Sylvia Chang or Chang Ai-chia (Chinese: 張艾嘉; pinyin: Zhāng Àijiā; born 21 July 1953) is a Taiwanese actress, writer, singer, producer and director. In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Chang at the 2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director, singer, producer|
(m. 1979; div. 1984)
Billy Wang (m. 1991)
|Awards||Golden Phoenix Awards|
1993 Special Contribution Award
Hong Kong Film Awards – Best Actress
2002 Forever and Ever
2000 Tempting Heart
2018 Love Education
Golden Bauhinia Awards – Best Actress
2002 Forever and Ever
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards – Best Screenplay
2016 Murmur of the Hearts
2018 Love Education
Asian Film Awards – Best Actress
2018 Love Education
Life Achievement Award
Golden Horse Awards – Best Actress
1981 My Grandfather
Best Supporting Actress
1976 Bi yun tian
|Also known as||Chang Ai-chia|
Sylvia Chang was born in Chiayi, Taiwan and went off to school, until she was 16, where upon she dropped out and started her career as a radio DJ. When she was 18 years old she acted in her first film.
Chang acted in her first film, The Tattooed Dragon (Wei Lo, 1973), when she was 18 years old. In her most recent film, 20 30 40, she played the 40-year-old woman protagonist, wrote and directed it. Chang often attempted to do her own stunts in the four-part TV series Aces Go Places.
She stated in an interview with film editor Clarence Tsui, "I still think Hong Kong's film industry is male-dominated". She also believes that "There aren't many male filmmakers who would write scripts for women". She helped write the script of Run Papa Run,  based on the novel by Benny Li Shuan Yan, that follows a man who belongs to the Triad and the relationship he has with his mother, wife, and daughter. Chang said in an interview that, "I thought why don't I explore the gentler side of men".
Chang first began performing in theatre productions more than 30 years ago. She returned to the stage in the production of Design For Living that premiered in November 2008 and went on into 2009. Chang stated in an interview that, "The reason for me to take on stage play again after 20 years is because I was lured by the director, he has invited handsome guys like Zheng Yuan Chang and David Huang into the play". Critics have remarked upon the versatility in her roles along with her willingness to always try for something new.
In the 1980s, Chang's second film to direct, Passion, which she wrote and also starred in, won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress. She has stated, "I had never went to any school as a director or a filmmaker, so all my film education actually was from the set".
Chang once said of her films that, "I've always felt that animation or special effects shouldn't just be limited to science-fiction films and their ilk. Dramas can also play around with them". One critic wrote of her, that "In an industry that kisses young actresses with celebrity, then swallows them and spits them out, Chang has a sequoia's longevity. She is the only Hong Kong actress of her generation—the early '70s—to keep starring in movies".
Chang's films have even been accepted into the London and Toronto International film Festivals. She has served on the jury for the Berlin Film Festival. She also holds the record for the most nominations for Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress, with nine nominations and 2 wins.
Chang is an advocate and a "life-long volunteer" for World Vision International, the humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. She created an advertisement, sponsored by World Vision, to promote the company, on YouTube. She is a member and advocate for the World Vision-sponsored "30 Hour Famine.".
Sylvia Chang is married to businessman Billy Wang Ching-hung and they have one son.
In July 2000, Sylvia Chang's nine-year-old son Oscar was kidnapped and held for a ransom of HK $15 million. The police found him after a few days, safe, and arrested the kidnappers. Chang stated, "With your life, you have to move on, there's no other choice; so, out of no choice, then, it's a matter of your attitude".
- Long Day's Journey into Night (2018)
- Shuttle Life (2017)
- Love Education (2017)
- Office (2015)
- Mountains May Depart (2015)
- Buddha Mountain (2010)
- The Go Master (2006)
- American Fusion (2005)
- Rice Rhapsody (2004)
- 20 30 40 (2004)
- Forever and Ever (2001)
- Tempting Heart (1999)
- The Red Violin (1998)
- A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation (1997)
- The Fragile Heart (1996)
- Killer Lady (1995)
- I Want to Go on Living (1995)
- Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
- C'est la vie, mon chéri (1994)
- In Between (1994)
- Huan ying (1993)
- Lucky Encounter (1992)
- The Twin Dragons (1992)
- The Banquet (1991) – Herself
- Sisters of the World Unite (1991)
- A Rascal's Tale (1991)
- Queen of Temple Street (1990)
- Full Moon in New York (1990)
- All About Ah-Long (1989)
- Two Painters (1989)
- Eight Taels of Gold (1989)
- The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon (1989)
- Soursweet (1988)
- King of Stanley Market (1988)
- Chicken and Duck Talk (1988)
- My Mother's Tea House (1988)
- Sister Cupid (1987)
- Kidnapped (1987)
- Seven Years Itch (1987)
- Yellow Story (1987)
- Immortal Story (1986)
- Passion (1986)
- Lucky Stars Go Places (1986)
- Aces Go Places IV (1986)
- My Favorite Season (1985)
- Aces Go Places 3 (1984)
- Funny Face (1984)
- Double Trouble (1984)
- The Story in Sorghum Field (1984)
- Shanghai Blues (1984)
- That Day, on the Beach (1983)
- Cabaret of the Streets (1983)
- Aces Go Places 2 (1983)
- Cabaret Tears (1983)
- Attack Force Z (1982)
- Aces Go Places (1982)
- Crazy Romance (1982)
- He Lives by Night (1982)
- My Grandfather (1982)
- In Our Time (1982)
- Kong zhong wu shi (1981)
- The Funniest Movie (1981)
- Zhong shen da shi (1981)
- Dai xiao jiang jun (1981)
- The Imperious Princess (1980)
- White Jasmine (1980)
- Xue jian leng ying bao (1980)
- Attack Force Z (1980)
- Legend of the Mountain (1979)
- Crazy Disaster (1979)
- Ma feng nu (1979)
- M*A*S*H (1979)
- Mitra (1977)
- A Pirate of Love (1977)
- Taibei liu shi liu (1977)
- Zuo ri chong chong (1977)
- The Lady Killer (1977)
- The Dream of the Red Chamber (1977)
- Qing se shan mai (1977)
- The Golden Age (1977)
- Ai qing wo zhao dao le (1977)
- Eight Hundred Heroes (1977)
- Bian se de tai yang (1976)
- Xing yu (1976)
- Luo ye piao piao (1976)
- Bi yun tian (1976)
- Lang hua (1976)
- Victory (1976)
- The Longest Bridge (1976)
- Warmth in Autumn (1976)
- Qiu chan (1976)
- The Story of Four Girls (1975)
- Bruce: Hong Kong Master (1975)
- Slaughter in San Francisco (1974)
- Shi qi shi qi shi ba (1974)
- The Tattooed Dragon (1973)
|1981||Once Upon a Time||Co-director, co-writer|
|1989||All About Ah-Long||Co-writer (story)|
|1991||Sisters of the World Unite||Director, co-writer, producer|
|1992||Mary from Beijing||Director, writer|
|1992||Three Summers||Co-writer, producer|
|1994||In Between||Director, writer, producer||
|1995||Siao Yu||Director, co-writer|
|1995||I Want to Go on Living||Co-writer|
|1996||Tonight Nobody Goes Home||Director, co-writer|
|1999||Tempting Heart||Director, co-writer|
|2002||Princess D||Director, co-writer, producer|
|2004||20 30 40||Director, co-writer|
|2008||Run Papa Run||Director, co-writer|
|2011||10+10||Writer||segment "The Dusk of the Gods"|
|2012||My Way||Executive producer||Documentary|
|2015||Murmur of the Hearts||Director, co-writer|
|2017||Love Education||Director, co-writer|
- Kolin Records (歌林)
- 1973 Never Say Goodbye 別說再見
- 1974 Tearfully Say to You 含淚向你說
- 1977 Farewell (惜別)
- 1980 Maybe / We Were Young (也许 / 我們曾經年輕)
- 1981 Childhood (童年)
- 1985 Busy and Blind (忙與盲)
- 1986 Do You Love Me? (你愛我嗎)
- 1987 Xi shuo (細說), lit. "clarify" or "elaborate"
- 1992 The Price of Love (愛的代價)
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- "Sylvia Chang". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
- "Berlinale: 1992 Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "Sylvia Chang". English.cri.cn.
- "Sylvia Rising". TIME. 18 October 1999.
- "The Collaborator : An interview with Sylvia Chang". Far East Film Festival. 3 May 2014.
- Sylvia Chang in the Internet Movie Database
- "Q&A: Sylvia Chang". TIME. 18 October 1999.
- "Filmmaker Sylvia Chang defies gender rules". South China Morning Post.
- Run Papa Run, IMDB
- "Starnews: Edward Lam is using Joe Cheng to 'lure' Sylvia Chang to appear on the stage play again". AsianFanaticFans. 20 October 2008.
- "Sylvia Chang: from Actress to Director". China Daily. 21 April 2004.
- "Chinese actress/director Sylvia Chang interview Transcript". CNN. 27 October 2004.
- "Sylvia Chang". Filmbug. 2 January 2003.
- "Joy of Sponsorship". Worldvision.org.hk.
- The Straits Times. "Sylvia Chang's son "beaten by abductors' - Worldnews.com". Article.wn.com.
- "Asian Film Awards: 'Youth' Wins Top Prize From 'Demon Cat'". Variety. 17 March 2018.
- "导演协会年度表彰《嘉年华》《芳华》 周冬雨影后". Sina (in Chinese). 22 April 2018.