Who Is Jiang Wen?

Jiang WenJiang Wen is a Chinese director, actor and screenwriter born in 1963. During his career spanning 33 years, he has acted in 27 films with high-profile directors such as Zhang Yimou, Xie Jin, Xu Jinglei and Mabel Cheung, and has directed 7 acclaimed films. Working on both artistic and commercial productions, Jiang Wen transcends genres with ease while keeping a fast-paced, comical tone.

At a Glance

1963 Born in Tangshan, Hebei province, China
1984 Graduates in acting from the prestigious Beijing Central Academy of Drama
1986 Wins first award for his performance in Xie Jin’s Hibiscus Town at the Hundred Flowers Awards
1988 Stars in Zhang Yimou’s debut and Golden Bear award-winning feature Red Sorghum
1994 His directorial debut In the Heat of the Sun is nominated at the Venice International Film Festival
1996 In the Heat of the Sun wins best director award at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards
1997 Marries Sandrine Chenivesse, a French sinologist
1997 Stars in his second film directed by Zhang Yimou Keep Cool
2000 Wins the Cannes Grand Jury Prize for Devils on the Doorstep
2005 Divorces Sandrine Chenivesse and marries actress and fellow graduate of the Central Academy of Drama, Zhou Yun
2007 Sets up his own film company: Buyilehu, in Beijing
Returns to directing with The Sun Also Rises after a seven-year directing ban since the controversial Devils
2010 Writes and directs Let the Bullets Fly, the first film of his ‘Republican Trilogy’
2016 Acts in Star Wars franchise film Rogue One with Hong Kong actor Donnie Yen
2018 Premieres his last ‘Republican Trilogy’ film Hidden Man at the Toronto International Film Festival


Actor Director
1986 Hibiscus Town 芙蓉镇 by Xie Jin 1994 In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子
1987 The Last Empress 末代皇后 by Chen Jialin and Sun Qingguo 2000 Devils on the Doorstep 鬼子来了
1988 Red Sorghum 红高梁 by Zhang Yimou 2007 The Sun Also Rises 太阳照常升起
1988 Tears of the Bridal Sedan 闺阁情怨Jacques Dorfmann 2008 New York, I Love You 纽约, 我爱你
1988 A Woman For Two 春桃 2010 Let the Bullets Fly 让子弹飞
1990 Black Snow 本命年 by Xie Fei 2014 Gone with the Bullets 一步之遥
1991 The Last Eunuch 大太监李莲英 by Tian Zhuangzhuang 2018 Hidden Man 邪不压正
1993 The Trail 狭路英豪 by Zhou Xiaowen
1996 The Emperor’s Shadow 秦颂 by Zhou Xiaowen
1997 Keep Cool 有话好好说 by Zhang Yimou
1997 The Soong Sisters 宋家皇朝 by Mabel Cheung
2000 Devils on the Doorstep 鬼子来了by Jiang Wen
2002 The Missing Gun 寻枪 by Lu Chuan
2003 Green Tea 绿茶 by Zhang Yuan
2003 My Father and I 我和爸爸 by Xu Jinglei
2003 Warriors of Heaven and Earth 天地英雄 by He Ping
2004 Jasmine Women 茉莉花开 by Hou Yong
2004 Letter from an Unknown Woman 一个陌生女人的来信 by Xu Jinglei
2007 The Sun Also Rises 太阳照常升起 by Jiang Wen
2009 The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 by Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin
2010 Let the Bullets Fly 让子弹飞 by Jiang Wen
2011 The Lost Bladesman 关云长by Felix Chong and Alan Mak
2014 Gone with the Bullets 一步之遥 by Jiang Wen
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 侠盗一号:星球大战外传 by Gareth Edwards
2018 Hidden Man 邪不压正 by Jiang Wen