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Jing Tian (景甜; born July 21, 1988 in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, China) is a Chinese actress who started her career in 2008.

A graduate of both the Beijing Dance Academy and the Beijing Film Academy, Tian had roles in the historical films The Warring States (a drama) and Ultra Reinforcement (a comedy), then shifted to romantic comedy with Better and Better and action in Special ID.

She had major parts in the 2013 reboot of the classic Chinese Police Story series and Chow Yun-fat's From Vegas to Macau, before signing a three-film deal with Legendary Pictures, being introduced to Western audiences with her co-starring role as Commander Lin Mei in the 2016 Zhang Yimou historical fantasy The Great Wall. She also appeared in Kong: Skull Island and Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Tropes associated with Jing Tian:

  • Action Girl: Roughly half of her roles so far.
  • Bilingual Bonus: As seen in The Great Wall, she speaks fluent English, which becomes a plot point early on.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: When she first met with Zhang about The Great Wall, he told her that at 54kg (119 lbs) she was too thin to play a warrior. So she hired a personal trainer and started eating a lot of meat (including steak for breakfast), and by the time they met again, was up to 64kg (140 lbs).
  • Lady of War: Plays Lin Mei, commander of the Dragon Knight-esque Crane Corps in The Great Wall.
  • Training from Hell: Her preparations for The Great Wall, which involved bungee jumping, wire work, martial arts and weapons training, all done before she had even officially been offered a part.