Jiang Wen (born January 5, 1963) is a Chinese film actor and director. Born in Tangshan, Hebei province into an army family, he shifted to Beijing at the age of 6. In 1980, Wen entered China’s foremost acting school, the Central Academy of Drama, graduating in 1984. That same year he started acting both on the stage (with the China Youth Theater) and in films.
After appearing in many television serials and films, Jiang became renowned in China for his starring role in the 1992 TV series Beijingers in New York, which made him one of the best-loved actors of his generation. In addition to these he also starred in Hibiscus Town (1984, directed by Xie Jin), Black Snow (1990, directed by Xie Fei), The Emperor’s Shadow (1996, directed by Zhou Xiaowen) and The Soong Sisters (1997). Other than Red Sorghum, Jiang also collaborated with Zhang Yimou for his 1997 film Keep Cool.
Jiang wrote and directed his first film in 1994, In the Heat of the Sun, adapted from a novel by Wang Shuo… read more
Banned in China, Devils is a brilliant antiwar pic that depicts life in rural China during the Japanese occupation coinciding with WWII. Anamolous Material calls it "darkly farcical and at times incredibly hilarious only to unexpectedly shift ... into gut-wrenching and horrifying irony." Jiang Wen was banned from filmmaking for a number of years, but he's back at it. Hooray! It's a little too long, but Devils rocks.
masterpiece. poignant, ironic and iconic, alla at the same time, devils is among the greatest movies made on the second world war. no other chinese movie and few non chinese ones have achieved to reach such technical and emotional perfection in delivering a personal yet universal point of view on the cruel and human side of war, as it is.