Wayne Wang

Director, Assistant director
Born in Hong Kong and based in America, director Wayne Wang studied photography, film, TV and painting in the US before landing several directorial assignments in his homeland (these included the Chinese episodes of ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1949 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Director (21)

Soul of a Banquet 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

The Princess of Nebraska 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Holiday 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Because of Winn-Dixie 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Maid in Manhattan 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Anywhere But Here 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Chinese Box 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Smoke 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Strangers 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Eat a Bowl of Tea 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Dim Sum Take-Outs 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

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

(Director)

Chan Is Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Man, a Woman and a Killer 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (9)

Soul of a Banquet 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lani-Loa: The Passage 1997 (Movie)

(Presents) (Producer)

The Joy Luck Club 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dim Sum Take-Outs 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

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

(Producer)

Chan Is Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (7)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

(From Story)

Chinese Box 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

(From Story)

Chan Is Missing 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (4)

It Came From Kuchar 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chan Is Missing 1982 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Biography

Born in Hong Kong and based in America, director Wayne Wang studied photography, film, TV and painting in the US before landing several directorial assignments in his homeland (these included the Chinese episodes of Robert Clouse's "The Golden Needles" in 1974 and a popular TV show based on "All in the Family"). He returned to the US and scraped together $22,000 to complete "Chan is Missing" (1982), a hip, Zen-inspired San Francisco detective story which also carefully dissected prevailing Oriental stereotypes. This landmark independent film became a critical and commercial success for its rare, authentic slice of Asian-American life in a sometimes wildly comic narrative that straddled genres. The film remains an inspirational touchstone for Asian-American filmmakers attempting to get their voices heard in the American cinema.

Relationships

Father
fluent in English devotee of US Western movies named Wang after John Wayne

Mother
encouraged Wang to pursue a career in the arts

Cora Miao

Wife
appeared in Wang's "Dim Sum"

EDUCATION

College of Arts and Crafts

Oakland , California 1973

College of Arts and Crafts

Oakland , California

attended an English-language Jesuit high school

Milestones

2006

Directed Queen Latifah in the comedy "Last Holiday"

2005

Directed Annasophia Robb and Jeff Daniels in the family drama "Because of Winn-Dixie" based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo

2002

Helmed the Cinderella-like fable "Maid In Manhattan," starring Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes

2001

Produced, directed and contributed to the story of the erotic romance "Center of the World"

1999

Helmed the mother-daughter themed drama "Anywhere But Here"

1998

Wrote and directed "Chinese Box"

1998

First feature to be produced through Chrome Dragon, "Lanai-Loa", starring Angus MacFadyen

1996

With Francis Ford Coppola and Tom Luddy, formed production company, Chrome Dragon

1993

Directed his first major Hollywood feature, "The Joy Luck Club"

1990

Returned to Hong Kong to make "Life is Cheap...But Toilet Paper is Expensive"

1987

First feature without an Asian subject, "Slamdance"

1982

Feature directing, co-writing, producing and editing debut (also narrator), "Chan is Missing"

1975

Made the short film, "A Man, a Woman, and a Killer"

Returned to Hong Kong after graduation to work in film and TV

Returned to California and settled in San Francisco's Chinatown; became involved in community activism

Born in Hong Kong in 1949 and lived there until age 17

Traveled to the US to study painting, filmmaking, and TV production

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