Zhang plays a country girl who was in love with the town's teacher, and won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance.
She rose to international fame in 2000 with her role as Jen in martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee.
Born on February 9, 1979, Zhang Ziyi is a Chinese actress and model who is considered one of the Four Dan Actresses on China and is one of the most well-known actresses of Asia.
Zhang disliked the attitudes of her peers and teachers so much that, on one occasion, she ran away from the school.
She plays the blind dancing girl Mei, who despite the lack of eyesight, is a skilled fighter.
Nonetheless, the film was a box office hit in the West.
Several reports in China this week, alleged Zhang had earned millions by sleeping with wealthy businessmen, including Mr Xilai, who was ousted from China’s powerful politburo amid allegations he and his wife were involved in the murder of Old Harrovian businessman Neil Heywood last November.
Reports in China alleged Zhang had earned millions by sleeping with wealthy businessmen, including Bo Xilai, pictured left with his wife Gu Kailai, who was ousted from China's politburo over Neil Heywood's murder According to reports in China, she slept with Bo at least ten times between 20 in exchange for ‘huge’ monetary gifts.