Monday, February 09, 2009

Actress Zhou Xun becomes Hong Kong resident

Updated: 2009-02-08 19:11

HONG KONG -- Zhou Xun, an internationally acclaimed Chinese actress who co-starred with Zhang Ziyi in the movie "The Banquet", has become a Hong Kong resident under a talent migrant scheme.

Zhou, born in Quzhou of Zhejiang Province, applied to become a Hong Kong resident to further her career, Sunday's Beijing News quoted her assistant Ju Shuo as saying.

The focus of her work would still be on the Chinese mainland and she has no plan to settle down in Hong Kong yet, said the assistant.

Zhou won the best actress award in the 15th Paris Film Festival for her role in the movie "Suzhou River" in 2000. She also won more than 10 domestic movie awards for best actress or best supporting actress.

Prior to Zhou, film actress Zhang Ziyi, who starred in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Memoirs of Geisha", and Tang Wei, the actress in Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" had obtained Hong Kong resident status under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme.

The scheme, which is quota-based and seeks to attract highly skilled and talented persons, aims to enhance Hong Kong's economic competitiveness in the global market

Hong Kong, a film making hub for the Chinese-speaking world, has played a prominent part on the world cinema stage. Hong Kong-based stars such as Jackie Chan, comedian Stephen Chow, and singer Andy Lau have gained wide popularity on the Chinese mainland.

Source: xinhua

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