In China, we don't consider someone truly beautiful until we have known them for a long time, and we know what's underneath the skin.
I don't care if you love me or not. I'll love you anyway.
I want, through my roles, to express the parts in the hearts of Chinese women that they feel unable to let out.
When two people first meet, they can only have a very ordinary kind of friendship. But when you begin to understand each other, when you get close to them, you discover that you're suddenly eager to know him or her even better.
Most people spend their whole lives looking for the right job. There are others who never get an opportunity to do work that fulfils them.
I wanted to become a kindergarten teacher like my mother.
People who trust me will not be swayed by what's been said about me, and for people who don't, no amount of good reports will persuade them.
Obviously I'd love to work with any of these great directors because every time I've worked with them I've gained a tremendous amount as an actor. Each director has his own way of pushing you towards improving yourself.
The atmosphere at my school was very competitive. Young girls were competing with each other every day for status, for leadership, for the affection of the teachers. I hated it.
That whole environment was just incompatible with my beliefs and my personality. It was a dark time for me.
From beginning to end I worried that Ang Lee wouldn't be satisfied with my work. So I worked as hard as I could to earn his trust, because you only get a chance like this once.
Actually I ran away from school when I was 13. No one could find me, and the police were called. I was just hiding in a little thicket of grass at my school, and went to sleep.
Today's China is not in the least shut out from the rest of the world. Trends come to us from all over the world. And the Internet is really developed in China. We get news from all over the world.
A movie has its own fate, which often doesn’t depend on the performances of the director and actors.
It's not that I wanted to be an actor; it's that I didn't want to be a dancer! I was trained in traditional Chinese dance, and after working so hard it seemed unfair to just disappear into a group.
Chinese women are much more modest than American women when it comes to clothes. We tend to show less flesh.
There's nothing in Chinese culture that is an equivalent of the geisha. It's so different, so special to Japan.
I'm not really interested in politics, because I think it's just too removed from my own life. If there's a war, though, or a disaster, I want to know what's happening.
Whatever you see - any good results - are all from the pressure.
Zhang Yimou is always going to need young, pretty girls for his films. But I don't really concern myself with what Zhang Yimou's next starlet looks like.
Even though I've done Hollywood films, I still don't think of myself as a Hollywood actress.
For myself I don't like the geisha look. It's like a mask.
From my opinion, 'geisha' means a woman skilled in the arts. Like dancing, singing and playing musical instruments.
I was really interested in geishas' work, and wanted to meet real geishas.
Working in Hollywood, it's clear the more money you have, the more technology you can get. So you can build a whole Japanese set. Only in Hollywood!
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