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Sylvia Chang or Chang Ai-chia (張艾嘉; Zhāng Àijiā; born 21 July 1953) is a Taiwanese actress, writer, singer, producer and director.[1] In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[2] In 2018, she was one of the jury members, including Guillermo del Toro and Naomi Watts, at the 74th Venice International Film Festival.

Early life[]

Sylvia Chang was born in Chiayi, Taiwan and went off to school, until she was 16, where upon she dropped out and started her career as a radio DJ.[3] When she was 18 years old she acted in her first film.[4]

Career[]

Chang acted in her first film, The Tattooed Dragon (Wei Lo, 1973), when she was 18 years old.[5] In 20 30 40, she played the 40-year-old woman protagonist, wrote and directed it.[6] Chang often attempted to do her own stunts in the four-part TV series Aces Go Places.[7]

She stated in an interview with film editor Clarence Tsui, "I still think Hong Kong's film industry is male-dominated".[8] She also believes that "There aren't many male filmmakers who would write scripts for women".[8] She helped write the script of Run Papa Run, [6] based on the novel by Benny Li Shuan Yan,[9] that follows a man who belongs to the Triad and the relationship he has with his mother, wife, and daughter.[5] Chang said in an interview that, "I thought why don't I explore the gentler side of men".

Chang first began performing in theatre productions more than 30 years ago. She returned to the stage in the production of Design For Living that premiered in November 2008 and went on into 2009.[10] Chang stated in an interview that, "The reason for me to take on stage play again after 20 years is because I was lured by the director, he has invited handsome guys like Zheng Yuan Chang and David Huang into the play".[10] Critics have remarked upon the versatility in her roles along with her willingness to always try for something new.[11]

Chang is also a singer and her music has become popular in karaoke,[3] where her song "The Cost of Love" is commonly sung.[3]

In the 1980s, Chang's second film to direct, Passion, which she wrote and also starred in, won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress.[3] She has stated, "I had never went to any school as a director or a filmmaker, so all my film education actually was from the set".[12]

For a time, Chang was the head producer of New Cinema City in Taiwan, but left a few years after joining.[12]

Critical reception[]

Chang once said of her films that, "I've always felt that animation or special effects shouldn't just be limited to science-fiction films and their ilk. Dramas can also play around with them".[5] One critic wrote of her, that "In an industry that kisses young actresses with celebrity, then swallows them and spits them out, Chang has a sequoia's longevity. She is the only Hong Kong actress of her generation—the early '70s—to keep starring in movies".[4]

Chang's films have even been accepted into the London and Toronto International film Festivals.[13] She has served on the jury for the Berlin Film Festival.[13] She also holds the record for the most nominations for Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress, with nine nominations and 2 wins.Template:Cn

Philanthropy[]

Chang is an advocate and a "life-long volunteer" for World Vision International,[14] the humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. She created an advertisement, sponsored by World Vision, to promote the company, Template:YouTube. She is a member and advocate for the World Vision-sponsored "30 Hour Famine."

Personal life[]

Chang married Hong Kong-based journalist Bob Liu in 1979. They divorced in 1984. Chang married Taiwanese businessman Billy Wang Jing-xiong in 1991 and they have one son, Oscar.[15]

In July 2000, Chang's nine-year-old son Oscar was kidnapped and held for a ransom of HK $15 million.[15] The police found him after a few days, safe, and arrested the kidnappers.[16] Chang stated, "With your life, you have to move on, there's no other choice; so, out of no choice, then, it's a matter of your attitude".[12]

Filmography[]

Actress[]

  • Kong zhong wu shi (1973)
  • The Tattooed Dragon (1973) as Ai-Chia
  • Xiao ying xiong da nao Tang Ren jie (1974) as Lin Hsiu-yin
  • Slaughter in San Francisco (1974)
  • Shi qi shi qi shi ba (1974)
  • Bruce: Hong Kong Master (1975)
  • The Story of Four Girls (1975)
  • A Mao zheng chuan (1976)
  • Bi yun tian (1976)
  • Victory (1976)
  • Wen nuan zai qiu tian (1976) as Hsu Hsiao-hui
  • Eight Hundred Heroes (1976)
  • Warmth in Autumn (1976)
  • Qiu chan (1976)
  • Lang hua (1976)
  • Xing yu (1976)
  • Luo ye piao piao (1976)
  • The Lady Killer (1976)
  • Mitra (1977) as Mitra
  • The Longest Bridge (1977)
  • The Golden Age (1977)
  • A Pirate of Love (1977)
  • Zuo ri chong chong (1977)
  • Qing se shan mai (1977)
  • Shan liang de ri zi (1977)
  • Tai bei qi qi (1977)
  • Taibei liu shi liu (1977)
  • Jin yu liang yuan hong lou meng (1977) as Lin Daiyu
  • Feng yu zhao yang (1977)
  • Dan dan san yue qing meng long (1977)
  • Ai qing wo zhao dao le (1977)
  • Shuo huang shi jie (1978)
  • M*A*S*H (1979, TV Series) as Sooni
  • The Secret (1979) - Lin Jeng-ming.[17]
  • Legend of the Mountain (1979) as Cloud
  • Crazy Disaster (1979) as Lin Jeng-ming
  • Ma feng nu (1979)
  • Tian xia yi da xiao (1980)
  • The Imperious Princess (1980) as Princess Sheng Ping
  • White Jasmine (1980)
  • Da xiao jiang jun (1980)
  • Xue jian leng ying bao (1980)
  • Yuan (1980)
  • Attack Force Z (1981) as Chien Hua
  • Zhong shen da shi (1981) as Chu Wei
  • The Funniest Movie (1981)
  • My Grandfather (1982)
  • Aces Go Places (1982) as Supt. Nancy Ho
  • Nan xiong nan di (1982)
  • Xue jian gui xiang lu (1982)
  • He Lives by Night (1982) as Sissy
  • In Our Time (1982)
  • Aces Go Places 2 (1983) as Supt. Nancy Ho
  • 1938 Da jing qi (1983) as Su San
  • Cabaret of the Streets (1983)
  • That Day, on the Beach (1983) as Jiali
  • Cabaret Tears (1983)
  • Aces Go Places 3 (1984) as Supt. Nancy Ho
  • Funny Face (1984)
  • Shanghai Blues (1984) as Shu-Shu
  • Double Trouble (1984)
  • The Story in Sorghum Field (1984)
  • My Favorite Season (1985) as Liu Xiang‑mei
  • Crazy Romance (1985) as Cheung Ka-ka
  • Ba Fan keng kou de xin niang (1985)
  • Aces Go Places IV (1986) as Supt. Nancy Ho
  • Lucky Stars Go Places (1986) as Quito
  • Passion (1986) as Wendy Pai
  • Immortal Story (1986) as Chang Mei Ling
  • Sister Cupid (1987)
  • Kidnapped (1987)
  • Seven Years Itch (1987) as Sylvia
  • Soursweet (1988) as Lily
  • Yellow Story (1988) as Mrs. Hui
  • Chicken and Duck Talk (1988) as Mrs. Hui
  • All About Ah-Long (1989) as Sylvia Poon / 'Por-Por'
  • Full Moon in New York (1989) as Wang Hsiung-Ping
  • Eight Taels of Gold (1989) as Odds and Ends
  • Two Painters (1989)
  • The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon (1990) as Hung Leung-yuk
  • Queen of Temple Street (1990) as Big Sis Wah
  • My Mother's Tea House (1990)
  • A Rascal's Tale (1991)
  • Sisters of the World Unite (1991) as Sylvia Lau
  • The Banquet (1991) as Herself
  • The Twin Dragons (1992) as Mrs. Ma (Twins' Mother)
  • Lucky Encounter (1992) as Pregnant Woman
  • C'est la vie, mon chéri (1993) as Deputy Director of Hospital
  • Huan ying (1993)
  • In Between (1994) as Anna Lau (segment "Yuan fu julebu")
  • Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) as Jin-Rong
  • Killer Lady (1995) as Show Show
  • I Want to Go on Living (1995) as Pui Yan
  • The Fragile Heart (1996, TV Series) as Dr. Zhao Quing
  • A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation (1997) as Shine (Mandarin version, voice)
  • The Red Violin (1998) as Xiang Pei (Shanghai)
  • King of Stanley Market (1998)
  • Tempting Heart (1999) as Cheryl
  • Forever and Ever (2001) as Mrs. Tam Li Min-Chun
  • 20 30 40 (2004) as Lily
  • Rice Rhapsody (2004) as Jen
  • American Fusion (2005) as Yvonne
  • The Go Master (2006) as Shu Wen - Wu's mother
  • Buddha Mountain (2010) as Chang Yueqin
  • Mountains May Depart (2015) as Mia
  • Office (2015) as Winnie Chang
  • Shuttle Life (2017) as Li Jun
  • Love Education (2017) as Qiu Huiying
  • Long Day's Journey into Night (2018)
  • Jìyuántái qihào (2019) as Mrs. Mei
  • The Garden of Evening Mists (2019) as Older Teoh Yun Ling

Filmmaker[]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Once Upon a Time Co-director, co-writer
1986 Passion Director, writer
1987 Yellow Story Director
1989 All About Ah-Long Co-writer (story)
1991 Sisters of the World Unite Director, co-writer, producer
1992 Mary from Beijing Director, writer
1992 Three Summers Co-writer, producer
1994 In Between Director, writer, producer
  • also known as Conjugal Affairs or The New Age of Living Together
  • segment "Unwed Mother"
1995 Siao Yu Director, co-writer
1995 I Want to Go on Living Co-writer
1996 Tonight Nobody Goes Home Director, co-writer
1998 Bishonen Executive producer
1999 Tempting Heart Director, co-writer
2002 Princess D Director, co-writer, producer
2004 20 30 40 Director, co-writer
2008 Run Papa Run Director, co-writer
2007 Happy Birthday Co-writer
2011 10+10 Writer segment "The Dusk of the Gods"
2012 My Way Executive producer Documentary
2015 Murmur of the Hearts Director, co-writer
2015 Office Writer
2017 Love Education Director, co-writer

Discography[]

Kolin Records (歌林)
  • 1973 Never Say Goodbye 別說再見
  • 1974 Tearfully Say to You 含淚向你說
  • 1977 Farewell (惜別)
  • 1980 Maybe / We Were Young (也许 / 我們曾經年輕)
Rock Records
  • 1981 Childhood (童年)
  • 1985 Busy and Blind (忙與盲)
  • 1986 Do You Love Me? (你愛我嗎)
  • 1987 Xi shuo (細說), lit. "clarify" or "elaborate"
  • 1992 The Price of Love (愛的代價)

Awards and nominations[]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1976 13th Golden Horse Awards Best Supporting Actress Posterity and Perplexity Template:Won
1980 17th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress White Jasmine Template:Nom
1981 18th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress My Grandfather Template:Won
1983 2nd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Aces Go Places Template:Nom
1985 4th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Shanghai Blues Template:Nom
1986 23rd Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film Passion Template:Nom
Best Director Template:Nom
Best Actress Template:Won
Best Original Screenplay Template:Nom
1987 6th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Template:Won
1989 26th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Full Moon in New York Template:Nom
1990 9th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Eight Taels of Gold Template:Nom
All About Ah-Long Template:Nom
1991 10th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Queen of Temple Street Template:Nom
1995 32nd Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film Siao Yu Template:Nom
Best Adapted Screenplay Template:Nom
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Film Template:Won
Best Screenplay Template:Won
1996 33rd Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film Tonight Nobody Goes Home Template:Nom
Best Original Screenplay Template:Nom
Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Screenplay Template:Won
1999 1st Jutra Awards Best Actress The Red Violin Template:Nom
36th Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film Tempting Heart Template:Nom
2000 19th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Template:Nom
Best Screenplay Template:Won
2001 38th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Forever and Ever Template:Nom
2002 7th Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actress Template:Won
21st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Template:Won
2nd Chinese Film Media Awards Best Actress Template:Nom
Asian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Template:Won
2004 41st Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Rice Rhapsody Template:Nom
54th Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear 20 30 40 Template:Nom
2005 24th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Template:Nom
5th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Film Template:Nom
Best Director Template:Nom
Best Actress Template:Nom
Asian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Template:Won
Newport Beach Film Festival Best Actress Rice Rhapsody Template:Won
2006 25th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Template:Nom
2007 26th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Screenplay Happy Birthday Template:Nom
2008 45th Golden Horse Awards Best Director Run Papa Run Template:Nom
2009 28th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Screenplay Template:Nom
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Template:Nom
2010 47th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Buddha Mountain Template:Nom
2012 12th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Template:Nom
2015 52nd Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Office Template:Nom
Best Adapted Screenplay Template:Nom
2016 35th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Template:Nom
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Murmur of the Hearts Template:Nom
Best Screenplay Template:Won
Best Actress Office Template:Nom
16th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Mountains May Depart Template:Nom
2017 54th Golden Horse Awards Best Feature Film Love Education Template:Nom
Best Director Template:Nom
Best Leading Actress Template:Nom
Best Original Screenplay Template:Nom
2018 12th Asian Film Awards[18] Best Director Template:Nom
Best Actress Template:Won
Best Screenplay Template:Nom
Lifetime Achievement Award Template:N/a Template:Won
37th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Director Love Education Template:Nom
Best Actress Template:Nom
Best Screenplay Template:Won
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards[19] Best Actress Template:Nom
Best Screenwriter Template:Won
Best Hong Kong / Taiwan Director Template:Won
23rd Huading Awards Best Director Template:Nom
Best Actress Template:Nom
29th Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild Awards Best Director Template:Won
18th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Actress Template:Nom
Best Screenplay Template:Nom
Best Director Template:Nom
25th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Screenplay Template:Won
25th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Template:Nom
Best Director Template:Won

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