Chinese Directors

by suhel-jaber | created - 19 Apr 2014 | updated - 13 Jul 2014 | Public

1. Kaige Chen

Director | Ba wang bie ji

Kaige Chen was born on August 12, 1952 in Beijing, China. He is a director and writer, known for Farewell My Concubine (1993), Yellow Earth (1984) and Forever Enthralled (2008). He has been married to Hong Chen since 1996. They have two children.

2. Zhuangzhuang Tian

Director | Lan feng zheng

Tian is a former cameraman and graduate of the Beijing Film Academy. Due to controvery caused by some of his films, post-production on The Blue Kite (1993) had to be completed outside his homeland China.

3. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and writer, known for Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). He has been married to Ting Chen since December 2011. They have three children. He was previously married to ...

4. Zhangke Jia

Producer | Tian zhu ding

Zhangke Jia was born on May 24, 1970 in Fenyang, Shanxi, China. He is a producer and director, known for A Touch of Sin (2013), Mountains May Depart (2015) and Still Life (2006). He has been married to Tao Zhao since January 7, 2012.

5. Chuan Lu

Director | Kekexili

Lu Chuan is considered one of the most talented young directors in China, and his films are known for daring and commercially successful takes on historical and social issues.

After receiving a Master's degree in film studies from Beijing Film Academy in 1998, Lu Chuan started as a co-writer for ...

6. Jianxin Huang

Producer | Tau ming chong

Jianxin Huang was born on June 14, 1954 in Xian, China. He is a producer and director, known for The Warlords (2007), Gimme Kudos (2005) and Beginning of the Great Revival (2011).

7. Ziniu Wu

Director | Wan zhong

Ziniu Wu was born in 1953 in Leshan, Sichuan, China. He is a director and writer, known for Wan zhong (1989), Deng Xiaoping at History's Crossroads (2014) and Yin yang jie (1988).

8. Mei Hu

Director | Han Wu Da Di

Mei Hu is a director and producer, known for Han Wu Da Di (2005), Enter the Forbidden City (2018) and Confucius (2010).

9. Shaohong Li

Director | Hong fen

She entered the Directing Department of the Beijing Film Academy when it reopened in 1978 and graduated in 1982. Her second and third feature films, _The Bloody Morning_ and _Family Portrait_, won the Grand Prix at the Festival of Three Continents and the Jury Award at Locarno Film Festival ...

10. Xiaowen Zhou

Director | Ermo

Xiaowen Zhou was born in 1954 in Beijing, China. He is a director and writer, known for Ermo (1994), Zui hou de feng kuang (1989) and Qin song (1996).

11. Ping He

Director | Ri guang xia gu

Ping He was born in 1957 in Shanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for Sun Valley (1995), Wheat (2009) and The Promised Land (2015).

13. Miaomiao Liu

Editor | Ye yan

Miaomiao Liu is an editor and director, known for The Banquet (2006), A World Without Thieves (2004) and Yong Zheng wang chao (1997).

14. Xiaogang Feng

Actor | Lao pao er

Xiaogang Feng was born on March 18, 1958 in Beijing, China. He is a writer and director, known for Mr. Six (2015), A World Without Thieves (2004) and Assembly (2007).

15. Ying Ning

Director | Xiari nuanyangyang

Ning Ying is a prominent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer based in Beijing. She has been defined by Harvard's Nieman Reports as "China's premiere woman director," and Peter Keough from The Boston Phoenix refers her as "one of her country's major talents."

She graduated from Beijing Film ...

16. Changwei Gu

Cinematographer | Mo shu wai zhuan

Changwei Gu was born on December 12, 1957 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Love for Life (2011), Farewell My Concubine (1993) and Peacock (2005). He has been married to Wenli Jiang since 1993. They have one child.

17. Xiaoshuai Wang

Director | Di jiu tianchang

Wang Xiaoshuai (Director, Writer, Producer)

Wang Xiaoshuai is one of very few masters who remains true to his art in spite of rampant commercialism in the Chinese film market. Evoking the trauma of ordinary Chinese people caught in extraordinary times, his works span different eras, yet consistently...

18. Yuan Zhang

Director | Kan shang qu hen mei

Yuan Zhang was born in October 1963 in Nanjing, China. He is a director and producer, known for Little Red Flowers (2006), Seventeen Years (1999) and East Palace, West Palace (1996).

19. Yang Li

Writer | Mang jing

Yang Li was born in 1959 in Xian, China. He is a writer and producer, known for Blind Shaft (2003), Blind Mountain (2007) and The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014).

20. Jianjun He

Director | Youchai

Jianjun He was born in 1960 in Peking, China. He is a director and writer, known for Postman (1995), Hu die de wei xiao (2001) and Red Beads (1994).

21. Ye Lou

Director | Fu cheng mi shi

Ye Lou was born (in 1965) and grew up in Shanghai, a city he would film beautifully in his Suzhou River (2000) (Suzhou River). After studying cinema at the Beijing Film Academy, the gifted young man debuted in the film career as an assistant director, a producer and a short subjects director. His ...

22. Liang Ying

Writer | Ling yi ban

Liang Ying is a writer and director, known for The Other Half (2006), Taking Father Home (2005) and A Family Tour (2018).

23. Yang Zhang

Director | Luo ye gui gen

Yang Zhang was born in 1967 in Beijing, China. He is a director and writer, known for Getting Home (2007), Shower (1999) and Spicy Love Soup (1997).

24. Wen Jiang

Actor | Rogue One

Wen Jiang was born on January 5, 1963 in Tangshan, China. He is an actor and director, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000) and The Sun Also Rises (2007). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

25. Yue Lü

Cinematographer | Chi bi

Yue Lü was born in 1957 in China. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Red Cliff (2008), Thirteen Princess Trees (2006) and Shanghai Triad (1995).

26. Yong Hou

Director | Mo li hua kai

Yong Hou is a cinematographer and director, known for Jasmine Flower (2004), The Road Home (1999) and Hero (2002).

27. Jinglei Xu

Actress | Du Lala sheng zhi ji

Jinglei Xu was born on April 16, 1974 in Beijing, China. She is a producer and actress, known for Go Lala Go! (2010), The Warlords (2007) and Letter from an Unknown Woman (2004).

28. Quan'an Wang

Director | Tuan yuan

Quan'an Wang was born in Yan'an in 1965. A graduate from the 1991 Beijing Film Academy promotion, he belongs to what has been called the "sixth generation" of Chinese directors. From 1999 to 2009, he shared his life with actress Nan Yu, with whom he made his first four movies : "Yue shi" (Lunar ...

29. Wuershan

Director | Dao jiàn xiào

Wuershan was born on June 10, 1972 in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. He is an ethnic Mongolian. He currently lives and works in Beijing, China.

At 16 years old, Wuershan enrolled into the High School affiliated to China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Then he was admitted into the Oil Painting ...

30. Woo-Ping Yuen

Wo hu cang long

Woo-Ping Yuen was born on January 1, 1945 in Guangzhou, China as Yuen Woo Ping. He is known for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Fearless (2006) and The Grandmaster (2013).

31. Sijie Dai

Writer | Les filles du botaniste

Sijie Dai was born on March 2, 1954 in Putian, China. He is a writer and director, known for The Chinese Botanist's Daughters (2006), Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002) and Niu-Peng (1989).

32. Baoping Cao

Director | Lie ri zhuo xin

Baoping Cao is a director and writer, known for Lie ri zhuo xin (2015), Cock and Bull (2016) and The Equation of Love and Death (2008).

33. Qunshu Gao

Director | Beijing Blues

Qunshu Gao is a director and actor, known for Beijing Blues (2012), Old Fish (2008) and Crimes of Passion (2013).

34. Wei Zhao

Actress | Hua Mulan

Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher.

After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was...

36. Sheng Ding

Director | Jie jiu Wu xian sheng

Sheng Ding is a director and writer, known for Saving Mr. Wu (2015), A Better Tomorrow 2018 (2018) and Bodyguard Story (2022).

38. Hu Guan

Director | Ba bai

Hu Guan was born on August 1, 1968 in Beijing, China. He is a director and producer, known for The Eight Hundred (2020), Mr. Six (2015) and Cow (2009). He has been married to Jing Liang since January 28, 2005. They have two children.

39. Shu-peng Yang

Director | Pi fu

Shu-peng Yang is a director and writer, known for Eastern Bandits (2012), Feng huo (2008) and The Robbers (2009). He was previously married to Xinyi Zhang.

40. Ching-Po Wong

Director | Fuk sau che ji sei

Ching-Po Wong is a director and editor, known for Revenge: A Love Story (2010), Triad Underworld (2004) and My Mother Is a Belly Dancer (2006).

41. Meng Zhang

Director | Gang de qin

Meng Zhang is a director and producer, known for The Piano in a Factory (2010), Lucky Dog (2008) and Uncle Victory (2014).

42. Joan Chen

Actress | Judge Dredd

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...



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