Impulsive, naughty, poised yet
childlike, Zhang [Ziyi] 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
-Time Asia, Dec/11/00
Zhang Ziyi is perhaps the most well known Chinese actress in America.
Listed as one of
the most famous Chinese actors and actresses in Hollywood, she is
charming and talented. She is smart and capable. At our Chinese learning
center, we would like present you with Ziyi, one of the most promising stars
With the role in Memoirs of A Geisha, Ziyi has gained more positive
publicity and popularity in America, but more of a negative publicity in
mainland China, because of the unease feelings between Chinese people and
Japanese people. Please read more in our
In the biography section, you will read about Zhang Ziyi's road to success.
This is rather incomplete due to the fact that Ziyi continuously gives us
surprises and wins awards.
This section presents Zhang Ziyi's films. Wish her success in the
Interesting facts about Zhang Ziyi. (We will not reveal her telephone
Zhang Ziyi's Interviews.
Pictures and Photos Resources
Although we do not have a collection of Zhang Ziyi's pictures, many sites,
including the Official Ziyi's Site provides them. This section provides
you with the resources.
Notes from Samuel Chong, president of Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center