David Chiang, whose original name is Jiang Wei-Nian and English name is John Chiang, was born in an entertainer family on June 29,1947. His father was Yan Hua,a famous actor of that time; and his mother is Hong Wei. He has once studied at ZhuHai College of HongKong.
Since his debut at the age of four, it has been 56 years. The total number of works he had acted in and directed has exceeded 160 and he is still creating new screen images for us. David Chiang,in his childhood was already a child star. From his first movie Beautiful Corpse in The Bath,he had successively filmed the movies like Little Angel of the Streets;Croaking Cry at Night; Young Vagabond;Unspeakable Truths;The Search of Loved One and so on. At age of 19,introduced by his brother Paul Chun-Pui, David Chiang gained acquaintance with Tong Kai, Chia-Liang Liu, who were the well-known action directors, and began his career as stunt man of martial arts to make a living for about two years. In 1968,in the movie Golden Swallow, one of his standby actions was noticed by Chang Cheh,the director, and later David signed a contract with Shaw Brothers formally. In 1969, he played the leading role in the movie The Wandering Swordsman directed by Chang Cheh for the first time and success-fully portrayed a young swordsman devoting to loyalties; at the same year, he impersonated the role of Guan Xiaolou, who was determined to revenge his dead brother, in the movie Vengeance directed by Chang Cheh and had won the “Best Actor” award of the 16th Asian Film Festival in 1970, becoming the first “Asian Movie King” in Hong Kong history.
During the following decade, he had cooperated with many directors, including Chang Cheh, Lee Han Chiang, Hsueh Li Pao, Ho Meng-hua and Chia-Liang Liu and produced more than 30 movies, like The Heroic Ones;The New One Armed Swordsman; he Boxer From Shantung;Water Margin;The Blood Brothers;Young People;The Savage Five;Seven Man Army;Shaolin Mantis..leaving viewers a serial images of heroes and swordsman that are hard to obliterate. He occupys the most important position in HongKong film industry. In 1973, he won the awards of the most charac-teristic actors of the 19th Asian Film Festival in the movie
The generation gap directed by Chang Cheh. In 1974, he triedhis master hand at directing a realistic subject movie The Drug Addicts. After that, he directed movies A Mad World of Fools;The Condemned; which had received good comments. From the end of 1970s to the middle of 1980s, David Chiang went to Taiwan and participated in the filming and acting of more than 10 movies, such as The Red Phoenix; The Six Directions Boxing; Assassinators; Lin Tou Jie.
At the beginning of 1980s, David Chiang established a company, directed and acted with the cooperation of his brothers in the movie The Legend of the Owl, which is reputed as the originator of the gibberish. His talent for comedy also had showed in the movies The Challenger and The Loot directed by Eric Tseng Chi-Wai. In the middle and later period of 1980s, David successively directed such movies as Heaven Can Help; Silent Love;The Wrong Couples;Mr. Hansome;Double Fattiness;My Dear Son in which, the movie The Wrong Couples enabled the heroine Josephine Siao Fong-Fong win the award of Best Actress at the 9th Hong Kong Film Awards . In 1989,David Chiang and Danny Lee Sau-Yin planned the movie Just Heroes and costarred with each other in it. This movie was made by brothers in SB for remem-bering Chang Cheh's 25th year of his film career. Besides, in 1980, he made his first TV series Dynasty（RTV, HK）and then acted in the series like Princess Chang Ping, Green Dragon, The Conqueror, which are all taken as classics.
From 1990s till now, the TV series David Chiang has taken part in are up to 20, in which Ci Ma(Taiwan);The Mystery of the Condor Hero;Fate of the Clairvoyant are very popular and The Mystery of the Condor Hero had won the gold award at New York TV Festival. In addition,he also directed Will of Iron;Mother of a Different Kind and acted in Once Upon A Time In China II;Fatal Obssession;The Adventurers;2 Yong;Election. In recent years, David Chiang has engaged in many hot TV series of TVB, includ-ing Revolving Doors Of Vengeance; Lethal Weapon Of Loveand Passion, Land of Wealth, The Family Link,ect. Meanwhile, he has cooperated with CCTV and starred in two TV series.
Taking a diachronic view of David Chiang's enter-tainment career of 56 years, it is no doubt that the director, Chang Cheh has influenced him most. In those years, under the appreciation and strong recommendation of Chang Cheh, David Chiang became an Asian Movie Emperor from a stunt man, which has built solid basis for his later entertainment career. Therefore, David Chiang told more than once, “Without director Chang Cheh, there would not be my success of today and he is the most important person in my life. He has not only taught me how to act in movies but also how to be a person...”.But Chang Cheh's violence aesthetics has not transmitted to him, for the movies directed by David Chiang's mostly concentrate on reality and byways of subjects.
David Chiang's elder brother Paul Chun Pui and younger brother Derek Yee Tung-Sing are all famous actors and directors. Alhough their stage names are different, they have blood relation in fact.
David Chiang and his wife married on May 20th, 1974. Maggie Lee was also a movie star and they have co-operated in making some movies, such as A Mad World of Fools;Heaven And Hell; The Wrong Couples. Since they got married in 1974, Maggie has gradually disappeared from the silver screen. They have two daughters and one son. Their elder daughter, Elaine, is working in HongKong; their second daughter, Eve, is also prepared to work in Hong Kong after graduation; their son John Jr., has just graduated from elementary school. The whole family has emigrated from HongKong to Vancouver Canada in 1991 and are living a calm and happy life. Recent years, David Chiang returns to HongKong to make one or two TV series each year and in the rest of the time, he enjoys his family life, which has showed that he has paid more attention to his family than to his career.
Original Name: Jiang Wei-Nian
English Name: John Chiang
Stage Name: David Chiang
Cantonese Name: Keung Daai Wai
Name Used as Director: David Chiang
Childhood Stage Name: Yim Wai
Birth Place: Shanghai
Recent Residency: HongKong
Birthday: June 29th,1947
Animal of Birth Year: Piggy
Constellation: Cancer. Crab
Parents: Yan Hua and Hong Wei
Wife: Lee Lam-lam (Maggie)
Children: Elaine, the elder daughter
Eve, the second daughter
John Jr., the youngest son