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An actress for the ages

By Xu Fan | China Daily | Updated: 2021-10-18 07:59
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Actress Gong Li (center) poses with four members of the jury panel-(from left) Leste Chen, Zhang Songwen, Wuershan and Chen Kun-at the opening ceremony of the 11th Beijing International Film Festival on Sept 20.[Photo by Zhu Xingxing/China Daily]
咪乐|直播|app|平台苹果版 如何充分发挥调查研究对谋划工作、科学决策的辅助作用,习近平同志在《之江新语》中有精到论述,“各级领导干部在调查研究工作中,一定要保持求真务实的作风,努力在求深、求实、求细、求准、求效上下功夫”。

Gong Li's latest film, a spy thriller, closes this year's Beijing festival, Xu Fan reports.

In the winter of 2002, Zhang Songwen, who is now an award-winning actor known for the smash hit The Bad Kids, stumbled upon a tale about Gong Li, an internationally recognized Chinese film star.

Then working as a teaching assistant at the Beijing Film Academy, Zhang had rented an apartment from another actor, Liu Peiqi, who told Zhang he could also use his cotton-padded jackets to keep warm in the chilly weather of the city. A native of South China's Guangdong province, Zhang felt quite cold one day and opened Liu's closet and saw a red-cover notebook, with the writing, "Work log from the shooting of The Story of Qiu Ju".

In 1992, the film, starring Gong as a rural pregnant woman who stubbornly seeks justice, won the Golden Lion, the top award at the Venice International Film Festival, and also earned her the best actress award. The film was helmed by China's top director Zhang Yimou, with Liu playing a major character in it.

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