5. ZHANG ZIYI

Film: House of Flying Daggers (2004)

In the wuxia film (a broad term for a Chinese fiction genre involving martial arts), Ziyi plays Mei, a beautiful blind dancer who becomes the center of a war between the police and the top rebel group, the Flying Daggers. She's also gets caught in a fatal love triangle. A pale and delicate girl in a kimono? Yeah, we’d probably miss the “deadly assassin” warning signals, too.