Joan Chen (born April 26, 1961) is a Chinese-American actress, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In China she performed in the 1979 film Little Flower ("小花") and came to the attention of western audiences for her performance in the 1987 film The Last Emperor. She is also known for her roles in Twin Peaks, Red Rose, White Rose, Saving Face, and The Home Song Stories, and for directing the feature film Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.
Chen was formerly married to actor Jimmy Lau from 1985 to 1990. Chen married her second husband, cardiologist Peter Hui, on January 18, 1992. They have two daughters. They live in San Francisco, California.During her early years in California, Chen attended California State University, Northridge. In 1989, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States. On April 9, 2008, Chen wrote an article entitled "Let the Games Go On" for the Washington Post objecting to the politicization of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Chen was born in Shanghai, to a family of pharmacologists. She and her older brother, Chase, were raised during the Cultural Revolution. At the age of 14, Chen was discovered on the school rifle range by Jiang Qing, the wife of leader Mao Zedong and major Chinese Communist Party figure for excelling at marksmanship. This led to her being selected for the Actors' Training Program by the Shanghai Film Studio in 1975, where she was discovered by veteran director Xie Jin who chose her to star in his 1977 film Youth (Chinese: 青春; pinyin: Qīngchūn) as a deaf mute whose senses are restored by an Army medical team. Chen graduated from high school a year in advance, and at the age of 17 entered Shanghai International Studies University, where she majored in English.
Movies & TV shows
The background of "Her Story" is set in 2020: a sudden disaster that disrupted everyone's lives. When society face unemployment when families fall apart, when lovers are separated, when death is appro...
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The Iron Hammer
In this personal and rousing documentary, Joan Chen charts the inspiring life and career of “Jenny” Lang Ping, a fearless and independent Olympic athlete who propels China to international prominence ...
A black ops assassin is forced to fight for her life after her job goes wrong.
A man reflects on the lost love of his youth and his long-ago journey from Taiwan to America as he begins to connect with his estranged daughter.
Sheep Without a Shepherd
A Chinese family living in northern Thailand has been there for 17 years. The proprietor of the internet service providing shop is a film enthusiast who likes to watch detective films and has a deep k...
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Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace
The path to becoming an empress is paved with treachery. As a consort, she quickly learns to navigate the politics of the royal court and move up the ranks. Even though she is able to overcome the cha...
A young girl struggles to fix her family while stranded in Vegas over Christmas.
A funny scramble of a book of cooking between a guy without feeling, a tough girl, a master out of date, a dark-minded rich man, a emotion-manipulating woman and a OCD-suffering samurai.
The House That Never Dies II
A cultural relic restorer discovers the skeletons of babies while working in an old mansion. The bloody events of the past drags everyone working on the project into a dark abyss.
Kai is on a houseboat. The phone could be the one thing that leads to Emma's location. Kai wants to find out where she went, who she was connected to, and what she took with her. Is Emma who she says ...
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For Love or Money
The novel "For Love or Money" is based on a story about a fallen noble lady and a rich heir to a large company. He chooses a life of poverty and freedom to pursue his passion as a painter, while she c...
An epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan's court. Marco finds that navigating the Khan's world of greed, betrayal, sex...
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces
The Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me missing pieces are often referred to as the "holy grail" of Twin Peaks fandom.
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1964-65. The city of Singapore is at a crossroads. The British are leaving and a new nation is about to be born. Bugis Street has never been as bright as it is now: bootleg copies of Motown songs boom...
By the China Audio Visual, in the studio together to build a positive, gold medal screenwriter, producer is based in Jin Yong's famous novel "Swordsman" on March 24 at the first national 4A-class tour...
A young woman in modern-day Shanghai has a chance encounter with a stranger that leads her to reveal a secret. She is shown in an old house filled with souvenirs of the Jewish population who were give...
When tragedy strikes his family, the life of a neglected teen with mild Asperger's syndrome is changed forever.
The comedy of the year. The actors may be aware of how illogical the film is. There are paintings of monkeys. Chang Chen was pretending to be Korean.
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Hemingway began a romance with Martha Gellhorn.
When Song Qi stumbles upon her boyfriend's affair with her best friend, her life quickly starts falling apart and she is drawn into a quicksand of revenge and murder. After all is said and done, Song ...
Kiss, His First
Two months ago, in Shanghai. What would you do if you had to help a loved one?
China is in a state of crisis at the beginning of the 20th century. The citizens are starving, the country is split into warring groups, and political reforms have made things worse. After 250 years o...
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To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey
The story of Nancy Kwan, a young girl from Hong Kong who went on to become a movie star in The World of Susie Wong, is the definitive and true-life tale of her life. Nancy Kwan's story is both fairyta...
Love in Disguise
Famous from an incredibly young age, DMH (Wang Lee Hom) has only ever known a celebrity pop star existence. Yet, despite all the glamour, there is still something lacking in his charmed life - true lo...
Color Me Love
The plot is similar to The Devil Wears Prada. A new fashion editor has to deal with her female boss and boyfriend, as well as an arrogant young painter who has a chaotic past with other girls.
Journey to the West
A Chinese television series is based on a classical novel.
Mao's Last Dancer
Madame Mao's cultural delegates plucked Li from a poor Chinese village at the age of 11 and took him to Beijing to study ballet. He fell in love with an American woman during a cultural exchange. He w...
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The Leap Years
Li-ann, a dreamer, is a strong believer of the soul mate theory and rejects all men, including her best friend, until she falls in love with Jeremy. Chinatown, Singapore, was visited by them on Februa...
Walter Bishop, brilliant but formerly institutionalized scientist, and his scheming, reluctant son Peter, uncover a deadly mystery involving a series of unbelievable events and realize they may be a p...
The city of Chengdu nowadays. The factory is shutting down to make way for a complex of luxury apartments. The stories of old workers, factory executives and yuppies can be found in the History of Chi...
All God's Children Can Dance
In Korea Town Los Angeles, a young man, Kengo, believes he's the son of God, because his mother told him when he was a young boy. He spends his days working his dead-end job and figuring out his compl...
The Sun Also Rises
The stories were told in different time-zones and shifted between a campus and a village.
The Home Song Stories
Tom begins to write his memoirs when he is in his 40s, as the little boy whose mother was a nightclub singer. Rose and Bill married quickly, and she packed up Tom and his sister May to head for Melbou...
During World War II, a secret agent has to seduce and kill an official for the Japanese government. When she falls in love with the man she is supposed to kill, her mission becomes clouded.
Hollywood Chinese is a look at cinema history through the lens of the Chinese American experience. The documentary is a journey through a century of cinematic delights. There is a wonderful portrait o...
Long after their breakup, Chinese American Raymond Ding and Amerasian Aurora Crane struggle to let go. Torn apart by mismatched ideals, meddling friends, and the complexities of racial identities, the...
The story of the Zhang family in Beijing, centering on the tensions and misunderstandings between father and son, is called Sunflower. A nine-year-old boy is having the time of his life, without adult...
In the future, everyone's identity will be recorded in the CyberLink. The only way around this is with illegal identity implants. A young bounty hunter who makes her living tracking sims, finds hersel...
A Chinese-American lesbian and her mother are reluctant to go public with their secret loves because of cultural expectations.
Ziyi plays the youngest of three generations of women. Joan Chen plays the great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother. The family makes mistakes and the granddaughter breaks out of a cycle in the film...
Four households in LA's Fairfax district celebrate Thanksgiving. Children's acculturation and immigrant parents' fears collide. Isabel's husband was invited to dinner by her son. Ron Williams wants to...
Autumn in New York
Will Keane, a New York restauranteur famous for his no-commitment seduction and verging-on-50 playboy reputation, runs into an unexpected dead end when he meets Charlotte Fielding in New York. Charlot...
The unit of the terrorist arrived in Hong Kong. Todd, Chow's son and fiercely loyal right-hand man, sustains a serious head wound. Todd woke from a coma and found a new life. Mark Chan tried to convin...
Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl
There was a part of the Cultural Revolution in China where young people were sent away for manual labor. She agrees to go to a more remote spot with Lao Jin to learn horse herding.
Paul Racine, a high-powered American business executive in Japan, is catapulted into a maze of danger and intrigue after he and his sexy companion are the targets of assassins hired by the ruthless Ki...
A bank accountant who works as a high-priced call girl becomes involved in the lives of a money launderer, his seductive wife, and his bodyguard.
In a future where a cop with instant field judiciary powers is the most famous judge, he is convicted for a crime he did not commit while his murderer escapes.
Stallone's Law: The Making of 'Judge Dredd'
Documentary on the making of the 1995 film 'Judge Dredd.'
Red Rose White Rose
A man's love life. He has a sexual relationship with the wife of a friend. He knows she won't end up with him. He married a nice lady to maintain his reputation. He doesn't like his bride.
On Deadly Ground
Forrest is employed by the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. The corrupt CEO of Aegis Oil doesn't care if oil spills into the ocean or onto the land as long as he makes money.
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Temptation of a Monk
The crown prince of the Tang dynasty was left unguarded. One of the crown prince's brothers killed him. Shi might retreat to a monastery to plan a coup. When his troops and princess are killed, he see...
The FBI agent was charged with espionage against a Chinese laundryman. He wants to make up with the man and his daughter.
Homicide: Life on the Street
An American police procedural depicts a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit.
Heaven & Earth
When war breaks out in Vietnam, the village's tranquility is shattered. The village is almost completely destroyed by the South Vietnamese army. Le Ly decided to flee after being brutalized and raped....
There are three provocative short stories. An American in Paris seduces a young man only to have the tables turned, a tourist recovering from an accident is alone but far from lonely, and an exchange ...
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The reporter leaves her husband and two sons in Australia to cover the story of the boat people in Malaysia. She befriends Lady Minou Hobday, who keeps a constant watch on the refugees at "Turtle Beac...
Children of the Dragon
Children of the Dragon was filmed at the ABC Frenchs Forest Studios and the Sydney Showground.
David Nash lost his son and will not live. A mythical figure will help Nash to avenge his son's death by turning the Robosaurus into a real creature.
The first season of Nightmare Cafe was aired on NBC from January to April 1992. While the overall tone of the program was that of a mystical fantasy, it frequently incorporated elements of dark humor,...
Shadow of a Stranger
Richard Friedman directed the film.
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The murder of a young woman is being investigated by the FBI. There is a closed ending to the pilot in the European VHS market.
Laura Palmer's body was washed up on a beach in Washington state. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her death only to uncover a web of mystery that leads him deep into the hear...
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Tales from the Crypt
The Crypt Keeper is a host for fun and fright based on the classic E.C. Back in the day, there were comics tales. Pick your poison if you shamble up to the bar. Are honeymooners going to fulfill the "...
The Blood of Heroes
jugging is a brutal game that is the only sport that has survived in a wasted society. Sallow, the leader of a rag-tag team, was cast out of the main Leagues because of indiscretions with a lady. Now ...
Dim Sum Take-Out
Dim Sum Take-Out shows how the heterogeneity and complexity of Asian American experiences can be erased. It was literally cut together from film that was shot for Dim Sum, which was conceived as a fil...
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The Last Emperor
A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his ...
He was an agent for the OCB during his time in a New Jersey penitentiary. His roots in a traditional Italian city neighborhood form the underlying dramatic base of the series, bringing him into confli...
Goodbye My Hero
Lindy and her brother and sister lived in a rundown apartment. Her first thoughts are her siblings when she is diagnosed with terminal leukemia. After she passes away, who will take care of her childr...
The film begins after the British victory in the first Opium War. Although the island is largely uninhabited and the terrain unfriendly, it has a large port that both the British government and variou...
The Night Stalker
A cop is assigned to track down a serial killer.
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The Department of External Services in the United States has an agent named MacGyver. During the Vietnam War, MacGyer was a bomb team technician. He solved complex problems with everyday materials, al...
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart
In San Francisco, an immigrant Chinese widow welcomes the new year with some unhappiness: she's 62 now, she wants to make a trip to China to pay last respects to her ancestors, a fortune teller has to...
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The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end prostitution was centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny and Tubbs, who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug...
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Michael Long, an undercover police officer, was shot while investigating a case and left for dead by his attackers. He is saved by a wealthy, dying millionaire and inventor named Michael Knight, who a...
Matt Houston was an American crime drama series that aired on ABC from 1982 to 1985. The series was created by Lawrence Gordon.
The Little Flower
The movie is based on a novel. A sister of a man is abandoned by her family. She was adopted by a woodworker who renamed her He Cuigu. To avoid arrest by the enemy, the offspring of a revolutionary fa...
A teenager who used to be blind is assigned to communications work after her senses are restored. Her supervisor thought she was incompetent because of her inexperience with simple tasks such as answe...
1 TV show
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.
Under the Light
An urban crime drama film will cover a wide range of topics. A criminal case involving a huge interest group is the focus of the story. The son of a powerful man ignores his father's persuasion and go...
Tonight at Noon
Lee and Mae are trying to reconcile their differences. Lee works through his frustration by forming his problems into a story in his mind, as Mae struggles with her memories of a former flame. Everyth...
The story of the settlers from the city of Shanghai was told to a child.