The Many Faces Of Gong Li

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
In a rather extreme example of belated distribution, Mikael Håfström's Shanghai finally arrives on North American shores. Finished and shown at festivals in 2010 already, people may wonder about the youthful appearances of its killer cast, which includes people like Chow Yun-fat, John Cusack, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, Franka Potente, Rinko Kikuchi, and Gong Li. Wowzers!

That gives us quite a choice of people to base a quiz on, but with Gong Li in the list, the choosing process wasn't a long one. As Zhang Yimou's films made Chinese cinema world famous in the early nineties, Gong Li was the incredibly accomplished and glamorous star which rose out of that movement. Over the past two-and-a-half decades, she has been a great actress on occasion, a stunning one on others, and quite often both.

So once again I'm going to use eleven pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images, and guess which movies or shows they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb!

And I'll post the answers next Thursday, or earlier if someone gets all eleven of them right.

James Marsh contributed to this story.

And here she is in Shanghai as gangster moll Anna Lan-ting, ready to seriously confuse John Cusack.

This picture doesn't count yet for the quiz, but all others do. So please browse through the gallery: click on the edge of the picture to get the next one, and see how many of them all you can identify!

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