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Dun Tan

Dun Tan was born on August 18, 1957 in Si Mao, Hunan Province, China. He is known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hero (2002) and Fallen (1998). See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Hero Composer
Fallen Composer
The Banquet Composer


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 2020 East Meets West Chinese New Year (TV Movie) (composer)
 2013 Heaven's Gate (Documentary)
 2006 The Banquet
 2006 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
 2003 The Map
 2002 Opera 'Tea - Chakyouibun' Tan Dun Sakkyoku (TV Movie) (music composed and conducted by)
 2002 Hero
 1998 In the Name of the Emperor (Documentary)
 1998 Fallen
 1995 Nanjing 1937
 1995 Broken Silence (Documentary)
 1994 Aktion K (Documentary)
 1994 The Mao Years: 1949-1976 (Documentary)
 1989 China in Revolution: 1911-1949 (Documentary)
 1987 Green Jacket
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[on composing his opera 'Tea: A Mirror of the Soul'] When I was in the southern regions of China, which of course is the home of tea, I had the opportunity to interview an eminent nun. She always presents to her first-time guests an empty tea bowl, and on such occasions she herself puts [one]to her lips, as if to drain it of its contents. In this very action her spiritual world view becomes ... See more »


Studied in the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China's highest music institution. See more »

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