A famous Peking Opera actor in China, Dong Zhi Hua is best known outside of his native land as the leading actor in many films by the legendary Hong Kong director Zhang Cheh. After playing the lead role in Zhang's Great Shanghai in 1937 (1986), Dong became Zhang's lead of choice, appearing in Slaughter in Xian (1987), Across the River (1988), Ninja In Ancient China (1989), Hidden Hero (1993), and Shen Tong (1993).

Dong started his Peking Opera training when he was 10. After he graduated from Beijing's Central Arts Academy in 1979, majoring in martial arts performance, he worked in China's National Peking Opera House and performed as the lead in many of the famous Peking Opera plays. Dong has also appeared in quite a few popular TV series.

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