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ACF 1755: Happy Birthday, Gong Li

Gong Li as the Empress in Curse of the Golden Flower
Image copyright 2006 Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc



Gong Li was born December 31st, 1965, in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China and graduated from the Central Drama Academy in Beijing in 1989. While still a student, she was cast as the female lead in the 1987 release Hong gao liang (Red Sorghum), the initial directing effort of Zhang Yimou. She starred in a number of his other films, including Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern, over the next several years and reunited with him for Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). Her work in the films of other notable Chinese directors includes Farewell My Concubine by Chen Kaige and Wong Kar Wai’s 2046.


Talented and lovely, she has won numerous awards as Best Actress or Female Actor, and has been named as one of the “sexiest movies stars” or “most beautiful” women in various lists.


Ms. Gong has also appeared in such Hollywood films as Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Miami Vice (2006), and Hannibal Rising (2007). While these failed to make her a “cross-over” star for Western audiences, we’ll hopefully continue to see her in films produced in Asia for many years to come.


Gong Li @ IMDb
Gong Li @ WikipedeaGong Li @ Fandango