Gong Li

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Gong Li 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival

Gong Li ( Chinese  鞏俐  /  巩俐 , Pinyin Gǒng Lì ; born December 31, 1965 in Shenyang , Liaoning ) is an actress of Chinese origin with Singaporean citizenship. She celebrated her greatest successes in films directed by Zhang Yimou , with whom she was dating until 1995.


Gong Li was born the daughter of an economics professor. She grew up in Jinan , the capital of Shandong Province . After she was not accepted by a music college in 1985, she began studying at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing in 1986 , which she graduated in 1989.

During her studies, Zhang Yimou engaged her in 1987 for his film Rotes Kornfeld , which was awarded a Golden Bear for best film at the 1988 Berlinale .

She made her first steps towards Hollywood with the film Chinese Box (1997). In 2005 she finally achieved her international breakthrough with the award-winning role of Hatsumomo in Die Geisha , which was critically acclaimed. She played another role in the 2006 film Miami Vice .

Her assumption of citizenship of Singapore led to strong criticism in China , especially on the Internet . Since China doesn't allow dual citizenship, she decided to give up Chinese citizenship. As a result, Li was expelled from the China Film Association (CFA) and also lost her seat on the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference .

Gong Li was the jury president of the Berlin International Film Festival 2000 and the Venice International Film Festival 2002 .

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