Yu Nan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yu.
Yu Nan
Yu Nan picture.jpg
Yu Nan, 2010
Background information
Chinese name 余男 (simplified)
Born (1978-09-05) September 5, 1978 (age 38)
Dalian, China
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1990s - present

Yu Nan (Chinese: 余男; born September 5, 1978) is a Chinese actress. Born in Dalian, Yu Nan studied at the Beijing Film Academy, where she graduated in 1999.[1]

Film career[edit]

In China[edit]

Her feature film debut, in Lunar Eclipse (1999), which earned her the Best Actress of the Deauville Asian Film Festival,[2] started her career working with several of China's Sixth-Generation film directors. She subsequently starred in three more films with Wang Quan'an: Jingzhe (2003), which earned her the Best Actress Golden Rooster Award and the Best Actress prize of the Paris International Film Festival in 2003;[3] Tuya's Marriage, Golden Bear in 2007 at the Berlin International Film Festival for which she won the Best Actress prize from the Chicago International Film Festival"43rd Chicago Film Festival". Chicago International Film Festival. 2007. Retrieved 2015-10-29. ; and Weaving Girl (2009), which won Jury Special Grand prix and the FIPRESCI prize from the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival.[4]

Yu Nan has also worked with other major Chinese directors, including Wang Xiaoshuai in In Love We Trust (2008), which won the Best Screenplay Silver Bear in Berlin 2008,[5] and Ning Hao, in his Chinese Western film, No Man's Land (2010).[6]

International roles[edit]

Helped in part by her fluency in Mandarin, French, and English,[7] Yu Nan has played in several international productions, including the French film Fureur (2003), the Taiwanese film My DNA Says I Love You (2008), the Canadian-Chinese film Diamond Dogs (2007), and the Hollywood films Speed Racer (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012).


Yu Nan has served as a jury member at several international film festivals:


Year Title Chinese title Role Director
1999 Lunar Eclipse 月蚀 Ya Nan Wang Quan'an
2003 Fureur 狂怒 Chinh Karim Dridi
2004 Jingzhe 惊蛰 Ermei Wang Quan'an
2006 Tuya's Marriage 图雅的婚事 Tuya Wang Quan'an
2007 My DNA Says I Love You 基因决定我爱你 Marlene Yun Chan Lee
2007 Diamond Dogs 权杖 Anika Shimon Dotan (first time working with Dolph Lundgren)
2008 In Love We Trust 左右 Dong Fan Wang Xiaoshuai
2008 Speed Racer 极速赛车 Horuko Togokahn The Wachowskis
2008 Deadly Delicious 双食记 Li Chun yan Zhao Tianyu
2009 Looking for Jackie 寻找成龙 Director Fang Gangliang
Jiang Ping
2009 Weaving Girl 纺织姑娘 Lily Wang Quan'an
2010 Wind Blast 西風烈 Nora Gao Qun Shu
2011 A Date With Luyu 鲁豫有约 Guest Talkshow[12]
2011 Xun Ren Qi Shi 寻人奇事 Zhang Xiaoyue Kang Zhenghao
2012 Design of Death 杀生 Ma Guafu Guan Hu
2012 The Expendables 2 敢死队 2 Maggie Chan Simon West (second time working with Dolph Lundgren)
2012 Cold Harbour Mei Carey McKenzie
2013 Feed Me 哺乳期的女人 A woman Yang Yazhou
2013 Beloved 亲爱 Xui Nin Li Xinman
2013 Silent Witness 全民目击 Zhou Li Fei Xing
2013 Angel Warriors 铁血娇娃 Bai Xue Fu Huayang
2013 No Man's Land 无人区 Ye Bali Ning Hao
2014 Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 Zhang Lei Chen Sicheng
2014 The Taking of Tiger Mountain 智取威虎山 Qang Lian Tsui Hark
2015 Wolf Warriors 特种兵之战狼 Long Xiaoyun Wu Jing
2015 Lovers and Movies 爱我就陪我看电影 Niu Chaoyang
2016 Pleasure. Love. 男欢·女爱 Yao Huang
2016 Lord of Shanghai 上海王 Xiao Yuegui Hu Xuehua


  1. ^ Yu Nan at hkmdb.com
  2. ^ Deauville Asian Film Festival
  3. ^ Allociné (2004-04-07). "festival du film de Paris: Le palmarès". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2009-10-19). "Weaving Girl". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  5. ^ Hickley, Catherine (2008-02-16). "Brazilian Film `Elite Squad' Wins Top Berlin Award". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  6. ^ french.china.org.cn (2010-01-08). "Les onze films chinois les plus attendues en 2010". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  7. ^ Landreth, Jonathon (2007-09-28). "Four stars on the brink of global success". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. 
  8. ^ Elley, Derek (2007-10-12). "Art films win at Pusan festival". Variety. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  9. ^ "International Jury for Asian New Talent Award 2009". Shanghai TV festival. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  10. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2010-01-26). "Renee Zellweger, Yu Nan join Berlin jury". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  11. ^ Tsui, Clarence (2013-05-20). "Shanghai festival unveils competition jury and entries". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  12. ^ Yu Nan at chinesemov.com

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