Sarah Chang (actress)

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Sarah Chang (actress)
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Born (1985-03-26) March 26, 1985 (age 37)
McLean, Virginia
NationalityTaiwan
CitizenshipBeitou
Alma materWushu school
OccupationTaiwanese-American actress
Stunt coordinator
Martial artist
Known forKnown for playing the titular role in the DJI/Wanda film
Spouse(s)Vincent Soberano
Websitestarringsarahchang.com

Sarah Chang (Chinese: 張學仁) (born March 26, 1985) is a Taiwanese-American actress, producer, stunt coordinator and martial artist. She is known for playing the titular role in the DJI/Wanda film, The Teacher (2018), Karen Wu in Circle of Bones (2019), Mei in The Trigonal: Fight for Justice (2018)[1], and for her stunt coordination work in Gandarrapiddo: The Revengers Squad (2017).

Early Life

Chang was born in McLean, Virginia, where she spent most of her childhood. Her father was a big fan of Chinese Wu Xia movies and urged her to learn Wushu at the age of 7. Reluctantly, she joined a Wushu school in her hometown. Her first coach was Zhang Guifeng, Jet Li’s teammate on the Beijing Wushu Team. She would eventually go on to become a US national Wushu champion, a member of the US Wushu Team, and at one point, ranked #5 in the world. Wushu also became her bridge into a career in film and television.[2][3]

She is a direct descendant of Xu Shao, one of the first modern scientists in Chinese history. With this in mind, she enrolled in the University of Toronto and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science. Throughout college, she continued to train and compete for the US Wushu team.

She is also a direct descendant of Zhen Guo Fan the Chinese Military General and Confucian Scholar known for suppressing the Taiping Rebellion and his strategic perception.[4]

Career

Film and Television

Her first dabble into video production was doing stunt choreography for a music video in Taiwan. Her friend, Michael Tan, who was directing this music video, needed the video talents to learn some martial arts and called in Chang to help them out. Shortly after, she joined Jimmy Hung’s action team, working on popular TV series in Taiwan such as My Crossing Hero and Moon River.

She later moved to Beijing to study acting at Central Academy of Drama and to explore more opportunities in film and television in China. She also hosted two promotional videos for the Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood in Beijing. This led her to direct “Sihuan Playgroup,” which won Best Overall Picture at Edutain Film Festival.

She landed her first feature film lead role in the multiple award-winning Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids written and directed by Vincent Soberano. Shortly after, she landed her second feature film lead role in the Chinese film Excellent Doctor from Hejian (2017) with Director Sun Ai Guo. [5][6] She also starred in feature films such as Barbi: D' Wonder Beki (2017) and The Trigonal: Fight for Justice (2018)which premiered at the Cannes Film Market.[7] She took the leading role in the psycho-horror Circle of Bones (currently in post-production).

In addition to her feature film roles, she also acted in leading roles in award-winning short films such as the big-budget Wanda Films/DJI Studios collaboration The Teacher (2018) and the novel-turned-film We Are War (2018).

After training at the Jackie Chan Stunt Team Training Center in Tianjin, China, Chang also founded a stunt wire rigging team in Manila called the SACHANG Action Design Team, providing wire rigging stunts for major blockbusters in the Philippines such as Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad (2017), where she was also the stunt double for Pia Wurtzbach, Last Night (2017), Barbi: D' Wonder Beki (2017), A Hard Day (2018) and Sanggano, Sanggago’t Sanggwapo (2018).

In addition, Chang also joined Manila-based IGP Entertainment Inc. in 2018 as a partner, providing film and tv production services to Chinese productions that are interested in shooting films, videos and commercials in the Philippines.

Personal Life

She married Filipino film and television director Vincent Soberano, in 2018. They welcomed their daughter in 2019. They currently reside in Beitou, Taiwan.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Teacher The Teacher
2017 Wolf Warrior 2 Factory owner's wife also Celina Jade's acting/stunt double
2017 Barbi: D'Wonder Beki Mama Mi also rigging master
2017 Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad Stunt coordinator and stunt double for Pia Wurtzbach
2017 Excellent Doctor form Hejian Qu Ru Mei
2017 Bleeding Steel Stunt double
2018 We Are War Hummingbird
2018 The Trigonal: Fight for Justice Mei
2019 Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids Gabriella
2019 Circle of Bones Karen Wu post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Moon River 明若晓溪 Sanda Fighter
2014 The Crossing Hero 超级大英雄 Nini
2017 My Korean Jagiya Sarah
Theater
Year Title Role Notes
2015 In the Moment 聚梦一刻 Mother, lesbian girlfriend

In the media

        

External links

References

  1. "Kung Fu Drive-In Podcast: INTERVIEW: SARAH CHANG, actress, action director, BLOODHUNTERS, THE TRIGONAL". kungfudrivein.libsyn.com. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  2. "Meet the Virginia Native Who Could Be the 'Next Jet Li'". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  3. Chyan, Amy (2017-01-25). "How the 'Mulan' Reboot Has Some Asian Actors Hopeful for the End of Hollywood Whitewashing". Vice. Retrieved 2019-11-08.
  4. "华裔武术演员张学仁 出身名门曾国藩家族-娱乐频道-手机搜狐". m.sohu.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  5. "《河间圣手》热映 张学仁演绎"这个杀手不太冷"". 知乎专栏 (in 中文). Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  6. sina_mobile (2018-03-20). "《河间圣手》首映礼落幕 武术担当张学仁变身女神". k.sina.cn. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  7. Charm, Neil (2018-04-30). "Filipino action film The Trigonal to premiere at Cannes Film Market". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 2019-11-08.

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