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Zhang Ziyi (born 1979) is a Chinese actress, mostly famous outside of her home country for her roles in Wuxia movies.

Born in Beijing, she started studying dance at age 8, joined the Beijing Dance Academy aged 11, won the national youth dance championship aged 15, and from that point started appearing in TV commercials in Hong Kong. She then enlisted at the Central Academy of Drama, and got her cinematic break playing the main character of Zhang Yimou's The Road Home at age 19.

She earned international fame the following year by playing Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She has since then played in such films as Hero, Rush Hour 2, 2046, House of Flying Daggers, Memoirs of a Geisha and The Banquet. She will play the title character in a forthcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan.


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