1. Fan Bingbing
The stunning actress has become a magnet for fashion brands looking for star power in a mainland luxury goods market that is poised to become the world’s largest. One client she’s embraced: LV. Can the Fan juggernaut go global?
2. Jay Chou
Taiwan singer, actor and director unveiled his 12th studio album, Opus 12, last December (another “12”). New flick in the works: The Rooftop, being filmed in Taiwan and the mainland, which he stars in and also directs.
3. Andy Lau
Now in his 50s, the evergreen Hong Kong star of song and film stayed popular last year with the movie Blind Detective. Lau’s sixth film with Hong Kong actress Sammi Cheng is in the works.
4. Jackie Chan
Hong Kong movie industry icon last year released what may be his last action film CZ12, or Chinese Zodiac, which he wrote and directed.
5. Zhang Ziyi
Popular actress had hit romantic comedy last year with My Last Star, which she also produced. Appears in this year’s star-laden The Grandmaster kung fu movie, directed by Hong Kong’s Wong Kar-Wai and also starring Tony Leung.