Li Bingbing at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
|Pinyin||Lǐ Bīngbīng (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Lei5 Bing1-bing1 (Cantonese)|
February 27, 1973 |
Wuchang, Heilongjiang, China
|Other name(s)||Goddess (女神) Beauty Goddess (美容女神) Beautiful Goddess (美丽的女神)|
|Ancestry||Jinzhong, Shanxi, China|
Li Bingbing (born February 27, 1973), is a Chinese actress and singer.
Early life and career
Li was born in Wuchang, Heilongjiang, China. She had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1993.
Her film debut was Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the "Best Actress" Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival. In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China. That year she was awarded the title of one of the "Top Ten Best TV actors/actresses in China". From then on, Li was approbated as an "action actress" as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.
In 2005, Li starred in director Dayyan Eng's romantic comedy Waiting Alone, which received three Chinese Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Li's first Best Actress nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards. That same year, Li won the title of "The Most Popular Actress" at the 12th Beijing College Film Festival. She went on to star in Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves, which earned her a nomination for "Best Supporting Actress" Award at the 2006 Hundred Flowers Awards.
Li won the "Best Actress" Awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance in The Knot; the film was also China's entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. She also co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. In November 2009, Li won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in the espionage spy thriller The Message.
Li's most recent notable role is Shangguan Jing'er in Tsui Hark's 2010 film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; her character in this movie is loosely based on Shangguan Wan'er, a poet, writer and politician of the Tang Dynasty. Her first-time leading role in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), a film adaptation from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title. She also co-starred and co-produced with Jackie Chan in 1911, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. She plays video game character Ada Wong dubbed by Sally Cahill, an action femme fatale in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), starring alongside Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Shawn Roberts and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. Li appeared alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction, directed by Michael Bay.
Li Bingbing did not appear at the premiere of Resident Evil: Retribution, raising speculation from reporters that her absence was a demonstration against the escalating dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. Li's agent Ji Xiang explained that Li had been informed of the premiere two months before but she was too busy in Beijing to attend at that time. However, Ji did not deny that politics were involved, saying: "We are in line with our government – the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."
On July 24, 2013, it was reported that Li has a godfather named Wang Lin, a qigong practitioner who claims to be able to conjure up snakes from thin air, cure disease, and retrieve an incinerated banknote intact from an orange.
The Beijing News reported that Li Xue, Li's agent, responded that Li went to visit Wang Lin to ask him to cure her mother of her disease. As for the effectiveness of the cure, the agent refused to disclose any more information.
|1994||Spirit of Cops
|1994||Red Rose, White Rose
|White Rose's friend||guest star|
|2003||Cat and Mouse
|2003||Love for All Seasons
|2004||A World Without Thieves
|2004||Fight for Love
|2005||Wait 'Til You're Older
|Kwong's mother||guest star|
|2008||The Forbidden Kingdom
|Ni Chang / White haired witch|
|2010||The Legend of Silk Boy|
|2010||Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
|2011||Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
|2012||Resident Evil: Retribution
|2014||Transformers: Age of Extinction||Su Yueming|
|2015||Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal||雪兒|
|1997||Shang Yang Chuanqi
|1998||The Female Official
|1998||Palace of Desire
|2000||Young Justice Bao
|2000||The Nation Under The Foot
|2002||The Blue Lotus
|2003||Romancing Hong Kong
|2003||Xianggang Ziyou Xing
|2004||City of Sky
|Xiao Ruoning / Yu Bohan|
|2004||The Sea's Promise
|2004||Strange Tales of Liao Zhai
- Jackie Chan's Official Website. Interview with Li Bingbing. JackieChan.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24. Archived July 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Forbidden Kingdom Production Notes castellolopesmultimedia.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- The Internet Movie Database. Awards for Bingbing Li. IMDb.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- Asian Movie Pulse. Jackie Chan to Direct The 1911 Revolution. AsianMoviePulse.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24. Archived September 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "China.org". China.org. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-10-03.
- UNEP News Centre. Li Bingbing – National Ambassador (China). UNEP.org. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- UNEP News Centre. Li Bingbing – UNEP Ambassador in China. UNEP.org. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- CriEnglish. Li Bingbing: Ambassador of Korean Culture. English.cri.vn. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "Qigong 'Master' Wang Lin's Deeds with Famous Icons Disclosed". cri.cn. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "Chinese Qigong master Wang Lin threatens reporter who says he does not have supernatural powers". news.com.au. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- China's Li Bingbing Boards 'Transformers 4'
- "3-D fantasy Zhong Kui starts China shoot". Retrieved 2014-02-15.
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|Awards and achievements|
|Golden Horse Award|
for True Women For Sale
for The Message