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Zhou XunZhou Xun (Chinese: 周迅), born the 18th of October 1974, is a Chinese actress, singer and activist. She gained international fame for her earlier roles in Suzhou River in 2000 and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in 2002.

Zhou has won Best Actress honors from Asian Film Awards, Beijing College Student Film Festival, Chinese Director's Association Awards, Chinese Film Media Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Golden Horse Awards, Golden Rooster Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards; as well as the French award-giving body Festival du Film de Paris. She is regarded as one of the four best actresses of China.

Zhou Xun is the first and only actress in history to have won all three top acting prizes of Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Aside from the critical acclaim, Zhou Xun is also the most commercially successful actress in the history of Chinese cinema, by total box office grosses.

For her continuous effort to push for environmental awareness in China from the ground up, Zhou Xun was awarded with UNEP's Champion of the Earth Award in 2010, the first entertainer in the world to receive this honor.

She was born to a middle-class family in Quzhou, Zhejiang. Her father, Zhou Tianning, was a local film projectionist, and her mother, Chen Yiqin, was a salesperson at a department store.

She went to school in Quzhou No.1 Middle School and after she graduated, she enrolled at the Zhejiang Arts Institute to further her interest in the dramatic arts, against the wishes of her parents, who wanted her to graduate from a university.

Zhou XunShe was singled out for a role in the film Strange Tales Amongst Old and Desolate Tombs during her teenage years in school.

Zhou debuted in the comedy movie The Pampered Wife. She next starred in Chen Kaige's films, Temptress Moon and The Emperor and the Assassin.

But it was not until in 2000 that Zhou received recognition in China. With her role as young Princess Taiping in the historical drama named Palace of Desire, that Zhou received the Audience's Choice for Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards at the 18th China TV Golden Eagle Award.

Zhou achieved breakthrough on the big screen with Lou Ye's Suzhou River (2000), which won her the Best Actress award at the 15th Festival du Film de Paris.

That year, she was named one of the four best actresses alongside Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei and Xu Jinglei.

She further achieved international recognition when she starred in the Franco-Chinese romance drama film Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress in 2002.

A string of successful projects followed. In her first Hong Kong film Hollywood Hong Kong directed by Fruit Chan, Zhou impressed critics with her performance.

Hollywood magazine Variety praise Zhou saying: "Zhou is superb, moving with ease between her various personalities and always convincing in each".

Zhou XunHer next film, a romance-themed A Pinwheel Without Wind won her the Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actress.

Among Zhou's earlier notable works also include television series The Legend of the Condor Heroes and the film Baobei in Love.

Zhou impressed critics once again with her performance in Peter Chan's musical film Perhaps Love in 2005 - a film that represented Hong Kong at the 2006 Academy Awards.

Zhou received Best Actress awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, Golden Bauhinia Awards and Golden Horse Awards.

She next starred in Feng Xiaogang's wuxia film The Banquet in 2006 - a film inspired from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Zhou plays the girlfriend of the crown prince, equivalent to Ophelia. She won the Golden Bauhinia Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2007, she starred in Susie Au's film Ming Ming, which was highly praised at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival. Zhou played dual roles - twins with absolutely different characteristics and personalities.

With a string of successful films, Zhou was brought into the spotlight as one of China's top actresses. Her ability to pull off various roles made her a favorite with Chinese directors and won her the reputation of "Angel in the World" among her audiences.

Zhou XunShe then starred in Cao Baoping's romantic thriller The Equation of Love and Death in 2008, as a taxicab driver on the lookout for her missing boyfriend.

Critics again praised Zhou, crediting the film's success to Zhou's performance as Li Mi. From this film Zhou went on to receive Best Actress awards at the Asian Film Awards, Shanghai Film Critics Awards, Golden Rooster Film Festival and the Chinese Film Media Awards.

The same year she appeared in Gordon Chan's horror-adventure film Painted Skin, a remake of a classic supernatural thriller of the same title.

Next came spy thriller The Message in 2009, about Japanese invaders in China who try to ferret out a spy among their Chinese collaborators.

In 2009, Zhou was named the Star of the Year at CineAsia exhibition and distribution convention in Hong Kong.

Asia-Pacific Producers Network (APN) also honored her as the Asian Star of the Year for her exemplary box office achievements and in an interview with CNN, Zhou was named as one of Asia's 25 greatest actors of all time.

Zhou next featured in a biographic drama film Confucius in 2010 and filmed her first wuxia film, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in 2011 - directed by Tsui Hark.

Zhou made her directorial debut with the short film Five Demon Traps in 2011, which stars Tony Leung Chiu-wai as a demon killer.

Zhou XunIn 2012, Zhou made her Hollywood debut in the science fiction film called Cloud Atlas with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Doona Bae - playing multiple roles in the film.

Zhou then reprised her role in Painted Skin: The Resurrection in 2012, the sequel to Painted Skin. The film grossed over the 700 million yuan ($109.8 million) landmark, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese-language movie of all time at that time.

Zhou returned to television after 10 years in Red Sorghum in 2014, based on Nobel prize laureate Mo Yan's 1986/1987 novel of the same name.

Zhou's performance in the series was highly praised by the author himself for her immaculate grasp of the character's inner turmoil. Zhou won the Best Actress Award at the Shanghai Television Festival and Asian Television Award for her performance.

The same year, she received the Chevalier Medal in the Order of Arts and Letters by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for her contributions in film, public welfare and Sino-French communications in Beijing, China.

She was also rated as China's favorite star, ranking first on the 15th Huading Award international celebrity's satisfaction survey.

In 2015, Zhou served as a jury for the 5th Beijing International Film Festival. Zhou returned to the screen in 2017, starring in war film Our Time Will Come directed by Ann Hui and in the same year, she will also star in the historical drama Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace.

Zhou XunAs an activist, Zhou Xun was named the first United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador for China in 2008 with a special focus of promoting environmental sustainability. Zhou jointly runs a campaign called 'Our Part', which promotes 'tips for green living'.

In 2010, she became the Laureate of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Champions of the Earth (Inspiration & Action). She was the first entertainer in the world to receive this honour. She was also the Green Ambassador for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

In 2011, Zhou was honored as one of the 2011 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

In 2011, Zhou was formally announced as a new ambassador for Chanel. Chanel chief designer Karl Lagerfeld noted Zhou Xun for her strong fashion sense, describing the actress as "a synthesis of young Coco Chanel and Ballet Troupe Zizi Jeanmaire."

Zhou Xun married American actor Archie Kao on July 16th, 2014 on stage after a charity event in Hangzhou, China.

Zhou has received Hong Kong citizenship under the "Quality Migrant Admission Scheme" and currently resides there.

As an advocate for low carbon lifestyles, every year Zhou Xun purchases hundreds of saplings and trees to be planted in Inner Mongolia, as a way to compensate for her yearly carbon consumption.

After watching a documentary series about autistic children, Zhou Xun started Autism Care Week on April 31st, 2011, to shed a light on a subject long neglected in the Chinese media.

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Zhou Xun and Zhao Wei - Painted Skin


Filmography

Film

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1991 Old Grave 古墓荒斋 Jiao Na
1993 Story of Rouge Chamber 胭楼记 Zheng Yue'e
1995 The Pampered Wife 小娇妻 Yangyang
Nü'er Hong 女儿红 Hua Dao
1996 Temptress Moon 风月 Little dance girl
1998 My Rice Noodle Shop 花桥荣记 Xie Yan
1999 The Emperor and the Assassin 荊軻刺秦王 Blind girl
2000 Suzhou River 苏州河 Mei Mei / Mou Dan
If I Lose You 如果没有爱 Xun
2001 Beijing Bicycle 十七岁的单车 Hong Qin
Hollywood Hong Kong 香港有个好莱坞 Hung Hung/Tong Tong
2002 A Pinwheel Without Wind 烟雨红颜 Zhao Ningjing
Where Have All the Flowers Gone 那时花开 Huan Zi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress 巴尔扎克和小裁缝 Little seamstress
2004 Baobei in Love 恋爱中的宝贝 Bao Bei
2005 A West Lake Moment 鸳鸯蝴蝶 Xiao Yu
Beauty Remains 美人依旧 Xiao Fei
Stolen Life 生死劫 Yan Ni
Perhaps Love 如果·爱 Sun Na
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 Qingnü
2007 Ming Ming 明明 Mingming / Nana
2008 The Equation of Love and Death 李米的猜想 Li Mi
Painted Skin 画皮 Xiao Wei
All About Women 女人不坏 Ou Fanfan
2009 The Message 风声 Gu Xiaomeng
2010 Confucius 孔子 Nanzi
True Legend 苏乞儿 Yuan Ying
2011 The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Wang Huiwu
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 龙门飞甲 Jade
2012 The Great Magician 大魔术师 Liu Yin
Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮II Xiao Wei
The Silent War 听风者 Zhang Xuening
Cloud Atlas 云图 Talbot/Hotel Manager
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Rose
2014 Overheard 3 窃听风云3 Ruan Yuehua
Women Who Flirt 撒娇女人最好命 Zhang Hui
Meet Miss Anxiety 我的早更女友 Qi Jia
2017 Remain Silent 保持沉默 Duan Mulan Not released
Our Time Will Come 明月几时有 Fang Gu

Television

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1997 Hong Chu Fang 红处方 Shen Pei
1998 Jingtan Fengyun 警坛风云 Lin Peipei
1999 Lüyi Hongniang 绿衣红娘 Fan Xiaoxuan
2000 Jinqian Bense 金钱本色 Mandy
Kaixin Jiuhao 开心就好 Tan Gege
Palace of Desire 大明宫词 young Princess Taiping
April Rhapsody 人间四月天 Lin Huiyin
The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom 太平天国 Shi Yiyang
Xin Wang 心网 Na Niu
Yuanlai Yijiaren 缘来一家人 Tao Tao
2001 Love Story in Shanghai 像雾像雨又像风 Du Xinyu
2002 Ripening Orange 橘子红了 Xiu He
2003 The Legend of the Condor Heroes 射雕英雄传 Huang Rong
Beach 海滩 A'Tong
Business Family 买办之家 Su Boyuan/Xia He
2014 Red Sorghum 红高粱 Jiu'er/Cang Jiulian
2017 Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 Ulanara·Ruyi

Discography

Albums

  • 2003: Summer (夏天)
  • 2005: Come Across (偶p>

Singles

Year Title Chinese Title Album Notes
1999 "Wander Aimlessly" 飘摇 Hainan Hainan
2000 "Heart like a Tragic Melody" 心如悲歌 Heaven and Earth Musical OST
2001 "No Choice" 无奈 Ripening Orange OST
"Spring Comes Back and Forth" 春去春又回
2002 "A Head of Lychee, Three Grabs of Fire" 一棵荔枝三把火 Hollywood Hong Kong OST
2013 "Sunrise and Sunset" 日出日末 Beach OST
"Looking at the Sea" 看海
2004 "In My eye" Baobei in Love OST
"Empty like the Sky" 虚拟天空
"Busy Line" 占线
"The Body Hasn't Moved, The Heart Already Wandered" 身未动,心已远 Theme song of Travel Channel
2005 "Journey" 行囊 N/A
"Outside" 外面 Perhaps Love OST
"Crossroads" 十字街头
"Forget Who I Am" 忘了我是谁 with Takeshi Kaneshiro
"Bubble" 泡泡 N/A Promotional song for Olay
2006 "Song of the Yue" 越人歌 The Banquet OST
"Electric Shadows" 电影往事 Electric Shadows OST
"Look" 看看 Ming Ming OST with Anthony Wong
"Song of the Vagrant" 流浪者之歌
2007 "Companion" 伴侣 N/A Promotional song for Motorola Moto
2008 "Outside the Window" 窗外 The Equation of Love and Death OST
"Love Earnestly" 用力爱 All About Women OST
2009 "Love and Hate Extensively" 爱恨恢恢 N/A Theme song of Zhu Xian 2
2010 "True Legend" 走马看黄花 True Legend OST
2011 "Only One in the World" 这世界唯一的你 N/A
2012 "Guess the Lover" 猜情人 The Great Magician OST with Tony Leung Chiu-wai
2014 "For the Child" 给小孩 One Day OST
"A Switch to Happiness" 幸福的开关 N/A

Film

Asian Film Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 2nd Asian Film Awards - 3rd Best Actress The Equation of Love and Death Won

Beijing College Student Film Festival

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 10th Beijing College Student Film Festival - 10th Favorite Actress Where Have All the Flowers Gone Won
2006 13th Best Actress Perhaps Love Nominated
Favorite Actress Won
2009 16th Best Actress The Equation of Love and Death Won
2012 19th The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Nominated

Changchun Film Festival

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 8th Best Actress Perhaps Love Nominated

China Film Director's Guild Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 1st Best Actress Baobei in Love Won
2013 4th Painted Skin: The Resurrection Nominated

Chinese Film Media Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 5th Best Actress Baobei in Love Nominated
2006 6th Perhaps Love Nominated
2009 9th The Equation of Love and Death Won
2010 10th The Message Nominated

Golden Bauhinia Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 11th Best Actress Perhaps Love Won
2007 12th Best Supporting Actress The Banquet Won

Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 39th Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress Hollywood Hong Kong Nominated
2006 43th Perhaps Love Won
2009 46th The Message Nominated

Golden Rooster Awards">

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 26th Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress Perhaps Love Won
2009 27th Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actress The Banquet Nominated

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Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 13th Special Jury Award The Message Won

Festival du Film de Paris

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2000 15th Best Actress Suzhou River Won

Hong Kong Film Award

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 25th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Perhaps Love Won
2007 26th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actres The Banquet Won
2009 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Painted Skin Nominated
2012 31st Hong Kong Film Awards The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Nominated
2013 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards The Great Magician, The Silent War Nominated
2015 34th Hong Kong Film Awards Women Who Flirt Nominated

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 12th Best Actress Perhaps Love Won
2007 13th The Banquet Nominated
2009 15th Painted Skin Nominated
2012 18th The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Nominated

Hundred Flowers Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 25th Best Actress A Pinwheel Without Wind Won
2010 30th Hundred Flowers Awards Painted Skin Nominated
2012 31st The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate Nominated

NETPAC Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 4th Best Actress Hollywood Hong Kong Nominated
2006 8th Perhaps Love Won
2010 12th The Message Nominated

Shanghai Film Critics Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 18th Best Actress Perhaps Love Won

Television

Asian Television Award

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 7th Best Actress Ripening Orange Nominated
2015 20th Best Actress Red Sorghum Won

China TV Drama Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 6th China TV Drama Awards Best Actress Red Sorghum Won

China TV Golden Eagle Award

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2000 18th Audience's Choice for Actress Palace of Desire Won
Best Supporting Actress Won

Flying Apsaras Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 30th Outstanding Actress Red Sorghum Nominated

Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 2nd Best Actress Red Sorghum Won

Huading Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 17th Huading Awards Best Actress Red Sorghum Won

Shanghai Television Festival

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 21st Best Actress Red Sorghum Won

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