Born in 1963 into a military family in Hebei province, Jiang Wen had an interest in acting from an early age.
From 1985 through today, he has starred in numerous lead roles, collaborating with China most talentuous film directors from "the 4th and 5th generations", and won a number of significant awards for his performances. He also played the lead in the hit television series Beijingers in New York for which he received several major Chinese awards. A major turning point in Jiang's career was marked by his decision to try his hand at screenwriting and directing. His film, In Yangguang canlan de rizi (In the Heat of the Sun) was widly successful and won Jiang international recognition for his directing and writing talent.
Jiang's latest work, Guizi lai le (Devils on the doorstep), was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival 2000 and three prizes in Japan.
He is now working on screenwriting in order to direct his third movie, probably in collaboration with France.
Films presented at Cannes