Zhang Ziyi is known for her roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). Star of the Eastern cinematography, her status can be compared to that of Gong Li, who unites friendship and special relationship with the great director Zhang Yimou.
During her career she received a Golden Globe nomination, 3 BAFTA Awards and also an awards at the Screen Actors Guild.
Zhang Ziyi was born February 9, 1979, in Beijing. Her father worked as an economist and her mother was a kindergarten teacher. After some family friends expressed their concern about her weak and frail appearance, the Ziyi’s parents decided to enroll her in a dance class and gymnastics because growing up. So before became an actress, Ziyi spent many years exercising in traditional Chinese dance, first in the House of children of Xuanwu District and later at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy. Ziyi became a national champion, winning the Performance Prize at Taoli Cup National Youth Dance Competition in 1994.
At age 15 she realized that it was not in the dance that could give the best of herself and then decided to devote to acting enrolling Central Academy of Dramatic Art in Beijing. It was at that age who starred in her first film, Xing xing dian deng (or Touching Starlight), produced with limited resources for Chinese television and then published in Video CD without English subtitles, set up later by some fans of Zhang Ziyi and distributed on internet.
She made her film debut in The Road Home (1999), directed by Zhang Yimou, and has since continued to work at a dizzying rate. In her already significant filmography it is worth mentioning the appearance in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and evidence in Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004). Her talent and her beauty have landed her in Hollywood, where, after a few extra in commercial films, has been chosen as the star of the blockbuster Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) by Rob Marshall. In 2014 she also appeared as a protagonist in the group Coldplay video Magic.