Oriental black corset lingerie actress Gong Li remakes "What Women Want"
NEW vxvxc510 YORK - Actress Gong Li was a star from the start.
Modern Chinese cinema grew up with her career, from her appearance in Zhang Yimou's directorial debut "Red Sorghum, " in 1987, to her performance in the Oscar-nominated "Raise the Red Lantern, " which put her in the international spotlight.
For "The Story of Qiu Ju, " she was named best black corset lingerie actress at the 1992 Venice Film Festival, and the next year, for her role in Chen Kaige's "Farewell My Concubine, " she won a New York Film Critics Circle award.
In each outing, Gong has filled the screen with her strong and presence and striking beauty, landing her parts in Hollywood films "Miami Vice, " "Hannibal Rising" and "Shanghai. "
On the occasion of the U. S. release of her latest film -- director Chen Daming's Chinese remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson-Helen Hunt hit "What Women Want" -- Gong, 44, spoke through an interpreter with the Hollywood Reporter.
THE "WHAT WOMEN WANT" REMAKE IS A ROMANTIC COMEDY -- NOT ONE OF THE GENRES THAT YOU ARE KNOWN FOR -- AND A REDUX OF A U. S. FILM. WHAT CHALLENGES DID THAT PRESENT FOR YOU?
Gong Li: It was a new challenge for me, because first of all it is the first time I play a modern woman in Chinese films. She is not just a black corset lingerie modern woman, but a very contemporary woman. I did that in "Miami Vice, " but that was a Hollywood movie.
Also, the role here is that of a business woman. That was a challenge to play. And this is a romantic comedy, so she is in a very complicated situation. She is a deep character with a lot of layers.