Zhang Yaodong is an aspiring Chinese film star currently appearing in several movies made by Chinese directors. His recent roles are: “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, “Xiaojiezi”, “Mu Lan” and “Catch Me If You Can”. Zhang is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Zhang is currently not in the movie industry as much as he would like, due to his lack of a big budget to produce a high-budget Chinese film. He is however, making good movies nonetheless. For this reason, some Chinese netizens have castigated him as being nothing more than a fake Chinese star, which is ironic seeing as how well Zhang performs on screen. To these people, whoever says Zhang is not Chinese is full of shit. On that note, let’s take a look at some facts about Zhang yaodong, so we can all be better off when casting our minds on future Chinese movie stars.
Name: Zhang Yaodong (Zhang Yawnong) is actually his real name, and his real first name is Zhang Xian (Zhang Yaodong), although he uses the name Zhang Yaodong to sound more Asian. His stage name is Zhang Zhen, and his real name is Zhang Zhaolun. It should be noted that while studying at the Beijing University of Foreign Studies, Zhang did not use his real name for his stage name, thus earning himself a free pass to use the name Zhang Yaodong. As a result, it is pretty safe to say Zhang Yaodong facts are false, and that the only name he is comfortable using is his full name.
|Full Name||Zhang Yaodong|
|Date of Birth||December 17, 1977|
|Place of Birth||China|
Birthplace: Born in Fujian province in China, Zhang was initially known as Zhang Zhaolun. His real name was unknown to most of the western world until the late nineteen sixties, when a Kung Fu expert from the USA came across his resume in a bookshop. From that point on, Zhang became well known to the world, and his real name was put into use for the first time when he appeared in the film Legend of the Five Tigers, as the son of a powerful and wealthy family. The film itself puts Zhang at an orphan, but his career spanned thirty years, during which time he appeared in over a hundred films. Today, Zhang is one of the most successful Chinese actors of his generation. While it is debatable whether or not Zhang has ever achieved the level of stardom that was previously thought possible for a Chinese actor, it is safe to say that no less than Zhang had a Chinese star like status.
Early Years: Zhang was a very young child when he appeared in his first ever film, Legend of the Five Tigers. It was directed by Hong Kong cinema god Favitt Raman, and Zhang’s role was that of Chow Sha yen, who was an undercover Tiger who killed three tigers en route to save the Chinese princess. While Zhang may not have been cast at the time, he did grow into a beautiful actor later on and is currently one of the best known Chinese actors of today. Net Worth: Zhang is currently married to actress Fan Bingbing and has two children. However, with the rise of his net worth, he is now also rumored to have an interest in buying a stake in a major film franchise, such as that of the Chinese film industry. His involvement in the Hollywood moviemakers will no doubt give him the kind of stardom that will raise his net worth even higher.
Career Highlights: Zhang has been in the acting business for a long time, and over the past few decades, he has established himself not only as one of the best Chinese actors of today, but as well as one of the leading actors in Hollywood. This has largely been due to the fact that Zhang managed to combine his acting ability with an impressive body of work. After growing up in rural areas outside of Beijing, Zhang made his first appearance in films set in Beijing. From there, Zhang moved on to smaller roles, until finally landing the lead role of Luang Pohai in Mulan, which was later made into a hit movie by Disney. Since then, Zhang has gone on to star in a number of blockbuster movies, such as Monkeybone, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, The Man With One Red Arm, The Informant! As well as many other award-winning films.
Zhang can be seen on the big screen again this December, when the movie version of Mulan opens in the United Kingdom. For those of you who don’t know, Mulan is a remake of the animated film released in 2021 starring Zhang Yaodong. If you haven’t seen the film, you’re definitely missing out on an amazing performance by Zhang. Be sure to add Zhang to your list of Chinese names you should know this year!