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Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi

Date: Aug 01 2007

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It’s hard to say what causes a foreign actor to become famous in the United States. Sometimes it’s just talent for acting, but other times it’s a combination of things. Arnold Schwarzenegger was first known for lifting weights, then he became a world-famous actor, and now he’s the governor of California! Zhang Ziyi’s world fame might have more than a little to do her incredible fighting skills. Listen to Mason and Kevin talk about why they like Zhang Ziyi.

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Mason

Mason

Kevin

Kevin

Mason:  You know, I can’t tell you why I’ve been thinking about this actress lately, do you know Zhang Ziyi?

Kevin:  Crouching Tiger...

Mason:  Yeah, Crouching Tiger, that was like her first film that I ever noticed her in but it was one of those roles that you’re just like, “Who was that person?”

Kevin:  Yeah, it was pretty amazing.

Mason:  But all of a sudden it kind of seemed like she became the go-to Asian girl. In American film, it was like, “There’s a role for an Asian girl, let’s get that Zhang Ziyi girl.”

Kevin:  So why have you been thinking about her?

Mason:  I can’t even tell you why. I’ve kind of been watching a lot of martial arts stuff. There’s a movie she was in called Hero that Jet Li was in…

Kevin:  I haven’t seen it but I’ve heard about it.

Mason:  Yeah, I haven’t really watched it lately, but I own it. It’s a phenomenal film. Maybe I was flipping through the channels the other day and Crouching Tiger was on. But she’s a beautiful woman…

Kevin:  Stunning...

Mason:  ...and I remember right around the time that Crouching Tiger came on, she was doing presentations at a lot of awards and you could tell she was just barely starting to learn English, and I kind of felt bad about my culture at that point. Why do we need to co-opt this person and make them come and present awards in their broken English?

Kevin:  Sure…and she struggles…pitiful.

Mason:  I don’t get it. You know? What is that? You’ve been abroad, is that just, “We like this, let’s make it ours”?

Kevin:  Well, she’s a very good actress, so it comes with the territory.

Mason:  I guess. I think that actors in movies with subtitles get, like, a bye for me because I can’t really tell if they’re acting poorly.

 

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Discussion

For some reason, Mason has Zhang Ziyi on his mind. Like most Americans, he discovered her in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but he hasn’t seen any of her movies lately.

Shortly after Crouching Tiger came out, Zhang Ziyi presented awards on American television even though she barely spoke English. It made Mason feel bad that she had to struggle on TV like that, but Kevin says it’s just what famous actors have to do.

Who’s your favorite actor from another country? Do you like watching films with subtitles?

 

Comments

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DominikLi

DominikLi

China

Aha,we are proud about her~

12:07 PM Jan 19 2013 |

sanjaykrishana

India

hi friend….i try to connent u but i dont found ur profile…u pls send request for me..

12:26 PM Apr 15 2011 |

twinnyshen

China

The chance is very important for an actor!

03:42 AM Aug 22 2007 |

hacha

Algeria

hi Iam new friend

10:59 AM Aug 17 2007 |

hacha

Algeria

hi Iam new friend

10:59 AM Aug 17 2007 |

tinkle

tinkle

India

hi!

02:34 AM Aug 17 2007 |

tinkle

tinkle

India

hi! zhang zayi, ur picturre is very sweet,realy!

02:33 AM Aug 17 2007 |

ywen

China

i think that she is very talent actress ,i like her

02:33 AM Aug 14 2007 |

hacha

Algeria

this my email

 

 

 

 

05:08 PM Aug 06 2007 |

hesham86

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

hi i’m hesham alhade

01:20 PM Aug 06 2007 |

anara.duisheeva

Kyrgyzstan

she is very beutifull lady. You can discover it again in Memories of Geisha. She is amazing.

08:34 AM Aug 06 2007 |

fazilah4

fazilah4

Malaysia

i’m proud to be malaysian as zhang ziyi born in Malaysia

06:27 AM Aug 06 2007 |

allweatherfriend

Myanmar

hello .,

       i hope u will be ok in everything.Cool

       i want to be friend with u.Innocent

                                              allweatherfriend

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11:25 AM Aug 05 2007 |

zoesummer

zoesummer

China

I really think she's a very girl worth admiring. She gives it everything she've got,so she get succeed. Although many Chinese people don't like her,her courage and hard working is short for other Chinese people.

03:19 AM Aug 05 2007 |

mcgradylibin

China

hehe ,i am proud of her!

08:52 AM Aug 04 2007 |

mcgradylibin

China

heeh,i’am new here.

08:50 AM Aug 04 2007 |

Mário Jonas

Brazil

very good….!

07:42 PM Aug 02 2007 |

Jiangying

Jiangying

United States

well, i don't respect her, she did not contribute anything to the human beings. she just takes off her clothes in public, that is it

04:24 PM Aug 02 2007 |

carlosbertholdi

Brazil

I laugh each time read or hear Schwarzenegger governor of California, I can't believe someone would vote on him, he doesn't even sound like an American.

Just type "craig arnold" on youtube  to see some joke, this actor mimic very well the Arnold's voice. this one in particular is very funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgwlh-S_R3A

11:05 PM Aug 01 2007 |

manoj2english

India

She is intelligent and stunning.

06:32 PM Aug 01 2007 |

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