Do you like this picture of Gong Li? Regarding the casting controversy, I feel most of it was due to the fact that that it was directed by Rob Marshall.
The film Shanghai Triad, released in 1995, ended their professional relationship.
Her father was a professor of economics and her mother, who was 40 when Gong was born, was a teacher.
In 1985, Gong sought to study at China's top music school, but was denied entrance.
In the same year, she starred in the incoherent wire-fu extravaganza of The Maidens of Heavenly Mountain and breathed life into one of Zhang Yimou's most bruised and realistically underplayed dramas, To Live.
If Zhang Ziyi's Sayuri is water, then Gong Li's Hatsumomo is a volcanic eruption, exploding fire that threatens to burn everything to a crisp at the slightest provocation.
Two years later, she was invited by the Berlin Film Festival to be the president of its international jury at the festival's 50th anniversary 2001 February.
I can't think of a single other person I would have done that for.