Films: Zhang Ziyi

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 11min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Dougherty
  • Cast: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi
  • UK release: 29 May 2019

Long-awaited sequel to 2014's Godzilla reboot.

The Grandmaster

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • Hong Kong / China
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Wong Kar-wai
  • Cast: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Song Hye-kyo, Wang Qingxiang
  • UK release: 5 December 2014

The story of Ip Man (Leung), the martial arts master who would eventually train Bruce Lee. The main character's romance with headstrong Gong Er (Ziyi) is undernourished and the plot is presented in an illogical order, but it's an elegant and occasionally exciting tribute to a man and his art.

TMNT

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 26min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kevin Munroe
  • Written by: Kevin Munroe
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mako, Kevin Smith, Patrick Stewart, Zhang Ziyi, Mitchell Whitfield, James Arnold Taylor, Mikey Kelley, Nolan North

Those 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' are back, souped up with 3D animation and looking pretty fearsome. Good design and excellent fight sequences have replaced a lot of the humour of the original and make this worth catching, surprisingly.

2046

  • 2004
  • Hong Kong / China / France / Italy / Germany
  • 2h 9min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Wong Kar-wai
  • Written by: Wong Kar-wai
  • Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Gong Li, Faye Wong, Takuya Kimura, Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Chang Chen, Bird Thongchai McIntyre, Dong Jie, Maggie Cheung
  • UK release: 14 January 2005

Fantasy love story about a novelist who dreams up a world in which people board a train to the future to escape their pasts.

Memoirs of a Geisha

  • 2005
  • US
  • 2h 25min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Rob Marshall
  • Written by: Robin Swicord
  • Cast: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh

Screen adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel which tells the story of a Japanese child torn from her family to work at a geisha house, blossoming into the legendary geisha Sayuri (Ziyi). Marshall places the emphasis on the aesthetic rather than dramatic content, never giving us enough believable motivation as a result.

House of Flying Daggers

  • 3 stars
  • 2004
  • China / Hong Kong
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Zhang Yimou
  • Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau

A pair of police deputies, Jin (Kaneshiro) and Leo (Lau), track a suspected member of the insurgent faction Flying Daggers circa 859AD with surprising results. Given the previous form of 'Hero' it's a disappointment. Good combat sequences, though.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

  • 2000
  • China / US
  • 2h
  • 12
  • Directed by: Ang Lee
  • Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen

Jane Austen meets Bruce Lee in Ang 'Sense And Sensibility' Lee's astonishing martial arts period drama. In a fictionalised version of early 19th century China, a world of heroic warriors and deep philosophical values, Lee seamlessly interweaves the stories of two sets of lovers, and a revenge tale with a feminist twist.