As a student at
Since then, international audiences have glimpsed Zhang in Peacock, a finely wrought coming-of-age tale that captured top honors at this year's Berlin Film Festival, and Seven Swords, a swashbuckling epic that opened the Venice Film Festival in August. Both reveal just how well the 25-year-old Chinese actress can unlock her passion. Zhang doesn't just act; she displays a smoldering luminosity that keeps the camera longing for her even after she has exited the scene. Though Zhang may resemble many of China's interchangeable celluloid cuties amboo-slender physique, doe eyes, knife-edge cheekbones acting has a seasoned intelligence that sets her apart from other "it" girls. (Think Nicole Kidman in one of her sultry, librarian-let-loose turns.) What's more, her fluent English could mean that a Chinese star named Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Rush Hour 2) won't be the only crossover Zhang to win global acclaim. For a newly resurgent nation that wants to measure up to the West, Zhang, with her taste for traditionally-inspired dress and her reverence for ancient Chinese aphorisms, may very well be the perfect ambassador.
Zhang's next project is an East-West collaboration with Finnish director AJ Annila called Jade Warrior. It marries
(Source: www.time.com Monday, Oct. 03, 2005& TIME Asia Magazine, issue dated October 10, 2005 Vol. 166, No. 15 by Hannah Beech)
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