Top 30 Film Directors in Chinaby 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...