David Chiang

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David Chiang
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Jiāng Dàwèi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Goeng1 Daai6-wai6 (Cantonese)
Birth name Chiang Wei-nien ()
Ancestry Suzhou, Jiangsu
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1947-06-29) 29 June 1947 (age 67)
Shanghai, China
Other name(s) Chiang Da-wei
John Chiang
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1952-1963, 1967-2000, 2003-present
Spouse(s) Lee Lam-lam (m. 1974)
Children Elaine Chiang (b. 1974)
Eve Chiang (b. 1983)
John Chiang, Jr. (b. 1995)
Parents Yen Hua (father)
Hung Wei (mother)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chiang.

David Chiang Da-wei (born Chiang Wei-nien on 29 June 1947 in Shanghai, Republic of China) is a Hong Kong actor, director and producer. A martial arts superstar in in the 1970s under the Shaw Brothers Studio, he has appeared in over 130 films and over 30 television series.

Born in a thespian family, he is the younger brother of Paul Chun and an older half-brother of Derek Yee.

Biography[edit]

David Chiang's hand prints and autograph on the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong

David Chiang's mother Hung Wei (real name: Lo Chen) and father Yen Hua (real name: Chiang Ko-chi) were popular Chinese movie stars who arrived in Hong Kong in the late 1940s during the Chinese Civil War. Chiang began his acting career at a very early age, appearing in black and white films when he was only four years old.

In 1966, while working as a stuntman and fight instructor for the Shaw Brothers Studio, he was spotted by director Chang Cheh, who immediately saw his potential and screen presence and became his mentor. Chang gave him the stage name David Chiang, even though his real English name was John.

With Wang Yu's sudden departure in 1969, Run Run Shaw and his senior executives were looking for a new leading man and made Chiang an offer. With the guidance of Chang Cheh, Chiang won the Best Actor award at the 16th Asian Film Festival in 1970 for his role in Vengeance. In 1972, at the 18th Asian Film Festival, he won the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his role in Blood Brothers. In 1973, at the 19th Asian Film Festival, he won the Most Contemporary award for his role in The Generation Gap.

In 1973 Chiang left Hong Kong with his mentor Chang Cheh and set up an independent production company called Chang's Scope Company. With the backing and encouragement of Run Run Shaw, their films continued to be distributed through Shaw's channels. At Chang's Scope Company, Chiang was able to try his hand at directing, producing and script writing. As the 1970s came to an end and the 1980s approached, Chiang continued acting, working with directors Lee Han Chiang, Hsueh Li Pao, Ho Meng-hua and Chia-Liang Liu. 1980 was also the start of his first television series, The Green Dragon Conspiracy, and this was followed by Princess Chang Ping and Dynasty.[disambiguation needed] In the mid-1980s, Chiang worked with his two brothers, Paul Chun and Derek Yee, directing, producing and acting in the comedy Legend of the Owl. Chiang also acted in comedy movies The Challenger and The Loot, directed by Eric Tseng. In late 1980s into the 1990s Chiang directed the movies Heaven Can Help, Silent Love, The Wrong Couples, Mr. Handsome, Double Fattiness, My Dear Son, Will of Iron and Mother of a Different Kind. Since 2000 he has continued to work in movies and TV series, including Election, Daisy, Revolving Doors Of Vengeance, Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion, Land of Wealth, The Family Link and the 2007 television series The Gem of Life. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2006 for his role in the TVB series Revolving Doors of Vengeance.

In 2004 Chiang was inducted into The Avenue of Stars, which honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. It is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong and modeled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Filmography[edit]

Film (as actor)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1952 The Closer the Better (近水樓台)
1953 Green Heaven (碧雲天)
1954 Return (歸來) Siao-ming
1956 Blind Love (盲戀)
1956 The Orphan Girl (梅姑)
1957 A Mellow Spring (春光無限好)
1957 Little Angel of the Streets (馬路小天使)
1958 The Blessed Family (全家福)
1958 Young Vagabond (流浪兒)
1959 The Kingdom and the Beauty (江山美人)
All The Profecional
1960 Street Boys (街童)
1960 Twilight Hours (曉風殘月)
1960 Kiss Me Again (第二吻)
1960 The Orphan in Distress (苦海孤雛)
1961 Till the Clouds Roll by (雲開見月明)
1961 The Search of Loved One (萬里尋親記) Orphan Ngau
1962 Ladies First (好事成雙)
1962 Unspeakable Truths (有口難言)
1963 The Lady and the Thief (女人與小偷)
1967 Lady in Distress: The Invincible Fighter (無敵女殺手)
1967 The Black Killer (黑殺星) extra
1968 Golden Swallow (金燕子)
1968 Blue Falcon (藍鷹)
1968 Red Lamp Shaded in Blood (血影紅燈) extra
1968 The White Dragon (飛俠小白龍) extra
1968 The Sword of Swords (神刀)
1968 The Silver Fox (玉面飛狐)
1968 Spring Morning Flying Cloud (春曉雲開)
1969 Dead End (死角) David Liao Ching-Shui
1969 Have Sword, Will Travel (保鏢) Lo Yi
1969 The Invincible Fist (鐵手無情)
1969 The Flying Dagger (飛刀手)
1969 Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (獨臂刀王) Yin
1970 The Heroic Ones (十三太保) Li Cunxiao
1970 The Singing Killer (小煞星)
1970 Vengeance (報仇) Guan Xiaolou
1970 The Wandering Swordsman (遊俠兒)
1970 The Winged Tiger (插翅虎)
1970 The Secret of the Dirk (大羅劍俠)
1971 The Anonymous Heroes (無名英雄)
1971 The Deadly Duo (雙俠)
1971 Duel of Fists (拳擊)
1971 King Eagle (鷹王)
1971 The Duel (大決鬥)
1971 New One-Armed Swordsman (新獨臂刀)
1972 Angry Guest (惡客)
1972 Boxer from Shantung (馬永貞)
1972 Four Riders (四騎士)
1972 Trilogy of Swordsmanship (群英會) Mu Yuqi Part 3: "White Water Strand" (白水灘)
1972 The Water Margin (水滸傳) Yan Qing
1972 Young People (年輕人)
1973 Blood Brothers (刺馬)
1973 The Generation Gap (叛逆)
1973 The Pirate (大海盜) General Wu Yee
1974 The Two Faces of Love (小孩與狗)
1974 Five Shaolin Masters (少林五祖)
1974 Friends (朋友)
1974 The Savage Five (五虎將)
1974 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
1975 All Men Are Brothers (蕩寇誌) Yan Qing
1975 The Empress Dowager (傾國傾城)
1975 The Imposter (七面人)
1975 The Taxi Driver (的士大佬)
1975 Temperament of Life (嬉笑怒罵)
1975 The Young Rebel (後生)
1976 The Condemned (死囚) also director
1976 The One-Armed Swordsmen (獨臂雙雄) also director
1976 7 Man Army (八道樓子)
1976 Shaolin Temple (少林寺)
1977 Death Duel (三少爺的劍)
1977 Judgment of an Assassin (決殺令)
1977 Magnificent Wanderers (江湖漢子)
1977 The Naval Commandos (海軍突擊隊)
1977 Whirlwind Kick (旋風踢)
1977 Strife for Mastery (水月門)
1978 Shaolin Handlock (十字鎖喉手)
1978 Shaolin Mantis (螳螂)
1978 The Red Phoenix (火鳳凰)
1978 Sensual Pleasures (子曰:食色性也)
1979 Abbot of Shaolin (少林英雄榜)
1979 Blooded Treasury Fight (血肉磨坊)
1979 The Challenger (踢館)
1979 The King of Fists and Dollars (王拳王鍰)
1979 Murder Plot (孔雀王朝)
1979 A Sword Shot at the Sun (一劍刺向太陽)
1980 Heaven and Hell Gate (第三類打鬥)
1980 The Loot (賊贓)
1980 Fight for Glory (絕代英雄)
1980 The Lost Kung Fu Secrets (鈑公雞)
1980 Six Directions of Boxing (六合八法)
1981 The Legend of the Owl (貓頭鷹) also director
1981 Night of the Assassins (刺客列傳)
1981 Red Phoenix
1981 Yee Dang Bing Chuk Chap (二等兵續集)
1981 Return of the Deadly Blade (飛刀‧又見飛刀)
1981 Funny Soldier (傻兵立大功)
1982 Play Con Game (十張王牌)
1982 The Challenger (彈指神功)
1982 Strife for Mastery
1982 Till Death Do We Scare (小生怕怕)
1983 Play Catch (少爺威威)
1983 Sword with the Windbell (風鈴中的刀聲)
1984 Heaven Can Help (上天救命)
1984 Shanghai 13 (上海灘十三太保)
1985 Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (夏日福星) cameo
1985 Yes Madam (皇家師姐)
1986 Soul (老娘夠騷)
1986 From Here to Prosperity (奪寶計上計)
1986 Where's Office Tuba? (霹靂大喇叭)
1987 Angel (天使行動)
1987 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (富貴逼人)
1987 The Wrong Couples (不是冤家不聚頭)
1988 Double Fattiness (雙肥臨門) cameo, also director
1988 Tiger on Beat (老虎出更)
1988 The Revenge Ghost of the Tree (林投姐)
1989 Just Heroes (義膽群英)
1989 Mr. Sunshine (開心巨無霸)
1991 Will of Iron (黑雪) also director
1991 The Banquet (豪門夜宴) cameo
1992 Mary From Beijing (夢醒時分)
1992 Once Upon a Time in China II (黃飛鴻之二男兒當自強) Luk Hou-dung
1992 The Twin Dragons (雙龍會)
1994 What Price Survival ('94獨臂刀之情)
1995 The Adventurers (大冒險家)
1999 The Legend of Speed (烈火戰車2極速傳說)
2003 Star Runner (少年阿虎)
2005 Election (黑社會)
2005 2 Young (早熟)
2006 Daisy (데이지)
2009 Look for a Star (遊龍戲鳳)
2012 Love on Gallery Bridge (愛在廊橋) Lin Fukun
2013 The Rooftop (天台)
2014 Kung Fu Jungle (一個人的武林)

Film (as director)[edit]

  • The Drug Addict (1974)
  • A Mad World of Fools (1974)
  • The One-Armed Swordsmen (1976)
  • The Condemned (1976)
  • Whirlwind Kick (1977)
  • The Legend of the Owl (1981)
  • Heaven Can Help (1984)
  • Silent Love (1986)
  • Mr. Handsome (1987)
  • The Wrong Couples (1987)
  • Double Fattiness (1988)
  • My Dear Son (1989)
  • When East Meets West (1990)
  • Will of Iron (1991)
  • Mother of a Different Kind (1995)

Television[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
1980 RTV Dynasty (大內群英) Cang Zang
1981 RTV Princess Cheung Ping (武俠帝女花) Jyun Joek-fei
1982 RTV The Green Dragon Conspiracy (琥珀青龍) Ziu Hin
ATV The Conqueror (雄霸天下)
TTV The Return of Swords Lady Riding West on White Horse (白馬嘯西風) Ma Jiajun
1984 TTV Jagged Generals of the Yang Family (鐵血楊家將) Liu Tianchi
1992 TTV Ma's Assassination (刺馬) Ma Xinyi
1993 TVB The Mystery of the Condor Hero (射鵰英雄傳之九陰真經) Wong Yeuk-see
1994 TVB Fate of the Clairvoyant (再見亦是老婆)
1995 TVB The Fist of Law (大捕快)
TVB A Good Match from Heaven (天降奇緣)
1996 ATV The Snow is Red (雪花神劍) Luo Xuan
1998 ATV A Lawyer Can Be Good (流氓·律師)
TVB War and Remembrance (乾隆大帝)
2000 ATV Hong Kong Police (非常好警)
ATV The Love Story In The Fantasyland (鏡花緣傳奇)
CTV State of Divinity (笑傲江湖) Qu Yang
ATV Wonder Bar (快活谷)
2005 TVB Wong Fei Hung - Master of Kung Fu (我師傅係黃飛鴻) Wong Kei-ying
TVB Revolving Doors of Vengeance (酒店風雲) Cheung Wing-fat Nominated - TVB Award for Best Supporting Actor (Top 5)
2006 TVB Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion (覆雨翻雲) Long Fan-wun
TVB Face to Fate (布衣神相) Sum Sing-nam
TVB Land of Wealth (滙通天下) Kiu Bun-yip Nominated - TVB Award for Best Supporting Actor (Top 20)
2007 TVB The Family Link (師奶兵團) Ko Wing-kuen Nominated - TVB Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 24)
Mediacorp Making Miracles (奇迹) Chen Guanlin
2008 TVB The Master of Tai Chi (太極) Mo Chik
TVB The Gem of Life (珠光寶氣) Hong Ching-yeung
2009 TVB The Threshold of a Persona (ID精英) Mak Kai-ming
TVB A Chip Off the Old Block (巴不得爸爸...) Cho Tsuen Nominated - Best Supporting Actor (Top 15)
Room to Let I (有房出租) Li Linlin
2010 Room to Let II (有房出租II) Li Linlin
2011 TVB Men with No Shadows (不速之約) Tong King-tin
TVB Grace Under Fire (女拳) Wong Fei-hung Nominated - Mingpao's 43rd Anniversary Award
2012 TVB Gambler (賭海迷徒) Chuen Episode 7: "Fight for Your Life" (搏老命)
Her Whole Life (她的一生) Li Datong
HBS The Magic Blade (天涯明月刀) Xiang Yingtian
2014 HBS The Loving Home (把爱带回家) Xia Lieyang
TBA Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (龍門飛甲)
HKTV Hidden Faces (三面形醫)

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