Zhang Ziyi - Hollywood Chinese Actress

Zhang Ziyi, depending on whether you follow American or Chinese traditions. At 29, Zhang is already one of the best known Chinese actors or actresses, with a string of international hits coupled with a few Hollywood films under her belt. Included in her film career thus far are several martial arts films, a bonus for any action fans. It remains to be seen exactly how much work Zhang will do for American audiences, but many of her international roles have made waves in the U.S., and she has already won critical acclaim, including three British Academy nominations.

Breakout Role: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in the Ang Lee action drama about two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword , Zhang plays Jen Yu.

Biggest Hit: Rush Hour 2, where she appeared as the villainess Hu Li.

Unappreciated Gem: Hero, the martial arts epic is a mixture of action and fantastic cinematography. Already popular among some, it is one of the best films to come out in recent years. Also check out Kar Wai Wong’s 2046, a fantasy romance drama.

Upcoming Feature: The Horsemen, a mystery/thriller starring Dennis Quaid about a widowed detective who finds a link between some killings and the four horsemen of the apocalypse.