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 been appointed as UNICEF’s Ambassador to China.
Maggie Cheung’s wonderful performance in “Centre Stage” in addition to “In the Mood for love” was ranked second place in “The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films” by BBC and 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. Maggie continues to build her legendary international superstar status by becoming a jury member for the Berlin Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, and Cannes Film Festival.
Following, her last film “Clean”, Maggie withdrew from the public eye. Not for long however, as she emerged years later as a authentic musician, an identity she takes seriously.
Maggie was raised in Britain, where she was deeply influenced by British Rock and became one David Bowie’s biggest fans. In 2004, Maggie sang four songs in the film “Clean” where her voice began to attract people’s attention. Since then, she has continued to produce music while remaining closely connected to many musicians.
In 2012, she performed an original English rock song “Visionary Heart” at Vogue China’s 120th Anniversary Celebration. Maggie’s heart- felt lyrics and talented on- stage performance generated strong audience reactions and praises.
From here, Maggie realized rock music was the most rewarding form of self expression. Her music shows her real self: an anti-traditional, independent woman. Music did indeed prove to be the best way to find herself.
In 2014, Maggie officially joined with Modern Sky Entertainment CO.,LTD, and performed her original songs at the Strawberry Music Festival in Beijing and Shanghai, which became the hottest topic and music event of the year. While maintaining a unique sound, her special voice has been compared to the likes of Patti Smith.
Maggie 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 of “living for myself”. She believes her passion towards music would never fade.