Chinese actresses just window dressing in Hollywood

Chinese actresses just window dressing in Hollywood

Gong Li and Colin Farrell in "Miami Vice", Zhang Yimou and Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Yimou (张艺谋) says the Chinese actresses Gong Li (巩俐) and Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) he made famous are just “beautiful vases” in Hollywood.

Speaking in Hong Kong, he said they should return to China, where the movie industry is booming.

“Integrating into a new culture is not easy,” Yimou said, “So my best advice is to go back to your roots.”

The director is famous for his knack for finding female talent and his lead actresses are often called “Mou Girls”(谋女郎).

His latest finds are Zhou Dongyu (周冬雨) and Ni Ni (倪妮), who appeared in The Flowers of War (金陵十三钗) with Christian Bale.

9 Responses to “Chinese actresses just window dressing in Hollywood”

  1. mez February 15, 2012 11:22 pm #

    bai ling is a sad case. she has to feed herself ya? she has been banned from her own country, hasn’t she? it makes perfect sense that she does what she has to do – to survive. survival instinct is strong in that woman. it has to mean something, eh?

  2. thamichraibi January 26, 2012 1:13 am #

    salut toutes les actresses chinaise vous encorager de faile des for dan le cinema vous avez bravo

  3. Mr.chow January 22, 2012 6:04 pm #

    Zhang yimou is soooo right. Asian actresses will only be used as hookers and window dressing for racist Jew owned Hollywood.

    I have the utmost respect for celebrities who make Asia their home base while maybe making a few Hollywood pictures just to test the waters, instead of grabbing every script the white man throws at them, like that slut bai ling.

  4. Singaporean January 20, 2012 4:22 pm #

    i agree with Critics. These “hidden rules” happen in both showbiz and non-showbiz activities in China. And it is hard to see these “hidden rules” disappear as it seems China has them on-going way back to even before the Han Dynasty. Unless there’s a “Justice Bao” reappearing to stop these “hidden rules” in their government, there maybe a slim chance to stop them.

  5. Critics January 18, 2012 6:09 pm #

    johnhancock, you are right at the Hollywood end, in Asia I do not see this culture tapering off. These “unofficial rules” do happen in the other business transaction (non-showbiz).

  6. johnhancock January 18, 2012 4:54 pm #

    it’s not a cultural phenomenon, its a development phenomenon. In the early days of Hollywood the casting couch was king, but this is rarer these days. In a few years China will be much the same and the “hidden rules” that govern who gets what job will be increasingly replaced by the rule of “who can do the job best.”

  7. Critics January 18, 2012 3:57 pm #

    Some actress had commented that they have to attend endless dinners to please those on the food chain to get casting opportunities.

  8. Singaporean January 18, 2012 2:46 pm #

    there are reasons why they choose to integrate into other cultures in the first place. they are not stupid. obviously not many can take the chinese movie culture when some had already spoken up on how they were ‘treated’ and how they should conform to the ‘many ridiculous-chinese-movie-unofficial-rules’ in order to make it big. Honestly, those who spoke up on the “under-table-dealings” they had to do in order to be cast in the movie – who with sound minds and capabilities would not want to degrade themselves that way? be it true or not that the chinese movie market is so tainted – its already a done deal that there’s no longer any positive reputation in the chinese movie market.

  9. No Balls January 17, 2012 12:31 pm #

    Tell this to many aspiring wannabe in Taiwan and Mainland China.

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