Vivian Wu

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Vivian Wu (simplified Chinese: 邬君梅; traditional Chinese: 鄔君梅; pinyin: Wū Jūnméi; born February 5, 1966 in Shanghai), is a Chinese actress, known for her roles in The Last Emperor (1987), Heaven & Earth (1993), The Joy Luck Club (1993), and The Pillow Book (1996) and as the historical figure of Soong May-ling, commonly referred to as Madam Chiang Kai-shek, in two major Chinese motion pictures The Soong Sisters (1997) and The Founding of a Republic (2009). Wu began acting at the age of fifteen in Shanghai Film Studio. In 1987, she attended the Hawaii Pacific University, studying tourism. Wu made her first film appearance in 1987, as Wenxiu in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. She later appeared in The Guyver, alongside Mark Hamill. The film received mostly negative reviews, where it was criticized for its "overacting", "ridiculous plot", and "bad soundtrack". She gained some critical acclaim, after appearing in The Joy Luck Club (1993), and The Pillow Book (1996), as Nagiko, a Japanese model, alongside Ewan McGregor. Beside films, she has also worked in television, making guest appearances in shows, such as The Untouchables, L.A.

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