Chinese actresses just window dressing in Hollywood
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.