Li Bingbing (born 27 February 1970) is a Chinese actress and singer.
Life and careerEdit
Li had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Drama Institute in 1993.
Her film debut was Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the "Best Actress" Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival. In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China. That year she was awarded the title of one of the "Top Ten Best TV actors/actresses in China". From then on, Li was approbated as an "action actress" as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.
In 2004, Li starred in the romantic comedy film Waiting Alone, which received three Chinese Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress. That same year, Li won the title of "The Most Popular Actress" at the 12th Beijing College Film Festival. She went on to star in Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves, which earned her a nomination for "Best Supporting Actress" Award at the 2005 Golden Rooster Awards.
Li won the "Best Actress" Awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance in The Knot; the film was also China's entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. She also co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. In November 2009, Li won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in the espionage spy thriller The Message.
Li's most recent notable role is Shangguan Jing'er in Tsui Hark's 2010 film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; her character in this movie is loosely based on Shangguan Wan'er, a poet, writer and politician of the Tang Dynasty. Her first-time leading role in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), a film adaptation from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title. She also co-starred and co-produced with Jackie Chan in 1911, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. She plays video game character Ada Wong dubbed by Sally Cahill, an action femme fatale in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), starring alongside Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Shawn Roberts and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. Li will be appearing alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction directed by Michael Bay.
Li Bingbing did not appear at the premiere of Resident Evil: Retribution , raising speculation from reporters that her absence was a demonstration against the escalating dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. Li's agent Ji Xiang explained that Li had been informed of the premiere two months before but she was too busy in Beijing to attend at that time. However, Ji did not deny that politics were involved, saying: "We are in line with our government – the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."
Li is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador, and Ambassador of Korean Culture in China. Currently, she is repped by United Talent Agency as is her younger sister Li Xue (Chinese: 李雪).
On July 24, 2013, it was reported that Li has a godfather named Wang Lin, a Qigong practitioner, who was able to conjure up snakes from thin air, cure disease and retrieve an incinerated banknote intact from an orange. Wang Lin published his book "Chinese" by Hong Kong Ocean International Publishing.
Furthermore, the Beijing News reported that Li Xue, Li's agent responded that it was because Li went to visit Wang Lin to ask him to cure her mother of her disease. As for the effectiveness of the cure, the agent refused to disclose any more information.
- Zai Sheng Yuan (2007)
- Hai De Shi Yan (2006)
- Hui Niang Wan Xin (2006)
- Eight Heroes (2006)
- Liao Zhai Zhi Yi (2004)
- Xiang Si Feng Yu Zhong 相思风雨中 (2004)
- Chang Jian Xiang Si 长剑相思 (2004)
- City of Sky (CCTV, 2004)
- The Blue Lotus (2003)
- Romancing Hong Kong (TVB, 2003)
- Zhe Shan Tan Hua 折扇探花 (2001)
- Ye Ya Tou 野丫头 (2001)
- The One I Love / Sky Lover 天空下的缘分 (2001)
- Taiji Prodigy (2001)
- Smart Kid (2001)
- Young Justice Bao (2000)
- Yi Ben Wu Hui 意本无悔 (2000)
- The Nation Under The Foot / Goal 一脚定江山 (2000)
- Qing Chun Chu Dong 青春出动 (2000)
- Da Ming Gong Ci (CCTV, 2000) as Princess An Le
- The Female Official (1998)
- Qing Mi Ai Ren 亲密爱人 (1998)
- Feng Sheng Shui Qi 风生水起 (1997)
- Shang Yang Chuan Qi 商鞅传奇 (1997)
- Zhan Guo Chuan Qi 战国传奇 (1996)
- Wu Hui Zhui Zong 无悔追踪 (1995)
- Yi Lu Deng Hou 一路等候 (1994)
- Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)
- Triple Tap (2010)
- Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
- The Message (2009)
- The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
- Linger (2008)
- The Knot (2006)
- Dragon Squad (2005)
- Wait 'Til You're Older (2005)
- A World Without Thieves (2004)
- Silver Hawk (2004)
- Purple Butterfly (2003)
- Cat and Mouse (2003)
- Love for All Seasons (2003)
- Lu Se Ru Qing (1999)
- Seventeen Years (1998)
- Spirit of Cops (1994)