Sunday, July 11, 2010

Zhou Xun and Yann Arthus Bertrand Launch Chinese Version of "Home"

Shanghai (China), 5 July 2010 - Chinese actress Zhou Xun and French film director Yann Arthus-Bertrand on Monday launched the premiere of the Chinese version of HOME at the Shanghai Expo.

Using the stunning aerial footage that is Mr. Arthus-Bertrand's trademark, the film - shot in more than 50 countries - makes an urgent appeal for our planet in peril and all its treasures.

The Chinese version of HOME has been dubbed by Zhou Xun, one of China's leading actresses and a highly recognized environmental advocate. She was named a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for China in 2008, with a special focus of promoting environmental sustainability, won UNEP's Champion of the Earth award this year and is the Green Ambassador for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

"I have been nurturing this film for more than fifteen years. What I saw and learned as I flew over the Earth has changed me forever," said Yann Arthus-Bertrand, who is also a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador. "We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, to avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children," he warned.

The film depicts how humans have disrupted the fragile balance on which the Earth has existed for four billion years. Global warming, a shortage of resources and endangered species are threatening the very existence of human beings. By the end of the century, the film predicts, current consumption patterns will have exhausted almost all the Earth's natural resources and only changing the way humans live can reverse the trend.

Said Zhou Xun: "I suggest people take the nearly 100 minutes to watch this film called HOME. Let us pay more attention to this crisis that might happen on this Earth in the future."

The film first premiered globally on World Environment Day in 2009 and has been seen in more than 108 countries and territories.

Mr. Arthus-Bertrand, a photographer as well, is renowned as one of the world's strongest advocates for protecting nature and insisting on the need for sustainable development. His 'Earth Seen From Above' exhibit of large-scale aerial photography explores the link between humans and nature and encourages viewers to think about the challenges the planet faces. The exhibit, which started in Paris in 2000 has since travelled to cities around the world and has reached over 130 million people. Most recently, his film '6 Billion Others', which is currently showing in the UN Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo, captures the testimonials of the lives of 6,000 people facing the challenges of climate change in more than 65 countries.

Zhou Xun also regularly promotes 'tips for green living' through Our Part, a campaign she runs jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The popular actress encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint through simple changes in lifestyle, something that can make a huge difference in a country with the challenges of a large population such as China.



Zhou Xun breaks down upon hearing news of old flame’s demise


Forty-three-year-old actor Jia Hong Sheng had a blooming career back in the 80s as one of China's most well-known actors.

His meteoric fall from grace began when he fell into the drug trap and was the first Chinese celebrity to admit to taking drugs. He was admitted into a mental institute in 1995 and managed to kick the addiction afterwards.

In the subsequent years, Jia struggled in his career, with a few sporadic appearances in plays and movies. He was said to be thinking of making a comeback recently. But that ended when he jumped from a building on July 5.

Jia used to date acclaimed actress Zhou Xun briefly for a year. Back then Zhou Xun was still relatively unknown and Jia had tried to help her by bringing her to audition for a role in a major production. The pair split when Zhou Xun left him for someone else.

According to Jia's close friend, Zhou Xun has been crying over tragedy. The close friend also revealed that Jia did not display signs of depression and had even met up with him to discuss his comeback over a meal.

Zhou Xun did not respond to questions and her manager spoke to the media on her behalf.

"This is truly shocking and saddening news. I believe what Jia Hong Sheng needs now is peace so I hope everyone can respect him and his family."



Sunday, March 07, 2010

Asia’s 25 greatest actors of all time

As the Oscars approach, CNNGo celebrates the top Asian legends of the silver screen

In the history of the Academy Awards (airing on March 7th), only two Asians have ever taken home a Best Actor or Actress statue (we don't count Ben Kingsley as true Asian). Yet Asia has produced incredibly talented thespians that have changed the course of their nation’s cinematic history. In anticipation of Oscar night, we’ve narrowed the list of greats to 25. Roll the credits…

China: Zhou Xun

The seductive Zhou Xun is arguably the most adept of China’s “Four Young Dan actresses.” She’s certainly the most dedicated: Xun confessed to CNN that she showed up on the set of “The Message” intoxicated, in order to get into the mind of her hard-drinking character. Her accolades include multiple Best Actress awards for “The Equation of Love and Death” and “Perhaps Love.”

Best Role: In “Suzhou River,” a 2000 film noir directed by Lou Ye, Xun enthralled audiences as the femme fatale star of a mermaid show.

The list of 25 great actors:

China: Gong Li, Ruan Lingyu, Zhou Xun
Hongkong: Leslie Cheung, Josephine Siao, Tony Leung
Japan: Toshiro Mifune, Tomisaburo Wakayama, Takeshi Kitano
India: Guru Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Pran, Nargis, Meena Kumari
Pakistan: Mohammad Ali, Zeba
Sri Lanka: Malini Fonseka
Korea: Ahn Sung-ki, Shim Eun-ha
Singapore: Ng Chin Han, Fann Wong
Thailand: Petchara Chaowarat, Mitr Chaibancha
Malaysia: P. Ramlee
Cambodia: Kong Som Eurn



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