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Watanabe joins 'Shanghai' cast

Watanabe joins 'Shanghai' cast

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has signed on to star in "Shanghai," a big-screen drama set in China in the months leading up to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

Actress Gong Li speaks for environment

BEIJING, March 6 (UPI) -- Chinese actress Gong Li said she wants China's annual parliament, the National People's Congress, to consider the environment's future now.

Chinese stars blasted for missing meeting

BEIJING, March 11 (UPI) -- Chinese director Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li are under fire in China for skipping the country's annual parliament meeting in Beijing.

China bans 'Memoirs of a Geisha'

BEIJING, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Add "Memoirs of a Geisha" to the list of Hollywood films that won't be shown in China.

Zhang film to be China's most costly

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Chinese director Zhang Yimou has lined up 20,000 soldiers for extras in his latest film, "Autumn Remembrance."

'Good Night, and Good Luck' is NBR tops

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Monday picked George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck" as the year's best film.

Esquire names Biel sexiest woman

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Esquire magazine has named Hollywood actress Jessica Biel "the sexiest woman alive."

'Memoirs of a Geisha' wraps filming

KYOTO, Japan, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Filming has wrapped in Japan on the long-awaited film "Memoirs of a Geisha," Japan Today reported Monday

China stars deny reported wealth

BEIJING, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Chinese sports and entertainment stars denounced as "nonsense" their ranking in Forbes magazine by popularity and income, saying figures are inaccurate.
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Chinese actress Gong Li attends the premiere of "Miami Vice" at Odeon,Leicester Square in London on July 27,2006. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Gong Li (simplified Chinese: 巩俐; traditional Chinese: 鞏俐; pinyin: Gǒng Lì; born December 31, 1965) is a Chinese-born film actress. Gong first came into international prominence through close collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou and is credited with helping bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the United States. She has twice been awarded the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards twice as well as the Berlinale Camera, Cannes Festival Trophy, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and Volpi Cup. She married Singaporean businessman Ooi Hoe Soeng in 1996, and became a Singaporean citizen in 2008.

Gong Li was born in Shenyang, Liaoning, China, the fifth child in her family. Her father was a professor of economics and her mother, who was 40 when Gong was born, was a teacher. Gong grew up in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province. She was accepted to the prestigious Central Academy of Drama in Beijing in 1985, and graduated in 1989. While as a student at Central Academy of Drama, she was discovered by Zhang Yimou, who chose her for the lead role in Red Sorghum, his first film as a director.

Over the next several years after her 1987 debut in Red Sorghum, Gong received both local and international acclaim for her roles in several more Zhang Yimou films: She appeared in Ju Dou in 1990; Her performance in the Oscar-nominated Raise the Red Lantern put her in the international spotlight; In The Story of Qiu Ju, she was named Best Actress at the 1992 Venice Film Festival. These roles established her reputation, according to Asiaweek, as "one of the world's most glamorous movie stars and an elegant throwback to Hollywood's golden era."

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