For Hollywood Chinese starlet Zhang Ziyi, the city she calls home is not going to be any place in the United States — the actress has successfully become a Hong Kong resident.
Beijing-born Zhang Ziyi is the third mainland celebrity to be added to Hong Kong’s population under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, Chinese news portal Sohu.com reported.
It means Zhang Ziyi can live in Hong Kong without any local-based employment.
Two other mainland entertainers who became Hong Kong residents under the scheme are pianists Lang Lang and Li Yundi.
Hong Kong launched the scheme in June 2006, in an effort to attract talented people to settle in the city.
The report says Zhang Ziyi’s application was accepted for her contribution to Hong Kong’s film industry. The 28-year-old actress has starred in a string of Hong Kong films, collaborating with such top local actors as Jackie Chan and Tony Leung. She was also the best actress at the 2005 Hong Kong Film Awards, for “2046,” a film directed by Wong Kar-wai.
Zhang Ziyi was most recently seen in Hong Kong on Saturday, attending the local premiere of Ang Lee’s award-winning film “Lust, Caution.”
Ang Lee helped Zhang Ziyi reach more international audiences by having her star in the 2000 martial-arts blockbuster “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”