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Dong Zijian (Chinese: 董子健, born 19 December 1993) is a Chinese actor. He is best known for his roles in Young Style (2013), Mountains May Depart (2015), De Lan (2015) and At Cafe 6 (2016).

Dong Zijian
Born (1993-12-19) December 19, 1993 (age 25)
Alma materCentral Academy of Drama
Years active2013–present
Spouse(s)Sun Yi (m. 2017)
Parent(s)Dong Zhi Hua
Wang Jing Hua


Early life and educationEdit

Dong is born in Beijing, China. His father, Dong Zhi Hua is also an actor; and his mother, Wang Jing Hua is a famous artist manager in China.[1][2] He studied at the Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Shi Yan School, Yew Chung International School of Beijing and Beijing NO.80 Middle School in his earlier years.[3][4] In 2014, he was admitted to the Central Academy of Drama.[4]


Dong made his debut in the youth drama film Young Style by Liu Jie,[5] for which he won the Best Actor award at the China Movie Channel Media Awards.[6]

In 2014, Dong featured in the horror film Bunshinsaba 3, directed by Ahn Byeong-ki;[7] followed by the youth drama film The Ark of Mr. Chow.[8]

In 2015, he was nominated for the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Mountains May Depart, a realistic melodrama pic directed by Jia Zhangke.[9] Dong reunited with director Liu Jie to star in his film, De Lan, a rural tale that revolves around a loan officer who travels to a remote village and strikes up a complicated relationship with a Tibetan woman. De Lan won the Best Feature Film award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.[10]

In 2016, he starred in the Taiwanese coming-of-age film At Cafe 6.[11] He also had a supporting role in the thriller film Hide and Seek which co-starred Wallace Huo.[12]

In 2017, Dong starred in Young Love Lost, a comedy film by first-time director Xiang Guoqiang. He was praised for his excellent portrayal as a young roustabout who has no clear goals.[13] He also featured in Han Han's drama film Duckweed,[14] and patriotic war film The Founding of an Army as Deng Xiaoping.[15] The same year, Dong was cast as one of the three protagonists in Namiya, the Chinese remake of Japanese novel Miracles of the Namiya General Store.[16]

In 2018, Dong starred in the comedy film Dude's Manual.[17]

Dong is confirmed to make his small-screen debut in the television series Like a Flowing River, based on the novel Da Jiang Dong Qu by Ah Nai and set in the period of Chinese economic reform.[18]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2013 Young Style 青春派 Ju Ran
2014 Bunshinsaba 3 笔仙III Zi Jian
2015 The Ark of Mr. Chow 少年班 Wu Wei
Mountains May Depart 山河故人 Dao Le
De Lan 德蘭 Xiao Wang
2016 At Cafe 6 六弄咖啡馆 Guan Min-lü
Hide and Seek 捉迷藏 Lulu's boyfriend
2017 Young Love Lost 少年巴比伦 Lu Xiaolu
Duckweed 乘風破浪 Xiao Ma
The Founding of an Army 建軍大業 Deng Xiaoping
Namiya 解憂雜貨店 Ah Jie
2018 Dude's Manual 完全男生手册 He Xiaoyang
Ash Is Purest White 江湖儿女 [19]
2019 Assassin in Red 刺杀小说家 [20]

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2018 Like a Flowing River 大江大河 Yang Xun
TBA Like a Flowing River 2 大江大河2 [21]
Little Doctor 小大夫 Guo Jing [22]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Work Result Ref.
2013 China Movie Channel Media Awards Best Actor Young Style Won [6]
Chinese Young Generation Film Forum Awards Best New Actor Won [23]
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best New Performer Nominated
2014 Beijing College Student Film Festival Best New Performer Won [24]
Changchun Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
Chinese Film Media Awards Best New Performer Nominated
2015 Golden Phoenix Awards Best New Performer Won [25]
2015 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Mountains May Depart Nominated [9]
Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Actor De Lan Nominated
2017 Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actor Nominated


  1. ^ "金马佳片《八月》今日公映 董子健回忆父亲印象". Sohu (in Chinese). March 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "董子健称母亲王京花对其放养". NetEase (in Chinese). June 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "董子健爆料鹿晗是校草 女生都扒窗口看他". ifeng (in Chinese). October 29, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "王京花之子董子健独自报到 90后影帝中戏镀金". Tencent (in Chinese). August 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "《青春派》打造90后影帝 董子健成新人王". Sina (in Chinese). June 25, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Tiny Times and Young Style Share Media Channel Best Film Award". Shanghai International Film Festival. March 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "《笔仙3》焦俊艳董子健饰情侣 献银幕初吻". Sina (in Chinese). June 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "董子健《少年班》获赞 演值征服观众". Sina (in Chinese). June 26, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Young Chinese actor Dong Zijian nominated at Cannes". GBTimes. May 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "A Rising Chinese Actor, Dong Zijian, on Where the Good Movies Are Now". New York Times. June 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dong Zijian, Cherry Ngan navigate a long-distance romance". South China Morning Post. September 8, 2016.
  12. ^ "董子健:《捉迷藏》和霍建华打得很激烈". Sina (in Chinese). June 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Young Love Lost,an Offbeat Period Light Comedy". Shanghai International Film Festival. March 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "韩寒《乘风破浪》再曝董子健加盟". Mtime (in Chinese). October 20, 2016.
  15. ^ "'The Founding of an Army' cast comparison: True to life?". China Daily. July 28, 2017.
  16. ^ "Keigo Higashino's 'Namiya' adapted into Chinese film". October 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "董子健颠覆形象首演喜剧《脱单告急》定档4.20". Asia Pacific Daily (in Chinese). March 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "《大江大河》官宣主演董子健 演绎改革开放企业家". Sina (in Chinese). December 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "贾樟柯《江湖儿女》阵容再添猛将 张译董子健《山河故人》之后二度合作". Mtime (in Chinese). January 11, 2018.
  20. ^ "杨幂雷佳音董子健联袂"刺杀小说家"". Mtime (in Chinese). November 5, 2018.
  21. ^ "王凯杨烁董子健主演《大江大河》将拍第二部". Sina (in Chinese). November 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "电视剧《小大夫》开机 董子健张嘉倪联手演绎治愈江湖罗曼史". Yule (in Chinese). April 4, 2019.
  23. ^ "董子健获华语青年影像论坛年度新锐男演员". Sina (in Chinese). October 18, 2013.
  24. ^ "第21届北京大学生电影节闭幕". Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). May 14, 2014.
  25. ^ "电影金凤凰开奖 90后影帝董子健获新人奖". Sina (in Chinese). June 8, 2015.