Zhang Ziyi promotes Tale Of Magic
Zhang Ziyi has made her first public appearance since she received bad press over donations she made to help victims of China's earthquake in 2008.
In January, rumours surfaced accusing the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress of only giving a portion of the one million yuan she had promised for relief work - and she recently attributed the problem to her lack of philanthropy experience.
Zhang, who said only a portion of the funds was transferred intitially before she made up the difference in March, appeared at a press conference for her new movie A Tale Of Magic in which she plays an Aids patient.
She said she took the role because she's a big fan of director Gu Changwei, a frequent collaborator with well-known Chinese directors Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou.
"We actually met many years ago, but always missed the chance to work together," Zhang said.
Asked to reflect on her extended absence, Zhang skirted the issue, saying: "I will continue to strive for success and make good movies."
Zhang co-stars with Hong Kong actor-singer Aaron Kwok. Shooting on the film continues.
Best known as a cinematographer, Gu gained international fame with his directorial debut, winning the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005 for his epic Peacock.
Zhang made her film debut in famed Zhang Yimou's heartwarming 1999 love story The Road Home, but her career took off when Oscar-winning director Ang Lee cast her in his 2000 kung fu hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.