Gong Li

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31, 1965
Shenyang, China
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31, 1965 (age 54)
Shenyang, China


Famous for her Golden Rooster and Golden Phoenix award-winning performances in the films Breaking the Silence and The Story of Qiu Ju. She is also notable for her Hong Kong Film Award-winning work in Curse of the Golden Flower. In 2018, she was cast in the live-action remake of Disney's Mulan.

Before Fame

While studying at Beijing's Central Academy of Drama, she was cast as the lead character in her debut film, the Zhang Yimou-directed feature Red Sorghum.


She starred in Raise the Red Lantern, a 1991 feature that was nominated for an Academy Award in the foreign language category.

Family Life

The daughter of Gong Lize and Liu Ying, she spent her youth in Shenyang, China. Following a high-profile relationship with director Zhang Yimou, she married business executive Ooi Hoe Soeng; the couple divorced in 2010 after fourteen years of marriage.

Associated With

She co-starred with Jeremy Irons in the English-language feature film Chinese Box.