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Wayne Wang

 
 
 
 
Birthdate : 12/1/1949
Nationality : Hong Kong
Workplace : Hong Kong, USA
Activities : Director (5), Producer (1), Original Story (1)

Biography

Born and raised in Hong Kong, WAYNE WANG moved to Los Altos, California in 1967. For two years he lived on a radical Quaker ranch, doing chores in exchange for rent, and attending college nearby. Then he decided to study film production at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, an education he augmented by avidly watching the films of the French New Wave, German New Cinema, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Satyajit Ray.

He later returned to Hong Kong and got a job directing a popular television series, BELOW THE LION ROCK, for RTHK-TV (the Hong Kong equivalent of PBS) but he found that he did not fit into the traditionalist system and returned to the U.S. where he got involved with the Asian American community in the Bay Area.

In 1982, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Film Institute, Wang made CHAN IS MISSING, in which two cabbies search through San Francisco’s Chinatown for the mysterious Chan, a man who’s made off with their hard-earned dough. “Although the character of Chan is never seen through the film,” says Wang, “I must have identified with him. He’s a resident of Chinatown but he’s missing. He belongs there but he’s an outsider at the same time.” Wang also wanted to show another Chinatown – the one behind the scenes with its temperamental chefs and internal politics that have more to do with the divide between Taiwan and China than triads. “Unlike Hollywood filmmakers, I didn’t use Chinatown as a signifier of mysterious Oriental doom,” he says. “I took my characters and audience into its very real streets.” This and the next film he made, DIM SUM: A LITTLE BIT OF HEART, a family comedy about a Chinese American mother and daughter relationship, established his reputation.

Wang is often identified with films about the Chinese Diaspora, including the film adaptation of THE JOY LUCK CLUB. However, he has also made such independent features as SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE, both starring Harvey Keitel and set in Brooklyn, and the romantic comedy MAID IN MANHATTAN starring Jennifer Lopez. At the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, Wang premiered two feature films, A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS and THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA, and he also appeared in Arthur Dong’s documentary film HOLLYWOOD CHINESE. Wang won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the 2007 San Sebastian Film Festival for A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS.

He is married to former actress Cora Miao, who appeared in three of his films, DIM SUM, EAT A BOWL OF TEA AND LIFE IS CHEAP… BUT TOILET PAPER IS EXPENSIVE. They live in San Francisco and New York City.


Source : Snow Flower and the Secret Fan official website (July 2011)
 
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Filmography
 [ 1980 - 1990 - 2010 ] 
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Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 Eat A Bowl Of Tea 1989 Director
 Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive 1989 Director
 Joy Luck Club, The 1993 Director
 Chinese Box 1997 Director, Producer, Original Story
 Snow Flower And The Secret Fan 2011 Director
 

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