Wang Baoqiang was born in a rural area of Hebei province in China.
At the age of six, he started practising martial arts and was a secular disciple in Henan Songshan Shaolin Temple between the ages of eight and fourteen. At the age of only 16 he was selected by director Li Yang for his breakout film role in the multi-award winning feature Blind Shaft (2003), for which he won the Best New Performer prize at the 2003 Golden Horse Awards, shared with Megan Tzengwon. The same role also won him the 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival Golden Kinnaree Award for Best Actor, shared with Li Yixiang and Wang Shungbao. Alongside his work in television, his next two feature film roles were A World Without Thieves (2004) and The Assembly (2007), both directed by Feng Xiaogang (Aftershock). Most recently he has appeared in The Equation of Love and Death (2008), Fire of Conscience (2010), Love for Life (2011) starring Zhang Ziyi, and the upcoming Romancing in Thin Air (2011) by the prolific and renowned Hong Kong director Johnnie To.
Jury Comments – Alan Finney
The character of Shu (whose name translates to ‘tree’ in Mandarin) played by Wang Baoqiang, really intrigued me. I suppose this is in past due to my early fascination with Screen Comics of the like of Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy and my passion for the work of Jerry Lewis.
Shu lives in a strange world of flashbacks, fantasy, distorted recall and on screen his physical manner is plagued with hyperactive arm gestures and facial tics.
The overall impact of his story and his character is both funny and emotionally touching.