Zhou Dongyu, who rocketed to fame among Chinese filmgoers after the release of last year’s “Under the Hawthorn Tree,” directed by Zhang Yimou, enrolled at the Performance Institute of the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) on Sunday.
She attended the opening ceremony of the new term on Monday and will start the military drill on Friday.
She will live at the school dormitory like a normal student of her age, according to her agent.
According to BFA president Zhang Huijun, Zhou has demonstrated great talent and “already proven herself totally comfortable and at ease in front of the camera.”
The BFA denied the public query that Zhou was admitted simply because she is already a star, though many still viewed the admission with skepticism and used the opportunity to turn a spotlight on what they viewed as lax admission requirements.
A hotbed for Chinese film talent, the Beijing Film Academy has cultivated generations of actors and directors who later became the backbone of the nation’s film industry. Famous alumni include directors Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and Jia Zhangke, as well as acting stars Zhao Wei, Chen Kun and Huang Xiaoming.
When Zhou was cast last year as the female lead in “Under the Hawthorn Tree,” she was in her final year in high school. Her original plan was to become a dancer.
rock to fame 名聲大震
Under the Hawthorn Tree： 山楂樹
the military drill 軍訓
the public query： 公眾置疑
lax admission requirement： 過松的錄取條件