Zhao Tao

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Zhao Tao
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Background information
Chinese name 赵涛 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhào Tāo (Mandarin)
Born (1977-01-28) 28 January 1977 (age 41)
Taiyuan, China
Occupation Actress,Producer
Years active 1999-Present
Spouse(s) Jia Zhangke (2012-Present)

Zhao Tao (born 28 January 1977) is a Chinese actress. She works in China and occasionally Europe, and has appeared in 10 films and several shorts since starting her career in 1999. She is best known for her collaborations with her husband, director Jia Zhangke, including Platform (2000) and Still Life (2006). With Shun Li and the Poet (2011), she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at David di Donatello. She received a Golden Horse Award nomination for Mountains May Depart (2015).


She was born January 28, 1977, in Taiyuan, Shanxi, which is also the hometown of the heroine in Still Life. As a child, she studied classical Chinese dance. In 1996, she enrolled in the folk dance department at Beijing Dance Academy. After graduation, she became a dance teacher in Taiyuan Normal College, where she was spotted by Jia during casting for Platform.[1] Since then they work frequently together.

In 2011 she starred in the Italian film Shun Li and the Poet by Andrea Segre, which screened in the Venice Days section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.[2] Zhao won the David di Donatello Award, the Italian Oscar, for Best Actress for her bilingual role.

Zhao Tao at 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Personal life[edit]

On January 7, 2012 she married director Jia Zhangke.

Complete Filmography[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2000 Platform 站台 Yin Ruijuan Ensemble
2002 Unknown Pleasures 任逍遥 Qiao Qiao Lead
2004 The World 世界 Tao Lead
2006 Still Life 三峡好人 Shen Hong Lead
2007 Our Ten Years 我们的十年 Lead
2008 24 City 二十四城记 Su Na Ensemble
2008 Dada's Dance 达达 Ensemble
2008 Cry Me a River 河上的愛情 Zhou Qi Lead
2009 Remembrance 念石 - Lead
2010 Ten Thousand Waves - Blue Goddess Ensemble
2011 Shun Li and the Poet 我是丽 Shun Li Lead
2013 A Touch of Sin 天注定 Xiao Yu Ensemble
2015 Mountains May Depart 山河故人 Shen Tao Lead
2018 Ash Is Purest White


  1. ^ "Constant Muse: Jia Zhangke's leading lady Zhao Tao". China Film Journal. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "5 September". La Biennale di venezia. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 

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