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David Chiang Da Wei

Other names : 姜大卫
John Chang
John Chiang
Geung Daai Wai
David Jiang Da Wei
Jiang1 Da4 Wei4
John Keung
Keung Tai Wai
Gareth Lo
Birthdate : 29/6/1947
Nationality : China
Workplace : Hong Kong
Activities : Director (14), Producer (1), Actor (104), Brief appearance (14), Stuntman (1)


David Chiang was born Yim Wai in 1947, the second son of two famed actors Yim Dut and Hong Wei. Later on his widowed mother having remarried with a movie producer she gave birth to another son. All three siblings were destined to a have a great movie career: the first Paul Chun as a renown character actor and the youngest Derek Yee as an actor/director. Young Wai received a college education in Hong Kong but had already started appearing in movies as a child actor. He also appears to have received some Peking Opera training - not enough to make him a top performer the likes of Jackie Chan or Sammo Hung but more than enough to gave him an unusual agility and solid physical skills.

Following graduation, he started working as a stuntman in the movies. Chiang had graduated to fight-instructor by the time he was spotted by Shaw Brothers leading martial art director Chang Cheh, who brought him into the studio in the winter of 1966 where he then groomed him for a couple of years. By the time he emerge he was known as David Chiang Dai-Wai,. The meaning of his stage name and it’s origin appear to be rather obscure: Chiang he may have taken it for no other reason than it was a very recognizable name (because of Taiwan president Chiang Kai Shek) with a star quality feel to it. His original first name being Wai , “Dai” was added to make it mean “True Greatness”, “Dai-wai” being also the direct transliteration of the English name “David”, it may also have been deemed a suitable stage-name for him because his small frame and scholarly looks were evocative of the Biblical David of the David and Goliath famed. Having an English name may also have served to give him a suitable urbane and sophisticated air that played well with his deceptively scholarly, effete look. Vengeance, the first of Chang Cheh’s "Blood Brothers" movies pairing the deadly duo of Chiang and Ti Lung. It was also a watershed movie of Hong Kong martial arts cinema that defined and cemented Chang Cheh’s cinematic approach for years. With the sudden arrival of Bruce Lee in late 1971, the Blood Brothers movies lost some of their steam - their formula began looking tired and Chang Cheh appeared to be losing interest Still, Chiang remained very active by performing in a handful of Chang martial extravaganzas. He was continually paired with Ti Lung but the drama and the chemistry between them wasn't quite the same as in the old Blood Brothers movies.

Chiang starred in his own self-production that he made at a frantic pacing. Chiang found his best work of the period with martial director Lau Kar Leung who had choreographed him in all the Chang Cheh movies of the early seventies. In the second half of the seventies as martial art films evolved towards more and more comedic, Chiang moved with the time, starring in a handful of such films. He also has done some TV work.

Yves Gendron

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 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 Man From Macau II, The 2015 Actor
 Kung Fu Jungle 2014 Actor
 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2013 2013 Actor
 Rooftop, The 2013 Actor
 Look For A Star 2009 Actor
 Master Of Tai Chi, The 2008 Actor
 Threshold Of A Person, The 2008 Actor
 Daisy 2006 Actor
 Face To Fate 2006 Actor
 Lethal Weapons Of Love And Passion 2006 Actor
 2 Young 2005 Actor
 Election, The 2005 Actor
 Revolving Doors Of Vengeance 2005 Actor
 Star Runner 2003 Actor
 Legend Of Speed, The 1999 Actor
 Lover's Tears 1996 Producer
 Adventurers, The 1995 Actor
 Good Match From Heaven, A 1995 Actor
 Mother Of A Different Kind 1995 Director
 What Price Survival 1994 Actor
 Mystery of the Condor Heroes, The 1993 Actor
 Bruce Lee And Kung Fu Mania 1992 Brief appearance
 Mary From Beijing 1992 Actor
 Once Upon A Time In China II 1992 Actor
 Twin Dragons, The 1992 Actor
 Banquet, The 1991 Brief appearance
 Will Of Iron 1991 Director, Actor
 When East Meets West 1990 Director
 Just Heroes 1989 Actor
 Mr Sunshine 1989 Actor
 My Dear Son 1989 Director
 Double Fattiness 1988 Director, Actor
 Tiger On The Beat 1988 Actor
 It's A Mad Mad World 1987 Actor
 Mr Handsome 1987 Director
 Wrong Couples, The 1987 Director, Actor
 Angel 1986 Actor
 From Here To Prosperity 1986 Actor
 Silent Love 1986 Director
 Soul 1986 Brief appearance
 Where's Officer Tuba ? 1986 Actor
 Shanghai 13 1985 Actor
 Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars 1985 Brief appearance
 Yes, Madam 1985 Actor
 Heaven Can Help 1984 Director, Actor
 Play Catch 1983 Actor
 Play Con Game 1982 Actor
 Strife For Mastery 1982 Actor
 Till Death Do We Scare 1982 Actor
 Fight For Glory 1981 Actor
 King Of Fists And Dollars 1981 Actor
 Legend Of The Owl 1981 Director, Actor
 Night Of The Assassins 1981 Actor
 Return Of The Deadly Blade 1981 Actor
 Loot, The 1980 Actor
 Lost Kung Fu Secrets, The 1980 Actor
 Shaolin Abbot 1980 Actor
 Sun Moon Legend, The 1980 Actor
 Bloody Treasury Fight 1979 Actor
 Challenger, The 1979 Actor
 Heaven And Hell 1979 Actor
 Murder Plot 1979 Actor
 Red Phoenix 1979 Actor
 Sword Shot At The Sun 1979 Actor
 Assassinators 1978 Actor
 Sensual Pleasures 1978 Actor
 Shaolin Hand Lock 1978 Actor
 Shaolin Mantis 1978 Actor
 Death Duel 1977 Brief appearance
 Judgement Of An Assassin 1977 Actor
 Magnificent Wanderers 1977 Actor
 Naval Commandos, The 1977 Actor
 Six Directions Of Boxing 1977 Actor
 Condemned, The 1976 Director, Actor
 One Armed Swordsmen 1976 Director, Actor
 Seven Man Army 1976 Actor
 Shaolin Temple 1976 Actor
 All Men Are Brothers 1975 Actor
 Empress Dowager, The 1975 Actor
 Imposter, The 1975 Actor
 Taxi Driver, The 1975 Actor
 Temperament Of Life 1975 Actor
 Young Rebel, The 1975 Actor
 Drug Addicts, The 1974 Director
 Five Shaolin Masters 1974 Actor
 Friends 1974 Actor
 Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, The 1974 Actor
 Mad World Of Fools, A 1974 Director, Actor
 Savage Five, The 1974 Actor
 Two Faces Of Love, The 1974 Actor
 Blood Brothers, The 1973 Actor
 Enter The Dragon 1973 Stuntman
 Generation Gap, The 1973 Actor
 Pirate, The 1973 Actor
 Angry Guest, The 1972 Actor
 Boxer From Shantung, The 1972 Actor
 Four Riders 1972 Actor
 Trilogy Of Swordsmanship 1972 Actor
 Water Margin, The 1972 Actor
 Young People 1972 Actor
 Anonymous Heroes, The 1971 Actor
 Deadly Duo, The 1971 Actor
 Duel Of Fists 1971 Actor
 Duel, The 1971 Actor
 King Eagle 1971 Brief appearance
 New One-Armed Swordsman, The 1971 Actor
 Heroic Ones, The 1970 Actor
 Secret Of The Dirk, The 1970 Brief appearance
 Singing Killer, The 1970 Actor
 Vengeance ! 1970 Actor
 Wandering Swordsman, The 1970 Actor
 Winged Tiger 1970 Actor
 Dead End 1969 Actor
 Flying Dagger, The 1969 Brief appearance
 Have Sword, Will Travel 1969 Actor
 Invincible Fist, The 1969 Actor
 Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman 1969 Brief appearance
 Blue eagle 1968 Actor
 Golden Swallow 1968 Brief appearance
 Red Lamp Shaded In Blood 1968 Brief appearance
 Silver Fox, The 1968 Brief appearance
 Sword Of Swords, The 1968 Actor
 White Dragon, The 1968 Brief appearance
 Black Killer, The 1967 Brief appearance
 Street Boys 1960 Actor
 Closer The Better, The 1952 Actor

 Article    Review    Poster/Gallery    DVD Captures    Trailer    DVD Captures/Trailer  

 David Chiang Da Wei pictures :  (Hide)
Star Runner
The Legend Of Speed
The Legend Of Speed
What Price Survival
Once Upon A Time In China II
The Twin Dragons
Will Of Iron
Just Heroes
It's A Mad Mad World
Shanghai 13
Strife For Mastery
Shaolin Abbot
The Loot
The Loot
Heaven And Hell
Heaven And Hell
The Challenger
Shaolin Hand Lock
Shaolin Mantis
Death Duel
Judgement Of An Assassin
Magnificent Wanderers
The Naval Commandos
The Naval Commandos
The Naval Commandos
Seven Man Army
Shaolin Temple
All Men Are Brothers
The Imposter
The Imposter
The Imposter
The Imposter
The Imposter
The Imposter
The Imposter
The Young Rebel
The Young Rebel
Five Shaolin Masters
Five Shaolin Masters
The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires
The Blood Brothers
The Generation Gap
The Pirate
The Angry Guest
The Angry Guest
The Boxer From Shantung
The Water Margin
Trilogy Of Swordsmanship
Young People
Young People
Duel Of Fists
The Anonymous Heroes
The Deadly Duo
The Duel
The New One-Armed Swordsman
The Heroic Ones
The Singing Killer
The Singing Killer
The Wandering Swordsman
Vengeance !
Vengeance !
Dead End
Have Sword, Will Travel
Return Of The One-Armed Swordsman
The Invincible Fist
Golden Swallow
The Kingdom And The Beauty
Have Sword, Will Travel
 Other David Chiang Da Wei pictures :  (Hide)
2 Young (1)
Once Upon A Time In China II (1)
Will Of Iron (1)
Just Heroes (5)
Tiger On The Beat (1)
It's A Mad Mad World (2)
Where's Officer Tuba ? (1)
Shanghai 13 (1)
Strife For Mastery (3)
Till Death Do We Scare (3)
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 Meeting a Shaw Brothers legend, Ti Lung at the 2004 Amiens Film Festival (preview)
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Author(s) : David Vivier
Date : 1/11/2004
Type(s) : Interview
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