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Zhou Xun’s Performance in “Cloud Atlas” Generates Oscar Buzz

By on October 27, 2012

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Zhou Xun’s (周迅) first role in a major Hollywood movie, Cloud Atlas, has already generated early Oscar buzz for the award-winning Chinese actress.

On October 24, Zhou Xun, dressed elegantly in a backless jumpsuit, appeared at the premiere of Cloud Atlas along with the her cast members, Tom Hanks with wife, Rita Wilson, Halle Berry and her fiance, Olivier Martinez, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, and famous South Korean actress, Bae Doo Na. Keanu Reeves was also a special guest at the premiere.

Zhou Xunlooked sexy and glamorous, holding her ground while flanked by beautiful and sexy actresses like Halle Berry and Bae Doo Na.

From the creators of The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas is science fiction film written and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowskiand and Tom Tykwer. Released on October 26, the film features the complicated story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present, and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior. A single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

Like the other main actors, Zhou Xun plays multiple roles (from the past to the future) in the movie, including male and female characters.

Although Zhou Xun plays a supporting role and does not appear in a lot of scenes, her brilliant performance was praised by many people, including Tom Hanks. Cloud Atlas’ writer, David Mitchell, found Zhou Xun to be poised and cool, and her performance was spot on.

It was rumored that Awardscircuit.com, a well-established film site with awards coverage, has considered including Zhou Xun in the Best Supporting Actress category of the upcoming Academy Awards. This will be a confidence booster for Xun in her pursuit for a future Hollywood career.

Zhou Xun is not the only Chinese actress in Cloud Atlas.   Zhu Zhu (朱珠), an actress who is fluent in English and Mandarin, also has a minor role in the movie. Zhu Zhu was thankful for working on a movie with so many talented actors and actresses. Her biggest wish is to be able to work with Chinese director, Ang Lee (李安), in the future.

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  • Readers' Comments (21)

    1. Nicole says:

      How is this compared to the book?

    2. Little fishy says:

      Zhu zhu however has more screen time on trailer lol. Also, i know this movie meant for Hollywood, storyline and quality production is meant to be up for Oscar, but the trailer was boring >_>

    3. quynh says:

      wow..i couldn’t recognize zhou xun. the movie does look boring, that’s why it’s not expected to do well in the box office.

    4. Funn Lim says:

      That’s Zhou Xun?? If Halle Berry can win an oscar there is a possibility for anything. But my feeling is I doubt it.

    5. KW says:

      Zhu Zhu looks more elegant than Zhou Xun. Y got buzz on Zhou Xun.. Zzz

    6. Jax says:

      I saw it yesterday, the movie was pretty good, kinda like Inception (kind of expected it since it was directed by Wachowski brothers) Leaves you thinking afterwards.

      Now i got to read the book.

    7. skinnymocha says:

      Ben Whishaw! I knew I recognised that voice having listened to him reading John Keats’ works on repeat.

      Hmm, I may have to check this out. It sure looks ambitious, but I hope the story doesn’t turn out to be a convoluted mess.

    8. SP1234 says:

      Both Zhou Xun and Doona Bae were amazing! And should both be considered (Even though Doona was by far superior, Zhou was equally good). They will both have big careers now in the States after this film, I’m sure of it.

    9. 936 says:

      she doesn’t look asian anymore

    10. SashyRoll says:

      yeah I agree with 936, the pic above shows that Zhou can pass off as a non asian…

    11. Cloud says:

      Zhou Xun’s acting is amazing.

    12. Rookie fans says:

      Yeah… Zhou Xun is my favorite actress. Seen all her movies. It begins from “Perhaps Love”. Cannot wait to catch Cloud 9. .)

    13. iampheng says:

      Isn’t that a picture of up there? I didn’t see Zhou Xun at all in the trailer. Zhu Zhu is quite attractive…didn’t see her in the trailer either.

      • iampheng says:

        I meant, isn’t that a pic of Bae Doona?

      • skinnymocha says:

        Her picture was up yesterday, but it has been changed. You can spot her at 1:08 next to Tom Hanks in the trailer. Yes, it’s the blondish haired girl…

    14. Tbfans says:

      The picture on this article is Doona Bae. Zhou Xun role is very minimal and very small. Her appearance has been totally westernized no way her acting was Oscar buzz worthy. If they try to promote that it is bcos of china market only lol….

      • lingling says:

        Exactly!! So far, there has been no buzz for Oscar from the female side so, this news can only be drumming up by the Chinese media. Also, Cloud Atlas is a box office failure for such a big budget production. The reviews are mixed which means that’s it already not worthy in the Oscar race.

    15. msxie says:

      Bae Doona was the only Asian who had multiple screen time in the trailers. Zhou and Zhu got nary a mention in the Hollywood entertainment programs. While Zhou is a superstar in China, it’s doubtful she’d make superstar status in the west. One only has to remember Chow Yunfat’s dud of a Hollywood career.

    16. SpaceGeek says:

      the movie, cloud atlas, seems pretty interesting. I might buy the dvd..

    17. Jeremy Wang says:

      This photo is NOT Xun !!!! She’s Doona Bae !!!

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