Well known Chinese actress Tang Wei has announced her engagement to Korean director Kim Tae Yong. The couple first met when she starred in the film Late Autumn, which he directed. Following the consent of their respective parents, they are now engaged and wedding bells will chime in fall this year.

Tang Wei rose to fame while in director Ang Lee's provocative film, Lust, Caution, which also starred Tony Leung and Leehom Wang. Then a newcomer to movies, Tang gave a tour de force performance in portraying a beautiful Chinese college student who fell for the man she was going to assassinate.

Ms. Tang, 34, met the 44-year-old Kim Tae Yong when she starred with Hyun Bin in Late Autumn, the 2010 romantic movie directed by Kim. For Late Autumn, Tang also became the first foreign actress to win Best Actress at three prestigious film awards in South Korea.

Paparazzi have been curious about Tang Wei's love life ever since she became famous. For a while it was even rumored that she was dating Hyun Bin, especially when it was reported that she bought a property in South Korea in 2012.

According to the statement released by Kim's agency, Tang and Kim became friends because of Late Autumn, and their friendship blossomed into love when they filmed a commercial together in October 2013.


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The couple jointly stated:

'Through cinema, we met each other and came to understand each other. We became friends and then lovers. In the future, we will also call each other husband and wife. Even though we must learn each other’s languages, this is our happiest moment as we both believe that we will further understand, respect and appreciate each other. Cinema is the most important witness to our relationship. We thank all our supporting friends. We also hope that when you meet your fate, you do not miss it.'

Congratulations, Tang Wei and Kim Tae Yong.

(Original Chinese statement was translated by Nancy Z.)