Zhao Wei made her screen debut in the 1994 Chinese film ‘A Soul Haunted by Painting,’ directed by Huang Shuqin. Following her debut, she went on to star in films like ‘Penitentiary Angel’ (1995), ‘East Palace, West Palace’ (1996), ‘Déjà Vu 2000’ (1999), and ‘The Duel’ (2000). In 2001, she starred as ‘Ah Mui’ in the Hong Kong sports comedy film ‘Shaolin Soccer,’ directed by Stephen Chow. The film received positive reviews from critics and performed well at the box office, grossing over US$42.8 million on a US$10 million budget. She next starred as ‘Sue’ in the 2002 Hong Kong action film ‘So Close,’ directed by Corey Yuen. The film opened to a positive reception and holds an 82% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That same year, she also played the role of ‘Ah Feng’ in the Jeffrey Lau-directed Hong Kong mo lei tau musical film ‘Chinese Odyssey 2002.’ She next starred in films such as ‘Warriors of Heaven and Earth’ (2003), ‘Green Tea’ (2003), ‘Jade Goddess of Mercy’ (2004), ‘A Time To Love’ (2005), ‘The Postmodern Life of My Aunt’ (2006), and ‘The Longest Night in Shanghai’ (2007).
She portrayed ‘Sun Shangxiang’ in the 2008–2009 Chinese epic war film ‘Red Cliff,’ directed by John Woo. The film was released in 2 parts with its second part being released in 2009. ‘Red Cliff’ received positive reviews from critics and was a major commercial success, grossing over US$250.1 million on a US$80 million budget.
In 2008, she appeared in the supernatural-fantasy film ‘Painted Skin,’ directed by Gordon Chan. The film grossed over ¥227 million at the box office. Wei continued to star in films like ‘Red Cliff II’ (2009), ‘Mulan’ (2009), ‘14 Blades’ (2010), ‘Eternal Moment’ (2011), ‘LOVE’ (2012), ‘Painted Skin: The Resurrection’ (2012), ‘Dearest’ (2014), ‘Hollywood Adventures’ (2015), ‘Lost in Hong Kong’ (2015), ‘Three’ (2016), ‘The Light of Tiny Love’ (2018), and ‘No.7 Cherry Lane’ (2019). She was last seen in the 2019 comedy film ‘Two Tigers,’ directed by Fei Li.
Red Cliff II is a historical action war drama film which is about a legendary battle between the forces of Sun Quan and Liu Bei against the imperial forces led by Cao Cao. This legendary battle is known to have changed the course of China’s history.
In order to unify the entire country, the emperor of the Han Dynasty allows his General to declare war against the rebellious southern provinces. His army advances and kills lots of civilians and soldiers alike. To resist the army, the warlords of the south form an alliance led by Viceroy Zhou, who rely upon different unique strategies to combat the overwhelming forces.
Lynn and her sister Sue are computer hackers, espionage specialists as well as assassins, who has an advantage over their rivals due to their late father’s satellite technology. After they assassinate Chow Lui, the chairman of a big company in China, Kong Yat-hung, a police inspector is assigned to hunt them down. Meanwhile, Chow’s younger brother, who had hired them to kill Chow, is also looking for them, in order to silence them. As both the police and the criminals chase after the two sisters, it also causes a strain in the relationship between them.
When her homeland is threatened by barbarians, a young girl named Mulan wishes to enlist in the army. However, since females are not allowed, she has no other option but to disguise herself as a male. She continues her journey through dangerous battles and enemies, and over time, she rises to become one of her country’s best leaders. However, keeping her secret seems more challenging than she had imagined, and therefore she tries to win the war before she gets exposed.
Commander Qinglong is a loyal leader of an assassin group that serves as the Ming government’s secret service. Meanwhile, the court is plagued by corruption, and the emperor seems to be incompetent. When some of Qinglong’s own friends plan a rebellion against the Emperor, Qinglong finds his life in danger.