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Looper actress Summer Qing heading to Hollywood

Published on Oct 9, 2012 12:42 PM
Summer Qing with Bruce Willis in Looper -- PHOTO: COURTESY OF SUMMER QING

It was her role as revered historical figure Soong Ching-ling in The Founding Of A Republic (2009) that eventually led to Summer Qing, 43, landing a role in sci-fi thriller Looper.

Director Rian Johnson saw the period film and was sufficiently impressed to cast the Chinese actress in a small but pivotal role in the Hollywood movie, alongside Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Speaking to Life! over the phone from Beijing, she says she was "really moved" by Willis' performance: "We are so used to seeing him on screen as the tough man who fights and kills people, but in our scenes, he's very tender and gentle."

Better known as Xu Qing to mainland Chinese film fans, the Beijing-born actress first came to prominence in 1990 as the female lead in acclaimed director Chen Kaige's Life On A String. She also worked with Chen on Farewell, My Concubine (1993), which won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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