Thursday, February 04, 2010

Zhou Xun: angel in the world

Zhou Xun, China's Hangzhou-born leading actress who is on the Forbes list of "powerful Chinese celebrities", was interviewed by CNN's Talk Asia host Anjali Rao in Shanghai for the premiere of her new movie Confucius in Hong Kong.

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The 35-year-old "Star of the Year", selected by Cine Asia, is in two much-awaited movies this year – a biopic on philosopher Confucius and Yuen Woo Ping’s action flick True Legend.

Zhou was brought into the spotlight with her roles in Suzhou River, Perhaps Love and The Banquet. Zhou's ability to pull off various roles makes her a favorite with Chinese directors and won her the reputation of "Angel in the World" among the audience, but she has never had professional acting training. "I was born in a very small town in Hangzhou. I used to play in the only cinema in our town where my father worked, but movies still seemed far from me. I never expected to become an actress until I was spotted by a director at a dance academy where I enrolled."

Acting for 18 years, the smart veteran has never been bothered by the Chinese government's infamous censorship of the film industry. In her eyes, "being an actress in China is actually no different from being an actress elsewhere. It all comes down to being a good person, and acting responsibly".

Zhou is not only a successful actress, but also an enthusiastic public servant. Last year she was appointed by the United Nations as its first Chinese goodwill ambassador with a special focus on the environment.

"The environment has become a global issue. The Chinese government is sparing no effort to change environmental conditions in China," said Zhou.

All actors and actresses in the world are troubled by paparazzis. Zhou is no exception, but she can't do anything about it. Anyway, "I try not to let it bother me too much," she said.

By Xie Fang

Source: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/m/hangzhou/e/2010-01/28/content_9393462.htm

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Kung Fu movie "True Legend" premieres in Beijing

The highly-anticipated martial arts film True Legend has premiered in Beijing. The film is directed by Yuen Woo-ping, and employs 3-D techniques. It's aiming to take a big slice of China's movie market during the China's new year season.

Major cast members Jay Chou, Zhou Xun and Vincent Zhou joined Director Yuen, at the premiere.

True Legend is regarded by critics as one of the most stunning flicks Yuen has ever directed. Many of its scenes were shot in breathtakingly dangerous places, like the Hukou Waterfall at the Yellow River in North China's Shanxi Province.

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Jay Chou plays two separate roles in the film. When asked about how he switches the roles with such ease and grace, Chou had this to say.

Jay Chou said, "The two roles I played in the film are very different characters. And they have diverse Kungfu styles. I think this is a great challenge for me. I really enjoyed myself during the shooting and I think I fulfilled the roles."

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Mainland actress Zhou Xun, who plays Yuan Ying in the film, says sometimes filming took extra effort.

Zhou Xun said, "There was a scene shot on a mountain slope, where I was required to climb up the mountain hauling a wooden cart. I felt filming the scene is like a mission impossible, for the cart is too heavy and I could hardly make any steps upward along the slope."

Although director Yuen Woo-ping is known for his Kung Fu choreography in movies, the film also has a softer side. There are emotional relationships between family members, lovers and siblings.

True Legend is set for release across the country on February 9th.

Source:
http://www.china.org.cn/2010-02/01/content_19345249.htm

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[Video] Zhou Xun on CNN's chat show, Talk Asia

Enjoy video of Zhou Xun on CNN's chat show, Talk Asia.

Download: http://ht.cdn.turner.com/cnn/big/international/2010/01/28/talk.asia.zhou.xun.cnn_640x360_dl.flv

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http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/0qw7T47-aRw/?is_rec







Credit: cpy @ zhouxun.tv
Reupload: mylove @ zhouxun.chungta.com

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Zhou Xun appeals Chinese society to rally for Haiti

By Zhu Shanshan

Chinese actress Zhou Xun Tuesday called on Chinese society and the private sector to help people in Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the country on January 12.

As the National Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nation Development Program (UNDP), Zhou revealed she will take part in more public activities to promote the aid to Haiti and she also donated money to help people trapped in Haiti earthquake.

“Disasters have no mercy, but humans do. In Wenchuan Earthquake, we received helps all over the world. So when Haiti is confronting this disaster, I hope we can pass our love to the people in Haiti,” said Zhou in UNDP’s press conference Tuesday morning.

Chinese government has already provided substantial bilateral support to Haiti including medicines, food, shelter and other urgently needed supplies. China’s Ministry of Commerce donated $2.6 million to the UN Flash Appeal.

In private sector, Chinese Olympic gold medalist Li Ning who is the founder of Li Ning Company Limited, has donated 1 million yuan ($146,500) to pay for 5 humanitarian flights to send food and other relief materials to Haiti.

The 7.3-magnitude quake which struck Haiti on January 12 has killed more than 170,000 people and 3 million have been affected by the earthquake.

Source:
http://china.globaltimes.cn/society/2010-02/502987.html

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Up close with Zhou Xun

CNN’s Talk Asia joins Zhou Xun (pic), one of China’s leading actresses who is on the Forbes list of “powerful Chinese celebrities”, in Shanghai and for the premiere of her new movie Confucius in Hong Kong.

The 35-year-old CineAsia “Star of the Year” is in two much-awaited movies out this year – a biopic on philosopher Confucius and Yuen Woo Ping’s action flick True Legend.

Zhou’s ability to pull off various roles makes her a favourite with Chinese directors, but she has never had formal acting training. “I was born in a very small town outside of Hangzhou and even though there was a cinema in our town, movies still seemed very far away to me. I didn’t know the production process at all, so I never expected to become an actress.”

The young Zhou was always interested in singing and dancing, and was once enrolled at a dance academy. She got into acting when a director spotted her at the dance academy.

When asked for her take on the Chinese govern­­­­ment’s infamous censorship of the film industry, the veteran of 18 years shrugs off the sensitive subject.

“Being an actress in China is actually no different from being an actress elsewhere. It all comes down to being a good person, and acting responsibly.”

On actress Tang Wei who was banned from working on the mainland for three years as a result of her onscreen nudity in Lust, Caution, Zhou says: “I think you don’t really worry about all those things before shooting. ... But I don’t think I can ever be completely unclothed in front of the camera.”

Zhou was brought into the spotlight with her roles in Suzhou River, Perhaps Love and The Banquet. She was appointed by the United Nations as its first national goodwill ambassador with a special focus on the environment.

“I think the Chinese government is very determined to change environmental conditions in China. This is a not a movie. This is a real threat, ” says Zhou.

The actress also discusses with Talk Asia host Anjali Rao her constant efforts to keep her private life private.

“This is what I’m trying hard to adjust to because I don’t like being followed when I’m not working. But I can’t do anything about it. So I try not to let it bother me too much.

“But this adjustment process takes quite a long time and this type of paparazzi culture in China is getting more severe as well.”

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