Gong Li is known as one of the best actress in the film industry of China and her talents could stand up to anyone in the world. Evidence of her outstanding dramatic acting ability is provided in her recent movie release, "Coming Home" which had such an impact on viewers that the superstar director Steven Spielberg upon watching the film shed tears and Academy Award winning director Ang Lee was moved in a similar manner.
She possesses the ability to connect with viewers and has a dramatic range that very few actors can even appreciate reaching. In this movie which takes place during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, she performs one of the most difficult acting jobs in that she portrays a women who has been emotionally damaged to a point that is almost beyond repair. The movie is a love story about her and her husband, a "political rightist" in China who spends almost 20 years in prison as a result of political conflicts. When he is eventually released from prison and returns to his wife he finds her in a state of "traumatized forgetfulness" which impacts her, his daughter and him.
Gong Li is able to adroitly portray the wife, a woman who moves from remembering some aspects of her life to periods of forgetfulness. Her ability to show the numerous sides of this women's character and connect with audiences to such an extent that they understand and are sensitive to the character's life is one of those traits that only the truly great actresses possess.
The love story between the husband and Gong Li is central to the movie and her performance as a woman who when broken can only survive and live through the expression of love from her family is exceptional but that is what Gong Li is to acting.
Gong Li puts forth an exceptional dramatic performance in "Coming Home" and reaffirms her position as one of the great actresses of her era.