Gong: Hollywood Films More Challenging

In this Nov. 27, 2006 file photo released by Sony Pictures Classics, director Zhang Yimou, left, and actress Gong Li arrive for the premiere of 'Curse of the Golden Flower' in New York.

Gong Li says the biggest challenge she faces in Hollywood isn't the language barrier, but rather tackling non-Chinese characters.

Gong, best known for her collaboration with Chinese director Zhang Yimou in films like "Red Sorghum," "Raise the Red Lantern" and "To Live," has shot a series of English-language movies lately.

She portrayed a Japanese escort in "Memoirs of a Geisha"; an ethnic Chinese money launderer for a south American drug kingpin in "Miami Vice"; and a Japanese woman married to the uncle of serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the upcoming "Young Hannibal," a prequel to the thriller "The Silence of the Lambs."

"I very rarely portray a real Chinese character, like a native Beijing resident, in Hollywood," said on the sidelines of the Hong Kong premiere for her new movie "Curse of the Golden Flower" late Saturday.

Referring to her character in "Miami Vice," Gong said, "even though she looks Asian, her character, her thoughts, her thinking aren't Asian at all. That's hard to master."

"Hollywood films are more challenging. I like the challenge," she added.

Gong said she is due to shoot another Hollywood movie next year but declined to give details.

Source: AP

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