Beijing Youths intervju med Zhang Ziyi
What is HERO?
The main theme (of HERO) is the spirit of xia. HERO is not about “me” but about “others”, about being responsible for your own nation’s fate, and about the meaning of each character’s life.
HERO is consisted with three parts – two fictional and one real. Each can be identified through a color. The structure is a bit complicated. If you understand, you will know the meaning; and if you don’t, you will be entertained. Luckily, the visual is more than enough to satisfy (your eyes).
HERO can inspire the spirit of xia and heroism hidden inside people’s mind. The spirit of xia will be accepted by all cultures.
Did director Zhang Yimou add scenes for you?
No. Zhang Yimou’s way of doing things is to fully prepare for everything and he knows exactly what he wants. In the begining, Leung Chiu-Wai and Maggie Cheung felt very uncomfortable with that. They have got used to Wong Kar-Wai’s way – no script, no lines, one shot with many versions – laughing, crying, from the left, from the right. But director (Zhang Yimou) said pass after only two takes. They got very surprised and even asked for one more take. From this, (I think) Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-Wai are two extremes (of the same thing).
Have you felt pressure when working with such big stars like Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung and Jet Li.?
Big pressure. But I received even more helps from them. One day when I am doing a scene and Maggie Cheung and Leung Chiu-Wai were waiting aside. I just started feeling nervous and wished to get over it quickly. I didn’t want to let them wait. But more I felt anxious, more mistakes I made. (I) can’t even catch the weapon thrown to the air. Then Maggie Cheung shouted to me, “take it easy, Ziyi. It’s OK. Or we can wait outside…”
How do you remember Zhang Yimou, Leung Chiu-Wai, Maggie Cheung and Chen Daoming?
They all felt working with each others was something very precious. This is much more important than what they will get after the film is done.
Zhang Yimou – wuxia is a dream of his. Now I feel he is very good at making wuxia. In the past, he just kept accumulating the energy (in other films) and HERO is a big explosion. In HERO he has fully explored everything he is good at, like using colors, handling big scenes, stirring up the atmosphere, telling the story…
Jet Li – I think HERO is the best movie he has played. Fight scenes are beautiful and he has shown us the his actor side.
Maggie Cheung – She is a very straight woman. Never hide her feelings. She likes catching butterflies. At the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, she led us to light candles and make lanterns. Her heart is very young and very energetic. She is also very cautious and very sensitive. When we were wrapping up, she cried very hard.
Leung Chiu-Wai – He was very quite and worked very hard. To practice writing the character “sword”, he made the hotel we stayed at smell like an ink pot. There are more people watching Leung Chiu-Wai and Maggie Cheung’s scenes. We all like their performance. To me, it’s a lesson of acting, very rare.
Chen Daoming – It is very unfair that the media have ignored him. I think among so many versions of the First Emperor, his is the most successful one. (He is) steady and never overdoes his acting. He knows how to deliver his lines and his handling the role of a king is just right.
You have mentions more than once that you wanted to learn from HERO. What have you learned?
Besides acting, I have learned more about how to treat other people. They are great director, actors who have no longer bothered by fame, have focused on the art, and have treated other people very well. I was deeply moved by all these.
Is there anything regrettable about your character “Like Moon”?
Like Moon is really a small role in HERO. (It) got very few scenes. To me, I cannot redo what I have done, therefore I couldn’t allow me to treat anything carelessly and to leave anything regrettable behind. Each shoot is important. Once the shooting started, (I must be) at the peek of my performance. Anyway, I have done my best and (you can judge me) from the movie.
How do you compare Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou?
I think it’s depends on (their) personalities. Ang Lee is scholarly and cautious, (therefore) CROUCH TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is mild and beautiful. Zhang Yimou is a typical guy from Shannxi (a province of China). He is persistent and bold, so HERO will make you feel greatly satisfied. The similarities between them are also very oblivious – being meticulous on art and seeking perfectiveness.
How do you feel about HERO’s chance at the Oscar?
Never thought about that. I think (Zhang Yimou) has no longer bothered by this. Making HERO is fulfilling a heroic dream of his.
Besides PURPLE BUTTERFLY, do you have any other project?
Shooting of 2046 will start soon. Wong (Kar-Wai) has asked me to check in on November 17th. There is no script and (I) know nothing about my role. Based on the test shot I did earlier this year, (I think) it is probably a strange futuristic character. My hair was made very tall and I was walking the wire with high-heel shoes. 2046 is a big mystery to me. I feel curious and expected.
Among actresses in China, only you and Gong Li never made any TV series.
I have never intended to stick with movie and stay away from TV. If the role is right for me, the time is allowed, and the production team is good, I may give it a shot. But I will not make anything like teen idol shows.
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