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Gong Li feeling film jury pressure

Gong Li has admitted she is feeling the pressure of responsibility after agreeing to head the jury at the Shanghai Film Festival.

The Chinese actress will lead the jury at the 17th annual Shanghai Film Festival , which begins June 14. She said she agreed to it reluctantly because she fears she may get too emotional.

Gong said: "It is a respect to a film, to a piece of art work. However, it can only be given to one person. So when you're judging the award, you feel bad, because I, too, am in the business. So I hope when I'm the president of the jury, I can pull it together and not be so emotional."

The Memoirs Of A Geisha star is currently at the Cannes Film Festival, in her role as L'Oreal ambassador and also has a film showing out of competition.

Coming Home reunites her with Chinese director Zhang Yimou, with whom she made some of her most notable films like Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju and To Live. Gong plays an amnesia patient whose husband returns home after years of being away in prison.

Gong said it was one of her most challenging roles: "If everyone can relate to this character, then I would have succeeded as an actor, but it was very very hard to portray."

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