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  • Zhang Ziyi

    Born on February 9, 1979 in Beijing, China

awards & nominations

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Zhang Ziyi as "Sayuri Nitta"

In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) gets sold to a geisha house. There, she is forced into servitude, receiving nothing in return until the house's ruling hierarchy determines if she is of high enough quality to service the clientele -- men who visit and pay for conversation, dance and song. After rigorous years of training, Chiyo becomes Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang), a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005) Nominated Actress in a Leading Role

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Zhang Ziyi as "Mei"

The Tang Dynasty is fighting to keep control over China, a battle they are losing to several rebel groups. One such group is the House of Flying Daggers, who steal from the wealthy and give to the poor. Two police deputies working with the government (Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau) are ordered to investigate the dancer Mei (Zhang Ziyi), who is rumored to be working with the House of Flying Daggers. But both men fall under her charms and decide to help her escape instead.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004) Nominated Actress in a Leading Role

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Zhang Ziyi as "Jen Yu/Jiao Long"

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2000) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role

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