Zhou Xun

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Not to be confused with Zhou Xuan.
Zhou Xun
周迅 Zhou Xun.jpg
Zhou at the MTV Movie Awards in Beijing 2002.
Chinese name
Pinyin Zhōu Xùn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zau1 Seon3 (Cantonese)
Born (1974-10-18) October 18, 1974 (age 39)
Quzhou, Zhejiang
Other name(s) Zhou Gongzi (周公子, "Young Gentleman Zhou")[1]
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Voice type(s) Lyric Contralto
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Archie Kao (m. 2014)
Parents Zhou Tianning (father)
Chen Yiqin (mother)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhou.

Zhou Xun (born October 18, 1974) is a Chinese actress and singer who has won "Best Actress" at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Golden Horse Awards, Golden Rooster Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards, Festival du Film de Paris, Shanghai Film Critics Awards, Beijing College Student Film Festival and Asian Film Awards, among others. She is regarded as one of the "Four Dan Actresses" of China.

Early life[edit]

Zhou was born to a middle-class family in Quzhou, Zhejiang. Her father, Zhou Tianning (周天宁), was a local film projectionist, and her mother, Chen Yiqin (陈以琴), was a salesperson at a department store. Zhou enrolled at the Zhejiang Arts Institute to further her interest in dramatic arts, against the wishes of her parents, who wanted her to graduate from a university. She was handpicked for a role in the film Strange Tales Amongst Old and Desolate Tombs during her teenage years in school.

Acting career[edit]

Zhou gained international recognition for her roles in Lou Ye's Suzhou River (2000) and Dai Sijie's Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002), winning the Best Actress Award for the former at the 15th Festival du Film de Paris. In 2002, she starred as Huang Rong, reuniting her with Kaixin Jiuhao television co-star Li Yapeng, who played Guo Jing, in the 2003 television series The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The series was one of the most watched ones in mainland China in that year.[citation needed]

Zhou entered the Hong Kong film industry in 2005, starring in Peter Chan's musical film Perhaps Love. She won the "Best Actress" award at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critic's Society Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Golden Horse Awards, Beijing Student Film Festival and Hangzhou Student Film Festival for her performance. After Perhaps Love, her next film was Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet, in which she played a supporting role. Zhou's next project was Susie Au's film Ming Ming (2007), which won high praise at the 2006 Pusan International Film Festival held in South Korea. At the premiere of the film, she released her new music video, featuring the theme song of Ming Ming.[2][3]

In 2008, Zhou starred in Cao Baoping's romantic thriller The Equation of Love and Death as a taxicab driver on the lookout for her missing boyfriend. The movie was filmed in Yunnan.[4][5] In that year, she also played the lead role in Painted Skin, a remake of a classic supernatural thriller of the same title. She has also appeared in the urban romantic comedy All About Women directed by Tsui Hark.

In 2012, Zhou made her Hollywood debut in Cloud Atlas, in multiple roles in the film, as Yoona~939, a clone in dystopian 2144 Korea; as Rose, in 2321; and as Talbot / Hotel Manager in 1973.[6]

Singing career[edit]

Apart from her acting career, Zhou has also performed for some motion picture soundtracks, such as Ming Ming, Baobei In Love, Xin Bian Guo Le Xi San Meng You Xian Jing and Perhaps Love. She has also released two solo albums, Summer (2003) and Come Across (2005).

Environmental advocate[edit]

Zhou Xun is the 2010 Laureate of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Champions of the Earth (Inspiration & Action). She was the first entertainer in the world to receive this honour.

Zhou Xun and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly runs a campaign 'Our Part', which promotes ‘tips for green living’.

She was named a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for China in 2008 with a special focus of promoting environmental sustainability.

She was also the Green Ambassador for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.[7]

Fashion[edit]

Since 2011, Zhou was formally announced as a new ambassador for Chanel. Chanel chief designer Karl Lagerfield noted Zhou Xun for her strong fashion sense, describing the actress as "a synthesis of young Coco Chanel and Ballet Troupe Zizi Jeanmaire."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Zhou Xun married American actor Archie Kao on July 16, 2014 on stage after a charity event in Hangzhou, China.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Old Grave Jiaona
1994 Nü'er Hong Hua Dao
1995 The Pampered Wife Yangyang
1996 Temptress Moon Little dance girl
1998 My Rice Noodle Shop
1999 The Emperor and the Assassin Blind girl
2000 Suzhou River Meimei/Moudan Festival du Film de Paris for Best Actress
2001 Beijing Bicycle Qin
2001 Hollywood Hong Kong Hung Hung/Tong Tong Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress
2002 A Pinwheel Without Wind Zhao Ningjing Hundred Flower Awards for Best Actress
Beijing Student Film Festival for Top Ten Favorite Actress
2002 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Little seamstress
2002 Where Have All the Flowers Gone Huanzi
2004 A West Lake Moment Xiaoyu
2004 Beauty Remains Xiaofei
2004 Baobei in Love Baobei Chinese Director's Association Awards for Best Actress
2005 Stolen Life Yanni
2005 Perhaps Love Sun Na Golden Horse Award for Best Actress
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actress
Beijing Student Film Festival for Best Actress
Hangzhou Student Film Festival for Best Actress
2006 The Banquet Qingnü Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Original Film Song
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
2006 Ming Ming Mingming / Nana
2008 The Equation of Love and Death Li Mi Asian Film Awards for Best Actress
Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress
Chinese Film Media Awards for Best Actress
Shanghai Film Critics Awards for Best Actress
Beijing Student Film Festival for Best Actress
2008 Painted Skin Xiaowei Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
2008 All About Women Awkward lab researcher
2009 The Message Gu Xiaomeng Nominated - Golden Horse Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Chinese Film Media Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Asia Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
2010 Confucius Nanzi
2010 True Legend Ying
2011 The Founding of a Party Wang Huiwu
2011 The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Jade Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Beijing Student Film Festival for Best Actress
2012 The Great Magician Liu Yin Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
2012 Painted Skin: The Resurrection Xiaowei[10] Nominated - Chinese Director's Association Awards for Best Actress
2012 The Silent War Zhang Xue Ning Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
2012 Cloud Atlas Talbot/Hotel Manager
Yoona~939
Rose
2014 Overheard 3
2014 One Day
2014 Miss Anxiety
2015 Women Who Flirt

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hongchufang Shen Pei
1998 Palace of Desire young Princess Taiping
1998 Taiping Tianguo Shi Yiyang
1998 Jingtan Fengyun Lin Peipei
1999 Lüyi Hongniang Fan Xiaoxuan
1999 April Rhapsody Lin Huiyin
1999 Kaixin Jiuhao Tan Gege
1999 Yuanlai Yijiaren Taotao
2000 Love Story in Shanghai Du Xinyu
2000 Jinqian Bense Mandy
2000 Xin Wang
2001 Ripening Orange Xiuhe
2002 The Legend of the Condor Heroes Huang Rong
2003 Beach A'Tong
2003 Business Family Su Boyuan / Xia He
2014 Red Sorghum Jiu'er

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Awards
Asian Film Awards
Preceded by
Jeon Do-yeon
for Secret Sunshine
Best Actress
2009
for The Equation of Love and Death
Succeeded by
Kim Hye-ja
for Mother
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Preceded by
Rene Liu
for A World Without Thieves
Best Actress
2006
for Perhaps Love
Succeeded by
Gong Li
for Curse of the Golden Flower
Charlene Choi
for Simply Actors
Preceded by
Teresa Mo
for 2 Young
Best Supporting Actress
2007
for The Banquet
Succeeded by
None
Golden Horse Awards
Preceded by
Shu Qi
for Three Times
Best Actress
2006
for Perhaps Love
Succeeded by
Joan Chen
for The Home Song Stories
Hong Kong Film Awards
Preceded by
Zhang Ziyi
for 2046
Best Actress
2006
for Perhaps Love
Succeeded by
Gong Li
for Curse of the Golden Flower
Preceded by
Teresa Mo
for 2 Young
Best Supporting Actress
2007
for The Banquet
Succeeded by
Susan Shaw
for The Pye-Dog
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Preceded by
Zhang Ziyi
for 2046
Best Actress
2005
for Perhaps Love
Succeeded by
Gong Li
for Curse of the Golden Flower