Chu at the 2008 Taipei International Book Exhibition
|Born||24 August 1956|
|Alma mater||Tamkang University|
Chu T’ien-wen (born 24 August 1956) is a Taiwanese fiction writer. Chu is perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for most Hou Hsiao-hsien films. She is the recipient of the 2015 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature.
Chu T’ien-wen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She was born to probably the most prestigious literary family in contemporary Taiwan. She is the daughter of Chu Hsi-ning and the older sister of Chu T’ien-hsin. Some of her notable novels are Fin-de-Siècle Splendour (世紀末的華麗, 1990), Notes of a Desolate Man (荒人手記, 1994), and 巫言 (2008). She wrote many of the scripts for the famous Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien. Her screenwriting credits include movies like Taipei Story, The Puppetmaster, Goodbye South, Goodbye, Millennium Mambo, City of Sadness 悲情城市 (1989) and many more. Chu was named the winner of the 2015 Newman Prize for Chinese Literature for Fin-de-Siècle Splendour, making her the first female writer to win the award.
Works translated to English
|Year||Chinese title||Translated English title||Translator(s)|
|1986||炎夏之都||"The Long Hot Summer"||Ellen Lai-shan Yeung|
|"A City of Hot Summer"||Michelle Yeh|
|1989||肉身菩薩||"Boddhisattva Incarnate"||Fran Martin|
|1990||世紀末的華麗||"Fin de Siècle Splendour"||Eva Hung|
|1994||荒人手記||Notes of a Desolate Man||Howard Goldblatt, Sylvia Li-chun Lin|
|2015||我們有義務成為另一些人||"We All Change into Somebody Else"||Ping Zhu|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Director||Notes|
|1983||Growing Up||小畢的故事||Chen Kunhou||co-wrote with Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ding Yah-ming and Hsu Shu-chen|
|The Boys from Fengkuei||風櫃來的人||Hou Hsiao-hsien|
|1984||A Summer at Grandpa's||冬冬的假期|
|Out of the Blue||小爸爸的天空||Chen Kunhou||co-wrote with Wu Nien-jen|
|1985||My Favorite Season||最想念的季節||co-wrote with Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ding Yah-ming and Hsu Shu-chen|
|The Matrimony||結婚||co-wrote with Ding Yah-ming and Hsu Shu-chen|
|Taipei Story||青梅竹馬||Edward Yang||co-wrote with Hou Hsiao-hsien|
|The Time to Live and the Time to Die||童年往事||Hou Hsiao-hsien|
|1986||Dust in the Wind||戀戀風塵||co-wrote with Wu Nien-jen|
|Drifters||流浪少年路||Chen Kunhou||co-wrote with Ding Yah-ming and Hsu Shu-chen|
|1987||Daughter of the Nile||尼羅河女兒||Hou Hsiao-hsien|
|1989||A City of Sadness||悲情城市||co-wrote with Wu Nien-jen|
|1993||The Puppetmaster||戲夢人生||co-wrote with Wu Nien-jen|
|1995||Good Men, Good Women||好男好女|
|1996||Goodbye South, Goodbye||南國再見，南國||co-wrote with Jack Kao and Lim Giong|
|1998||Flowers of Shanghai||海上花||based on The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai|
|2015||The Assassin||刺客聶隱娘||historical film, co-wrote with niece Hsieh Hai-meng and Ah Cheng|
TV series (incomplete)
- 1982 Guarding Sunlight, Guarding You (守著陽光守著你)?
- 1989 Sweet Baby (甜蜜寶貝)
|1983||20th||Golden Horse Awards||Best Adapted Screenplay||Growing Up||Won|
|1984||21st||A Summer at Grandpa's||Nominated|
|1985||22nd||Best Original Screenplay||The Time to Live and the Time to Die||Won|
|1989||26th||A City of Sadness||Nominated|
|1995||32nd||Best Adapted Screenplay||Good Men, Good Women||Won|
|2005||42nd||Best Original Screenplay||Three Times||Nominated|
|2015||52nd||Best Adapted Screenplay||The Assassin||Nominated|
|2016||13th||International Cinephile Society Awards||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
- Zhang Lei (9 August 2009). "Chu T'ien-wen's Witches' Language: On the wings of words". Global Times. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2014-09-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Renditions, 1991.
- The Chinese PEN, Summer 1988.
- Running Wild: New Chinese Writers. Columbia University Press. 1994.
- Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan. University of Hawaiʻi Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-8248-2652-9.
- The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature. Columbia University Press. 1995. ISBN 0-231-08002-6.
- Notes of a Desolate Man. Columbia University Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-231-11608-4.
- Asymptote, January 2012.
- Chinese Literature Today, 2016.
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