Peter Wang

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Founding member of the San Francisco-based Asian Living Theater, with which he wrote and staged several productions before turning to film. Wang made a number of documentaries centering on Chinese culture and history ... Read more »
Born: in Taiwan

Filmography

Actor (5)

First Date 1991 (Movie)

Yang Huai Xun (Actor)

The Laserman 1990 (Movie)

Lieutenant Lu (Actor)

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall 1986 (Movie)

Leo Fang (Actor)

Ah Ying 1983 (Movie)

Cheung Chung-pak (Actor)

Chan Is Missing 1982 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)
Writer (4)

First Date 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Laserman 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ah Ying 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

First Date 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Laserman 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

First Date 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Laserman 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Wall Is a Great Wall 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Founding member of the San Francisco-based Asian Living Theater, with which he wrote and staged several productions before turning to film. Wang made a number of documentaries centering on Chinese culture and history, including the acclaimed "Old Treasures From New China" (1977). He appeared in Wayne Wang's "Chan is Missing" (1982) as a short order cook and co-wrote (with director Allen Fong) and starred in the highly regarded feature, "Ah Ying" (1984).

Wang received widespread recognition for his first feature, "A Great Wall" (1985), a gently amusing, intelligent probe of a Chinese-American family visiting the land of their origins. The film, produced by the director's own Peter Wang Films company, was also notable as the first American feature to be shot in China).

Wang drew on his background in electro-optics to make "The Laser Man" (1988), the story of a Chinese-Jewish laser specialist and his problems in finding a new job after he accidentally kills a friend during an experiment. Wang is also known as an essayist and short story-writer in Asia.

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
(electro-optics)

Milestones

1985

Feature directing and co-producing debut (also co-writer; actor), "A Great Wall Is a Great Wall"

1982

Feature film acting debut (as cook with "Samurai Night Fever" t-shirt) in Wayne Wang's "Chan Is Missing"

1982

Feature co-writing debut (also actor), Allen Fong's "Ah Ying"

At age 18, instead of joining a travelling circus in Taiwan, moved to USA to complete education

Moved to San Francisco in early 1970s; co-founded Asian Living Theater; with ALT wrote and directed numerous stage productions

Made series of documentaries dealing with Chinese culture

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