Born on February 9, 1979, in Beijing, China, Zhang Ziyi received training in dance and drama before making her film debut in 2000’s The Road Home. She next co-starred in the international Ang Lee hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Later film roles have included Rush Hour 2, The House of Flying Daggers, 2046, Memoirs of a Geisha and a modern version of the Shanghai-based Dangerous Liaisons.
Zhang continued her impressive run, starring in another towering cinematic and commercial triumph, "Ying xiong" (2002), which was released in the United States under the title "Hero" (2004). Zhang reunited with director Zhang Yimou to star alongside Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Daoming Chen and Donnie Yen for the big-budget tale set at the violent dawn of the Qin dynasty, circa 220 B.C., where the soon-to-be first Emperor is on the brink of conquering the war-torn land.
Raised in a middle class family of a government economist and a kindergarten teacher together with her older brother, Zhang Zinan, Ziyi was born on February 9, 1979 in Beijing, People's Republic of China. Since she was considered as a frail child, her parents therefore encouraged her to take dancing and gymnastic lessons. "My parents sent me to study dance so I could build my muscles," she recalled. "I was very small and very weak for my age.