Magazine article Variety

Chang CHEN

Magazine article Variety

Chang CHEN

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CLAIM TO FAME

Westerners know the intense and charismatic Chang Chen for his portrayal of Dark Cloud, the brigand who captures the heart of Zhang Ziyi in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but he's also starred in films by Wong Kar Wai, Hou Hsiao-hsien and John Woo.

ACTING CENES

Chang comes from a family of thesps. His father, Chang Kuo-chu, and brother, Chang Han, appeared alongside him in his first role (at age 14), in director Edward Yang's 1991 "A Brighter Summer Day."

PAN-ASIA POPULARITY

Some of the Taiwanese actor's best work comes from outside of the Taiwan-Hong Kong axis. He won kudos as the eponymous "Go Master" (2006) for mainland director Tian Zhuangzhuang, and played a mute prisoner on Death Row in Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk's "Breath" (2007). "Collaborations with directors from Japan, Korea, etc., gave me many different experiences and opened my eyes," says Chang, who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese and English. "1 always hope that I'll have the opportunities to work with not only directors but also actors and crews from other countries so we can have cultural exchanges. …

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