Others included John Cusack, France’s Jean-Jacques Annaud, Italy’s Maria Grazia Cucinotta, South Korea’s Song Hye-kyo and Japan’s Takako Tokiwa.
The 17th edition of the festival got under way on a warm Saturday night at the city’s Grand Theater.
Organizers promised some 400 stars from Greater China. Those leading the pageant included Jackie Chan, Shanghai festival jury president Gong Li, Lin Chiling, John Woo, Liu Yifei, Gao Yuanyuan, Nicholas Tse and Wang Jingchun.
At the opening ceremony itself Kidman received an outstanding contribution award, presented to her by Grant and Woo. Director Jiang Wen, whose upcoming “Gone With The Bullets” is expected to be a year end hit, received a prize for his contribution to Chinese cinema.