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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