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also joined by Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh. To her surprise, this artistic feature turned out to be a huge commercial success worldwide, particularly in the U.S. where it successfully scored more than $128 million, even was established as the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards held in 2001.
The fantastic result of "Crouching Tiger", without doubt, boosted Ziyi's career increasingly and so, opened for her the door to Hollywood film industry. Following a glorious winning in the category of Best Fight at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards, her first Hollywood movie, "Rush Hour 2" (2001), alongside Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan satisfyingly became another box-office hit with the income of nearly 227 million U.S. dollar. Returned to Asia, she took her time to film a Hong Kong feature entitled "The Legend of Zu" and a Korean movie production, "Musa", which both came up in 2001 before marked her reunion with Zhang Yimou in his 2002 epic "Hero" where popular martial arts veteran Jet Li also starred in.
Next finishing her 2003 projects of "Purple Butterfly" and "My Wife Is a Gangster 2," Ziyi found herself once again being involved in another Zhang Yimou's wuxia film, "House of Flying Dagger" (2004) opposite renowned Hong Kong actor Andy Lau. Managed to display a convincing portrayal of a blind dancer named Mei, she gloriously gained the Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination from British Academy of Film and Television Arts by 2005. More challenging roles followed as the beauty had to exhibit her tap-dancing skills in Japanese flick "Princess Raccoon" while playing a much maturer role in Hong Kong's "2046", both released in 2005. The highlight, however, came at the end of the year when audience spotted her in Rob Marshall's "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005).
An adaptation of Arthur Golden's 1997 novel, the movie, though was poorly reviewed, did bring Ziyi a remarkable attainment of a best actress nomination at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards apart from another nod at BAFTA Awards held in the same year. Despite the recognition, she eagerly returned to her homeland to take part in 2006 wuxia-drama film "The Banquet" before going back to Hollywood to voice Karai in CGI animated feature "TMNT" (2007) and appear opposite Dennis Quaid in horror mystery "The Horsemen" (2008).
Talking about her love life, Ziyi has been known to be rather tight-lipped