Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi found her latest film PRINCESS RACCOON her most challenging yet - because she had to take both dancing and Japanese lessons.

The Crouching Tiger, HIDDEN DRAGON star, 26, was brought up speaking Mandarin, and in recent years has begun to learn English.

But when Japanese director Seijun Suzuki cast her in his film PRINCESS RACCOON (OPERETTA TANUKI GOTEN), Ziyi realised she would have to become trilingual.

She says, "We had to learn dance, because we have three dances in the film.

"For me especially, as a Japanese movie I had to learn Japanese, which is really difficult."

25/05/2005 13:45