Top 30 Film Directors in China

by Fei-8326 | created - 6 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public

List of feature directors whose films have made an impact on the mainland Chinese film industry (since 2000). Some through box office, others through awards and/or critical acclaim, or a combination thereof. List is in alphabetical order. *Not including Hong Kong or Taiwan directors whose films weren't made in mainland China.

1. Peter Ho-Sun Chan

Producer | Tau ming chong

Peter Ho-Sun Chan is a Chinese film director, producer and screenwriter. Regarded as one of the most accomplished and successful Hong Kong filmmakers, Chan has directed 18 films, including the critically acclaimed Comrades, Almost a Love Story, Perhaps Love, The Warlords, and American Dreams in ...

2. 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 Together with You (2002). He has been married to Hong Chen since 1996. They have two children.

3. Sicheng Chen

Writer | Tang ren jie tan an

Sicheng Chen was born on February 22, 1978 in Shenyang, Liaoning, China. He is an actor and writer, known for Detective Chinatown (2015), Beijing Love Story (2014) and Detective Chinatown 2 (2018). He has been married to Liya Tong since January 16, 2014.

4. Stephen Chow

Actor | Kung fu

Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...

5. Dayyan Eng

Producer | Du zi deng dai

Dayyan Eng (known as Wu Shixian to audiences in China) is a Chinese-American writer-director with a uniquely international background. Growing up in several countries, he studied film at the University of Washington and transferred to the prestigious Beijing Film Academy where he completed ...

6. 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).

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Frant Gwo

Director | Liu lang di qiu

Frant Gwo is a director and producer, known for The Wandering Earth (2019), The Sacrifice (2020) and My Old Classmate (2014).

10. 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).

11. Raman Hui

Director | Shrek the Third

Raman Hui was born in 1963. He is known for his work on Shrek the Third (2007), Monster Hunt (2015) and Shrek 2 (2004).

12. 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.

13. 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 ...

14. Eva Jin

Director | Fei Chang Wan Mei

Yimeng Jin (aka Eva Jin), born in China, is writer/director of several feature films. Her most recent feature film Sophie's Revenge (2009) earned 100M RMB ($15M USD) in China, making her the first female director to break the symbolic 100M RMB box office barrier and the first filmmaker to prove a ...

15. Dante Lam

Director | Ji zhan

Dante Lam is a director and writer, known for Unbeatable (2013), Operation Mekong (2016) and The Stool Pigeon (2010).

16. 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 ...

17. 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 ...

18. Hao Ning

Director | Wu ren qu

Ning Hao (Born in Shanxi, China) is a commercial filmmaker from China who has a great track record of quality films with success at the box-office. Ning studied at the Taiyuan Film School, where he majored in scenic design. He later transferred to the Art Department of Peking University. Ning ...

20. Xiaozhi Rao

Director | Wu ming zhi bei

Xiaozhi Rao is a director and writer, known for A Cool Fish (2018), The Insanity (2016) and Endgame (2021).

21. Muye Wen

Director | Wo bu shi yao shen

Muye Wen, a director in mainland China, is the contracted director of Dirty Monkey 72 Transformations Film Project. He got his master's degree from Director Apartment of Beijing Film Academy.

Representative works: Battle, Requiem, Drug Dealer.

Drug dealer, which was directed by new director Muye Wen,...

22. Kar-Wai Wong

Writer | Yi dai zong shi

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...

23. Jing Wu

Actor | Zhan lang

Born in Beijing China in 1974, he was sent to train at Beijing Wushu Academy when he was 6 years old as both his Father and Grandfather were also Martial artists. In 1995 he was spotted by Yuen Woo-Ping who had come to the academy to look for a martial artist for the film Tai Chi 2 (aka Tai Chi ...

24. 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).

25. Zheng Xu

Actor | Ren zai jiong tu: Tai jiong

Zheng Xu was born on April 18, 1972 in Shanghai, China. He is an actor and producer, known for Lost in Thailand (2012), Dying to Survive (2018) and My People, My Country (2019). He has been married to Hong Tao since 2003. They have one child.

29. 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).

30. Yimou Zhang

Director | Ying xiong

Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and producer, 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 ...

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