|Zhang Ziyi stars in 'The Banquet'
Updated: 2006-08-24 10:23
Ziyi Zhang didn't reread Hamlet while preparing for the upcoming
film The Banquet , loosely based on the Shakespearean play.
didn't want to be affected by the original. After all, this is an adaptation.
The characters have similarities, but they're not identical," the 27-year-old
actress says in an interview posted Sunday on the Chinese website Sina.com.
Zhang, whose screen credits include Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,
says she appeared in Hamlet while a student at China's Central Academy of Drama.
The Banquet, directed by Xiaogang Feng and set in ancient China, is due for
release later this year.
"I wanted to present the character with my personal style," Zhang says.
"Maybe my presentation will have a modern interpretation, but I think this is a
modern work in the sense that it is created by modern people. It may be more
Zhang's screen credits also include Memoirs of a Geisha and Rush
Hour 2 .