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Gong Li

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“People keep pushing me to be the center of attention... I would prefer to be on the sidelines, because that's where you see more. ”

 

Biography

Gong Li (born December 31, 1965) is a Chinese film actress. She first came into international prominence through close collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Gong Li is generally considered as one of the best actresses in China.

Gong 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 knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress, and at school she excelled at singing and dancing almost to the exclusion of other subjects. In spite of failing her college exam twice, she was eventually accepted to the Beijing Central College of Drama in 1985 and graduated in 1989. She was still a student there when Zhang Yimou chose her in 1987 for the lead role in his first film as a director, Red Sorghum, which won 7 awards at the Golden Roosters, China’s equivalent of the American Academy Awards… read more

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chanandre

21Oct13

the way she defies and dares and gazes and looks at colin farrell in 'miami vice'? <3

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MarcH

10Nov11

Possibly the greatest living actress. I mean that.

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drnuttall

25Sep11

genius.

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filmbeats

2Apr11

An ageless beauty and fabulous actress. She's in some of the best Chinese historical-based films. Although it would be nice to see her in a good film where she plays a modern day woman.

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    rado

    10Aug11

    Yes, check out "Zhou Yu's Train" - it's more than nice :)