Ziyi is a small woman who packs a big punch. The star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon can also be seen in Hero, out now on DVD. She spoke with TIME's Carolina A. Miranda about a life of martial artistry:
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST SCENE IN HERO?
It was a fight with Maggie Cheung in the forest. They'd blow leaves around, and it'd stir all the dust. The director would say, "Don't blink." Our eyes got so red.
WHAT'S THE WORST INJURY YOU'VE RECEIVED?
In House of Flying Daggers [due in theaters next week], I got hit on the head with...