Wen Jiang

  • Birth Name: Jiang Wen
  • Birth Place: Tangshan, Hebei, China
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Director
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  • Made drawings as a kid that he considered to be films, that were mostly about war, and kept them labeled with titles in a box.
  • Leaped to stardom in China with 1986's Hibiscus Town; international acclaim followed the next year with Red Sorghum.
  • Made the transition to directing with In the Heat of the Sun in 1994.
  • Sophomore directorial effort Devils on the Doorstep, about the Japanese occupation of China during World War II, won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2000 but was banned in China for being "insufficiently patriotic"; he was also banned from directing for seven years.
  • Is the face of China's art-house films.


  • 2000, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner


  • Hong Qi Jiang — Father
  • Jiang Huan — Sister
  • Gao Yang — Mother
  • Jiang Wu — Brother
  • Sandrine Chenivesse — Ex-wife
  • Zhou Yun — Wife


  • Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, China (1984)