One of my favorite new breed of rising Chinese Actor is the very talented and extremely handsome
Zhang Bin Bin who was the king in “The King Women” and the lead actor in “I Will Never Let You Go” Who also had a main role in “The Flame’s Daughter”.
Now as for my Most favorite Chinese Actress I have never found anyone who come up to the level of an older but still beautiful as Gong Li. She is a "Classic Chinese “Actress” and still highly respected in China, She is no longer acting, during her time in acting many Chinese actresses look up to Gong Li. Some of her well know dramas is “Raise The Red Lantern” “Curse Of The Golden Flower” and “Farewell My Concubine” any many more.
The most controversial Movies Gong Li acted in was the “Memoirs Of A Geisha” because she was Chinese many Japanese Actresses felt the part should have went to them, Gong Li co- star was Japan most famous actor ken Watanabe. It was a movie box office"Hit." Personally I have not found a Chinese actress who can hold her “Crown” today. I know there are other good Chinese actresses, but sorry Gong Li still hold the CROWN.
Zhang Ziyi played also in this movie. Both are great actresses. I really liked their movies and I’m glad we now can watch a lot more C drama than back then when there was just one* movie within many years.
@jenaceae I was reading your comment about Mark Chao being Taiwanese, yes that where he was born.
But if you study or read the history of the China Civil War around the time of 1949 you will find out why The Republic Of China with 2 million troops and many civilians retreat to Taiwan, and there they set up their own ruling government in Taiwan and name themselves Taiwanese taken from the island name.
Actually the Chinese and Taiwanese are the “exact” same people from out of China they came even those some Taiwanese will not admit being Chinese but that is their roots and people one reason they also speak Chinese Mandarin. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you.