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Jingchu Zhang

Jingchu Zhang

Jingchu Zhang made an impressive film debut in Gu Changwei's 2005 film, Peacock, a finely wrought coming-of-age tale which won the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival. Her debut starring role as Sister also garnered Zhang the Best Actress Award at the 6th Chinese Film Media Awards in 2006.

Born and raised in Fujian, a southern province in China, Zhang went to study painting in Fuzhou, the provincial capital of Fujian, at 13. After graduation, Zhang went to study drama directing at the prestigious Central Drama Academy. As a student, she did several TV commercials and was cast as supporting roles in some popular Chinese TV drama series.

Next, Zhang was cast by Tsui Hark, master of Chinese martial arts films, to star in his ambitious Seven Swords, which was chosen to open the 62th Venice Film Festival. Her performance earned her the Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards (2006).

She continued to display her martial arts zeal and talent in the Finnish box office hit, Jade Warrior, which had its world premiere in 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival. She next appeared in rising director Zhang Jiarui's engrossing comedy, Huayao Bride in Shangrila. Her comedy debut earned Zhang several honors in China, including the Best Actress Award at the 12th Beijing University Students Film Festival (2005) and the Best New Performer Award at the 11th China Broadcast, Film and TV Huabiao Awards (2005). Also for Zhang Jiarui, she played the lead role throughout her long life in The Road. The Road captured three top honors at the 30th Cairo International Film Festival in 2006, including the Prize for the Best Film and the Prize for the Best Actress.

In 2006, Zhang garnered more praise for her courageous performance as a drug addict in the urban drama Protégé, directed by Hong Kong award winner Tung-Shing Yee.

Time Magazine recently named Zhang one of Asia's Heroes for her creativity, courage and humanist ethics.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Jingchu Zhang Facts

BirthdayFebruary 2, 1980 (43)
BirthplaceFujian, People's Rep. of China
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Jingchu Zhang compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Rush Hour 3
Jade Warrior
John Rabe
The Mercury Conspiracy
Beast Stalker
The Beast Stalker
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