Video: The Portrait of Ziyi Zhang

Ziyi Zhang, the most well-known Chinese movie star, has become the global symbol of Chinese cinema. After being discovered by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou for a role in her first movie “The Road Home,” she became famous overnight. In 2000, she was luckily chosen by Ang Lee and starred in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and then won the Independent Spirit’s Best Supporting Actress Award and the Toronto Film Critics’ Best Supporting Actress Award. In the following years, she also acted in “Rush Hour 2,” “Hero,” “House of Flying Daggers,” “2046,” and others.

What has turned the ordinary girl into a famous movie star and what has made her so successful? The video clips below tell about Ziyi Zhang’s success story, from the National Geographic Channel via

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