Chen, Joan 1961- (Chung Chan, Chen Chong, Joan Chen Chong, Joan Chen Chung)

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Chen, Joan 1961- (Chung Chan, Chen Chong, Joan Chen Chong, Joan Chen Chung)


Original name, Chong Chen; born April 26, 1961, in Shanghai, China; immigrated to the United States, 1981, naturalized citizen, 1989; both parents, doctors; married Jim Lau (an actor, producer, stunt performer, and martial arts consultant), 1985 (divorced, 1990); married Peter Hui (a cardiologist), January 18, 1992; children: (second marriage) Angela Frances, additional daughter. Education: California State University, Northridge, B.A., film production, 1991; also attended Shanghai Film Academy, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, and State University of New York College at New Paltz.


Manager—Rigberg Entertainment Group, 1180 South Beverly Dr., Suite 601, Los Angeles, CA 90035.


Actress, producer, director, and writer. Berlin International Film Festival, member of jury, 1996; Sundance Film Festival, member of dramatic jury, 2001.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Rooster, best actress, 1976, Hundred Flowers Award, best actress, 1980, both for Xiao hua; Chinese awards for outstanding filmmaker, 1979 and 1980; named best film actress in China, 1980; Best Film Actress Award, Yugoslavia Film Festival, 1980; Asian American Media Award, Asian American International Film Festival, 1994; Golden Horse Award, best actress, Golden Horse Film Festival, 1994, and Hong Kong Film Award nomination, best actress, 1995, both for Hong meigui, bai meigui; Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, best actress, 1995; Golden Horse Awards, best director and best screenplay adapted from another medium (with Yan Geling), Jury Award, best drama, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Golden Berlin Bear nomination, Berlin International Film Festival, 1998, International Freedom Award, National Board of Review, Special Jury Prize and nomination for Grand Prix, Paris Film Festival, Grand Prize, Mons International Festival of Love Films, 1999, Independent Spirit Award nomination (with producer Alice Chan), best first feature over $500,000, Chlotrudis Award nomination, best director, 2000, all for Tian yu; Jury Special Prize and Best Female Performance, Torino International Festival of Young Cinema, IF Award, best actress, Golden Horse Award, best actress, Australian Film Institute Award, best lead actress, 2007, Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, best actress, Asian Film Award nomination, best actress, 2008, all for The Home Song Stories; Asian Film Award nomination, best supporting actress, 2008, for Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi.


Film Appearances:

(As Chen Chong) Qingchun (also known as Youth), 1977.

(As Chen Chong) Zhao Xiaohua (title role), Xiao hua (also known as Little Flower), 1978.

(As Chen Chong) Overseas, 1979.

(As Chen Chong) Huang Sihua, Hai wai chi zi (also known as A Loyal Overseas Chinese Family and Hearts for the Motherland), 1979.

(As Chen Chong) Su Xiaomei, Su xing (Awakening), 1980.

(As Chen Chong) Peking Encounter, 1981.

Young Mahjong player, Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart, Orion Classics, 1985.

May-May, Tai-Pan (also known as James Clavell's "Tai-Pan"), DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986.

Ling Ti, E nan (also known as Everlasting Rhapsody, Ok naam, and Goodbye My Love), 1986.

Mai Wing, The Night Stalker, Almi, 1987.

Wan Jung/Elizabeth, The Last Emperor (also known as Le dernier empereur, Modai huangi, and L'ultimo imperatore), Columbia, 1987.

Young Mahjong player, Dim Sum Take-Outs, 1988.

Kidda, The Blood of Heroes (also known as Salute of the Jugger), Filmpac, 1990.

Lady Minou Hobday, Turtle Beach (also known as The Killing Beach), 1991.

(Scenes deleted) Jocelyn "Josie" Packard, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, 1992.

Sara, Where Sleeping Dogs Lie, TriStar Home Video, 1993.

Princess Scarlet/Violet, You seng (also known as Temptation of a Monk), 1993.

Mama, Heaven & Earth (also known as Entre ciel et terre), 1993.

Masu, On Deadly Ground, Warner Bros., 1994.

Marilyn Song, Golden Gate, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1994.

Mama, Heaven and Earth (also known as Entre ciel et terre), Warner Bros., 1994.

Wang Jiao-Rui, Hong meigui bai mei gui (also known as Red Rose White Rose), First Distributors, 1994.

Kirina, The Hunted, Universal, 1995.

Ilsa, Judge Dredd, Buena Vista, 1995.

Virginia Chow, Wild Side (also known as All the Way), Metro Tartan, 1995.

Camilla Jones, Precious Find, Republic Entertainment, 1996.

Shirley Kwan, Ziyu fengbao (also known as Purple Storm and Chi yue fung biu), Shaw Brothers, 1999.

Trinh Nguyen, What's Cooking?, Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Mo's mother and Elder Mo, Mo li hua kai (also known as Blossoming Jasmine, Jasmine Flower, and Jasmine Women), Festive Films, 2004.

Hwei-Lan Gao-Ma, Saving Face, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Madame Ong, Avatar (also known as Cyber Wars and Matrix Hunter), 2004.

Xiuqing, Xiang ri kui (also known as Sunflower), New Yorker Films, 2005.

Betty Nguyen, Americanese, IFC First Take, 2006.

Rose, The Home Song Stories, Dendy Films, 2007.

Ms. Yee, Se, jie (also known as Lust, Caution and Se jie), Focus Features, 2007.

Lin, Tai yang zhao chang sheng qi (also known as The Sun Also Rises), Shaw Organisation, 2007.

Evelyn, All God's Children Can Dance, 2007.

Herself, Secrets from Another Place: Creating "Twin Peaks" (documentary), 2007.

Herself, Hollywood Chinese (documentary), 2007.

Herself, Ka Shen's Journey (documentary), 2008.

Elder Li-Ann, The Leap Years, Mediacorp Raintree Pictures, 2008.

Joan, Tonight at Noon, 2008.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Wild Side (also known as All the Way), Metro Tartan, 1995.

Executive producer, producer, and director, Tian yu (also known as Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl and Xiu Xiu he ta de nan ren), 1998, Stratosphere Entertainment, 1999.

Director, Autumn in New York, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jocelyn "Josie" Packard, Twin Peaks, ABC, 1990-91.

Jin-Juan, Children of the Dragon, 1991.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(As Chen Chong) Tour guide, Peking Encounter, 1981.

Safe Harbor, 1984.

Heartbeat, 1988.

Noelle, Deadlock (also known as Wedlock), HBO, 1991.

Vanessa, Shadow of a Stranger (also known as Shadow of a Killer), NBC, 1992.

Nicole Robbins, Steel Justice, NBC, 1992.

Linda Ching, In a Class of His Own, Showtime, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Presenter, The 60th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1988.

Pearl River Studios: China's Filmmakers, HBO, 1989.

American tourist, "Small Sounds and Tilting Shadows," Strangers, HBO, 1992.

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1994.

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1994.

Presenter, The 14th Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel and Bravo, 1999.

San Sebastian 2005: Cronica de Carlos Boyero, 2005.

The 2006 Asian Excellence Awards, 2006.

The 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards, Nine Network, 2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Ellen Yung, On the Edge, NBC, 1987.

Josie Packard, Twin Peaks, ABC, 1990.

Nightmare Cafe, 1992.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Target: Miss World," Matt Houston, 1983.

Su-Lin, "Knight of the Drones: Parts 1 & 2," Knight Rider, 1984.

"Paper Angels," American Playhouse, PBS, 1985.

May Ying, "Golden Triangle: Part 2," Miami Vice, 1985.

Lin, "The Golden Triangle," MacGyver, 1985.

Maxine Tzu, "All or Nothing," Wiseguy, 1989.

Connie, "Food for Thought," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1993.

Voice of Princess Jade, "Aladdin," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child, HBO, 1995.

Elizabeth Wu, "Wu's on First?" Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1997.

Major Dara Talif, "Phobos Rising," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime and syndicated, 1998.

Independent View, PBS, 2002.

9am with David & Kim, Ten Network, 2007.

Also appeared in "Be Careful with Your Lover's Wife," Mujeres asesinas (also known as Killer Women).



(With Yan Geling) Tian yu (also known as Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl and Xiu Xiu he ta de nan ren; based on Yan's novella Tian Yu/Celestial Bath), 1998, Stratosphere Entertainment, 1999.



American Film, May, 1990, p. 23.

Interview, December, 1987, p. 146; August, 1990, p. 76.

Madison, May, 1999, pp. 64-65.

Movieline, August, 2000, p. 16.

Parade, October 8, 2000, p. 16.

Time, April 5, 1999, pp. 60-62.