Zhang Ziyi arrives for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. The Chinese actress has been slammed for playing a 15-year-old girl in a Chinese period drama series when she was 38 years old. Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Zhang Ziyi arrives for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. The Chinese actress has been slammed for playing a 15-year-old girl in a Chinese period drama series when she was 38 years old. Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Zhang Ziyi arrives for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. The Chinese actress has been slammed for playing a 15-year-old girl in a Chinese period drama series when she was 38 years old. Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Zhang Ziyi follows Jackie Chan, Tom Cruise in playing a character much younger than she is, but fans and critics are not impressed

  • Zhang’s performance in Monarch Industry, the most-watched TV series in China, was panned as unconvincing and embarrassing, but other stars regularly act young
  • ‘I know I am turning 42 … I have tried my best …,’ the actress wrote in response to critics of her portrayal of a character who is 15 when the series begins

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Zhang Ziyi arrives for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. The Chinese actress has been slammed for playing a 15-year-old girl in a Chinese period drama series when she was 38 years old. Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Zhang Ziyi arrives for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. The Chinese actress has been slammed for playing a 15-year-old girl in a Chinese period drama series when she was 38 years old. Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Zhang Ziyi arrives for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2019. The Chinese actress has been slammed for playing a 15-year-old girl in a Chinese period drama series when she was 38 years old. Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
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