Zhang Ziyi wants more than action

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27 Aug – Actress Zhang Ziyi recently revealed why she still won't move to Hollywood despite her popularity in the U.S.

The actress, who recently sat down for an interview with NPR, revealed that she is still waiting for the right project from Hollywood that does not require her to do martial arts and action scenes all the time. She was often stereotyped into martial arts and action films because of her Asian descent and her previous works such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Hero" and "The House Of Flying Daggers".

Zhang said, "I'm often offered roles, but they all look similar. I think I can do better than just kicking ass, you know. That's why I really appreciate the opportunity that was given to me [to play Sayuri] in "Memoirs Of A Geisha"."

She added that the movie opens the window for her to show the world that she can do more than just action scenes.

Meanwhile, the actress also talked about her role as Gong Er in "The Grandmaster", saying, "In the old days in China, females were not allowed to learn kung fu. But Gong Er's father taught her secretly, and she became a grandmaster who learned how to be her own person and do what she feels is right. She is a strong character."

The actress revealed that she was urged to say yes to the project despite the duration it took to finish the film just because it was a Wong Kar-wai project, and added, "You cannot say 'no' to Wong Kar-wai. It's like when Steven Spielberg offers you a role. You have to say 'yes' right away."

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