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Film, TV and Radio Productions 電影,電視,收音機


Geling Yan's profile on the International Movie Database (IMDb) can be found at  But the information below is more comprehensive.

Shanghai Sojourners, a US-China co-production, awaiting release as of 2021.


The Secret Talker, film in development, directed by Cristiano Bortone and produced by Cristiano Bortone and Lawrence A. Walker.


A City Called Macau 媽閣是座城,directed by Li Shaohong, 李少红, released December 18, 2018. 

One Second 一秒钟, a film by Zhang Yimou inspired by a plot line in Yan Geling’s novel The Criminal Lu Yanshi.  Originally to be shown in competition at the 2019 Berlinale (Berlin’s international film festival) it was abruptly withdrawn on the fifth day of the festival, citing “technical reasons.”  张艺谋的《一秒钟》,根据严歌苓的长篇小说《陆犯焉识》编得。本来在2019年的柏林电影节参加了比赛。电影界的第五天,突然由于“技术原因”被退了。

Fang Hua 芳華, English title Youth, directed by Feng Xiaogang, released December 15, 2017.  This movie led the Chinese box office for several weeks after its release. 

Earth: One Amazing Day, October 2017, a BBC nature film co-produced with China.  Adapted the English-language script into Chinese for the Chinese version.  Narration was read in Chinese by Jackie Chan.   


Coming Home 归来, based on her work The Criminal Lu Yanshi 陆犯焉识, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li, released May 16, 2014. 


The Flowers of War, based on author’s novella Thirteen Noble Ladies of Nanking 《金陵十三钗》(the same Chinese title was used in the Chinese movie version).  Directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Academy Award winning actor Christian Bale and co-starring Chinese actress Ni Ni.  The film was shown in Panorama at the Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival) in 2012.   中篇小说《金陵十三钗》(电影,由张艺谋执导)编剧:严歌苓/刘恒 主演: 克里斯蒂安·贝尔, 佟大为, 倪妮.


Dangerous Liaisons 危险关系.  Wrote the original screenplay for this film directed by South Korean director Hur Jin-ho and starring famous Korean actor Jang Dong-gun and renowned Chinese actresses Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Cheung.   The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.  Set in 1930s Shanghai and based on the classic French novel of the same name.  2012年电影《危险关系》导演:许秦豪. 编剧:严歌苓、主演:张东健 ,章子怡, 张柏芝.


Mama is Getting Married.  Wrote the script for this 2012 Chinese TV series directed by Jie Liang and starring renowned Chinese actress Jiang Wenli, among others. 2012年电视剧《娘要嫁人》主演:蒋雯丽、于荣光张鲁一李立群刘鉴李桓潘之琳许歌吕中杨青陈锐 李桓、许歌、王子睿,制作人: 王海斌导演: 乔梁编剧:严歌苓 .


The Ninth Widow, TV series based on the author’s eponymous novel, starring famous actress Ye Xuan in the lead role.  Directed by Huang Jianxun, script by Feng Huang.  2012年电视剧《第九个寡妇》 导演:黄建勋编剧:凤凰 经纬 邹越徐成峰主演:叶 璇、刘佩琦李东学.


Happiness Comes Knocking (originally titled The Stepmother), 2011.  Wrote the original screenplay for this TV series directed by and co-written with Ma Jin.  Starred famous Chinese actress Jiang Wenli.  2011年电视剧《幸福来敲门》(剧本《继母》). (编剧:严歌苓马进,导演:马进,主演:主演:蒋雯丽孙淳曹翠芬林永健杨紫范明等。)


Iron Pear Blossoms, 2010 TV series based on the author’s novel which in turn is based on a script by the author’s father Xiao Ma (pen name of Yan Dunxun). Written and directed by Guo Jingyu.  2010年电视剧《铁梨花》 (编剧:郭靖宇,导演:郭靖宇,主演:巍子陈数史可张少华等)


Little Aunt Tatsuru, based on the author’s eponymous novel, was made into TV series in 2009, directed by An Jian and written by Lin Heping, starring Sun Li.  2009年电视剧《小姨多鹤》 (编剧:林和平,导演:安建,主演:孙俪萨日娜姜武闫学晶等)


A Woman’s Epic, 2009 based on the author’s eponymous novel, directed by Xia Gang and Meng Zhu, written by Han Suzhen and Wang Han, starring famous Chinese actors Vicky Zhao and Liu Ye.  2009年电视剧《一个女人的史诗》 , (编剧:韩素真、王菡,导演:夏钢孟朱, 主演:赵薇刘烨方子春等主演).


Forever Enthralled (biopic about the great Peking Opera singer Mei Lanfang), Wrote the script for this 2008 feature film directed by renowned Chinese director Chen Kaige, starring famous Chinese actors Leon Lai and Ziyi Zhang.  The film was shown in competition at the Berlinale in 2009.  2008年电影《梅兰芳》. 编剧:严歌苓陈国富、张家鲁,导演:陈凯歌,主演:黎明章子怡孙红雷余少群王学圻陈红等)


The Uninvited (aka The Banquet Bug):  Selections of this book were read aloud on the BBC series Books at Bedtime: 29 January to Friday 2 February 2007: 10:45 - 11:00 pm, BBC Radio 4. The author also wrote an original short story in English that was read on a BBC program involving current literary works from China.


Whoever has a Daughter Come of Age, based on the author’s novella, was made into a film in 2001 called This Side of Heaven, written directed by Chen Jie, starring Wu Jiaojiao.  While not commercially released, this film played at various film festivals and won prizes for Best Feature Film and as well as the Jury Prize at the 25th Women's Film Festival (25ème Festival du Film de Femmes) at Paris (Crétail) in 2003, and the lead actress, Wu Jiaojiao, won a Special Jury Mention at the Festival Cinéma et Aventure.  2001年电影《在天堂的那邊》(中篇小说《谁家有女初长成》),(编剧:陈洁,导演:陈洁,主演:吴浇浇


Lao Wei (老魏) , 2000 independent film directed by U.S.-resident Taiwan film director Stanley Chi Yin (尹祺), based on the author's short story "The Old Prisoner" (老囚), is about a man who has been held as a political prisoner for 30 years and is suddenly released to the custody of his estranged family.  Stanley Yin's adaptation re-sets the story in Taiwan.  The film was nominated in 2000 for Taiwan's Golden Bell Awards (金钟奖 - roughly equivalent to the U.S. Emmy Awards) for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a TV drama. The film was shown numerous times on television in Taiwan.


Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl 天浴, feature film based on the author’s short story "Celestial Bath."  Directed by famous actress-director Joan Chen and starring Li Xiaolu and Lopsang Qunpei.  The author wrote the script for the film along with Joan Chen. The film was shown in competition at the Berlinale in 1998 and was commercially released in the US and Asia that year.  The film swept Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards (金马奖 – the Chinese-speaking world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards) in 1998, winning seven Golden Horses: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Adapted Script, Best Score and Best Original Song.  The author won the Golden Horse for Best Adapted Script together with Joan Chen.  The two also received the International Freedom Award from the critics' group National Board of Review of Movies.  The film won additional awards as well: Paris Film Festival: Best Actress, Jury Prize; Mons International Festival of Love Films, Grand Prize; Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Jury Award for Best Drama.  1998年电影《天浴》 (编剧:严歌苓、陈冲,导演:陈冲,主演:李小璐,洛桑群培等).


Wrote 25-episode Chinese-language radio series on American life commissioned by Voice of America, 1997.   


Siao Yu 少女小漁, 1994 feature film based on the author’s story of same name.  Directed by actress/director Sylvia Chang张艾嘉.  The author co-wrote the script with Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee 李安 and director Sylvia Chang.  The script won the prize for Best Adapted Script at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 1994, where the film won a total of seven awards including Best Picture and Best Actress.  (被改编为电影后,获亚太国际电影节最佳影片奖等六项大奖,包括最佳编剧奖。)


Pale Sun, 1994 feature film based on the author’s short story "Nothing More than Male and Female" 无非男女, , directed by Taiwan director Zhu Yanping (朱延平 aka Chu Yen-ping).  Zhu retitled the story 情色 (Engish title Pale Sun), expanded it and re-set it in Taiwan.  1994年台湾电影《情色》,又名《白太阳》 (编剧:王逸白,导演:朱延平,主演:苏有朋、郑家榆等).


Across the Sea 海那边,1991.  Wrote a 26-episode TV series based on the author’s experiences as a Chinese student living in Chicago.  Released in 1995 by China Central Television (Beijing).


Refuge, 1988 feature film, script by Li Gui, Li Kewei and the author, directed by famous Chinese movie director and film executive Han Sanping. 1988年电影《避难》(编剧:李贵、李克威严歌苓,导演:韩三平主演:郭宵珍,梁音等).


Heartstrings. Wrote the script for this 1981 feature film directed by Ling Zhihao and Xu Jihong and starring renowned Chinese actress Yu Ping.  Released by Shanghai Film Studios.  1981年电影《心弦》 (编剧:严歌芩,导演:凌之浩、徐纪宏, 主演:俞平、宝珣、高博、胡依依、韩韬等).

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