MAGGIE CHEUNG 张曼玉
Maggie Cheung, with over 70 films to her credit since starting her career in 1983, is the most award-winning and respected Chinese actress to date. Recognized as a trendsetter by both Chinese and international media, Maggie has also been appointed as UNICEF’s Ambassador to China.
Maggie Cheung’s wonderful play in the films “Centre Stage”, “In the Mood for love”(ranked the second place in “The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films” by BBC), etc. has been recognized globally. As Emily Wang in the film “Clean”, Maggie became the first Asian actress to win the Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, and The New York Times rated her as one of the 22 Great Performers in 2006. At the same time, Maggie also became a jury member at Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, which builds up her legendary career as an international superstar.
Nevertheless, since her last film “Clean”, Maggie turned her back on film and withdrew from the eyes of the public. And now, she is going to return as a real musician, the identity she takes seriously but not just a passing fancy like other actors’ crossover tryout.
Maggie was raised in Britain, where she deeply influenced by British Rock and became one of those big fans of David Bowie. In 2004, Maggie sang four songs in the film “Clean” and began to attract people’s attention to her voice. Since then, she continued with music producing, closely connected and communicated with many musicians. From the cooperations, she gained various kinds of experience.
In 2012, she performed an English rock song “Visionary Heart” at Vogue China’s 120th Anniversary Celebration. The lyrics of the song was created by herself and her talented performance on stage gained strong reaction and praises.
Therefore, Maggie realized rock music is the way to releasing and expressing her spirit. Her music shows her real self: an anti-traditional, independent Maggie. Music turns out to be the best way leading her to find herself.
In 2014, Maggie officially joined with Modern Sky Entertainment CO.,LTD, and performed her original songs on the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing and Shanghai, which becomes the hottest topic and music event of the year. Her special voice has always been compared to Patti Smith, while Maggie is Maggie, she hopes to create her own unique sound.
She once said: “In the early stage, I acted in the ways others required, so later, I would cherish and enjoy the opportunities of choosing films and characters. ” Now, Maggie’s choice of creating original music and becoming a real musician also proves her insistence on the idea “living for myself”. She believes her passion towards music would never fade.