Jiang Wen

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Jiang Wen
2008-03-14 Jiang Wen.jpg
Jiang Wen at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France in 2008
Chinese name 姜文
Pinyin Jiāng Wén (Mandarin)
Born (1963-01-05) 5 January 1963 (age 53)
Tangshan, Hebei, China
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Sandrine Chenivisse
(1997–2005)
Zhou Yun
(2005–present)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Jiang.

Jiang Wen (born 5 January 1963) is a Chinese film actor, screenwriter and director. As a director, he is sometimes grouped with the "Sixth Generation" that emerged in the 1990s.[1] Jiang is also well known internationally as an actor, having starred with Gong Li in Zhang Yimou's debut film Red Sorghum (1986). He has a younger brother who is also an actor, Jiang Wu.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Tangshan, Hebei, in a family of military personnel, Jiang relocated to Beijing at the age of ten. In 1980, he entered China's foremost acting school, the Central Academy of Drama, graduating in 1984. That same year, he started acting both on the stage (with the China Youth Theater) and in films.

After appearing in many television series and films, Jiang became known in China for his role in the 1992 television series A Native of Beijing in New York, which made him one of the most popular actors of his generation. In addition to these he also starred in Hibiscus Town (1984), Black Snow (1990), The Emperor's Shadow (1996) and The Soong Sisters (1997). Apart from Red Sorghum, Jiang also collaborated with Zhang Yimou for the 1997 film Keep Cool.

Jiang wrote and directed his first film in 1994, In the Heat of the Sun, adapted from a novel by Wang Shuo. A tale set in the Cultural Revolution, it won for its young lead actor Xia Yu the Best Actor prize at the Venice Film Festival and garnered six Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan. Jiang's second feature film, Devils on the Doorstep, set during the Japanese occupation of China in the early 1940s, won him the Grand Prix in the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[2] In 2001 he was a member of the jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.[3]

Jiang has also acted in television series, such as Da Qing Fengyun (2006), in which he played Hong Taiji.

Jiang was married to French actress Sandrine Chenivisse,[4] with whom he has a daughter. He is now married to Chinese actress Zhou Yun and they have two sons.[5]

In 2013 he was named as a member of the jury at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.[6]]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

The father of Jiang Wen, Jiang Hongqi was a veteran from the Korean War, usually taciturn and indulged in literature (He also played a minor role in Jiang Wen's 2011 film, Let the Bullets Fly). Jiang Wen's mother Gao Yang was a cheerful, extroverted woman who worked as a piano teacher. As the eldest son in the family, Jiang Wen has a younger brother Jiang Wu and a younger sister Jiang Huan. Close to his family, Jiang Wen develops a deep bond with his parents: whenever he is on site for shooting or acting, he will arrange them to his workplace to spend time with them. Each movie he makes, he saves the best seats for them and asks for their opinions. Even on artistic composition, he sometimes resorts to them for advice. It was his parents' endorsement on the original novel of A Native of Beijing in New York that propelled Jiang Wen into his performance. Later, during the filming of his first feature film In the Heat of the Sun, Jiang Wen again considered their evaluation of Xia Yu, before settling on him as the leading actor.

Relationship[edit]

Hibiscus Town was the movie that first catapulted Jiang Wen, a then-obscure university student, into fame and popularity, and his partner in the film was Liu Xiaoqing. That year, he was 23 and she was 31, and they were passionately involved during the shooting, making a sensational news in the entertainment industry at that time. Reportedly, the crew was very supportive of their relationship. After successive appearances in Hibiscus Town and Red Sorghum, Jiang Wen was gradually garnering his own reputation, and yet in the face of Liu Xiaoqing, who was already an internationally acclaimed actress, he was still the fledging junior. Even after years, Liu Xiaoqing never admitted this romance herself, only claimed that the media pressure was so suffocating that she once conceived going abroad. Years later at one ceremony, Director Xie Jin finally verified this rumor, revealing that they had actually lived together for three years. In 1994, they broke up in an amicable manner, but managed to keep alive their friendship to this day.

Jiang Wen and his French ex-wife Sandrine Chenivesse first encountered each other at an artistic celebrity gathering in 1995: he was sitting alone at a corner, staring blankly at space, so she went up introducing herself to him, and that was the beginning of their romance. Chenivesse was a Doctor of Anthropology at the University of Paris, who happened to be researching topics in philosophy and Taoism in China. In the autumn of 1997, they registered for marriage in Paris and had a daughter together, but they remained low-key on media until their appearance on the red carpet of the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, Chenivesse announced divorce with Jiang Wen after coming back from France with their daughter, and the main factor of their divorce was long distance separation.

In 2001, during the filming of Warriors of Heaven and Earth, famous actress Zhao Wei introduced Zhou Yun, a cast member from the same movie, to Jiang Wen. Zhou Yun was a laureate Miss Beauty of Wen Zhou Beauty Pageant, who was mesmerized by the City of Beijing and decided to pursue an acting career here, so she entered the same school with Jiang Wen, the Central Academy of Drama. Graduating from the same school, disciplined by the same mentor, Jiang Wen and Zhou Yun, despite a 15-year age gap, shared the same passion and interest. Later, Jiang Wen recommended Zhou Yun to the cast of The Music Box, but each left the crew after a creative difference between Jiang Wen and the director Chen Yifei. Their successive withdrawals spawned much speculations about the ambiguous relationship between them, and rumors started to spread. Once, when Zhou Yun was studying a character at Jiang Wen's Studio, she happened on him drinking and sulking for missing his daughter. When Jiang Wen sobered up, he opened up to her about his history with the French ex-wife. It was when Jiang Wen confiding to her that she realized her affection for him and decided to stay with him. At the end of 2005, they were officially married, and now they have two sons.

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Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Last Empress, TheThe Last Empress
末代皇后
Puyi
1986 Hibiscus Town
芙蓉镇
Qiu Shutian
1986 Tears of the Bridal Sedan
花轿泪
1987 Red Sorghum
红高梁
My grandpapa Nominated for Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor (1988)
1990 Black Snow
本命年
Li Huiquan
1991 Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch
大太监李莲英
Li Lianying
1993 Trail, TheThe Trail
大路
Chinese policeman
1994 In the Heat of the Sun
阳光灿烂的日子
Ma Xiaojun (adult) Director; writer; won Golden Horse Award for Best Director (1996); won Golden Horse Award for Best Original Screenplay (1996)
1996 Emperor's Shadow, TheThe Emperor's Shadow
秦颂
Ying Zheng
1997 Keep Cool
有话好好说
Bookseller
1997 Soong Sisters, TheThe Soong Sisters
宋家皇朝
Charlie Soong Won Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (1998)
2000 Devils on the Doorstep
鬼子来了
Ma Dasan Director; writer; won Kinema Junpo Award for Best Foreign Language Film Director (2003)
2002 Missing Gun, TheThe Missing Gun
寻枪
Ma Shan
2003 Green Tea
绿茶
Chen Mingliang
2003 My Father and I
我和爸爸
2003 Warriors of Heaven and Earth
天地英雄
Lieutenant Li
2004 Jasmine Women
茉莉花开
Mr. Meng
2004 Letter from an Unknown Woman
一个陌生女人的来信
Writer / Mr. Xu
2007 Sun Also Rises, TheThe Sun Also Rises
太阳照常升起
Tang Yunlin Director; writer
2008 New York, I Love You
纽约,我爱你
Director
2009 Nobles, TheThe Nobles
贵族
2009 Founding of a Republic, TheThe Founding of a Republic
建国大业
Mao Renfeng
2010 Let the Bullets Fly
让子弹飞
Zhang Mazi (Zhang Muzhi) Director; writer
2011 Lost Bladesman, TheThe Lost Bladesman
关云长
Cao Cao
2014 Gone with the Bullets
一步之遥
Ma Zouri Director
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Native of Beijing in New York, AA Native of Beijing in New York
北京人在纽约
Wang Qiming
1996 Yichang Fenghua Xueyue De Gushi
一场风花雪月的事
Producer
2006 Da Qing Fengyun
大清风云
Hong Taiji

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Xu, Gary G. (2007). Sinascape: Contemporary Chinese Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield, p. 47. ISBN 0-7425-5450-3. Google Book Search. Retrieved 2008-09-10
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Devils on the Doorstep". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  3. ^ "23rd Moscow International Film Festival (2001)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  4. ^ "TIMEasia.com – Asia: ASIA SCORES – 6/05/2000". Time. 2000-06-05. 
  5. ^ 房祖名夸姜文是慈父 周韵透露老公是好爸爸(图)_影音娱乐_新浪网
  6. ^ "Juries and Awards of the 70th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jiang Wen". imdb.com. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Jiang Wen". chinesemov.com. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  • Silbergeld, Jerome (2008), Body in Question: Image and Illusion in Two Chinese Films by Director Jiang Wen (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

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