Chang Chen, sometimes credited as Chen Chang according to Western name order, is a Taiwanese actor. His father Chang Kuo-chu and his brother are also actors.
CareerChang started his film career at a very young age. He was then selected by a Taiwanese film director Edward Yang to be the protagonist of a four-hour-long critically acclaimed film A Brighter Summer Day, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
One of the earliest films Chang acted in was Wong Kar-wai's Happy Together. He rose to fame for his role as "Dark Cloud" in the 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee. He also featured in Wong Kar-wai's 2046.
Chang then co-starred with Shu Qi in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and won Golden Horse accolades for Best Taiwanese film, among other awards. For his performance in that film, Chang was also nominated for a Best Actor award at the 2005 Golden Horse Awards.
In 2006, Chang was nominated for the Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his role in The Go Master, a dramatisation of the life of the Go master Wu Qingyuan. The following year, Chang made his Korean debut in Kim Ki-duk's Breath, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival,
Chang then starred in the historical war epic Red Cliff, portraying the warlord Sun Quan. He was nominated at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor. He next starred in the 2012 historical epic The Last Supper directed by Lu Chuan and the 2013 kungfu epic The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-wai.
In 2014, Chang headlined the wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades, which won commercial success and critical acclaim. He earned his third nomination for Best Actor in the Golden Horse Awards.
In 2015, Chang reunited with Three Times director Hou Hsiao-hsien and co-star Shu Qi in The Assassin, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2017, Chang played the title character in the action film Mr. Long. The same year, he returned for the second installment of Brotherhood of Blades film.
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