Birthplace: Beijing, China
The daughter of an economist and a teacher, as a child she began her studies at a dance school, with the consent and support of her parents.
It is at the age of 15, when Zhang she works hard and manages to be the winner of a national dance contest. At around this very moment, she is discovered by the director Zhang Yimou, who immediately hires her for the movie titled “My father and my mother“, in which she plays a student who falls in love with her teacher.
And it has finally been thanks to the good reviews for this role, which after three months is selected to star in “The Tiger and the Dragon“, acclaimed film at the Cannes Film Festival, become the highest grossing of the year in the United States.
After this turn that has changed his life, Ziyi is hired for her first American film, titled “Rush hour 2“, next to the great Jackie Chan Y Chris tucker.
Then in 2004, Zhang stars in “The House of Flying Daggers“, a film that is worth a nomination for best actress at the BAFTA awards and again international recognition.
Then he receives a call from nothing more and nothing less than the famous Steven Spielberg to star alongside Ken watanabe their production “Memories of a Geisha“, a film for which he obtained his first nomination for Golden Globe.
In 2007 he took his voice to the cinema along with those of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Patrick Stewart Y Laurence fishburne to star in the animated version of “The ninja turtles“.
- 1999 the way home
- 2000 tiger and dragon
- 2001 Rush Hour 2
- 2001 Muse
- 2001 Zu Warriors. The legend
- 2002 Hero
- 2003 Jopog Manura 2
- 2004 The House of Flying Daggers
- 2004 2046
- 2004 Mo li hua kai
- 2004 Shi mian mai fu
- 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
- 2006 Ziyi ZhangYe yan