->''"You want to know who I am? I am the Invincible Sword Goddess, armed with the Green Destiny that knows no equal! Be you Li or Southern Crane, bow your head and ask for mercy! I am the dragon from the desert, who comes from nowhere and leaves no trace! Today I fly over Yu-Mei. Tomorrow I topple Mount Wudan!"''
-->-- '''Jen''', ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''

Zhang Ziyi (born 1979) is a Chinese actress, mostly famous outside of her home country for her roles in {{Wuxia}} movies.

Born in Beijing, she started studying dance at age 8, joined the Beijing Dance Academy aged 11, won the national youth dance championship aged 15, and from that point started appearing in TV commercials in UsefulNotes/HongKong. She then enlisted at the Central Academy of Drama, and got her cinematic break playing the main character of Creator/ZhangYimou's ''The Road Home'' at age 19.

She earned international fame the following year by playing Jen in ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''. She has since then played in such films as ''Film/{{Hero}}'', ''[[Film/RushHour Rush Hour 2]]'', ''2046'', ''Film/HouseOfFlyingDaggers'', ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'', ''[[Film/LegendOfTheBlackScorpion The Banquet]]'', the Chinese government-sponsored ''Founding of a Republic'' and an adaptation of ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'' set in 1930s Shanghai.

She has once again played alongside Creator/TonyLeung in Creator/WongKarWai's latest movie, ''Film/TheGrandmaster'', a biopic of kung-fu master Yip Man.

!!Tropes associated with Zhang Ziyi:

* ActionGirl: Most of her film roles.
* BrotherSisterTeam: It's a relatively unknown fact, but her older brother (and only sibling), has helped her a great deal with her acting career from its humble beginnings, and now he's actually her manager.
* LadyOfWar
* SheFu
* SupernaturalMartialArts
* WaifFu