National UN Women Ambassador Tong Dawei
|Chinese name||佟大為 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||佟大为 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Tóng Dàwéi (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Tung4 Daai6wai4 (Cantonese)|
3 February 1979|
Fushun, Liaoning, China
|Other names||David Tong|
|Alma mater||Shanghai Theater Academy|
|Label(s)||Beijing Tongyuemingxin Media Co.,Ltd.|
|Spouse(s)||Guan Yue (m. 2008)|
Tong Dawei (simplified Chinese: 佟大为; traditional Chinese: 佟大為; pinyin: Tóng Dàwéi, born 3 February 1979) is a Chinese actor and singer. Tong is best known for starring in the television series Jade Goddess of Mercy (2003), Struggle (2007), and Tiger Mom (2015); as well as the films Lost in Beijing (2007), The Flowers of War (2011) and American Dreams in China (2013).
Early life and career
Tong first gained attention for his role in the romantic film I Love You (2002) by acclaimed director Zhang Yuan. He then starred in Jade Goddess of Mercy (2003), which was a huge hit with the audience in China and launched Tong into a household name. After the success of Jade Goddess of Mercy, none of Tong's performance struck a chord in the audience, till he starred in the youth drama Romantic Life (2006). His powerful performance in the series left a deep impression on the audiences, and Tong returned to the limelight once again.
Tong hit a new peak in his career with his most successful television series yet; Struggle (2007). Based on the popular novel by Shi Kang, Struggle gained unexpected acclaim and was seen as a breakthrough in Chinese TV production as it broke from the usual Chinese TV series focusing in traditional legends and series. Tong’s character, Lu Tao, reflected the rise in a new social class in modern China. The same year, he starred in Lost in Beijing which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and earned Tong a Best New Actor nomination at the Busan Film Critics Awards. He released his debut vocal album titled Da Shi Jie Xiao Zuo Wei (A Small Action in a Big World) in 2007.
In 2008, Tong starred in war epic Red Cliff: Part II, directed by John Woo. The film was also shown at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, bringing Tong onto the international platform for the first time. The same year, Tong joined the Chinese ensemble in the film The Founding of a Republic, a movie marking the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
In 2011, Tong starred in award-winning director Zhang Yimou's film The Flowers of War. Dealing with the sensitive issue of the Rape of Nanjing, Tong plays Major Lee, who died as a hero to save his lost friend during China's anti-Japanese war. In order to better portray the role, Tong underwent military-like training and lost 16 pounds. Zhang praised Tong’s performance, saying that he added an “intellectual temperament to his character” and said he continues to “break through and impress the audience.” He became the first Chinese actor to walk the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards.
Tong received acclaim for his role as an artistic youth in Peter Chan's American Dreams in China (2013), and he won the Best Supporting Actor awards at the Changchun Film Festival and Hundred Flowers Award. This was followed by another role in Peter Chan film, the critically acclaimed Dearest (2014), based on a true story about child abduction. He also co-starred in John Woo's romantic epic The Crossing (2014), based on the true story of the Taiping steamer collision and follows six characters and their intertwining love stories in Taiwan and Shanghai during the 1930s.
Tong reunited with Dearest co-star Zhao Wei in the television series Tiger Mom (2015), which focuses on parenting and children education. Tong won Best Actor at the 17th Huading Awards for his performance.
In 2016, Tong was appointed goodwill ambassador of National Committees for UN Women.
On 17 April 2008, Tong married Guan Yue (born 1979), a film and television actress. The wedding was held in the Hotel Sofitel Wanda, Beijing. On 26 August 2008, Guan Yue gave birth to their daughter.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|2001||One Hundred Thieves||一百個小偷||Shi Gang|
|2003||Double Dating||非常浪漫||Xiao Chun|
|I Love You||我爱你||Wang Yi|
|Sky of Love||情牽一線||Wen Tao|
|Fall in Love at First Sight||一見鍾情||Zhao Benxuan|
|2007||Lost in Beijing||蘋果||An Kun|
|Fit Lover||愛情呼叫轉移2 愛情左右||Zhang Ting|
|2009||Red Cliff: Part II||赤壁-下||Sun Shucai|
|On His Majesty's Secret Service||大內密探靈靈狗||Royal Tiger|
|The Founding of a Republic||建國大業||Kong Lingkan|
|Mars Baby||火星沒事||Bank Staff||Cameo|
|2011||Treasure Inn||財神客棧||Wen Wenqie|
|Great Wall My Love||追愛||Fang Mingdi|
|The Flowers of War||金陵十三釵||Major Li|
|2012||To My Wife||與妻書||Lin Juemin|
|The Zodiac Mystery||十二星座離奇事件||Chen Wei|
|All for Love||三個未婚媽媽||Dong Bei's brother||Cameo|
|2013||Better and Better||越來越好之村晚||Geng Zhi|
|American Dreams in China||中國合伙人||Wang Yang|
|Badges of Fury||不二神探||Real Estate Manager||Cameo|
|The Crossing||太平轮||Tong Daqing|
|Meet Miss Anxiety||我的早更女友||Yuan Xiao Ou|
|Love on the Cloud||微爱之渐入佳境||Security guard||Cameo|
|2015||You Are My Sunshine||何以笙箫默||Ying Hui|
|Hollywood Adventures||横冲直撞好莱坞||Fang Dawei|
|The Crossing 2||太平轮2||Tong Daqing|
|2016||Lost in White||冰河追凶||Wang Hao|
|Scandal Maker||外公芳龄38||He Zhiwu|
|TBA||Goddesses In The Flames Of War||那些女人||Teacher Bao||Cameo|
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|1999||Brother's Wife||嫂娘||Yun Dong|
|Difficult Lover||难得有情人||Tan Yonglin||Cameo|
|2000||Life of a Century||世紀人生||Da Ming|
|Green Wedding||綠色婚禮||Xiao Yong|
|2001||Young Justice Bao II||少年包青天II||Emperor Song|
|All the Misfortunes Caused by the Angel||都是天使惹的禍||Xiong Feng|
|2002||Date at the Aquarium||海洋馆的约会||Mai Di|
|2003||Network Love Story||一网情深||Zhou Wei|
|Jade Goddess of Mercy||玉觀音||Yang Rui|
|2004||First Intimate Contact||第一次親密接觸||Pizi Cai|
|Water Lilies||出水芙蓉||Gao Chu|
|Butterfly Fantasy||蝴蝶飛飛||Lan Dongchen|
|Crimson Romance||紅粉世家||Yu Shuicun|
|Heaven Has Eyes||蒼天有眼||Wu Yu|
|Taste of Summer||夏天的味道||Zhu Cheng|
|Family on a Diet||瘦身家族||Tang Manjin|
|2005||The Vinegar Tribe||醋溜族||Xiao Bai|
|2006||Give the Definite Word||一言為定||Ximen Hong|
|Romantic Life||與青春有關的日子||Fang Yan|
|2007||We Have Nowhere to Place Youth||我們無處安放的青春||Li Ran|
|Special Police||女特警||Liu Chun|
|Where is Happiness||幸福在哪里||Worker||Cameo|
|2008||The So-called Marriage||所謂婚姻||Wu De|
|How Far Is It to My Happiness||幸福還有多遠||Wang Xiaomao|
|2009||The Perfect Happiness||幸福的完美||Worker||Cameo|
|2010||Marriage Battle||婚姻保衛戰||Guo Yang|
|2011||All Men Are Brothers||新水浒||Su Dongpo||Cameo|
|To Southeast Asia||下南洋||Jian Zhaoqing|
|Waiting For Our Happiness||远远的爱||Lin Ziyang|
|Matched For Marriage||门·第||He Chunsheng|
|Longmen Express||龙门镖局||Tong Chengchou|
|2014||May December Love||大丈夫||Cheng Wu||Cameo|
|My Son is Unique||我的儿子是奇葩||Chu Hanmin|
|10 Rides of Red Army||十送红军||Zhang Erguang|
|2015||Think Before You Marry||想明白了再结婚||Long Xia|
|Tiger Mom||虎妈猫爸||Luo Su|
|My Baby||我的宝贝||Yuan Xiaofan|
|2017||Love Actually||人间至味是清欢||Ding Renjian|
|TBA||If We Could Love Like This||如果可以这样爱||Geng Mochi|
|Love Without a Trace||佟王||King Dong||Cameo|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Huabiao Film Awards||Best Newcomer||I Love You||Nominated|||
|2004||Flying Apsaras Award||Best Actor||Jade Goddess of Mercy||Nominated|||
|Golden Eagle Award||Audience's Choice for Actor||Won|||
|2005||Top Ten China TV Arts||Best Actor||Won|
|2006||Busan Film Critics Awards||Best Newcomer||Lost in Beijing||Nominated|
|2007||Berlin International Film Festival||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2012||Chinese Film Media Awards||Most Popular Actor||The Flowers of War||Won|||
|2013||China Image Film Festival||Best Actor||American Dreams in China||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor||Won|||
|Golden Horse Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Guangzhou Student Film Festival||Most Popular Actor||Won|||
|Asia-Pacific Film Festival||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|||
|2014||Hong Kong Film Awards||Nominated|
|Changchun Film Festival||Won|||
|Hundred Flowers Award||Won|||
|Chinese American Film Festival||Won|||
|2015||Huading Awards||Best Actor||Tiger Mom||Won|||
|Asian Television Award||Nominated|
|2016||Shanghai Television Festival||Nominated|
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- "Peter Chan Starts Chinese Kidnap Drama 'Children'". Variety. April 3, 2014.
- "Woo brings sinking of Taiping to screen". China Daily. November 20, 2014.
- "Vicki Zhao and Tong Dawei star in parent-child drama "Tiger Mom"". The Borneo Post. May 7, 2015.
- "Zhou Xun, Tong Dawei lead 17th Huading Awards winners". Shenzhen Daily. August 11, 2015.
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- "《合伙人》当选最受欢迎电影 赵薇最受欢迎导演". Tencent (in Chinese). November 25, 2013.
- ""The Grandmaster" leads Asia Pacific awards nominations". Yahoo News. December 2, 2013.
- "第十届中美电影节隆重登场 见证历史的一刻". NetEase (in Chinese). November 6, 2014.