Li Bingbing

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Li Bingbing
Born (1973-02-27) February 27, 1973 (age 46)
Alma materShanghai Theatre Academy
Occupation
Years active1994–present
AwardsGolden Horse Awards – Best Actress
2009 The Message – Li Ningyu


Huabiao Awards – Outstanding Actress
2007 The Knot – Wang Jindi


Hundred Flowers Awards – Best Actress
2008 The Knot – Wang Jindi


Chinese name
Musical career
LabelsHuayi Brothers

Li Bingbing (Chinese: 李冰冰; born February 27, 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer who rose to fame with her role in Seventeen Years (1999) and since then received critical acclaim for her roles in A World Without Thieves (2004), Waiting Alone (2005), The Knot (2006), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Message (2009), Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) and Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)

Li has also starred in Hollywood blockbusters Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and The Meg (2018).

Early life and career[edit]

Li was born in Wuchang, Heilongjiang. She initially had no intention of becoming an actress and 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.

Li rose to fame after starring in Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the Best Actress Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival.[1] In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China.

Li was subsequently labelled as an "action actress" as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.

Li achieved breakthrough with her performance in Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves.[2] She then starred in Dayyan Eng's romantic comedy film Waiting Alone, for which she received her first Best Actress nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards.[3]

In 2006, Li starred in romance film The Knot, directed by Yin Li. The film was China's entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. Li won Best Actress awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards.[4][5] In 2008, she co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 blockbuster The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. The film was her first appearance in an international film, and gave her a solid international following.[6]

In 2009, Li won Best Actress at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her performance in The Message, about Japanese invaders in China who try to ferret out a spy among their Chinese collaborators.[7]

Li then starred in Tsui Hark's 2010 action-mystery film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. She played Shangguan Jing'er, a fictional character based off Shangguan Wan'er, a prestigious politician during the Tang Dynasty.[8] She established her studio in the same year, co-starring and co-producing the film 1911 with Jackie Chan, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.[9]

Career in Hollywood[edit]

Li's first-time in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, adapted from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title.[10] The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[11] Li started to gain recognition in Hollywood after starring in Resident Evil: Retribution, playing Ada Wong.[12] The same year, she was cast in action fantasy film 400 Boys, directed by British director Alastair Paton.[13]

In 2013, Li attended the 4th Annual US-China Film Summit and received the East-West Talent Award.[14][15] Hollywood magazine Variety also named her Asian Star of the Year.[16] The following year, Li featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the film franchise.[17] This helped solidify her success overseas.[18]

In 2015, she was cast in 3D science fiction thriller Nest (also known as Guardians of the Tomb), a Chinese-Australian co-production that was finally released in January 2018.[19] The same year, it was announced that Li would play China's first female superhero in upcoming film Realm, written by Stan Lee.[20]

In 2018, Li starred with Jason Statham in The Meg, an American-Chinese shark film based on Steve Alten's 1997 novel Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.[21]

Ambassador roles[edit]

  • Charity Ambassador of the Shanghai World Expo[22]
  • Goodwill Ambassador of UNEP[23]
  • Global Ambassador of WWF Earth Hour[24]
  • Ambassador of Korean Culture in China[6]

Social activities[edit]

Li has established L.O.V.E, a charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of a positive, environmentally responsible lifestyle. She is also one of the founders of the two-year One Million-Tree Forest project, launched in efforts to change the climate environment and help local residents of Gansu Province, Southwest China, to increase their incomes.[25] Her commitment to green and charitable causes has earned her the recognition as "the most influential global ambassador" from World Wildlife Fund.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Li 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 Senkaku 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 Senkaku Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."[27]

On July 24, 2013, it was reported that Li has a godfather named Wang Lin,[28] 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.[29] 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.[28]

She is one of the members of China Zhi Gong Party.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1994 Spirit of Cops 警魂 Shen Fang
Qiaoqian Zhixi 乔迁之喜 Juan Juan
1999 Lüse Rouqing 绿色柔情 Lin Qiaoqiao
Seventeen Years 过年回家 Chen Jie
2003 Love for All Seasons 百年好合 Li Mochou
Cat and Mouse 老鼠爱上猫 Ding Yuehua
Purple Butterfly 紫蝴蝶 Tang Yiling
2004 Silver Hawk 飞鹰 Jane
A World Without Thieves 天下无贼 Xiaoye
2005 Waiting Alone 独自等待 Liu Rong
Fight for Love 情陷擂台 Ma Lili
Wait 'Til You're Older 童梦奇缘 Kwong's mother Guest appearance
Dragon Squad 猛龙 Yu Ching
2006 The Knot 云水谣 Wang Jindi
2008 Linger 蝴蝶飛 Fu Enjia
The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 Ni Chang / White haired witch
2009 The Message 风声 Li Ningyu
2010 Triple Tap 槍王之王 Zhao Anna
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 狄仁杰之通天帝国 Shangguan Jing'er
2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 雪花與秘扇 Nina/Lily
1911 辛亥革命 Xu Zonghan
2012 I Do[31] 我愿意 Tang Weiwei
Resident Evil: Retribution N/A Ada Wong
400 Boys N/A N/A Not released
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction N/A Su Yueming
2015 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal 钟馗伏魔:雪妖魔灵 Xue'er
2018 Guardians of the Tomb 谜巢 Jia
The Meg N/A Suyin

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1994 Yilu Denghou 一路等候 Du Yuling
1995 No Regrets 无悔追踪 Feng Kangmei
1996 Zhanguo Chuanqi 战国传奇 Hongnu
1997 Shang Yang Chuanqi 商鞅传奇 Du Wa
Fengsheng Shuiqi 风生水起 Gu Ting
1998 Qinmi Airen 亲密爱人 Bai Tong
Palace of Desire 大明宫词 Princess Anle
Da Fating 大法庭 Xia Liyan
The Female Official 女巡撫之闖天關 Sun Xiaohong Guest appearance
2000 The Nation Under The Foot 一腳定江山 Fan Yue'e
Qingchun Chudong 青春出动 Guan Ping
Yiben Wuhui 義本無悔 Qin Xue
Smart Kid 機靈小不懂 Ying Ziyan
Young Justice Bao 少年包青天 Ling Chuchu
2001 Ye Yatou 野ㄚ頭 Ye Yatou
Zheshan Tanhua 折扇探花 Sixth Princess
Taiji Prodigy 少年張三丰 Qin Sirong
Sky Lovers 天空下的緣分 Tang Wei
2002 The Blue Lotus 花样的年华 Ye Zi
2003 Romancing Hong Kong 动感豪情 Gao Shuang
2004 City of Sky 天空之城 Xiao Ruoning / Yu Bohan
The Sea's Promise 海的誓言 Bai Ying
Changjian Xiangsi 長劍相思 Fengyi
Strange Tales of Liao Zhai 聊齋之小翠 Yu Xiaocui
2005 Eight Heroes 八大豪俠 Feng Laiyi
Huiniang Wanxin 徽娘宛心 Ye Wanxin
2006 Zaisheng Yuan 再生緣之孟麗君傳 Meng Lijun

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Singapore International Film Festival Best Actress
Seventeen Years
Won
2005 12th Beijing Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress
Waiting Alone
Won
25th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Nominated
2006 28th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress
A World Without Thieves
Nominated
2007 14th Beijing Student Film Festival Best Actress
The Knot
Nominated
11th Golden Phoenix Awards Special Jury Award Won
12th Huabiao Film Awards Best Actress Won
26th Golden Rooster Awards Nominated
44th Golden Horse Awards Nominated
2008 9th Changchun Film Festival Nominated
29th Hundred Flowers Awards Won
2009 46th Golden Horse Awards
The Message
Won
2010 4th Asian Film Awards Nominated
3rd Iron Film Awards Nominated
10th Chinese Film Media Awards Nominated
Best Rising Actress Won
17th Beijing Student Film Festival Best Actress Nominated
2011 CineAsia 2011[32] Female Star of the Year Won
2012 31st Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress
1911
Nominated
2013 9th Huading Awards
I Do
Nominated
2015 3rd China International Film Festival London[33]
Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal
Won
The Most Influential Star Overseas N/A Won
2018 14th Chinese American Film Festival Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Meg
Won
Chinese American Film Art Exchange and Contribution Award
Won

References[edit]

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