Gao Yuanyuan

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Gao Yuanyuan
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Gao Yuanyuan at China the art of life,11 December 2013
Born (1979-10-05) 5 October 1979 (age 39)
Alma mater China Institute of Industrial Relations
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active1997present
Spouse(s) Mark Chao (m. 2014)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 高圓圓
Simplified Chinese 高圆圆

Gao Yuanyuan (simplified Chinese :高圆圆; traditional Chinese :高圓圓; pinyin :Gāo yuányuán, born 5 October 1979) is a Chinese actress and model.

Simplified Chinese characters standardized Chinese characters developed in mainland China

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Traditional Chinese characters Traditional Chinese characters

Traditional Chinese characters are Chinese characters in any character set that does not contain newly created characters or character substitutions performed after 1946. They are most commonly the characters in the standardized character sets of Taiwan, of Hong Kong and Macau, and in the Kangxi Dictionary. The modern shapes of traditional Chinese characters first appeared with the emergence of the clerical script during the Han Dynasty, and have been more or less stable since the 5th century.

Hanyu Pinyin, often abbreviated to pinyin, is the official romanization system for Standard Chinese in mainland China and to some extent in Taiwan. It is often used to teach Standard Mandarin Chinese, which is normally written using Chinese characters. The system includes four diacritics denoting tones. Pinyin without tone marks is used to spell Chinese names and words in languages written with the Latin alphabet, and also in certain computer input methods to enter Chinese characters.



Gao Yuanyuan was born in Beijing and graduated from China Institute of Industrial Relations. Gao entered the entertainment industry in 1996. Gao, unlike other mainland Chinese actresses, did not graduate from any drama academic institutions. Rather, she started acting in a television commercial for Meadow Gold ice-cream after being spotted on the street at Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district. [1]

Wangfujing thoroughfare

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Gao made her debut in the 1997 film Spicy Love Soup . Thereafter, she starred in Beijing Bicycle (2001), which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and romance film Spring Subway (2002). [2] She rose to fame in 2003 for her role as Zhou Zhiruo in the television adaptation of Louis Cha's The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber . [3]

<i>Spicy Love Soup</i> 1997 film by Zhang Yang

Spicy Love Soup is a 1997 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yang and written by Zhang, Liu Fendou, Cai Shangjun, and Diao Yi'nan based on a story by Zhang and Peter Loehr. Spicy Love Soup was produced by Loehr's Imar Film Company, Xi'an Film Studio, and Taiwanese financing.

<i>Beijing Bicycle</i> 2001 film by Wang Xiaoshuai

Beijing Bicycle is a 2001 Chinese drama film by Sixth Generation Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai, with joint investment from the Taiwanese Arc Light Films and the French Pyramide Productions. The film stars first-time actors Cui Lin and Li Bin, supported by the already established actresses Zhou Xun and Gao Yuanyuan. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 17 February 2001 and won the Jury Grand Prix, but was subsequently banned in Mainland China. The ban was eventually lifted in 2004.

Berlin International Film Festival annual film festival held in Berlin, Germany

The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978 and is one of the "Big Three" alongside the Venice Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

Gao made inroads into the international market with the film Shanghai Dreams (2005), directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, which won the Prix de Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. [4] She was then picked by Jackie Chan to star in the action comedy movie Rob-B-Hood (2006). [5] [2] Chan has characterized Gao as having the "freshest look and chaste spirit no Hong Kong actress could approach". [6]

<i>Shanghai Dreams</i> 2005 film by Wang Xiaoshuai

Shanghai Dreams is a 2005 Chinese film directed by Wang Xiaoshuai and starring Gao Yuanyuan, Li Bin, Tang Yang, Wang Xiaoyang, and Yao Anlian. The film was produced by Stellar Megamedia, Debo Films Ltd. and Kingwood Ltd.

Wang Xiaoshuai Chinese film director and screenwriter

Wang Xiaoshuai is a Chinese film director, screenwriter and occasional actor. He is commonly grouped under the loose association of filmmakers known as the "Sixth Generation" of the Cinema of China.

Jury Prize (Cannes Film Festival) the third most prestigious prize at the annual Cannes film festival

The Jury Prize is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival, chosen by the Jury from the "official section" of movies at the festival. According to film critic Dave Kehr, the award is "intended to recognize an original work that embodies the spirit of inquiry."

Gao next starred in the romance film Love in the City (2007) opposite Shawn Yue, where she plays a deaf-mute kindergarten teacher. [7] Her performance won her the Newcomer Award at the 11th Golden Phoenix Awards.

Love in the City is a 2007 Hong Kong film directed by Jingle Ma.

Shawn Yue Hong Kong singer and actor

Shawn Yue Man-lok is a Hong Kong actor and singer. A former model, he has starred in many films such as Jiang Hu and Infernal Affairs II and has established himself as a recognisable face in Hong Kong cinema.

Golden Phoenix Awards, China's equivalent to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, is a bi-annual accolade given by the China Film Performance Art Academy to recognize outstanding performances in film. In 1987, the first annual awards ceremony held in Guangzhou.

Gao was then cast in City of Life and Death (2009), directed by Lu Chuan and based on the events of the Nanjing Massacre. Departing from her "girl-next-door" image, Gao played a middle-aged teacher who helped Nanjing people survive the horrors of the Japanese atrocities in 1937. Gao called the role a "turning point" in her career, stating that she had never started taking acting seriously until she worked on the film. [8] [9] [10] [11] City of Life and Death won the top prize at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival. [12]

<i>City of Life and Death</i> 2009 Chinese war film by Lu Chuan

City of Life and Death is a 2009 Chinese drama film written and directed by Lu Chuan, marking his third feature film. The film deals with the Battle of Nanjing and the following massacre committed by the Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The film is also known as Nanking! Nanking! or Nanjing! Nanjing!. The film was released in China on April 22, 2009 and became a major box office success in the country, earning 150 million yuan in its first two and a half weeks alone.

Lu Chuan Chinese film director

Lu Chuan is a Chinese filmmaker, screenwriter and producer. He is the son of novelist Lu Tianming.

Nanjing Massacre episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against Nanjing

The Nanjing Massacre, or Rape of Nanjing, was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing (Nanking), then the capital of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In the Postal romanization system used at the time, the city's name was transliterated as "Nanking", and the event called the Nanking Massacre or Rape of Nanking.

In 2010, Gao starred alongside Korean actor Jung Woo-sung in the romantic film A Season of Good Rain directed by Hur Jin-ho, [13] as well as the omnibus romance drama film Driverless . [14] The following year, she starred in Johnnie To's romantic comedy Don't Go Breaking My Heart alongside Daniel Wu. [15] [16]

In 2012, Gao starred in Chen Kaige's Caught in the Web where she plays a young woman who commits suicide after she becomes embroiled in a social media controversy. [17] The film was especially popular among young viewers, drawing more than six million viewers and praise from critics. [18] [19]

Gao returned to television in 2013 with the television series Let's Get Married, [20] playing a "leftover" unmarried woman who gets entangled with a man who has a phobia of marriage. [21] The series was a commercial hit, and was the highest rated drama of 2013. For her performance, Gao won the Best Actress Award at the 18th Beijing Chunyan Awards. [22] Gao reprised her role in the film adaptation of the drama. [23]

Gao then starred alongside Nicholas Tse in the romantic film But Always (2014). [24] She won the Best Foreign Actress Award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards. [25]

After a two-year hiatus, Gao confirmed her return to the screen with Juno Mak's gangster epic Sons of the Neon Night. [26]

Other activities

Gao was a torch-bearer in the Nanjing leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. [27]

In 2012, Gao became the first Chinese brand ambassador for French luxury house Longchamp. [28]

Gao was appointed as California's tourism ambassador to China in 2013. She was picked as she "embodies the California brand and spirit and will share her authentic passion for California with the Chinese public, inspiring their California dreams". [27]

Personal life

Gao married Taiwanese actor Mark Chao in 2014. The two met on the set of Caught in the Web . [29]



YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1997 Spicy Love Soup 爱情麻辣烫He Ling
2001 Beijing Bicycle 十七岁的单车Xiaoxiao
2002 Spring Subway 开往春天的地铁Tian'ai
2005 Shanghai Dreams 青红Wu Qinghong
2006 Rob-B-Hood 宝贝计划Melody
2007 Love in the City 男才女貌Qin Xiaoyou
Unfinished Girl第三个人Xiao Ke [30]
2008 In Love We Trust 左右School teacher Cameo [31]
xXx:A Forbidden Love StoryxXx:被禁锢的爱 Short film [32]
2009 City of Life and Death 南京!南京!Jiang Shuyun
2010 A Season of Good Rain 好雨时节Wu Yue (May)
The Love of Three Smile三笑之才子佳人Top Female ScholarCameo [33]
Ocean Heaven 海洋天堂Da Fu's motherCameo [34]
Driverless 无人驾驶Xiao Yun
Color Me Love爱出色HerselfCameo [35]
2011 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 单身男女Cheng Zixin
2012 Romancing in Thin Air 高海拔之恋IIDing Yuanyuan [36]
Caught in the Web 搜索Ye Lanqiu
2013 Blind Detective 盲探Ting Ting [37]
2014 But Always 一生一世An Ran
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 单身男女2Cheng Zixin [38]
2015 Let's Get Married 咱们结婚吧Ye Wenwen
2019 Sons of the Neon Night 风林火山

Television series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1998实习生的故事Gao Fei
找不着北Jiang Xin [39]
1999咱老百姓Yu Qian
2003 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龙记 Zhou Zhiruo
The Adventures of Di Renjie护国良相狄仁杰Pan Yu [40]
准点出击Huang Li
2004你在微笑我却哭了Shen Xiao [41]
海的誓言Ye Yu
烟花三月Shen Wan [42]
Miracle Healers神医侠侣Qinzi [43]
2005 The Royal Swordsmen 天下第一Liusheng Piaoxu [44]
The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin 秦王李世民Yang Ruoxi [45]
2007Love No Regrets爱无悔Gao Mingyue [46]
2009 The Qin Empire 大秦帝国Bai Xue [47]
2013Let's Get Married咱们结婚吧Yang Tao
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部Li Biyun [48]


YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2007Glamorous Encounter艳遇Lin Momo [49]
2008 Hamlet 1990哈姆雷特1990 Ophelia [32]

Awards and nominations

YearNominated workAwardCategoryResultRef.
2007 Love in the City 11th Golden Phoenix Awards Newcomer AwardWon [50]
2008 Rob-B-Hood 29th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress Nominated
2012 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 31st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
12th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated ActressNominated
2013 Caught in the Web 4th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best ActressNominated
2014Let's Get Married20th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated
But Always 6th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress Nominated
2015Let's Get Married18th Chunyan Awards Best ActressWon [51]
N/A 52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Foreign ActressWon [52]

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