Joan Chen

Actor, Director
Striking Chinese-born leading lady who became a star in her native country at age 14 when she was whisked from an athletic rifle team to star in a film sponsored by Mao Tse-tung's wife. Chen subsequently proved very ... Read more »
Born: 04/25/1961 in Shanghai, CN

Filmography

Actor (57)

Awakening 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Flower 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Overseas 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peking Encounter 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shi Qi 2014 (Movie)

Shi Qi's Mom (Actor)

Tonight at Noon 2014 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Youth 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

White Frog 2013 (Movie)

Irene Young (Actor)

1911 2011 (Movie)

Empress Dowager Longyu (Actor)

Mao's Last Dancer 2010 (Movie)

Niang (Actor)

24 City 2009 (Movie)

Gu Minhua (Actor)

All God's Children Can Dance 2007 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Leap of Love 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

Yee Tai Tai (Actor)

Sunflower 2007 (Movie)

Zhang Xiuqing (Actor)

The Home Song Stories 2007 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

The Sun Also Rises 2007 (Movie)

Lin (Actor)

Molihua Kai 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Americanese 2005 (Movie)

Betty (Actor)

Avatar 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saving Face 2005 (Movie)

Ma (Actor)

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Trinh Nguyen (Actor)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chi yu fungbo 1998 (Movie)

Shirley Kwan (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Precious Find 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild Side 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Judge Dredd 1995 (Movie)

Ilsa (Actor)

The Hunted 1995 (Movie)

Kirina (Actor)

Golden Gate 1994 (Movie)

Marilyn Song (Actor)

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

Masu (Actor)

Temptation of a Monk 1994 (Movie)

Violet (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Mama (Actor)

Red Rose, White Rose 1993 (Movie)

Wang Jiao-rui (Actor)

Strangers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Turtle Beach 1992 (Movie)

Lady Minou Hobday (Actor)

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie 1992 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

The Blood of Heroes 1990 (Movie)

Kidda (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dim Sum Take-Outs 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Last Emperor 1987 (Movie)

Wan Jung (Actor)

On the Edge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Stalker 1987 (Movie)

Mai Wing (Actor)

Tai-Pan 1986 (Movie)

May-May (Actor)

Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart 1985 (Movie)

Young Mahjong Player (Actor)

Paper Angels 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadlock (TV Show)

Actor

Food For Thought (TV Show)

Actor

Hemingway & Gellhorn (TV Show)

Actor

In a Class of His Own (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Xiu Xiu: the Sent-Down Girl 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Xiu Xiu: the Sent-Down Girl 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

Autumn in New York 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Xiu Xiu: the Sent-Down Girl 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Striking Chinese-born leading lady who became a star in her native country at age 14 when she was whisked from an athletic rifle team to star in a film sponsored by Mao Tse-tung's wife. Chen subsequently proved very popular in several other Chinese films, acquiring the sobriquet of "the Chinese Elizabeth Taylor". One of her best-remembered films during this time was "Little Flower" (1978), in which she played a deaf-mute girl, cured by acupuncture, whose first words are "Long live Chairman Mao!". The winner of many awards in China, Chen made her US debut with a small role in Wayne Wang's "Dim Sum: a Little Bit of Heart" (1985). Given her star status at home, she was an appropriate choice for the lead role, opposite Bryan Brown, in the English-language film "Tai-Pan" (1986), the first significant collaboration between an American filmmaker and the Chinese government.

Relationships

Chase Chen

Brother
born c. 1959 took care of Chen for a year when her parents were sent away

Peter Hui

Husband
born c. 1957 married on January 18, 1992 Chinese-American San Francisco-based cardiologist

Angela Hui

Daughter
born in October 1998 father, Peter Hui

Jimmy Lau

Husband
Chinese-American married c. 1984 divorced in 1988

EDUCATION

Shanghai Foreign Language Institute

Shanghai

Shanghai Film Studio

Shanghai
attended two-year training course

State University of New York

New Paltz , New York
transferred after one year

California State University, Northridge

Northridge , California 1991
attended on scholarship

Milestones

2007

Cast in Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" a thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai

2007

Starred in director Zhang Yang's "Xiang Ri Kui/Sunflowers"

2004

Co-starred in "Saving Face" a romantic comedy directed by Alice Wu

2000

Helmed first US feature, the romance "Autumn in New York", starring Richard Gere and Winona Ryder

1998

Feature directorial debut, "Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl"; also co-produced and co-scripted; film was banned by the Chinese government in 1999, after the filmmakers decided not to wait for permits before shooting in Tibet

1994

Returned to Shanghai to star in Stanley Kwan's critically acclaimed "Red Rose, White Rose"

1993

Portrayed two different characters in Clara Law's "Temptation of a Monk," a seductive princess and a dangerous temptress

1993

Played the mother of a Vietnamese girl in Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth"

1990

Played Josie Packard on the David Lynch/Mark Frost cult drama, "Twin Peaks" (ABC)

1987

Won international acclaim in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor"

1985

American feature acting debut, "Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart"

1985

TV acting debut on "American Playhouse" in "Paper Angels"

1981

Last Chinese feature film before moving the the USA, "Peking Encounter", produced with partial US involvement

1981

Moved to the USA at age 19

1980

Starred in "Awakening"

1978

Cast in Zhang Zheng's "Little Flower," as a revolutionary's daughter in pre-Maoist China

1976

Chinese feature film debut, "Youth" (at age 14)

Bonus Trivia

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Chen's birth name Chen Chong means "Charge On".

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Received two Outstanding Filmmaker Awards (1979 and 1980) in China.

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