“Jiang is an institution, a powerful national figure with a strong sense of his own cultural significance.” Shelly Kraicer (Cinema Scope 2011)
Jiang Wen’s career provides an extensive body of work as actor and director in some of the most successful Chinese films in and outside of China. He has established a distinctive style favouring satire, fast-pace and dark humour which he skilfully adapted across genres. Born in 1963 he graduated from the Beijing Central Academy of Drama in acting in 1984. After a few outstanding performances in lead roles, he started venturing into directing with two festival nominated films. The collection of films in this retrospective offers an overview of his oeuvre’s milestones and a glimpse of his genius on the year of his latest release featured at Toronto International Film Festival: Hidden Man.
Curated by Noemi Lemoine-Blanchard, Dr Julian Ward, Dr Xuelei Huang and Prof Natascha Gentz, this season is organised and supported by the Confucius Institute in the University of Edinburgh.
In collaboration with Emperor Motion Pictures and Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Group橙天嘉禾娛樂集團