name: Li Lian Jie (Mandarin), Li Lin Kit (Cantonese)

Height: 170 cm / 5'7"

Weight: 66 kg / 145.5 lbs.

Li Lian Jie

2Li Lian Jie (born April 26, 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese martial artist, actor, film producer, wushu champion, and international film star who was born in Beijing, China, and who has currently taken up Singapore citizenship.

After three years of intensive training with Wu Bin, Li won his first national championship for the Beijing Wushu Team. After retiring from wushu at age 17, he went on to win great acclaim in China as an actor making his debut with the film Shaolin Temple (1982). He went on to star in many critically acclaimed martial arts epic films, most notably the Once Upon A Time In China series, in which he portrayed folk hero Wong Fei-hung.

3Li's first role in a Hollywood film was as a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998), but his first Hollywood film leading role was in Romeo Must Die (2000). He has gone on to star in many Hollywood action films, most recently starring beside Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), and as the titular villain in The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (2008) opposite Brendan Fraser. He is set to star in the upcoming film The Expendables.

Chinese films

4The fame gained by his sports winnings led to a career as a martial arts film star, beginning in mainland China and then continuing into Hong Kong. Li acquired his screen name in 1982 in the Philippines when a publicity company thought his real name was too hard to pronounce. They likened his career to an aircraft, which likewise "takes-off" as quickly, so they placed the name Jet Li on the movie posters. Soon everybody was calling him by this new name, which was also based on the nickname, "Jet," given to him as a young student, due to his speed and grace when training with the Beijing Wushu team. He made his debut with the 1982 film Shaolin Temple. Some of his more famous Chinese films include:

• The Shaolin Temple series (1, 2 and 3), which are considered to be the films which sparked the rebirth of the real Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, China;
• The Once Upon a Time in China series (Chinese title: Wong Fei Hung), about the legendary Chinese folk hero Master Wong Fei Hung.
• Fist of Legend (Chinese title: Jing Wu Ying Xiong), a remake of Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury.
• The Fong Sai Yuk films about another Chinese folk hero.

Li starred in the 1995 film High Risk, where Jet Li plays a Captain who becomes disillusioned after his wife is murdered by crime lords. Along the way, he pairs up with a wacky sell-out actor, Frankie (played by Jacky Cheung), and proceeds to engage in a series of violent battles in a high-rise building. The setting is similar to that of Die Hard and both their Chinese film titles. This movie is notable in that director Wong Jing had such a terrible experience working with Jackie Chan in Jing's previous film City Hunter that he chose to make Cheung's character a biting satire of Chan. Jet Li would later publicly apologize to Chan for taking part in it.

American films

5In 1998, he made his American film debut in Lethal Weapon 4 which also marked the first time he had ever played a villain in a film. He agreed to do Lethal Weapon 4 after the producer Joel Silver promised to give him the leading role in his next film, Romeo Must Die (2000) which was a box office hit.

Li turned down Chow Yun-fat's role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) because he promised his wife that he would not make any films during her pregnancy. He also turned down the role of Seraph in The Matrix trilogy, based on his belief that the role was not one which required his skills and that the films were iconic and stunning enough without adding his name to the cast list.

In 2001, he appeared in two more Hollywood films: The One and Kiss of the Dragon opposite Bridget Fonda which did moderately well at the box office. In July 2001, Li agreed to produce and star in an action film with Jackie Chan which was to be released in 2002 or 2003, but no further news of their collaboration surfaced until 2006. In 2002, the period martial arts epic film Hero was released in the Chinese market. This film was both a commercial and critical success and became the highest-grossing motion picture in Chinese film history at the time. In 2003 he reunited with producer Joel Silver for the action thriller film Cradle 2 The Grave where he starred alongside rapper DMX and fellow martial artist Mark Dacascos. In 2004, Li lent his likeness, voice and provided motion capture work for the video game Jet Li: Rise to Honor.

Li departed from his usual martial arts action films with the 2005 dramatic film, Unleashed (a.k.a. Danny the Dog), where he portrays an adult with the mentality of a child who has been raised like an animal. Although his martial arts skills were utilized extensively, it was a somber film with more depth than had been previously seen in Li's films, and co-starred dramatic actors Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman.

In 2006, the martial arts film epic Fearless, was released worldwide. Although he will continue to make martial arts films, Fearless is his last wushu epic. In Fearless, he played Huo Yuanjia, the real-life founder of Chin Woo Athletic Association, who reportedly defeated foreign boxers and Japanese martial artists in publicized events at a time when China's power was seen as eroding. Together with the film Fist of Legend, Li has portrayed both Chen Jun, the student and avenger of Huo Yuanjia (aka Fok Yun Gap), as well as Huo Yuanjia himself. Fearless was released on January 26, 2006 in Hong Kong, followed by a September 22, 2006 release in the United States where it reached second place in its first weekend.

“I stepped into the martial arts movie market when I was only 16. I think I have proved my ability in this field and it won't make sense for me to continue for another five or 10 years. Huo Yuanjia is a conclusion to my life as a martial arts star.”

Li has stated in an interview with the Shenzhen Daily newspaper that this will be his last martial arts epic, which is also stated in the film's television promotions. However, he plans to continue his film career in other genres. Specifically, he plans to continue acting in action and martial arts films; epic films deal more with religious and philosophical issues.

6Li's 2007 Hollywood film, War, was released in August of that year, and re-teamed him with actor Jason Statham, who previously starred with him in The One, and action choreographer Corey Yuen. War raked in a disappointing $23 million at the box office, becoming one of Li's lowest grossers in America; however, it was a hit on video, accumulating nearly $52 million in rental revenue, more than doubling its box office take. With the exception of Romeo Must Die and the worldwide release of Hero, most of Li's American films have been only modest hits like Kiss Of The Dragon, The One, Unleashed, Cradle 2 the Grave, and the worldwide release of Fearless.

In late 2007, Li returned again to China to participate in the China/Hong Kong co-production of the period war film The Warlords with Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro. This film with its focus on dramatics rather than martial arts netted Li the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor.

Li and fellow martial arts veteran Jackie Chan appeared together onscreen for the first time in The Forbidden Kingdom, which began filming in May 2007 and was released to critical and commercial success on April 18, 2008. The film was based on the legend of the Monkey King from the Chinese folk novel Journey to the West. Li also starred as the lead villain in the fantasy action film The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with actors Brendan Fraser, Isabella Leong and Michelle Yeoh.

After an one-year hiatus from filmmaking, Jet Li returned to acting in 2009, portraying a mercenary in the film The Expendables, teaming up with action stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture.

Awards

Hong Kong Film Awards: Best Actor - 2008 The Warlords

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards: Best Actor - 2006 Fearless

Golden Horse Awards: Special Award - 1995

Other Awards: Shanghai Film Critics Awards - 2008 Best Actor (The Warlords)

zhangziyi

Ziyi Zhang

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Personal information

Chinese name: 章子怡 (Simplified)

Pinyin: Zhāng Zǐyí (Mandarin)

Origin: People's Republic of China

Born: February 9, 1979 (age 31) Beijing, China

Occupation: Actress

Years active: 1996–present

Zhang Ziyi

2Zhang Ziyi (Chinese: 章子怡; pinyin: Zhāng Zǐyí; Wade-Giles: Chang Tzu-i; born February 9, 1979) is a Chinese film actress. Zhang is coined by the media as one of the Four Young Dan actresses (四小花旦) in the Film Industry in China, along with Zhao Wei, Xu Jinglei, and Zhou Xun.[2] With a string of Chinese and international hits to her name, she has worked with renowned directors such as Zhang Yimou, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark, Lou Ye, Seijun Suzuki, Feng Xiaogang and Rob Marshall.

She achieved wider fame after starring in major roles for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

In May 2006, Zhang became the youngest member to sit on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival.

Ambassadorship and representation

Zhang is the face of Maybelline, Garnier and Shangri-la Hotel and Resort Group. She is also a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics and a spokesperson for "Save the Children," a foster-home program in China.
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She Makes Magic (From TIME ASIA DECEMBER 11, 2000 VOL. 156 NO. 23)

With her mesmerizing performances, Zhang Ziyi is casting a spell on audiences beyond her native China
By STEPHEN SHORT Xingcheng

4Zhang Ziyi's playfulness is evident on the set of her new film Warrior, which is a relief, or possibly an inevitability, considering the conditions. Shooting is being done in Xingcheng, a town in China's remote Liaoning province, the crew is largely Korean, and the temperature is 16 degrees below. We talk in her trailer for a few minutes, get summoned to the set for a scene in which she must act in a flimsy, wind-attracting princess costume, and then suddenly Zhang stops, giggles, hops up and down and says she needs to take a pee, and dashes off to ablute. On her return, Zhang says we look cold and turns up the collar of our coat, claiming it's both warmer and cooler that way. We respond: "I'm Humphrey Bogart, here's looking at you kid." She immediately takes the smoke from our gun. "No, you're more like an elephant," she laughs. That rather stings.

Meanwhile, a cluster of young male villagers who may have walked four hours to reach the set, but it could have equally been four centuries, are gawking at the filmmaking process. "What do you think of Zhang Ziyi, you come all this way, you must be crazy about her," we ask. "She's O.K.," they underwhelm back. "So if she's not your favorite Chinese actress, who is?" They scratch their heads, think a lifetime or two and realization hits. "Er...there is nobody else."

We wholeheartedly agree. Zhang, 21, stands in a place few Chinese actresses of her age have occupied before. As China has gradually opened, so have her possibilities. She's being courted by cosmetics companies, film directors both in Asia and the U.S., and far from being the next Gong Li, she'll ultimately walk in the shadow of no one. All that after only two films: The Road Home released in China in 1999, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon released earlier this year and only just this week in the U.S. There's also Tsui Hark's remake of Zu: Warrriors of the Magic Mountain to be released next year.

5Impulsive, naughty, poised yet childlike, Zhang is the daughter of an economist father and a kindergarten teacher mother, and is a native Beijinger. Zhang feels she worked hard from an early age. She left home at 11 and remembers climbing out of bed at 5 a.m. to study gymnastics and never sleeping until 11 p.m. Competition was an early feature of her life. "The girls at my school were competing for status, for leadership, for the affection of teachers. And I hated it. It was a dark time." So dark that she ran away from school at 13, causing her parents to call the police to track her down. "I wanted to escape so badly, so I hid in a little thicket of grass. I could hear all the teachers calling my name, but it was only when I heard my Mom's voice that I came out. It was a fleeting kind of escape."

From there she went to dance school, where she won an award at the National Young Dancer competition, but quit when she was 15. "My decision to leave dancing was motivated by similar feelings. It was a kind of escape. Also because I didn't truly love dance." And then along came the man with the Midas touch, Chinese film director Zhang Yimou, with a new medium that fit her like a glove. "I've found a domain that gives me a tremendous amount of space, it suits me perfectly," she exults. "And that is so utterly rare."

It wasn't as though Zhang Yimou trampled himself in a rush to cast her for The Road Home, which finally opens in Asian markets outside the mainland this week. He'd first seen her the year before for five minutes while casting a shampoo commercial, which never got made, and remembered her. "I was struck by what a pure, fresh, delicate face she had," he says. "But we were also looking at other people for the same part. Zhang auditioned four times before we made a final decision." It's not uncommon for Zhang Yimou castings to become a production of their own. For his current movie Happy Times, he looked at 40,000 young hopefuls before casting one he'd seen in the first two weeks. "At first," he smiles, "all Ziyi knew was how to play. She played all the time. But then as soon as we started shooting, she felt tremendous pressure to perform. I didn't want her under too much pressure lest it cause her to mature or lose that simplicity and purity. I took the script away from her every day and sent her off to play."

6Zhang gives a breathless performance in The Road Home. There are some films that reach only your eyes, others that reach down to your throat, those that reach the heart—and a rare few that can reach all the way to the belly. Such is this. Her growth from "the most beautiful girl in the village" into womanhood, and the unflinching love she develops for the village teacher, are exquisitely captured and paced by Yimou the director, and the camera can't take its eye off the 19-year-old Zhang. Her love expresses itself in motion as she tirelessly runs over the hills to catch sight of the teacher and we run with her, stumble with her, cry with her. Could she give herself to a man in the way her character does in the movie? "Because our society is developing, it's impossible for human relations to be as pure as those in the 1950s [when the film is set]," she begins, disappointingly. But then she goes on. "When I love someone they'll have total possession of my mind, my heart, my actions—those will all be for him. Women's love is such that, when I love you, I'll throw every ounce of myself into that love. Men are different." She then checks herself. "Right now isn't the time for me to be falling in love anyway. Right now is the time for me to be working hard." (To be with Zhang is to ride a roller coaster.)

Rumors have circulated since the filming that she and Zhang Yimou were conjugating together, but they both refer to each other as "good friends." It's the Zhang Yimou factor that remains both her agony and ecstasy: hard as she tries to exuviate his influence, her contemporaries insist she's defined by it. Ask rebellious 30-year-old Chinese director Jin Chen what he makes of Zhang and he holds up a slim flower vase on a hotel table. "That's what I think of her," he dismisses. "I'm not sure how much substance she has, I think it's more superficial and I think she's been lucky to know Zhang Yimou." Actress Zhang is vigorous in response. "I don't want people to be able to say these things about me. But what can I use to silence them? Only my own actions, my achievements. The first and second time I was chosen for a film, that was luck. And I was successful in the context of my luck. But the third, fourth and fifth time, I don't think that's about luck. It's because people see you achieve, they know your work and then they'll seek you out. I have the courage now to stand up and say that my own abilities have given me luck." Her mobile phone rings and she answers "Moshi, moshi" and indulges in Japanese chat for a minute or two. "Just a friend in Japan," she says, insouciantly noting that Japanese is another language she's adding to her armory along with English.

7Luck came by the truckload when Taiwanese starlet Shu Qi inadvertently helped Zhang on her way to a wider, more international audience. Ang Lee was casting for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Shu Qi was his original choice for the part of Jen, but she took one look at the long shooting schedule and the militaristic discipline of getting into shape for the stunts and politely declined. "I'm lazy," Shu Qi admits. "I thought the training would be too difficult and I didn't want to commit to a film for that long." Does she regret the decision in the wake of the film's colossal success? "No. When I look at how brilliantly Zhang Ziyi performs, I know what went into that and I couldn't have done it." She makes one other astute observation. "It's put Zhang Ziyi under a lot of pressure and that's something I'm not sure I could handle."

Zhang freely admits she craves affirmation under flat-out pressure. "When we were filming Crouching Tiger, Ang Lee gave a lot of encouragement and support to Michelle Yeoh because she couldn't speak Chinese. Ang constantly praised and reassured her. Every time she did a scene really well he would jump up and give her a hug. I found myself hoping that someday I'd do something that would cause Ang Lee to hug me too. That there would come a time when he didn't even need to speak, but when I would just know he was truly satisfied with my work." That day finally arrived when her character has to watch Li Mubai (Chow Yun-fat) kill her nursemaid, in a clash between the two people she loves most. "Ang didn't say a word when we finished that scene, but he walked over and hugged me. And I got so emotional. I was already feeling pretty worked up, but when he hugged me, all of those feelings came pouring out and I cried."

Another hug she craves is from the mainland Chinese audience, which has failed to flock to either of her films. "The Chinese don't endorse their own movies and actors, they don't cherish them and they don't even support them," she complains. "This really baffles me. Crouching Tiger was so warmly welcomed the world over, and yet in China, no one liked it. I feel this is awfully unfair." She explains the logic with a passion that rises from somewhere very deep. "Chinese people have an inferiority complex. They seem unwilling, or unable to understand or acknowledge the work I've put into my career. They're not willing to admit that apart from luck I've also shed a lot of blood and tears and often paid dearly for my success. They just don't want to understand, they just won't accept that, and they won't try to understand me. That is the thing that makes me saddest."

8She delivers all this passion from a van on a clifftop in Xingcheng where she's subjecting herself to another grueling shooting experience in the quest for perfection. Doesn't she tire of all this, isn't it lonely? "When we were working on the first part, it felt like falling in love. When two people begin to understand one another, when you begin to get close to someone, you discover you're suddenly eager to know him better. That's how I feel about my relationship with this film." Doesn't the cold wear her out? "Yes. In this terrible weather we're going to do a scene where the crew drenches us with rain. Can you tell me how to avoid getting sick?"

In the meantime, Zhang's career is moving at scorching speed. She talks of possible projects with Wong Kar-wai, one too with Joan Chen and, in what would be a remarkably commercial move for her, New Line Cinema is murmuring about casting Zhang in Rush Hour 2 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Actually, it's beyond the murmuring stage. "She blew me away when we met her in Beijing," says New Line producer Andy Davis, who is already trying to wrench Zhang away from the Warrior crew. "They want me for preliminary shooting before Dec. 20," Zhang says, "but I don't finish shooting here until Dec. 22. Should I do it?" Now we're being asked for affirmation in the face of flat-out pressure and, the earlier elephant remark aside, we consider reaching out and hugging her for a small lifetime. Ang Lee told us that Zhang has "true cinematic charisma." And he's right. Yes, please Ziyi! Do it!

Filmography
Year English Title Chinese Title Role Director
1996 Touching Starlight (TV) 星星點燈 Chen Wei Sun Wenxue
1999 The Road Home 我的父親母親 Young Zhao Di Zhang Yimou
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍 Jen Yu Ang Lee
2001 Rush Hour 2 尖峰时刻2 Hu Li Brett Ratner
The Legend of Zu 蜀山傳 Joy Tsui Hark
Musa (South Korea), The Warrior 武士 (Korean: 무사) Princess Bu-yong Kim Sung-su
2002 Hero 英雄 Moon Zhang Yimou
2003 Purple Butterfly 紫蝴蝶 Cynthia/Ding Hui Lou Ye
My Wife is a Gangster 2 我老婆是大佬2 Gangster boss Jeong Heung-sun
2004 2046 2046 Bai Ling Wong Kar-wai
House of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏 Mei Zhang Yimou
Jasmine Women 茉莉花開 Young Mo/Young Li/Young Hua Hou Yong
2005 Princess Raccoon 貍御殿 Princess Tanuki Seijun Suzuki
Memoirs of a Geisha 艺伎回忆录 Sayuri Nitta/Chiyo Sakamoto Rob Marshall
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 Wan Feng Xiaogang
2007 TMNT 忍者神龟 Karai Kevin Munroe
2008 Forever Enthralled 梅蘭芳 Meng Xiaodong Chen Kaige
2009 Horsemen 骑士 Kristen Jonas Åkerlund
Sophie's Revenge 非常完美 Sophie Yimeng Jin
The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Gong Peng Jianxin Huang
2010 The Grand Master 一代宗師 Wong Kar-wai
The Tale of Magic 魔术外传 QinQin Changwei Gu
Waiting Wu Manna Peter Chan
Awards and nominations

Awards nominated

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

•2001 – Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

•2005 – Best Actress for House of Flying Daggers 

Asian Film Awards

•2007 – Best Actress for The Banquet 

BAFTA Awards

•2001 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

•2005 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for House of Flying Daggers 

•2006 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Memoirs of a Geisha 

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

•2001 – Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

Chlotrudis Awards

•2006 – Best Supporting Actress for 2046 

Golden Globes

•2006 – Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama for Memoirs of a Geisha 

Golden Horse Film Festival

•2000 – Best Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

•2004 – Best Actress for 2046 

•2009 – Best Supporting Actress for Forever Enthralled 

Golden Rooster Awards

•2009 – Best Actress for Forever Enthralled 

Hong Kong Film Awards

•2001 – Best Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

•2003 – Best Supporting Actress for Hero 

Hundred Flowers Awards

•2006 – Best Actress for House of Flying Daggers 

Image Awards

•2006 – Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for Memoirs of a Geisha 

Kids' Choice Awards

•2002 – Favorite Female Action Hero for Rush Hour 2 

MTV Movie Awards

•2001 – Breakthrough Female Performance for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

•2002 – Best Villain for Rush Hour 2 

•2005 – Best Fight for House of Flying Daggers (For Zhang Ziyi vs. The Emperor's guards) 

•2006 – Sexiest Performance for Memoirs of a Geisha 

National Society of Film Critics Awards

•2005 – Best Supporting Actress for 2046 

Online Film Critics Society Awards

•2001 – Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

Satellite Awards

•2005 – Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Memoirs of a Geisha 

Screen Actors Guild Awards

•2006 – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Memoirs of a Geisha 

Teen Choice Awards

•2001 – Film — Choice Breakout Performance 

Awards won

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

•2001 – Most Promising Actress 

Golden Bauhinia Awards

•2001 – Best Supporting Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

Golden Rooster Awards

•2004 – Best Actress for Mo li hua kai (Jasmine Women) 

Hong Kong Film Awards

•2005 – Best Actress for 2046 

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

•2005 – Best Actress for 2046 

Huabiao Film Awards

•2005 – Best Actress for House of Flying Daggers 

•2005 – Best Actress for Forever Enthralled 

Hundred Flowers Awards

•2000 – Best Actress for The Road Home 

Independent Spirit Awards

•2001 – Best Supporting Female for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

Iranian Film Festival

•2001 – Best Actress for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

MTV Movie Awards

•2001 – Best Fight for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Versus entire bar) 

Shanghai International Film Festival

•2008 – Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema 

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

•2000 – Best Supporting Performance, Female for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

Young Artist Awards

•2001 – Best Young Actress in an International Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon