Ms. Gong Li
Actress Gong Li is born in Shenyang City of Liaoning, China and graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing. Before her graduation, she was selected as the leading actress in director Zhang Yimou’s debut “Red Sorghum” (1987). The film won the Golden Bear Award in the Berlin Film Festival, making both Zhang and Gong internationally famous. This is the first time for a Mainland China Actor to win an award in major international film festival. She and Zhang’s co-operation lasted until 1995. They made “Judou” (1990), “Raise the Red Lantern” (1991), “The Story of Qinju” (1992) and “To Live” (1994). She won the Best Actress Award for “The Story of Qiuju” in Golden Rooster Award, Hundred Flowers Award and at the Venice Film Festival. She then pursued her actress career in Hong Kong, playing key roles in “Mary from Beijing” (1992), “Flirting Scholar” (1993), “Chinese Box” (1997) and “2046” (2004), etc. She also appeared in some Hollywood films, such as “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005), “Miami Vice” (2006) and “Shanghai” (2007), etc. She resumed working with Zhang Yimou in “Curse of the Golden Flower” (2006), which won the Best Actress Award in the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards. Their most recent work is “Coming Home” (2014). She also served as the President of Jury in Berlin, Venice and Tokyo Film Festivals.