Gao Yuanyuan

Gao Yuanyuan (born October 5, 1979 simplified Chinese: 高圆圆; traditional Chinese: 高圓圓; pinyin: Gāo yuányuán) is a Chinese actress. Gao was born in Beijing on October 5, 1979 and entered the entertainment industry in 1996. Gao, unlike other mainland Chinese actresses, did not graduate from any drama academic institutions. Rather, she started her stardom by acting in a television commercial for Meadow Gold ice-cream after being spotted off the street at Beijing’s Wangfujing shopping district.[citation needed] She appeared as a minor role in the 1997 comedy film Spicy Love Soup, directed by Zhang Yang. While in 2000, she starred in an advertisement for Qing Zui (fresh mouth) mint during CCTV’s broadcast of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and is thus known to viewers as “fresh mouth girl”.
In 2002, she played the leading role of Zhou Zhiruo in The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, a television series adapted from Louis Cha’s novel of the same title. Increasingly well known in Asia, Gao has also made inroads into the international market. In 2005, she was on the red carpet at the 58th Cannes Film Festival, where her film Shanghai Dreams, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, won the Prix de Jury prize. Jackie Chan has described her as “having the freshest look and chaste spirit that no Hong Kong actress could approach”. Chan also picked Gao up as his partner in the action comedy film Rob-B-Hood.
Gao was also selected in 2008 to be a torch bearer in the Nanjing leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Summer Olympics on 27 May.
From 2007 to 2008, Gao starred as Jiang Shuyun in City of Life and Death, a fictional account of events during the Nanjing Massacre. The film won the top prize at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival. Moreover, Gao became FIYTA’s Brand Ambassador in 2011 and took a series of street snaps in Milan Fashion Week by wearing FIYTA watches.
She married Mark Chao on June 5, 2014.

Poster for the movie "Rob-B-Hood"

Rob-B-Hood

For never-do-well compulsive gambler Fong, there’s only one thing more fearsome than debtors at his doorstep – having to coax a crying baby. But what if the baby becomes his golden goose to fend off his debtors? Can he overcome his phobia of diapers, milk bottles, and cloying lullabies?

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Mainlander & financial analyst Cheng Zixin (Gao Yuan-Yuan), who followed her then boyfriend Owen (Terence Yin) to Hong Kong, runs into her ex-boyfriend while riding the bus. Owen is now with his pregnant wife and when his wife spots Owen talking to his ex she she freaks out. Cheng hurriedly gets off the bus and, being in a daze, is almost run over by a car. A haggard drunk named Fang (Daniel Wu) then saves … Read more

Let’s Get Married

The stories of four couples reflect Chinese views on love and marriage. Wenwen, the owner of a bridal boutique, longs to find Mr. Right and walk down the aisle in one of her beautiful wedding gowns. Yi Wen, a violinist, wavers over her engagement after meeting a mysterious man in a foreign country. Lei Xiao, an airport employee, tries to force her pilot boyfriend to marry her. And Hai Xin, a successful business woman, finds … Read more

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2

Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To indulges his silly side with this hilariously inventive sequel to his hit romantic comedy, about two former lovers who find themselves irresistibly drawn back together — despite the fact that each of them is engaged to someone else.

But Always

After relocating to New York, former lovers feel the pull of romance once again.

A Good Rain Knows

A traveling architect meets an old friend from his student years; the pair realize their connection has always been a romantic one.

City of Life and Death

City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed.

Shanghai Dreams

In the 1960s, encouraged by the government, a large number of families leave Chinese cities to settle in the poorer regions of the country, in order to develop local industry. The film’s main character is a 19 year old girl who lives in the Guizhou province, where her parents have settled. That’s where she has grown up, where her friends are and where she first experiences love. But her father believes that their future lies … Read more

Spicy Love Soup

‘Aiqing mala tang’ (‘Spicy Love Soup’) starts with a young couple eating sweet (or sour) and spicy soup from a two-sided bowl shaped in a Yin and Yang pattern. Until the couple’s wedding at the end of the film, ‘Aiqing mala tang’ intermittently shows six different episodes about different generations’ relationships. Love can be sweet, sour, or spicy. And, you’ll taste all those emotions from this contemporary Chinese film ‘Aiqing mala tang’.

Romancing in Thin Air

After his new bride dumps him at their wedding reception, a heartbroken actor (Louis Koo) winds up in the Himalayas, where he meets and falls in love with a widowed fan (Sammi Cheng).

Caught In The Web

The story of three women whose worlds collide, Caught in the Web is a social commentary about the ‘sound bite’ society we are becoming, where perception becomes reality and judgments based on limited facts quickly spread, without regard for the truth or the damage they could cause.

Blind Detective

A cop is forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector – who believes he has acute senses – they team up in hope to solve the case.

Love in the City

Young traffic cop Yang Le (Shawn Yue) sees kindergarten teacher Xiao You (Gao Yuanyuan) leading her kids to cross the road everyday. While he starts to have special feelings for her, he suddenly learns from a friend that she is a deaf-mute. Meanwhile, Yang’s half-brother has a crush on a super star (Naoko Miyake) while working as her Chinese interpreter. But she will leave China when shooting is over. Can the four find true love … Read more

Unfinished Girl

He Wei and Xiao Feng are a perfect couple. Xiao Feng has a younger sister, Xiao Ke, who needs regular life-sustaining medicine. One day, Xiao Ke accidentally discovers that the man who murdered her parents is her sister’s husband, He Wei. Xiao Feng becomes pregnant and when she has to leave town on business, Xiao Ke invites He Wei back to her home.

Driverless

Driverless is about three love stories that are intertwined by a car accident. It deals with several relationship issues, including the infamous seven year itch, reuniting with a first love, one night stands, an old husband with a young wife, and extramarital affairs.

Color Me Love

The plot is vaguely reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada. The heroine is a new fashion editor who has to deal with her female boss and boyfriend, an arrogant young painter who has a chaotic past with other girls.

In Love We Trust

A divorced couple learns that the way to possibly save daughter, who is suffering from blood cancer, is to have another child. Problem is: They’re both already remarried.

Beijing Bicycle

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Spring Subway

A stylish urban romance about the silent suffering of a modern Chinese couple.