Tong Dawei

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Tong Dawei
National UN Women Ambassador Tong Dawei.jpg
National UN Women Ambassador Tong Dawei
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 39)
Fushun, Liaoning, China
Other names David Tong
Ethnicity Manchu
Alma mater Shanghai Theater Academy
Years active 1998–present
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[edit]

Tong Dawei was born in 1979 in Fushun, Liaoning Province. He joined the Shanghai Theater Academy in 1997 and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.[1][2]

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] He released his debut vocal album titled Da Shi Jie Xiao Zuo Wei (A Small Action in a Big World) in 2007.[6]

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.[5] 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.”[1] He became the first Chinese actor to walk the red carpet of the Golden Globe Awards.[5]

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.[7][8] This was followed by another role in Peter Chan film, the critically acclaimed Dearest (2014), based on a true story about child abduction.[9] 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.[10]

Tong reunited with Dearest co-star Zhao Wei in the television series Tiger Mom (2015), which focuses on parenting and children education.[11] Tong won Best Actor at the 17th Huading Awards for his performance.[12]

In 2016, Tong was appointed goodwill ambassador of National Committees for UN Women.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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.[14] 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
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
Fatal Visit 圣荷西谋杀案 [15]
Midnight Drive 午夜慢车 [16]

Television series[edit]

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
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 The Perfect Happiness 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 Wonder Lady 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
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
Masked 绝密者 Jin Haodong

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 Huabiao Film Awards Best Newcomer I Love You Nominated [17]
2004 Flying Apsaras Award Best Actor Jade Goddess of Mercy Nominated [18]
Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actor Won [19]
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 [20]
2013 China Image Film Festival Best Actor American Dreams in China Nominated
Most Popular Actor Won [21]
Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Guangzhou Student Film Festival Most Popular Actor Won [22]
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Nominated [23]
2014 Hong Kong Film Awards Nominated
Changchun Film Festival Won [7]
Hundred Flowers Award Won [8]
Chinese American Film Festival Won [24]
2015 Huading Awards Best Actor Tiger Mom Won [12]
Asian Television Award Nominated
2016 Shanghai Television Festival Nominated


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  7. ^ a b "The 12th Changchun China Film Festival". Jilin Government. October 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Hundred Flowers Awards 2014". 
  9. ^ "Peter Chan Starts Chinese Kidnap Drama 'Children'". Variety. April 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Woo brings sinking of Taiping to screen". China Daily. November 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vicki Zhao and Tong Dawei star in parent-child drama "Tiger Mom"". The Borneo Post. May 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Zhou Xun, Tong Dawei lead 17th Huading Awards winners". Shenzhen Daily. August 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "National UN Women Ambassador Tong Dawei". UN Women. 
  14. ^ "Tong Dawei Married Guan Yue". China Radio International. December 31, 2008. 
  15. ^ "佟大为主演悬疑片《圣荷西谋杀案》". Mtime (in Chinese). September 13, 2017. 
  16. ^ "《午夜慢车》宣布开机 戴思杰新作佟大为梦中寻爱". iFeng (in Chinese). September 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "佟大为角逐影坛盛典"华表奖"最佳新人奖". (in Chinese). September 19, 2003. 
  18. ^ ""飞天奖"获奖提名公布 广博会24日开幕". Sohu (in Chinese). August 16, 2004. 
  19. ^ "第22届中国电视金鹰奖完全获奖名单". (in Chinese). September 27, 2004. 
  20. ^ "12届华语电影传媒大奖揭晓 刘青云叶德娴登帝后". Tencent (in Chinese). November 29, 2013. 
  21. ^ "第五届英国万像国际华语电影节落幕 郭富城封帝". Tencent (in Chinese). November 29, 2013. 
  22. ^ "《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. 
  23. ^ ""The Grandmaster" leads Asia Pacific awards nominations". Yahoo News. December 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "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. 

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