Zhang Ziyi in the toilet


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The Discussion: 22 Comments

Darn it Richard,

That was a misleading headline. It’s not nice to play with ones emotions. ๐Ÿ˜›

June 3, 2005 @ 6:26 pm | Comment

All joking aside, I’m surprised I haven’t heard anything about this in the Chinese media. You know they would milk this for all it’s worth. (and then some)

June 3, 2005 @ 6:34 pm | Comment

Does anyone actually like Zhang Ziyi? Every Chinese person I know thinks she’s a… um, well, something not very nice.

June 3, 2005 @ 6:39 pm | Comment

She’s pretty, no questrion about that. I had the privilege of meeting her once and couldn’t believe how diminutive she is. Much smaller than she looks on-screen.

June 3, 2005 @ 6:57 pm | Comment

Gordon, the headline says in, not on.

June 3, 2005 @ 6:58 pm | Comment

Oh, that’s funny. One of my friends met her at Cannes or something like that (he took a loan out – he likes movies a lot) and said she has 5 moles and is really plain in person.

Anyway, she annoys me. Especially in Rush Hour 2

June 3, 2005 @ 7:37 pm | Comment

LMAO!! Richard,

I guess I was thinking in Chinglish. They never say restroom or bathroom – they refer to it as the “toilet”. So, when I read the title for this post naturally I was entertaining visions of her in the shower ๐Ÿ˜›

Laowai, as I’m sure you know by now, the Chinese also have different opinions of western beauties, too.

So, they may think our preferences of Chinese women are strange, but theirs seems to be quite skewed when it comes to judging western girls as well.

June 3, 2005 @ 8:11 pm | Comment

talking about chinese movie stars, one of them is widely admried, Chen Daoming

he works hard, is so busy that only eats egg fired rices, in the spare time, don’t dine out with pretty girls, and of course, unlike many other male movie stars, he go t married, play piano and practice chinese calligraphy

all in all, he is a quite and low key person

zhang ziyi make s a lot of noise in front of the public and media, very aggresive, open, self-centered, sexy, and makes a lot of money when still very young

now you understand why she is a favorite cover page person in the west while is “hated” in china

June 4, 2005 @ 12:06 am | Comment

From my years in China, the Chinese have a habit of denegrating any other Chinese person who achieves somekind of success lik eZhang Ziyi.

I still remeber how the recent Miss China from Shanghai was showered with abuse from the rest of the country.

You met Zhang Ziyi Richard?!

Do tell, do tell…….

June 4, 2005 @ 2:05 am | Comment

I now post with much trepidation for fear of the inevitable backlash!

Yes, the point about Chinese language newspapers in the US being offended by pictures of Zhang Ziyi in the toilet despite the fact that she just “happened” to be on the front cover when the ‘Koran down the toilet’ article featured is typical of general Chinese sensitivity and sometimes seeing racial slurs where there are none.

(I am not going to DARE mention superiority/inferiority complexes here).

To say that if someone else was on the cover the New York Post wouldn’t have featured a picture of the magazine down the toilet is insane to me and I’m disappointed (though not surprised) that Chinese people would think otherwise…but there you go.

Now I’ll go and hide with lots of hot tea and warm blankets and sit out the inevitable storm!

June 4, 2005 @ 2:13 am | Comment

Poor martyn. I enjoyed your debate on the marathon thread by the way.

I thought bing was obsessed with details and failed to grasp the main points. I also thought Ke Li Se viewed your posts with far too much sucspicion and didn’t completely shake off the fear that you were being anti China.

But that’s only my modest opinion! I don’t have the historical knowledge to debate like that. I learnt a lot from all the posts there.

I think this Peking Duck site is unique to have such a broad range of opinions from right across the globe and right across all sorts of different peoples. Great work Richard.

Keep up the good work martyn and bing and lisa and kevin and shanghai slim and all the others (not jr)!

Thanks for deleting jr as he was putting me off from posting.

June 4, 2005 @ 4:19 am | Comment

…oh…and Filthy Stinking No 9, I always enjoy his posts!

June 4, 2005 @ 4:21 am | Comment


June 4, 2005 @ 4:30 am | Comment

is typical of general Chinese sensitivity
I’m disappointed (though not surprised) that Chinese people would think otherwise…but there you go.


You’re taking this way too seriously. Chinese language newpapers in the US tends to print lots of exaggerated sensationalist stories to attract eyeballs and they’re not really that far removed from being supermarket tabloids. No one takes them seriously, especially on a story that’s as blatantly sensationalist as this.

June 4, 2005 @ 5:38 am | Comment

John, when I was in Beijing I handled the Tag Heuer watch account. Zhang Ziyi was the TH spokesperson and we held two events where I got to meet her. One event, at the relatively new TH shop in Wangfujing, generated such huge crowds we had to end it earlyu and whisk her away — the crowds were getting beyond control, everyone wanting to see her. To the commenter who thinks the Chinese don’t love her, you’d be surprised to see all the fans waiting to get a glimpse of her. Everyone in my office (all Chinese) looked on her as a goddess.

Martyn, I think we’ve exhausted the inferiority complex discussion and hope we don’t go there again.

Zoe, thanks for the kind words. JR is still free to post here and I won’t delete his comments unless he forces me to. I never delete because I disagree with someone, only if they prove they’re here not to discuss but to needle and insult. And even in that case, they have to try mighty hard to get me to delete.

June 4, 2005 @ 11:28 am | Comment

Richard, I think Martyn’s above post was very tongue-in-cheek. He’ll be the last person here to kick off inferiority complex discussions again so the verbal warning wasn’t necessary.

June 4, 2005 @ 12:50 pm | Comment

Ron, I was being somewhat tongue-in-cheek too. It’s not Martyn who ranted about this topic, but another of our commenters, and I was just saying I hope he doesn’t start again.

June 4, 2005 @ 3:04 pm | Comment

And you know, I think JR sometimes just lets his passions run ahead of his ability to express himself. Hopefully he’ll take a moment to consider the content of his posts next time…

June 4, 2005 @ 9:37 pm | Comment

Zoe … thanks … I was feeling left out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Can I ask a point of clarification? Do we know for certain that JR is male? Or are people using “he” just to avoid the uncomfortable use of he/she all the time?

June 5, 2005 @ 3:19 am | Comment

And I have to say I got all excited by the headline too. Bad Richard.

June 5, 2005 @ 3:37 am | Comment

Sorry; I didn’t mean to lead anyone on… ๐Ÿ™‚

June 5, 2005 @ 1:24 pm | Comment

er I think zhang is a good looking girl but she is just pretty ….and she has a poor performance in screen,I don’t like an actress like her

July 24, 2005 @ 8:15 pm | Comment

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