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Gong Li
Name : Gong Li
Date of Birth : 31 December 1965
Place of Birth : Shenyang, Liaoning, China
 
Biography:
 
Born in 1965 in northeastern Shenyang, Gong Li was the youngest daughter of an economics professor. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress, and at school she excelled at singing and dancing. She was accepted to the Beijing Central College of Drama in 1985.

The director Zhang Yimou cast Gong Li in his debut project, Red Sorghum (1987) which immediately brought critical and commercial success both abroad and in China. The film garnered the Golden Bear award at the 1987 Berlin Film Festival and thrust both director and star into the international success.

Gong Li grabbed the attention of international audiences again with the Academy Award-nominated Ju Dou (1990). Her performance as the beleaguered bride of a bitter, impotent old man glistened with barely repressed sexuality, and fierce, gleeful vengeance.

In her next film, Raise the Red Lantern (1992), Gong Li again brilliantly played a woman whose independence and sensuality are oppressed by a rigidly patriarchal culture. Her performance in The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) is perhaps her most memorable. For her portrayal as an unflagging agent of justice in the guise of a dumpy, pregnant peasant woman, she won a Best Actress award at the 1992 Venice International Film Festival.

Gong Li played a prostitute turned opera star's wife turned enemy of the people in Farewell, My Concubine (1993) which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1997, she appeared in her first English language role opposite Jeremy Irons in Chinese Box (1997).
 
Filmography:
2006 Autumn Remembrance
2006 Young Hannibal
2006 Miami Vice
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
2004 2046
2004 Eros
2003 Zhou Yu's Train
2000 Piaoliang Mama
1999 The Emperor and the Assassin
1997 Chinese Box
1996 Temptress Moon
1995 Shanghai Triad
1994 The Great Conqueror's Concubine - Part II
1994 To Live
1994 A Soul Haunted by Painting
1994 Dragon Chronicles
1994 The Great Conqueror's Concubine
1993 Farewell, My Concubine
1992 The Story of Qiu Ju
1992 Mungsing Sifan
1991 Raise the Red Lantern
1990 Ju Dou
1989 The Terracotta Warrior
1987 Codename Cougar
1987 Red Sorghum
 
Awards:
Montreal World Film Festival
2000 Best Actress (Breaking the Silence)
2000 Special Grand Prix of the Americas
National Board of Review
2005 Best Supporting Actress (Memoirs of a Geisha)
New York Film Critics Circle
1992 Best Supporting Actress (Farewell My Concubine)
1992 Best Supporting Actress (Farewell My Concubine)
Venice International Film Festival
1992 Volpi Cup for Best Actress (The Story of Qiu Ju)
 
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