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 52)
Tangshan, Hebei, China
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Sandrine Chenivisse
Zhou Yun
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]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Last Empress, TheThe Last Empress
1986 Hibiscus Town
Qiu Shutian
1986 Tears of the Bridal Sedan
1987 Red Sorghum
My grandpapa Nominated for Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor (1988)
1990 Black Snow
Li Huiquan
1991 Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch
Li Lianying
1993 Trail, TheThe Trail
Chinese policeman
1994 In the Heat of the Sun
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
Ying Zheng
1997 Keep Cool
1997 Soong Sisters, TheThe Soong Sisters
Charlie Soong Won Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor (1998)
2000 Devils on the Doorstep
Ma Dasan Director; writer; won Kinema Junpo Award for Best Foreign Language Film Director (2003)
2002 Missing Gun, TheThe Missing Gun
Ma Shan
2003 Green Tea
Chen Mingliang
2003 My Father and I
2003 Warriors of Heaven and Earth
Lieutenant Li
2004 Jasmine Women
Mr. Meng
2004 Letter from an Unknown Woman
Writer / Mr. Xu
2007 Sun Also Rises, TheThe Sun Also Rises
Tang Yunlin Director; writer
2008 New York, I Love You
2009 Nobles, TheThe Nobles
2009 Founding of a Republic, TheThe Founding of a Republic
Mao Renfeng
2010 Let the Bullets Fly
Zhang Mazi (Zhang Muzhi) Director; writer
2011 Lost Bladesman, TheThe Lost Bladesman
Cao Cao
2014 Gone with the Bullets
Ma Zouri Director
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Native of Beijing in New York, AA Native of Beijing in New York
Wang Qiming
1996 Yichang Fenghua Xueyue De Gushi
2006 Da Qing Fengyun
Hong Taiji

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  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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