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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Zhang Ziyi has received a marriage proposal from her musician boyfriend via a drone, Chinese media report.

At Zhang Ziyi ‘s 36th birthday party, Wang Feng sent her a white drone carrying a diamond ring before getting on one knee to ask her to marry him.Zhang Ziyi receives marriage proposal from Wang Feng via drone

The Chinese actress said “yes” amid tears and applause from a crowd of onlookers at the event.

Zhang Ziyi is best known for her role in the hit martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The day after the proposal, Zhang Ziyi posted a picture of fireworks on a social media account with the words “I do”.

Wang Feng is a popular rock star in China and has been married twice before.

Zhang Ziyi has starred in almost 30 films, including The Grandmaster, Memoirs of a Geisha and House of Flying Daggers.

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Filming on The Green Destiny – a prequel to Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – will start in July.

The Green Destiny will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as female warrior Yu Shu Lien.

Pre-production is believed to have begun. Filming is due to start in Auckland, New Zealand, with two further weeks of shooting in China.


Yuen Woo-ping, who co-ordinated the action scenes in the original, will step behind the camera for the prequel.

The Green Destiny will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as female warrior Yu Shu Lien

The Green Destiny will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as female warrior Yu Shu Lien

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains the most successful Chinese-language film of all time, making $213.5 million on its release in 2000.

The movie won the best foreign-language Oscar the following year, with three more awards in the technical categories.

Part of the reason for the film’s success was that it operated on many different levels. It was a love story, a martial arts fantasy with a feminist twist and an historical epic set against a backdrop of spectacular locations in China.

Director Ang Lee also employed sophisticated technology that enabled the characters to perform gravity-defying stunts, drawing in fans of the previous year’s box office hit, The Matrix.

But plans for a prequel were delayed by a row over the film rights to Wang Du Lu’s novels, on which the film was based.

Columbia Pictures claimed it had struck a deal with the late writer’s son in 2005. He denied this, and said he had signed an agreement with The Weinstein Company, another US studio.

With the case resolved, The Weinstein Company is pushing ahead with the prequel, choosing New Zealand as a location thanks to a generous production incentive that offers filmmakers a 20% rebate on money spent in the country.

The Green Destiny draws on the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s series, Silver Vase, Iron Night.

“This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil,” screenwriter John Fusco told movie website Deadline last year.

Although John Fusco is known for US blockbusters such as Young Guns I and II, he also penned The Forbidden Kingdom for Jet Li and Jackie Chan in 2008.

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Zhang Ziyi, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star, vehemently denies Chinese media reports she earned $100 million by prostituting herself to a string of powerful Chinese men.

During the period in question Zhang Ziyi was alleged to have slept with disgraced politician Bo Xilai, she was happily in a long-term relationship with Aviv “Vivi” Nevo.

In the photos taken four years ago, Zhang Ziyi, 33, is seen holidaying with her former fiancé in St Barts.

Several reports in China this week, alleged Zhang Ziyi had earned millions by sleeping with wealthy businessmen, including Bo Xilai, who was ousted from China’s powerful politburo amid allegations he and his wife were involved in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood last November.

Zhang Ziyi is seen frolicking with her then-fiancé on a towel, with him fiddling with her bikini bottoms.

At one point, she removes her bikini top to avoid getting unsightly tan-lines.

In this photo taken four years ago, Zhang Ziyi is seen holidaying with her former fiancé Aviv Vivi Nevo in St Barts

In this photo taken four years ago, Zhang Ziyi is seen holidaying with her former fiancé Aviv Vivi Nevo in St Barts

Vivi Nevo, now 47, is an Israeli-American venture capitalist, who is a major shareholder in Time Warner.

According to reports in China, Zhang Ziyi slept with Bo Xilai at least ten times between 2007 and 2011 in exchange for “huge” monetary gifts. The secret trysts are alleged to have taken place in Beijing and to have netted the actress around $1.5 million each time.

Zhang Ziyi confirmed on Wednesday she had met with lawyers from Hong Kong law firm Haldanes and sent an official notice to Apple Daily following the allegations.

She said in a message of her Weibo page (the Chinese version of Twitter): “I met with my lawyer in Hong Kong in the morning to discuss legal measures and just arrived in Hainan. The truth is bound to come to light. And since I have the support of my fans and the law, this will not be a lonely battle.”

Zhang Ziyi was outraged when Apple Daily picked up on the story, which originated on Boxun.com, a Chinese-language site operated in the United States.

Boxun.com alleged Zhang Ziyi was introduced to Bo Xilai through a billionaire friend, Xu Ming, who is said to be worth $700 million but is reportedly under investigation by the Beijing government over alleged corruption.

Xu Ming, 41, has reportedly claimed to authorities that he paid Zhang Ziyi $1 million to have sex with him for the first time in 2007 and that he later negotiated a deal for a similar liaison with Bo Xilai.

Following the reports, her publicist sent a lengthy statement to English-language newspaper TodayOnline reading: “We read this outrageous report in the Apple Daily. It sent stone-cold chills down our spines and has left us with a feeling of deep sadness. Friends have advised us to release a short statement and not take this seriously.

“The more you argue, the more you will stir up. It would be better to step aside until people lose interest and the lies disappear. The innocent will always be innocent.

“We just want to help her get rid of this disturbance and seek justice. Then she will be able to shoot her films in peace and quiet and present you, her fans, with more and better films in return.”

Zhang Ziyi is currently filming a new movie in southern China so missed her latest film première Dangerous Liaisons at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Zhang Ziyi, star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has been forced to deny lurid claims that she earned $100 million by prostituting herself to a string of powerful Chinese men.

Among those with whom Zhang Ziyi was alleged to have had sex for money is disgraced politician Bo Xilai, ousted from China’s powerful politburo amid allegations he and his wife were involved in the murder of Old Harrovian businessman Neil Heywood.

Zhang Ziyi, 33, one of China’s biggest film stars and a three-times BAFTA nominee, is the most prominent name to date to be dragged into the scandal over Bo Xilai.

Zhang Ziyi, star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has been forced to deny lurid claims that she earned $100 million by prostituting herself to a string of powerful Chinese men

Zhang Ziyi, star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has been forced to deny lurid claims that she earned $100 million by prostituting herself to a string of powerful Chinese men

According to reports in China, Zhang Ziyi slept with Bo Xilai at least ten times between 2007 and 2011 in exchange for “huge” monetary gifts. The secret trysts are alleged to have taken place in Beijing and to have netted the actress around $1.5 million each time.

The pair are said to have been introduced by Xu Ming, a Chinese businessman who is said to be worth $700 million but is reportedly under investigation by the Beijing government over alleged corruption.

Xu Ming, 41, has reportedly claimed to authorities that he paid Zhang Ziyi $950,000 to have sex with him for the first time in 2007 and that he later negotiated a deal for a similar liaison with Bo Xilai.

Xu Ming is said to have paid Zhang Ziyi a total of $28 million and it is alleged that the actress – who also starred in Rush Hour 2, House Of Flying Daggers and Memoirs Of A Geisha – made millions more from similar deals with other rich and powerful figures.

Investigators are said to be looking into claims that her supposedly illicit earnings escaped tax thanks to interventions by Xu Ming and senior government officials.

It was reported that the Chinese government has refused to allow Zhang Ziyi to leave the country while it investigates the claims, prompting claims that this was why she was absent from this year’s Cannes film festival to promote her latest film, a new version of Dangerous Liaisons.

The actress cryptically wrote on her internet blog that many people “can take wind as rain” using their imaginations.

Zhang Ziyi’s Chinese publicist described the claims as “outrageous”, adding: “It sent stone-cold chills down our spines and has left us with a feeling of deep sadness. Why should this devoted and responsible actress have to suffer this kind of slander and defamation?”

Now living in Hong Kong, Zhang ziyi was engaged from 2008 until 2010 to Vivi Nevo, the Israeli-American venture capitalist who was romantically linked to Kate Moss.