Wayne Wang

Highest Rated: 100% American Masters (2008)
Lowest Rated: 20% Slam Dance (1987)
Birthday: Jan 12, 1949
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Director Wayne Wang grew up in a Hong Kong household that worshipped at the altar of Hollywood -- he himself was named for movie star John Wayne. After attending California's College of Arts and Sciences, Wang returned to Hong Kong hoping to become a film "auteur." However, at that time, his native country's film industry was geared more to kung-fu movies than to the cinema of personal statement, so Wang had to wait a while to express his vision. After a stint in television, Wang handled direction of the Hong Kong-based scenes of the American film Golden Needles (1975), and then co-directed a melodrama shot in San Francisco, A Man, a Woman and a Killer (1975). Realizing that the mainstream would continue to stifle his creativity, Wang sought out funding from various arts foundations, then produced, directed, edited, and co-wrote the Chinatown culture-clash drama Chan Is Missing (1981) on a beggarly 22,000 dollar budget. Wang soon discovered that he was most effective marching to his own beat; an attempt at "popular" moviemaking, Slam Dance (1987), failed to make the turnstiles click, while the more unconventional Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989) proved to be an audience pleaser. In 1993, the director reached mainstream audiences with his adaptation of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, a Chinese generational epic, and followed with an adaptation of Paul Auster's Smoke (1995), starring Harvey Keitel and William Hurt; the film's follow-up, a series of sketches involving many of the same characters called Blue in the Face, was released in 1995. Wang returned to Hong Kong once again to shoot Chinese Box (1997), a story set around the British hand-over of Hong Kong to the Chinese. Starring Gong Li and Jeremy Irons, the film received mixed notices. However, such lukewarm reception did little to dim the anticipation surrounding Wang's next directorial effort, Anywhere But Here. A 1999 adaptation of a Mona Simpson novel, it starred Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman as a mother and daughter trying to begin a new life.Wayne Wang is married to actress Cora Miao, who has appeared in a number of his films, including Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989) and Life Is Cheap...But Toilet Paper Is Expensive (1991).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Soul Of A Banquet Producer Director 2014
22% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan Director $1.4M 2011
75% These Amazing Shadows Actor 2011
89% It Came from Kuchar Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Princess of Nebraska Director 2008
78% A Thousand Years of Good Prayers Director Producer 2008
100% American Masters Actor 2008
56% Last Holiday Director $38.4M 2006
55% Because of Winn-Dixie Director $32.6M 2005
39% Maid in Manhattan Director $93.9M 2002
35% The Center of the World Screenwriter Producer Director 2001
64% Anywhere but Here Director 2000
62% Chinese Box Director Producer 1998
41% Blue in the Face Screenwriter Director 1995
93% Smoke Director 1995
86% The Joy Luck Club Producer Director 1993
No Score Yet Life Is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive Producer Executive Producer Director 1990
No Score Yet Eat a Bowl of Tea Director 1989
20% Slam Dance Director 1987
88% Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Director Producer 1985
100% Chan Is Missing Producer Narrator Screenwriter 1982


No Score Yet American Masters
  • 2009


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