Zhang Yuqi

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.
Zhang Yuqi
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Zhang in 2008
Chinese name 張雨綺 (traditional)
Chinese name 张雨绮 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Yǔqǐ (Mandarin)
Birth name Zhang Yuqi
Born (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 28)[1]
Shandong, China
Other name(s) Kitty Zhang
Occupation actress
Years active 2007 - present

Zhang Yuqi (simplified Chinese: 张雨绮; traditional Chinese: 張雨綺; pinyin: Zhāng Yǔqǐ; 8 August 1986), also known as "Kitty Zhang Yuqi", is a Chinese actress. Her first major role was in Stephen Chow's 2007 Hong Kong film CJ7, which brought her media attention and kickstarted her acting career.

Biography[edit]

Zhang was born in Shandong province.[2] She left Shandong at the age of 15 to attend acting school in Shanghai.[3]

Zhang appeared in a minor, uncredited role in the 2007 film The Longest Night in Shanghai.[4] Stephen Chow first noticed her in an advertisement for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and chose her to play the female lead in CJ7.[3][4] The role brought her her first major media attention, and because of Chow's tradition of starring alongside new actresses who later gain other major roles, Zhang has been called one of the "星女郎" (xīng nǚ láng, "star girls" or "Sing girls"—Sing Yeh is a common nickname of Chow's).[3][4]

After CJ7, Zhang appeared in the Japanese film Shaolin Girl (which was also produced by Chow) and had a major role in the Chinese film All About Women. Chow considered casting her in Dragonball Evolution,[5] but the role was ultimately given to another actress.[6] Zhang also acted in the Stephen Fung film Jump, and is set to appear in Journey to the West, a film based on the classic Chinese novel of the same name. In the film she will play the monk Xuanzang, traditionally portrayed as a male, and will again star alongside Chow (who also starred in A Chinese Odyssey, a pair of 1994 films parodying Journey to the West).[2]

Zhang has appeared in Elle and other magazines.[4] In June 2009 she was a "guest of honor" at the Montblanc Arts Patronage Awards ceremony.[7]

Filmography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 張雨綺和《跳出去》一起成長 光環背後也有艱辛
  2. ^ a b Boon Cheng (6 February 2008). "Stephen Chow's Play: CJ7". Straits Times. 
  3. ^ a b c ""星女郎"张雨绮百变发型 ("Sing girl" Zhang Yuqi changes hairstyle 100 times)". 21CN (in Chinese). 17 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d 邱致理 (Qiu Zhili) (10 December 2007). "张雨绮亲述一夜成名:30秒搞定周星驰 (Zhang Yuqi's overnight fame: 30 seconds to win over Stephen Chow)" (in Chinese). 南都周刊. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dragon Ball to become live-action film". China.org. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  6. ^ Mayberry, Carly (6 December 2007). "Chung goes live with 'Dragonball'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 June 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Zhao Yanchen (15 June 2009). "Mont Blanc Arts Patronage Award goes to Chinese antique dealer". China Central Television. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  8. ^ Zhang Yuqi at hkmdb.com
  9. ^ Zhang Yuqi at chinesemov.com

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