Zhang Ziyi

Born Feb 9, 1979

Zhang Ziyi is a Chinese film actress 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. 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Zhang Ziyi.


1979 Birth Born on February 9, 1979.


1996 17 Years Old In 1996, Zhang entered the prestigious Central Academy of Drama in Beijing at the age of 17.
1998 19 Years Old In 1998, while she was studying in Central Academy of Drama, Zhang was offered her first role by director Zhang Yimou in his film The Road Home, which won the Silver Bear prize at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival.


2000 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Zhang plays a country girl who was in love with her teacher, and won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance.
2003 24 Years Old She then signed on to film an avant-garde drama film Purple Butterfly (2003), which competed in the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
2005 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Showing her whimsical musical tap-dancing side, Zhang starred in Princess Raccoon (2005), directed by Japan's Seijun Suzuki, who was honored at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
In May 2006, Zhang was chosen as a jury member of Feature Films at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.


2011 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, she starred alongside Aaron Kwok in the AIDS-themed film Love for Life. … Read More
2012 33 Years Old In 2012, Zhang starred next to Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun in the Chinese-Korean co-production Dangerous Liaisons, an adaptation of the French novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, narrating Shanghai of the 1930s. … Read More
On June 27, 2013, Zhang attended the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Awards, where she receives the French Cultural Order for her immense contributions and achievements to the film industry. … Read More
2014 35 Years Old In 2014, Zhang starred in John Woo's The Crossing, in which she plays a poor illiterate woman waiting for her soldier lover in 1940's Shanghai.
In 2015, Zhang produced her third film Oh My God, which stars Zhang Yixing and Li Xiaolu. … Read More
2016 37 Years Old In 2016, Zhang starred in romance anthology film Run for Love opposite Eddie Peng, and thriller The Wasted Times, about a Japanese spy trying to locate a former friend in order to uncover the truth of his family massacre in Shanghai years ago.
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