Gong Li

Gong Li is a Chinese-born Singaporean film actress. Gong first came into international prominence through close collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou and is credited with helping bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the United States. She has twice been awarded the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards as well as the Berlinale Camera, Cannes Festival Trophy, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle Award, and Volpi Cup. She married Singaporean businessman Ooi Hoe Soeng in 1996, and became a Singaporean citizen in 2008.

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2046 (2004)

Women enter and exit a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Kar-wai
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Zhang Ziyi  •  Faye Wong  •  Takuya Kimura

Women enter and exit a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wong Kar-wai
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Zhang Ziyi  •  Faye Wong  •  Takuya Kimura

A Terra-Cotta Warrior (1989)

China 3000 years ago. It's the time of the Qin dynasty. The emperor seeks immortality by busily letting his alchemists search for a formula and building the famous terracotta army from the bodies of outlaws and the condemned. This is the time Mong Tiang Fong and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Ching Siu-Tung
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Yu Rongguang  •  Zhang Chunzhong

China 3000 years ago. It's the time of the Qin dynasty. The emperor seeks immortality by busily letting his alchemists search for a formula and building the famous terracotta army from the bodies of outlaws and the condemned. This is the time Mong Tiang Fong and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Ching Siu-Tung
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Yu Rongguang  •  Zhang Chunzhong

Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

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During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as his wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Gong Li  •  Jay Chou  •  Liu Ye

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as his wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Chow Yun-Fat  •  Gong Li  •  Jay Chou  •  Liu Ye

Eros (2004)

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Michelangelo Antonioni
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gong Li  •  Alan Arkin  •  Chang Chen

A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh  •  Wong Kar-wai  •  Michelangelo Antonioni
CAST:  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Gong Li  •  Alan Arkin  •  Chang Chen

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Douzi becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Zhang Fengyi  •  Gong Li  •  Lu Qi  •  Leslie Cheung

Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled "Farewell My Concubine" that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou marries Juxian, Douzi becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Zhang Fengyi  •  Gong Li  •  Lu Qi  •  Leslie Cheung

Ju Dou (1990)

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed in glowing technicolour, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Wei Li  •  Li Baotian  •  Ji-an Zheng

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed in glowing technicolour, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Wei Li  •  Li Baotian  •  Ji-an Zheng

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

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A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Marshall
CAST:  Zhang Ziyi  •  Gong Li  •  Youki Kudoh  •  Mako

A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Marshall
CAST:  Zhang Ziyi  •  Gong Li  •  Youki Kudoh  •  Mako

Miami Vice (2006)

A case involving drug lords and murder in South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. Unorthodox Crockett gets involved romantically with the Chinese-Cuban wife of a trafficker of arms and drugs, while Tubbs deals ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Colin Farrell  •  Gong Li  •  Luis Tosar

A case involving drug lords and murder in South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs. Unorthodox Crockett gets involved romantically with the Chinese-Cuban wife of a trafficker of arms and drugs, while Tubbs deals ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  Jamie Foxx  •  Colin Farrell  •  Gong Li  •  Luis Tosar

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

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China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Ma Jingwu  •  Cao Cuifen  •  Kong Lin

China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for his attention and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Ma Jingwu  •  Cao Cuifen  •  Kong Lin

Red Sorghum (1987)

An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu'er. When the Japanese ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Jiang Wen  •  Ten Rujun  •  Ji Liu

An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu'er. When the Japanese ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Jiang Wen  •  Ten Rujun  •  Ji Liu

Shanghai Triad (1995)

Shanghai, China, 1930. When young Shuisheng arrives from the countryside, his uncle Liushu puts him at the service of Bijou, the mistress of Laoda, supreme boss of the Tang Triad, constantly threatened by his enemies, both those he knows and those lurking in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Li Baotian  •  Wang Xiaoxiao  •  Li Xuejian

Shanghai, China, 1930. When young Shuisheng arrives from the countryside, his uncle Liushu puts him at the service of Bijou, the mistress of Laoda, supreme boss of the Tang Triad, constantly threatened by his enemies, both those he knows and those lurking in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Li Baotian  •  Wang Xiaoxiao  •  Li Xuejian

The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

When her husband is kicked in the groin by the village head, Qiu Ju, a peasant woman, despite her pregnancy, travels to a nearby town, and later a big city to deal with its bureaucrats and find justice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Liu Peiqi  •  Liuchun Yang  •  Lei Kesheng

When her husband is kicked in the groin by the village head, Qiu Ju, a peasant woman, despite her pregnancy, travels to a nearby town, and later a big city to deal with its bureaucrats and find justice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Liu Peiqi  •  Liuchun Yang  •  Lei Kesheng

To Live (1994)

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Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Ge You  •  Gong Li  •  Niu Ben  •  Jiang Wu

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zhang Yimou
CAST:  Ge You  •  Gong Li  •  Niu Ben  •  Jiang Wu

Hannibal Rising (2007)

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The story of the early, murderous roots of the cannibalistic killer, Hannibal Lecter – from his hard-scrabble Lithuanian childhood, where he witnesses the repulsive lengths to which hungry soldiers will go to satiate themselves, through his sojourn in France, where ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Webber
CAST:  Aaran Thomas  •  Gaspard Ulliel  •  Helena-Lia Tachovská  •  Richard Leaf

The story of the early, murderous roots of the cannibalistic killer, Hannibal Lecter – from his hard-scrabble Lithuanian childhood, where he witnesses the repulsive lengths to which hungry soldiers will go to satiate themselves, through his sojourn in France, where ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Webber
CAST:  Aaran Thomas  •  Gaspard Ulliel  •  Helena-Lia Tachovská  •  Richard Leaf

Zhou Yu's Train (2002)

Zhou Yu, a ceramic artisan in China's rural Northwest, has a deep rapport with Chen Qing, a shy sensitive poet. Taking a long train ride every weekend just to make mad passionate love with him, her longing seems insatiable. Until one day, she meets the hedonistic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sun Zhou
CAST:  Sun Honglei  •  Gong Li  •  Tony Leung Ka-fai

Zhou Yu, a ceramic artisan in China's rural Northwest, has a deep rapport with Chen Qing, a shy sensitive poet. Taking a long train ride every weekend just to make mad passionate love with him, her longing seems insatiable. Until one day, she meets the hedonistic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sun Zhou
CAST:  Sun Honglei  •  Gong Li  •  Tony Leung Ka-fai

Chinese Box (1997)

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Gong Li  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Michael Hui

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Wang
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Gong Li  •  Maggie Cheung  •  Michael Hui

The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Zhang Fengyi  •  Sun Zhou  •  Xiaohe Lü

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Gong Li  •  Zhang Fengyi  •  Sun Zhou  •  Xiaohe Lü

Temptress Moon (1996)

Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leslie Cheung  •  Gong Li  •  Kevin Lin  •  He Saifei

Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her brother-in-law ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leslie Cheung  •  Gong Li  •  Kevin Lin  •  He Saifei

Flirting Scholar (1993)

A scholar in search of true love. Disguising himself as a houseboy, he indentures himself to a rich family in order to pursue the ravishing servant girl who has stolen his heart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Chow  •  Lee Lik-Chi
CAST:  Stephen Chow  •  Gong Li  •  Cheng Pei-Pei  •  Natalis Chan

A scholar in search of true love. Disguising himself as a houseboy, he indentures himself to a rich family in order to pursue the ravishing servant girl who has stolen his heart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Chow  •  Lee Lik-Chi
CAST:  Stephen Chow  •  Gong Li  •  Cheng Pei-Pei  •  Natalis Chan

What Women Want (2011)

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daming Chen
CAST:  Andy Lau  •  Gong Li  •  Osric Chau  •  Hu Jing

After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daming Chen
CAST:  Andy Lau  •  Gong Li  •  Osric Chau  •  Hu Jing
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