A. – David Chiang

Wuxia movies by Shaw Brothers (SB);

different scopes ones;

* Türkçe’si için …

David Chiang (born 29 June 1947 in Suzhou, Jiangsu) is a Hong Kong actor, and one of the most famaous Shaw Brothers film stars. His Chinese name is Chiang Da-wei and he is sometimes credited as John Chiang. He was very popular between 1970-1976.

He started his film career in his chindhood. Between 1952-63, he appreared in the films as mostly child and teenager. In between 1963-69, he got some side roles in films, such as  “Golden Swallow”.  The turning point of his career came in 1967 when Chang Cheh requested Chiang take up a speaking role in “The One-Armed Swordsman”. Although the role was small, it gave the young Chiang a chance to show both his acting and his fighting prowess. This had marked the start of a relationship with Chang that spanned decades. With Chang’s support, Chiang finally made the jump from a unknown stuntman to a true star. His first blast was in “Have Sword, Will Travel (1969)” directed by Cheng Cheh, playing a lonely-melancholic  swordsman character. This film was the first film he played leading role with his friend Ti Lung, and he gain many fans’ loves and sympathy.

The following years, his career took the most shinning times. He appearing many films in leading roles mostly with his stablemate Ti Lung, until 1976. Particularly, a huge fan groups, who want them to see together in movies, become. Indeed, the movies which they played together are the most tasteful ones, such as; Have Sword, Will Travel (1969), The Pirate (1973), The Blood Brothers (1973), The Duel (1971), New One Armed Swordsman (1971), The Savage Five (1974), Duel of Fists (1971), Angry Guest (1972), Vengeance! (1970), The Anonymous Heroes (1971), The Young Rebel (1975), Seven Man Army (1976), Trilogy of Swordsmanship (1972), Four Riders (1972), Deadly Duo (1971), The Generation Gap (1973), The Water Margin (1972), All Men Are Brothers (1975), Dead End (1969), The Heroic Ones (1970)…  mostly directed by Chang Cheh, and in WuXia Genre. When they played together, David Chiang generally played the small guy who is smart and master in martial arts, while Ti Lung generally played his big handsome friend who use muscle power and martial art skill rather than his brain. In addition, There were some movies he played alone, such as;  “Wandering Swordsman”,  “The Imposter”.  Also “Vengeance” won him his first Best Actor Award at the Asian Film Festival.

After ~1976, David Chiang and Ti Lung seperated their careers instantaneously (!!!), and appeared in different movies or different scenes in same movies. In these term, he played such creditable films;  Deadly Mantis (1978), Murder Plot (1979), Blooded Treasury Fight (1979), Abbot of Shaolin (1979)…. His star career continued until about 1983, then he played sider roles, or rarely took leading roles. The most recent, he appeared same scene with Ti Lung in Just Heroes (1989).

Soruces; hkmdb, wiki ……..

The Singing Killer (1970) - David Chiang


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