|Chinese name||徐靜蕾 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||徐静蕾 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Xú Jìnglěi (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Ceoi4 Zing6-leoi4 (Cantonese)|
April 16, 1974|
|Alma mater||Beijing Film Academy|
|Label(s)||Beijing Kaila Pictures Co., Ltd.|
Early life and education
On April 16, 1974, Xu was born in Beijing, China.
Xu Jinglei rose to fame in China with the television series A Sentimental Story (1997), where she played a policewoman who falls for a gangster. Thereafter, she starred in romance film Spicy Love Soup (1997), where she won the Society Award at the Golden Phoenix Awards for her performance.
In 1998, Xu and actor Li Yapeng paired up in Cherish Our Love Forever, a story based off the life and love between a group of young college students. The television series struck a chord with young audiences and became a massive hit in China, where Xu and Li were hailed as the "Nation's Couple". The two would later pair up again for the film sequel Eternal Moment (2011), set ten years after the drama.
Xu solidified her success in 2002 with the films Spring Subway and I Love You, both popular hits in China and particularly with younger audiences. Along with Zhang Ziyi, Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei, Xu was hailed as one of the Four Dan Actresses in China. Xu won the Huabiao Award for Outstanding New Actress for her performance in I Love You and the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actress for Spring Subway. The same year, she won the Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Far from Home.
In 2006, Xu starred alongside Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung and Shu Qi in the crime drama Confession of Pain. She received her first acting award in Hong Kong; the year's Most Attractive Actress at the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers (HKSC) Awards. Xu was then cast as the female lead in the war epic, The Warlords (2007) by Peter Chan.
Xu made her directorial debut with the film My Father and I (2003), where she also starred as the lead actress. The film, which tackled the delicate relationship between a Chinese father and his daughter, received widespread critical acclaim and won her a Golden Rooster for Best Directing Debut. Her second directorial work, Letter from an Unknown Woman (2004) was a romantic story based on the classic novel of Stefan Zweig, and won her the Silver Shell for Best Director at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.
After two successful art-house films, Xu had a shot in innovative film making in Dreams Come True (2006), an experimental film shot in one setting. However unlike her previous two films, Dreams Come True was panned by critics.
Xu became the first female director in China whose films gross more than 100 million yuan, for her 2010 film Go Lala Go!. The film, adapted from Li Ke's bestseller of the same name which is about a young woman's growth in society, is Xu's first attempt at commercial production.
Deviating from her former productions which mainly focuses on romance and family, Xu returned with action cop thriller The Missing in 2017. She also announced that she would be producing an alien-themed online comedy series based on the popular online novel "My 200-Million-Year-Old Classmate".
Although not well known outside of China, Xu is popular domestically: in mid-2006, her Chinese-language blog had the most incoming links of any blog in any language on the Internet, according to blog search engine Technorati.
In 2006, Xu founded her own production company, Kaila Pictures Corporation. She uses the same name for her monthly digital magazine, which was first launched in April 2007. In 2010, she launched her first jewelry line which was sold on online stores.
Xu also launched an education and film fund with 200,000 yuan (US$25,000) to support braille publications, education for the children of migrant workers, and filming.
In 2008, Xu was awarded the honorary title of "China Environmental Ambassador" at an awarding ceremony cosponsored by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the United Nations Development Program on World Earth Day.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|1997||My Love to Tell You||我的爱对你说|
|Spicy Love Soup||愛情麻辣燙||Lin Yuqing|
|1998||The Storm Riders||風雲||Feng Wu|
|Spring Subway||開往春天的地鐵||Xiao Hui|
|Far From Home||我的美丽乡愁||Xue'er|
|2003||I Love You||我爱你||Du Xiaojie|
|Heroic Duo||雙雄||Zhuo Min|
|My Father and I||我和爸爸||Xiao Yu||also director and screenwriter|
|Last Love, First Love||最后的爱,最初的爱||Fang Min|
|2005||Letter from an Unknown Woman||一个陌生女人的来信||Young girl||also director and screenwriter|
|2006||Dreams May Come||梦想照进现实||Actor||also director and screenwriter|
|Confession of Pain||伤城||Zhou Shuzhen|
|2007||The Warlords||投名状||Lian Sheng|
|2009||Shinjuku Incident||新宿事件||Yuko Eguchi|
|2010||Go Lala Go!||杜拉拉升职记||Du Lala||also director and screenwriter|
|2011||Eternal Moment||将爱情进行到底||Wen Hui|
|Dear Enemy||亲密敌人||Ai Mi||also director|
|2013||Better and Better||越來越好之村晚||Liu Shufen|
|2014||One Step Away||触不可及||Ying Zi|
|2015||Somewhere Only We Know||有一个地方只有我们知道||Chen Lanxin||also director|
|2017||The Missing||綁架者||also director|
|Battle of Memories||记忆大师||Zhang Daichen|
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|1994||My Old Classmate||同桌的你|
|1996||Beijing Love Story||北京爱情故事||Dan Hong|
|1997||A Sentimental Story||一場風花雪月的事||Lu Yueyue|
|1998||Long Tang||龙堂||Ding Min|
|Cherish Our Love Forever||将爱情进行到底||Wen Hui|
|1999||Thunderstorm Rider||霹雳菩萨||Ah De|
|Here Comes Fortune||财神到||Xiao Yu|
|Love Letter||情书||Xia Lin|
|2000||New Romance Generation||新言情时代||Yi Fei||television film|
|Divine Retribution||世纪之战||Yuen Siu-mui / Siu-kuk|
|Family of Lu Ao||旅“奥”一家人|
|2001||Accumulating All My Love||堆积情感||Yu Jingjing|
|Let Love Make the Decision||让爱作主||Lou Jiayi|
|2002||Sky Lovers||天空下的缘分||Du Mai|
|2005||Doukou Nianhua||豆蔻年华||Lin Lan|
Awards and nominations
- "A Versatile 'Flower Vase'". Women of China. 16 September 2008.
- "徐静蕾简介 (Introducing Xu Jinglei)". Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- "Love story with a twist inspires actress-director". China Daily. 14 February 2005.
- "Chinese Director-Actress Xu Jinglei". China Radio International. 16 March 2010.
- "Film Version of "Cherish Our Love Forever" to Be Shot". China Radio International. 6 May 2010.
- "Xu Jinglei, Li Yapeng in new romantic film". Xinhua News Agency. 23 September 2010.
- "Story of a secret love". China Daily. 6 March 2005.
- "Xu Jinglei wins Hundred Flowers award". Guangdong News. 7 November 2003.
- "第23届中国电影金鸡奖揭晓 张艺谋获最佳导演奖". Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). 11 May 2013.
- "Shu Qi and Xu Jinglei". Variety. 16 July 2006.
- "Aaron Kwok and Xu Jinglei Most Attractive in Cinematographers' Eyes". China.org.cn. 12 April 2007.
- "China's Xu set for 'Ci ma' role". Variety. 15 December 2006.
- "Actress-director Xu Jinglei returns to big screen". China Daily. 24 November 2016.
- "Xu returns to acting role in sci-fi film". China Daily. 3 May 2017.
- "Actress expands her talent with directing". Shanghai Daily. 31 December 2016.
- "Xu Jinglei Wins Best New Director in Spain". China.org.cn. 27 September 2014.
- "Experimental director breaks out of mould with "Dreams"". Xinhua News Agency. 7 July 2006.
- "Bore or score?". Xinhua News Agency. 8 July 2016.
- "Director Xu Jinglei Swaps Styles in Her New Movie". People's Daily. 12 April 2010.
- "Xu Jinglei: From art house to box office". China Radio International. 23 December 2011.
- "Xu Jinglei Playing Four Roles in Dear Enemy". Women of China. 23 December 2011.
- "Xu Jinglei begins production on Somewhere". Film Business Asia. 26 June 2014.
- "Chinese actor writes world's top blog". The Guardian. 20 July 2007.
- "Actress becomes world's favourite blogger". The Telegraph. 24 May 2007.
- "The tale behind the 'talented bella'". China Daily. 21 December 2011.
- "Xu Jinglei Launches Her E-magazine "Kai La"". China Radio International. 17 April 2007.
- "KaiLA: "a girl's dream come true"". The Global Times. 1 September 2010.
- "Xu launches film and education fund". China Daily. 15 June 2006.
- "Xu Jinglei awarded title of 'environmental ambassador'". China.org.cn. 22 April 2008.