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In Asian cinema, there’s this a term called ‘Mou Girls’ — actresses who get plucked from obscurity by legendary Chinese director Zhang Yimou to star in his movies.

The most famous Mou Girl is, of course, Gong Li, who was picked by the auteur to star in Red Sorghum when she was just a student at The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing.

She went on to work with Zhang Yimou seven more times, becoming China’s most lauded actress along the way. P/S: Gong Li actually loathes the term 'Mou Girls', and once called it “vulgar”.

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