SHANGHAI – In her first decade as an actress, Zhang Jingchu has built a resume that many would envy: A starring role in an acclaimed Chinese drama that won the Berlin Silver Bear. A star-studded kung-fu epic featuring Donnie Yen. A German biopic. A Hollywood debut alongside Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
But the 31-year-old Chinese star says she's been disappointed by the commercial nature of her recent roles. So she decided to recharge with a six-month break in New York City, where she has been taking acting classes, watching plays and lingering in museums.