Tong Dawei

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Tong Dawei
Tong Dawei at the 2016
Background information
Chinese name 佟大為 (traditional)
Chinese name 佟大为 (simplified)
Pinyin Tóng Dàwéi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Tung4 Daai6wai4 (Cantonese)
Born (1979-02-03) 3 February 1979 (age 38)
Fushun, Liaoning, China
Occupation actor, singer
Years active 1998 - present
Spouse(s) Guan Yue (m. 2008)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tong.

Tong Dawei (born 3 February 1979) is a Chinese actor and singer. Tong is best known for starring in the TV series Jade Guan-yin and Struggle, and the film Lost in Beijing.

In 2004, Tong won the Favorite Actor award of Golden Eagle Awards by playing Yang Rui in Jade Guan-yin. In 2007, he was nominated for Best New Actor in the Busan Film Critics Awards for the film Lost in Beijing.

In 2008, Tong starred in the film Red Cliff: Part II directed by John Woo. In 2011, he starred in director Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, alongside Oscar-winner Christian Bale.

Early life and career[edit]

Tong Dawei was born in 1979 in Fushun, Liaoning Province. His parents were both part of the police force and as a young child, Tong also wished to join the police force. But at six years old, his father was injured and fell into a coma. After graduating from high school, Tong joined the Shanghai Theater Academy in 1997 and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. During his studies, Tong joined his first TV series Brother’s wife, playing the role Yun Dong. Before graduating from the Academy, Tong would be a part of many TV series including Green Wedding and Life of a Century. In 2001, with his graduation from Shanghai Theater Academy his first film, One Thousand Thieves was released.

In 2002, one year after graduation, Tong first gained mainstream popularity in the movie I Love You. He starred, Wang Yi, a character in an unhealthy marriage dealing with the struggles of love. Directed by internationally acclaimed director Zhang Yuan, the movie premiered in many international film festivals including Sundance. In China, the film was a huge success, grossing 10.2 million Yuan (1.2 million dollars) at the box office and becoming Yuan’s highest grossing film yet.

At the same time, Tong also starred in the TV show in Jade Guan Yin. Adapted from a novel, the show gained popularity for being an exciting adventure about crime, and was a huge hit with Mainland Chinese audiences. Unfortunately, Tong’s subsequent TV shows between 2003 and 2006 failed to find a target audience.

Tong’s popularity rose back to mainstream in 2007 with his most successful TV show yet; Struggle. Based on the popular novel by Shi Kang, Struggle gained unexpected acclaim due to its cast. Taking place in most 1980s modern China, the show 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. In the same year, Tong’s controversial film, Lost in Beijing, gained international fame for being banned in China for its honesty portrayals of class struggles and sexuality. Directed by awarding winning director Li Yu, the film starred a top Chinese cast including Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, and Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-Fai. The film held its international premiere in Berlin film festival, where it gained strong reviews and acclaim. Like many films dealing with problems in modern Chinese society, the film was officially banned in China in 2008.

In 2008, Tong starred in John Woo’s epic Red Cliff II. At time of production, the film had the highest budget ever released for an Asian film at 80 million USD. Based on the historical battle occurring during the Han Dynasty, the movie filmed huge expansive battles unlike anything seen before in China. The movie was seen by many critics as Director John Woo’s return to form. Also in 2008, Tong joined the Chinese ensemble in the movie The Founding of a Republic, a movie marking the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The film was well received with Chinese audiences and critics, earning 62.5 million USD in box office. At the same time, Tong continued collaborating with prominent leaders of the Chinese entertainment industry, and played vital roles in different Chinese TV series.

In 2010, Tong collaborated with award winning director Zhang Yimou for the film The Flowers of War. Dealing with the sensitive issue of the Rape of Nanjing, Tong plays Major Lee, a man on a mission to save his lost friend. The movie was released in December 2011, and was China’s entry for the Best Foreign Film in the 84th Academy Awards.

In 2013, Tong starred in Peter Chan's American Dreams in China. His role as an artistic youth won him the Best Supporting Actor awards at the Golden Horse Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards and the Asian Pacific Film Festival. This was followed by another role in Peter Chan's film, the critically acclaimed Dearest, based on a true story about child abduction.

In 2014, he starred in John Woo's romantic epic The Crossing, 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.

In 2015, Tong starred in the television series Tiger Mom alongside Zhao Wei. The drama focuses on parenting and children education. It was one of the highest rated series of the year, and has generated heated discussions on the Internet about China’s education system and the parent-child relationships.[1] Tong won Best Actor at the 17th Huading Awards for his performance, as well as the Most Commercially Valuable Actor at the 1st annual China Television Drama Quality Ceremony.

He then starred in the action comedy Hollywood Adventures, reuniting with Zhao Wei and Huang Xiaoming.

In 2016, he starred in the film Scandal Maker alongside Michelle Chen. The movie is a remake of the 2008 hit Korean film Scandal Makers.

2016.11.23, Tong Dawei was appointed UN Women National Goodwill Ambassador[2]

Personal life[edit]

On 17 April 2008, Tong married Guan Yue (born 1979), a movie and TV series actress. The wedding was held in the Hotel Sofitel Wanda, Beijing. On 26 August 2008, Guan Yue gave birth to their daughter.

Musical career[edit]

Tong released a vocal album titled Da Shi Jie Xiao Zuo Wei (Being Little in A Big World) in 2007.



Year English title Original 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
2008 Volunteer 志願者 Xiao Ran
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
Switch 天機:富春山居圖 Toshio
Badges of Fury 不二神探 Real Estate Manager Cameo
2014 Dearest 亲爱的 Gao Xia
But Always 一生一世 Teacher 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
Dream Destroyer 破梦者


Year English title Original title Role Notes
1999 Brother's Wife 嫂娘 Yun Dong
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
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
Struggle 奮鬥 Lu Tao
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 幸福的完美 Worker Cameo
Sniper 狙擊手 Long Shaoqin
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
2013 我的极品是前任 Cameo
Matched For Marriage 门·第 He Chunsheng
Longmen Express 龙门镖局 Tong Chengchou
Little Daddy 小爸爸 Boss Cameo
2014 May December Love 大丈夫 Cheng Wu Cameo
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
TBA If We Could Love Like This 如果可以这样爱 Geng Mochi
Love Actually 人间至味是清欢 Ding Renjian
Love Without a Trace 佟王 King Dong Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and award nominations

Year Award Award category Title of work Result
2003 Huabiao Film awards Best Newcomer I Love You Nominated[3]
2004 Flying Apsaras Awards Best Actor Jade Guan-yin Nominated[4]
Golden Eagle Awards Favorite Actor Jade Guan-yin Won
2005 Top Ten China TV Arts Best Actor Jade Guan-yin Won
2006 Busan Film Critics Awards Best Newcomer Lost in Beijing Nominated
2007 Berlin Silver Bear Best Actor Lost in Beijing Nominated
2012 Chinese Film Media Awards Audience’s choice Award The Flowers of War Won
2013 Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actor American Dreams in China Nominated[5]
China Image Film Festival Favorite Actor American Dreams in China Won
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actor American Dreams in China Nominated
2014 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actor American Dreams in China Nominated[6]
Golden Deer Best Supporting Actor American Dreams in China Won
Hundred Flowers Award Best Supporting Actor American Dreams in China Won
Golden Angel Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role American Dreams in China Won
2015 Huading Award Best Actor in a Television Series Hu Ma Mao Ba (Tiger Mom) Won
Asian Television Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Hu Ma Mao Ba (Tiger Mom) Nominated
2016 Magnolia Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Hu Ma Mao Ba (Tiger Mom) Nominated

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