Whatever you think of her acting, Zhang Ziyi has without question been the most visible thespian to break out of China for the last ten years and now, CineAsia is recognizing that by naming her the “actress of the decade”.
Back in 1999, the young dan actress was given the Star of Tomorrow award by CineAsia (an annual regional film trade show) and the award couldn’t have been more spot on – her international career from that point onwards has been nothing but an upward trajectory.
Her break out role came the very next year in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She continued her successful career with star turns in Memoirs of a Geisha, House of Flying Daggers, and Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 for which she won the HK Film award for. Zhang is said to be currently working on another English-language film slated for 2011 – a retelling of the classic Chinese story, Hua Mulan.