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Introduction of "Mou Girls"

2011-02-25 10:11:35  国际在线  Web Editor:王一竹

Director Zhang Yimou is widely known in China for having a golden finger which can turn ordinary people into big stars. The best-known examples are Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi. Other "Mou girls" include Dong Jie in "Happy Times," Wei Minzhi in "Not One Less" and Zhou Dongyu in "Under the Hawthorn Tree."

 

Gong Li

 

 

Gong Li in "Curse of the Golden Flower" [Photo: baidu.com]

As a world-renowned actress, Gong Li's success is closely related to Zhang Yimou. In 1985, she was enrolled in the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing where Zhang discovered her and became her long-time collaborator and director.

They first worked together on "Red Sorghum" (1987), which won a Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The film cast both of them in the international limelight. Over the next several years, Gong received international acclaim for her roles in several more Zhang Yimou films. She appeared in "Ju Dou"(1990), and her performance in the Oscar-nominated "Raise the Red Lantern"(1991) put her in the international spotlight. In "The Story of Qiu Ju"(1992), she was named Best Actress at the 1992 Venice Film Festival. All these roles established her reputation. In 2000, she was invited by the Berlin Film Festival to be the president of its international jury at the festival's 50th anniversary. In 2006, Gong Li collaborated with Zhang in the film, "Curse of the Golden Flower".

 

Zhang Ziyi

 

 

Zhang Ziyi in "The Road Home" [Photo: baidu.com]

In 1996, Zhang Ziyi entered China's prestigious Central Academy of Drama at the age of 18. Two years later, Zhang was offered her first role in Zhang Yimou's "The Road Home"(1999), which won the Silver Bear Award at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. The following year Zhang Yimou recommended her to director Ang Lee for a role in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" for which she won several international awards such as a Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Toronto Film Critics Association Award and Independent Spirit Award. She achieved wider fame in the West after starring in major roles in "Rush Hour 2" (2001), "House of Flying Daggers" (2004) and "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005). Zhang was listed on "Time" magazine's list of the "World's 100 Most Influential People" where she was called "China's Gift to Hollywood."

 

Wei Minzhi

 

Wei Minzhi was born in a mountain village in Hebei Province. When she was 13 years old, she was chosen to perform the lead role in Zhang Yimou's award-winning film "Not One Less" (1999). Wei's performance in the film turned her into an overnight celebrity. She eventually studied abroad and later returned to her hometown to produce her autobiographical documentary.

 

Dong Jie

 

Dong Jie made her debut in Zhang Yimou's "Happy Times"(2000), where she played a blind girl mistreated by her stepmother. Zhang selected Dong after a casting call on the internet. Since then, she has starred in many domestic movies and TV series such as "Sky Lovers", "The Story of a Noble Family" and "Endless Love".

 

Zhou Dongyu

 

 

Zhou Dongyu in "Under the Hawthorn Tree" [Photo: baidu.com]

Before the shooting of "Under the Hawthorn Tree," Zhou Dongyu was just a regular high school student from Hebei Province with no previous acting experience. But after the film's release, she became famous overnight and received much coverage and exposure. According to Zhang Weiping, the film's producer and Zhang Yimou's filming partner, Zhou has become a professional actress after signing a contract with New Picture Films.

 

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