You may not know their names, but the ''Memoirs of a Geisha'' actresses are some of the world's most popular stars, with some great movies on their resumes
Credit: The Road Home: Everett Collection

Ziyi Zhang

HER ‘GEISHA’ ROLE Sayuri, the Cinderella-like protagonist, who is transformed from a country girl named Chiyo into Kyoto’s most renowned geisha

WHERE YOU KNOW HER FROM Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), where she played the sheltered noblewoman whose secrets include a bandit lover and high-flying martial arts prowess

LITTLE-KNOWN GEM The Road Home (1999), directed by China’s premier director, Zhang Yimou (no relation), in which Ziyi plays Di, a fierce-willed village girl who struggles heroically to win the heart of the town schoolteacher

ALSO SHINES IN Zhang Yimou’s martial arts epics Hero (2002) and House of Flying Daggers (2004); Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 (2005), where she played a call girl who falls for writer Chow (Tony Leung); and Rush Hour 2 (2001), where she played a villain who fights Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker

Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Movie
  • 144 minutes