|Chinese name||張靜初 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||张静初 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Zhāng Jìngchū (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Zoeng1 Zing6 Co1 (Cantonese)|
|Born||Zhang Jing (張靜)
2 February 1980
Yong'an, Fujian, China
|Alma mater||Beijing New Oriental Institute|
|Label(s)||Zhang Jingchu Studio (under Bona Jinchuan)|
Zhang came into international prominence through director Gu Changwei's debut film Peacock, which won the Silver Bear at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival. She was picked from 1,000 applicants for her role as a petulant, conniving homebound daughter who tries to chart her own course in life. Following which, she got a role in Tsui Hark's martial arts film Seven Swords, which opened the Venice Film Festival in August 2005.
Zhang shed her gentle and quiet image to play the rebellious and gusty protagonist in Huayao Bride in Shangri-la (2005), and won the Beijing College Student Film Festival for Best Actress. She was named one of "Asia's Heroes" by Time magazine.
In 2006, Zhang was cast as the tough-talking heroine in the Finnish-Chinese kungfu movie Jade Warrior, directed by A. J. Annila. The same year, she starred in romantic drama The Road directed by Lu Chuan. Zhang won over the audience with the maturity she shows in her acting, and her extraordinary ability to touch hearts by interpreting the different stages of a Chinese woman's life. She won the Best Actress award at the 30th Cairo International Film Festival.
Zhang then starred in Derek Yee's smug drugging film Protégé (2007). Her portrayal of woman who is forced to struggle between drug addiction and herself won praises from both the audience and critics. The same year, she made her Hollywood film debut in Rush Hour 3 alongside Jackie Chan.
She then starred in Ann Hui's film Night and Fog, a social commentary film which sheds light on Hong Kong immigrants from China. Her portrayal of the protagonist Ling, a woman who struggles with an abusive husband won rave reviews from critics and was described as a "turning point" in her career. The same year, she starred in Red River where she played a mentally-challenged Vietnamese girl.
Zhang next starred in Feng Xiaogang's disaster film Aftershock (2010), playing a girl who separates from her mother after the Tangshan earthquake and becomes a rescue worker. Zhang also takes part in earthquake relief efforts in real life. She is the ambassador of the charity SiyuanAOC Rainbow Plan, founded by China Siyuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and AOC Monitor.
Zhang then took a six-month break from the entertainment industry, stating that she was disappointed by the commercial nature of her recent roles. During this time, she served as a jury member at the Shanghai International Film Festival. She returned to the screen in the romantic comedy Laucana (2012) co-starring Shawn Yue.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|2000||Affection Double Days||情義兩重天||Mengmeng|
|2003||Suo Miya's Choice||索密娅的抉择||Suo Miya|
|Huayao Bride in Shangri-la||花腰新娘||Fengmei|
|Seven Swords||七劍||Liu Yufang|
|2006||The Road||芳香之旅||Li Chunfang|
|Rush Hour 3||尖峰時刻3||Soo Yung|
|2008||Beast Stalker||證人||Ann Gao|
|Night and Fog||天水圍的夜与霧||Wong Hiu-ling|
|2010||The Double Life||A面B面||Liu Yue|
|Flirting Scholar 2||唐伯虎點秋香2之四大才子||Qiuxiang|||
|Aftershock||唐山大地震||Fang Deng / Wang Deng|
|City Under Siege||全城戒備||Xiuhua|
|2011||The Man Behind the Courtyard House||守望者：罪惡迷途||Hong|
|The Law of Attraction||萬有引力||Xuelian|||
|Casino Moon||賭城月色||Casino dealer||Short film|
|Running Shadows||我的影子在奔跑||Tian Jiafang|
|The Mercury Factor||危情黑吃黑||Jiazhen|
|2014||The Old Cinderella||脱軌時代||Xu Ke|
|2015||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||碟中諜5||Lauren|
|2016||Murder at Honeymoon Hotel||蜜月酒店殺人事件||Pei Er|
|For a Few Bullets||快手槍手快槍手||Li Ruoyun|
|Sky on Fire||沖天火||Gao Yu|
|2018||The Three-Body Problem||三體||Ye Wenjie|
|Once Upon A Time In Northeast China||东北往事|
|Wings Over Everest||冰峰暴|
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|2000||Sword Master||三少爺的劍||Zhu Qianqian|
|2001||Qin Shi Huang||秦始皇||Princess Mindai|
|Love Dictionary||愛情寶典之風筝誤||Zhan Shujuan|
|The Great Love in Your Life||你的生命如此多情||Yan Yu|
|Bu Huijia De Nanren||不回家的男人||Lu Tong|
|2002||The Cricket Master||蟋蟀大師||Xiaocui|
|Imperial Guards||英雄||Ye Min|
|2005||Purple Jade and Gold Sand||紫玉金砂||Pan Lingyu|
|2006||The 36th Chamber of Shaolin||南少林三十六房||Li Menglin|
|2016||Let's Fall in Love||咱们相爱吧||Lin Xiaoxiao|
|2005||12th Beijing College Student Film Festival||Best Actress||Huayao Bride in Shangri-la|
|11th Huabiao Awards||Outstanding New Actress|
|14th Shanghai Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Peacock|
|2006||6th Chinese Film Media Awards||Best Actress|
|30th Cairo International Film Festival||Best Actress||The Road|
|2009||16th Beijing College Student Film Festival||Students' Choice Award for Favorite Actress||Red River|
|2013||5th China Image Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Switch|
- "The next Gong Li?". China Daily. February 16, 2007.
- "The Movie Traveller-Huayao Bride in Shangri-La". China Radio International. February 13, 2009.
- "TIMEasia Magazine: Asia's Heroes - Zhang Jingchu". Time magazine. October 3, 2005.
- "Finnish mythology meets Chinese martial arts". China Daily. October 30, 2006.
- "A path well travelled". China Daily. February 10, 2006.
- "Chinese Film Wins Top Prize in Cairo". China.org.cn. December 11, 2006.
- "Addictive viewing". China Daily. February 16, 2007.
- "John Rabe hits the screens". Global Times. April 29, 2009.
- "Night and Fog -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. March 23, 2009.
- "Hui's return to Tin Shui Wai more in line with popular perception". China Daily. May 9, 2009.
- "Why Zhang's River is not a current theme". China Daily. April 7, 2009.
- "Who's in". China Daily. September 10, 2009.
- "Chinese star refreshed after New York career break". China Daily. June 14, 2011.
- "A blackout comedy that's a knockout film". China Daily. June 1, 2012.
- "The Mercury Factor: Palm Springs Review". The Hollywood Reporter. September 1, 2014.
- "Chinese Actress Zhang Jingchu Accepts 'Mission' With Tom Cruise (EXCLUSIVE)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Nebula-nominated Three-Body Problem completes filming". China Daily. August 6, 2015.
- "'Once Upon a Time in Northeast China' blood flowed in snow…". City On Fire. November 3, 2017.
- "NEWS: Koji Yakusho, Zhang Jingchu to star in 'Wings Over Everest' (exclusive)". Screen Daily. December 1, 2017.
- "Movie reel". China Daily. July 25, 2009.
- "Fun flirting again". China Daily. July 3, 2010.
- "The Law of Attraction Hits Cinemas on Friday". China Daily. April 8, 2011.