While attending Beijing's Central Drama Academy, Zhang landed a role on a shampoo commercial, and before she knew it, the ad's director -- acclaimed filmmaker Yimou Zhang -- cast her as the young lead in The Road Home (2000). After the huge success of Crouching Tiger (which came out just a few months later), Zhang made her American cinematic debut opposite Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 2.
Zhang's star has continued to rise ever since as she delivered intense and luminous performances in action spectaculars such as Hero (2002) and romantic dramas such as 2005's Memoirs of a Geisha, which netted her a Golden Globe nomination.
After murdering his brother the emperor, taking over the throne and marrying the recently widowed Empress Wan (Ziyi Zhang), Li (You Ge) dispatches a group of assassins to kill Prince Wu Luan (Daniel Wu). Having survived the attack, Wu Luan sets out to avenge his father's death. Teaming with the empress, Wu Luan plans to strike during a lavish banquet Li is throwing for his ministers. This stunning Chinese film is based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet."