Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Zhou Xun in town for festival

By Xu Wei | 2008-6-7 |

IN many eyes, mainland actress Zhou Xun possesses genuine charisma, as well as bona fide star power.

Regarded as one of the most promising young film actresses in China, Zhou will return to the city for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival, just weeks after she completed one section of the Shanghai leg of the Beijing Olympic torch relay.

"It was a rewarding experience for me to spread and promote the Olympic spirit," Zhou said. "I hope that the torch relay can pass our blessings and care to the earthquake sufferers."

Zhou has donated 100,000 yuan (US$14,443) to help those in need following the earthquake in Sichuan Province.

Just a month ago, the actress was appointed by the United Nations Development Program as its first National Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on promoting environmental sustainability.

Zhou rose to international fame through her roles in Lou Ye's "Suzhou River" in 2000. Her role in Peter Chan's "Perhaps Love" won her the Best Actress award in the Hong Kong Film Awards.

In late September, Zhou will deliver her brand new portrayal of a female ghost in the Chinese fantasy epic "Painted Skin."


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