Chang Chen

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Chang Chen
Chang Chen MAA.jpg
Chang at the 2006 MTV Asia Awards in Bangkok
Born (1976-10-14) 14 October 1976 (age 44)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1980–present
Chuang Wen-ju
(m. after 2013)
Parent(s)Chang Kuo-chu [zh]
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese張震
Simplified Chinese张震

Chang Chen (born 14 October 1976), sometimes credited as Chen Chang according to Western name order, is a Taiwanese actor. His father Chang Kuo-chu and his brother Hans Chang are also actors.[1]


Chang started his film career at a very young age. He was then selected by a Taiwanese film director Edward Yang to be the protagonist of a four-hour-long critically acclaimed film A Brighter Summer Day,[2] which won the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

One of the earliest films Chang acted in was Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together (1997). He rose to fame for his role as "Dark Cloud" in the 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee.[2] He also featured in Wong Kar-wai's 2046 (2004).[3]

Chang then co-starred with Shu Qi in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times (2005),[4] which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and won Golden Horse accolades for Best Taiwanese film, among other awards. For his performance in that film, Chang was also nominated for a Best Actor award at the 2005 Golden Horse Awards.

In 2006, Chang was nominated for the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his role in The Go Master, a dramatisation of the life of the Go master Wu Qingyuan. The following year, Chang made his Korean debut in Kim Ki-duk's Breath, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival,[5][6]

Chang then starred in the historical war epic Red Cliff (2008-2009), portraying the warlord Sun Quan. He was nominated at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor.[7] He next starred in the 2012 historical epic The Last Supper directed by Lu Chuan and the 2013 kungfu epic The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-wai.[8]

In 2014, Chang headlined the wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades, which won commercial success and critical acclaim. He earned his third nomination for Best Actor in the Golden Horse Awards.[9]

In 2015, Chang reunited with Three Times director Hou Hsiao-hsien and co-star Shu Qi in The Assassin, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival.[4]

In 2017, Chang played the title character in the action film Mr. Long.[10] The same year, he returned for the second installment of Brotherhood of Blades film.[11]


As actor[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1980 Helpless Taste 三角習題 Hsiao-chien
1986 Dark Night 暗夜 Huang Cheng-te
1991 A Brighter Summer Day 牯嶺街少年殺人事件 Chang Chen (Xiao Si'r)
1996 Mahjong 麻將 Hong Kong
1997 Happy Together 春光乍洩 Chang
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍 Lo Xiaohu
2000 Flyin' Dance 第一次的親密接觸 Tai
2001 Betelnut Beauty 愛你愛我 Feng
2002 Chinese Odyssey 2002 天下無雙 Emperor Zhengde
2003 Sound of Colors 地下鐵 Chung Cheng
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas N/A Sinbad Taiwanese version, voice
2004 2046 2046 Cc1966
2004 Eros 愛神 Zhang segment "The Hand"
2005 Three Times 最好的時光 Chen / Mr. Chang / Zhen
2006 Silk 詭絲 Yeh Chi-tung
2006 The Go Master 吳清源 Wu Qingyuan
2007 My Blueberry Nights N/A Jeremy Taiwanese version, voice
2007 Blood Brothers 天堂口 Mark
2007 Breath Jang Jin
2007 Into the Faraway Sky 遠くの空に消えた Smith Cameo
2008 Red Cliff 赤壁 Sun Quan
2008 Missing 深海尋人 / 謎屍 Simon
2008 Parking 停車 / 車位 Chen Mo
2009 Red Cliff: Part 2 赤壁:決戰天下 Sun Quan
2010 Here Comes Fortune 財緣萬歲 Cheng Yu
2011 The Blue Cornflower 藍色矢車菊 William
2011 The Founding of a Party 建黨偉業 Chiang Kai-shek
2012 The Last Supper 王的盛宴 Han Xin
2012 Passion Island 熱愛島 Chuell Kim
2012 When Yesterday Comes 昨日的記憶 Chen Sheng segment "Healing"
2013 The Grandmaster 一代宗師 Yi Xian Tian / Razor
2013 Christmas Rose 聖誕玫瑰 Winston
2014 Brotherhood of Blades 繡春刀 Shen Lian
2015 The Assassin 聶隱娘 / 刺客聶隱娘 Tian Ji'an
2015 Helios 赤道 Gam Dao-nin
2015 Monk Comes Down the Mountain 道士下山 Boss Zha
2016 The Secret Life of Pets Snowball Taiwanese version, voice
2017 Mr. Long ミスター・ロン/ 龍先生 Long
2017 Brotherhood of Blades 2 繡春刀·修羅戰場 Shen Lian
2018 Forever Young 無問西東 Zhang Guoguo
2018 Savages 雪暴 .[12]
2019 Love and Destiny 三生三世宸汐缘 Jiu Chen First television series[13]
2019 Stay Away From Me
2021 Dune Dr. Wellington Yueh Post-production[14]
2021 A Garden of Camellias 椿の庭 Huang Japanese film

As director[edit]

Year English title Original title Notes
2014 Three Charmed Lives 三生 segment "Inchworm"

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Artist Song title
1996 Zheng Zhihua "Mahjong"
2001 Brown Eyes "Already One Year"
2001 Brown Eyes "Bit By Bit"
2002 DJ Shadow "Six Days"


Year English title Mandarin title
1986 The Adventures of Pinocchio 木偶奇遇記


Title Album details Track listing
Walk Away
Track listing
  1. 一走了之
  2. 只想讓你美麗
  3. 真相大白
  4. 下雨
  5. 無法逃避
  6. 打擾了你對不起
  7. 早熟
  8. 箱子呢
  9. 無能為力
Chang Chen
Track listing
  1. 無法逃避
  2. 下雨 (I Will Never Change My Love)
  3. 箱子呢
  4. 無法逃避(練唱版)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1991 28th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actor A Brighter Summer Day Nominated
1998 17th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Happy Together Nominated
2001 20th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Nominated
2005 42nd Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actor Three Times Nominated
2007 1st Asian Film Awards Best Actor The Go Master Nominated
2008 Osaka Asian Film Festival Best Actor Won
2010 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Red Cliff: Part 2 Nominated
2014 51st Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actor Brotherhood of Blades Nominated
2018 25th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actor[15] Brotherhood of Blades 2 Won
2019 26th Huading Awards Best Actor (Historical drama) Love and Destiny Nominated[16]
Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival Best Actor Nominated[17]


  1. ^ "Chang Chen". Retrieved February 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Int'l Star You Should Know: Chang Chen". Variety. January 17, 2004.
  3. ^ "Report: Taiwan's Chang Chen eyes Hollywood". The Star Online. May 4, 2005. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Artist Spotlight: Chang Chen". The Harvard Crimson. September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Breath". Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  6. ^ "Cannes sees Korean debut for Taiwan's Chang Chen". Reuters. May 20, 2007. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Editors' Choice for 29th Hong Kong Film Awards". Travel CNN. April 15, 2010.
  8. ^ "Historical drama "The last supper" to hit screen". October 22, 2012. Archived from the original on December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Brotherhood of Blades review: Ming Dynasty musketeers on a mission". The Sydney Morning Herald. November 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Berlin Film Review: 'Mr. Long'". Variety. February 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "'Brotherhood of Blades 2' confident in quality". July 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "张震倪妮主演犯罪片《雪暴》定档4.26". Mtime (in Chinese). March 5, 2019.
  13. ^ "张震首次出演电视剧,搭档倪妮演绎《三生三世宸汐缘》". Sina (in Chinese). April 9, 2019.
  14. ^ "Chang Chen Joining Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. March 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Student film festival draws down the curtain". China Daily. May 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "第26届华鼎奖提名名单:李现肖战获新锐演员提名". Sina (in Chinese). November 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "金骨朵网络影视盛典提名揭晓 王一博肖战杨紫等入围". Ynet (in Chinese). November 25, 2019.

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