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1. Ann Hui

Director | Nu ren si shi

Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when she was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Literature from Hong Kong University, she spent two years at the London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining ...

2. Lav Diaz

Writer | Ang babaeng humayo

Lav Diaz was born on December 30, 1958 in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines as Lavrente Indico Diaz. He is a writer and director, known for The Woman Who Left (2016), Season of the Devil (2018) and Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012).

3. Sion Sono

Director | Ai no mukidashi

Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early...

4. Yôjirô Takita

Director | Okuribito

Born in Takaoka, Toyama, Yojiro Takita came to international audiences' attention with the release of Okuribito ('Departures'), which won the Best foreign Language film awards at the Oscars in 2009. He had begun his directorial career in the 1980s with the 'chikan' ('molester') series depicting ...

5. Tetsuya Nakashima

Director | Kokuhaku

Tetsuya Nakashima was born on September 2, 1959 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Confessions (2010), Memories of Matsuko (2006) and Kamikaze Girls (2004).

6. 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...

7. Shinobu Yaguchi

Director | Suwingu gâruzu

Shinobu Yaguchi was born on May 30, 1967 in Isehara, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Swing Girls (2004), Wood Job! (2014) and Down the Drain (1993).

8. Kihachi Okamoto

Director | Dai yûkai

Okamoto belonged to what one colleague called "the generation where most of them got killed": the leagues of university graduates who were drafted into and sacrificed to the last years of Japan's war in the South Pacific. Okamoto was drafted during the very worst of it, in 1943, but almost alone ...

9. Kôji Morimoto

Director | The Animatrix

Kôji Morimoto was born on December 26, 1959 in Wakayama, Japan. He is known for his work on The Animatrix (2003), Akira (1988) and Memories (1995). He is married to Fukushima, Atsuko.

10. 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.

11. Tung-Shing Yee

Director | Wong Gok hak yeh

Tung-Shing Yee was born on December 28, 1957 in Hong Kong. He is an actor and director, known for One Nite in Mongkok (2004), I Am Somebody (2015) and Shinjuku Incident (2009). He was previously married to Mandy Law.

12. Shunji Iwai

Writer | Vampire

Having received his education at Yokohama National University, Shunji Iwai started out in the entertainment industry by directing music videos and television dramas, including the likes of Maria, Lunatic Love and Fireworks, for which he received the award for Best Newcomer from the Japanese ...

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 Let the Bullets Fly (2010). He has been married to Yun Zhou since 2005. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

14. 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 ...

15. Hark Tsui

Producer | Di renjie: Tong tian di guo

Tsui Hark recently became the fourth Chinese film director to join the board of judges for the 57th Cannes Film Festival in the feature films category this year.

An internationally acclaimed visionary director, Tsui started making experimental movies with 8mm film when he was only 13. After ...

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. Kenji Misumi

Director | Shogun Assassin

Kenji Misumi was born on March 2, 1921 in Kyoto, Japan. Misumi was the illegitimate child of a geisha mother and originally wanted to be a painter, but his father disapproved. Kenji attended Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. During this time Misumi met future Daiei studio head Kan Kikuchi, ...

18. Stan Lai

Writer | An lian tao hua yuan

Born in Washington D.C., he holds a PhD in Dramatic Art from Berkeley. He taught at Taiwan's National Institute of the Arts and helped established the Graduate School of Theatre. Founder of renowned theatrical troupe, Performance Workshop, he is one of Taiwan's leading playwright and theatre ...

19. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Director | Memoria

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the ...

20. Eric Khoo

Director | Be with Me

Cultural Medallion recipient and award winning film maker Eric Khoo who helms Zhao Wei Films/ Gorylah Pictures has been credited for reviving the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map in 1995. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to ...

21. Nagisa Ôshima

Director | Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in ...

22. Chia-Liang Liu

Actor | Jui kuen II

Chia-Liang Liu was born on August 1, 1936 in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. He is known for his work on The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), My Young Auntie (1981) and Legendary Weapons of China (1982). He was married to Jing-Jing Yung and Hsiu-Hsia Ho. He died on June 25, 2013 in Hong Kong, China.

23. 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 ...

24. Siu-Tung Ching

Stunts | Ying xiong

Siu-Tung Ching was born in 1953 as Xiaodong Cheng. He is known for his work on Hero (2002), A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) and The Warlords (2007).

25. Johnnie To

Director | San taam

With over thirty directing and producing credits to his name, Johnnie To enjoyed international breakthroughs with Election (2005), Election 2 (2006) (aka "Triad Election") and Exiled (2006); those films enjoyed multiple international film festival appearances and were separately sold to more than ...

26. Yôichi Takabayashi

Director | Gaki zoshi

Yôichi Takabayashi was born on April 29, 1931 in Nishizin, Kyoto, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Water Was So Clear (1973), Death at an Old Mansion (1975) and Irezumi (1982). He died on July 15, 2012 in Kyoto.

27. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

28. Kaneto Shindô

Writer | Hadaka no shima

Kaneto Shindô was born on April 22, 1912 in Hiroshima, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for The Naked Island (1960), Postcard (2010) and A Last Note (1995). He was married to Nobuko Otowa and Miyo Shindo. He died on May 29, 2012 in Hiroshima.

29. Masahiro Shinoda

Director | Shinjû: Ten no Amijima

Masahiro Shinoda was born on March 9, 1931 in Gifu, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Double Suicide (1969), Silence (1971) and Ballad of Orin (1977). He has been married to Shima Iwashita since 1967. They have one child.

30. Mikio Naruse

Director | Ukigumo

Considered a major figure of Japan's 'golden age of cinema', Mikio Naruse was a filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who directed 89 films in the period 1930 to 1967. Although Naruse's work is lesser known in the twenty-first century than those of his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi...

31. Shohei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

32. Isao Yukisada

Director | Go

Isao Yukisada was born on August 3, 1968 in Kumamoto, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Go (2001), Parade (2009) and Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004).

34. Kinji Fukasaku

Director | Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku was born on July 3, 1930 in Mito, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Battle Royale (2000), Fall Guy (1982) and Crest of Betrayal (1994). He was married to Sanae Nakahara. He died on January 12, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan.

35. Joon-ik Lee

Director | Sado

Joon-ik Lee was born on September 21, 1959 in Seoul, Korea. He is a director and producer, known for The Throne (2015), Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016) and Anarchist from Colony (2017).

36. Kimiyoshi Yasuda

Director | Shin Zatôichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken

Born in Tokyo in 1911 Yasuda Kimiyoshi died in the capital city in 1983. In-between, however, the director was in charge of 88 films most of which were of the jidaigeki genre. Kimiyoshi's first film was 1944's Ouma Wa Nanajyunana Mangoku. Beginning with 1964 the director began working on TV movies ...

37. Hiroshi Inagaki

Director | Wasurerareta kora

Inagaki's career in film began as an actor--a child actor, in fact, appearing in numerous silent films beginning at the very dawn of Japanese cinema. This is probably why he was promoted to director at the unusually (for Japan) young age of 22. Along with producer Mansaku Itami (later the father of...

38. Shûji Terayama

Writer | Saraba hakobune

Terayama Shuji was born the only son of Terayama Hachiro and Terayama Hatsu in Hirosaki City, Aomori on December 10th, 1935; but his birth and name were officially registered on January 10th, 1936. His father, an officer in the "thought police", leaves for the Pacific War in early 1941. He dies in ...

39. Hideo Gosha

Director | Goyôkin

Hideo Gosha was born on February 26, 1929 in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Goyokin (1969), The Geisha (1983) and Onimasa (1982). He died on August 30, 1992.

40. Gakuryû Ishii

Director | Yume no ginga

Gakuryû Ishii was born on January 15, 1957 in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Labyrinth of Dreams (1997), Angel Dust (1994) and Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001).

41. Toshiaki Toyoda

Director | Aoi haru

He was arrested for firearm possession in 2019. He was released when the illegal object was found to be a World War II souvenir.

42. Yoshihiro Nakamura

Director | Fisshu sutôrî

Yoshihiro Nakamura was born in 1970 in Ibaraki, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Fish Story (2009), A Boy and His Samurai (2010) and Dark Water (2002).

43. Kazuhiko Yamaguchi

Director | Ginchô wataridori

Kazuhiko Yamaguchi is a director and writer, known for Ginchô wataridori (1972), Zubekô banchô: Zange no neuchi mo nai (1971) and Zubeko banchô: Hamagure kazoe uta (1971).

44. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich. She was a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), Swept Away (1974) and The Basilisks (1963). She was married to Enrico Job. She died on December 9, ...

45. Hitoshi Matsumoto

Writer | Dai-Nihonjin

Hitoshi Matsumoto and his childhood friend Masatoshi Hamada teamed up as comedy duo Downtown. When they had their own TV shows in late 80s, they became phenomenal pop culture among young Japanese people. Unlike other comedy duos in Japan, they are still together, and they dominate prime time TV ...

46. Xiaogang Feng

Actor | Lao pao er

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

47. Jing Wong

Producer | Hak bak jin cheung

Wong Jing is one of Hong Kong's most prolific, talented and controversial filmmakers. His directorial style, at best, manages to combine commercial appeal and artistic aspects. Most of his films were among the biggest box office hits, partly due to possessing an amazing sense of what would play ...

48. Baoping Cao

Director | Lie ri zhuo xin

Baoping Cao is a director and writer, known for The Dead End (2015), Cock and Bull (2016) and The Equation of Love and Death (2008).

49. Kôji Fukada

Director | Hotori no Sakuko

Kôji Fukada was born on January 5, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Au Revoir L'Ete (2013), Harmonium (2016) and Hospitalité (2010).

50. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Director | Gûzen to sôzô

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi was born on December 16, 1978 in Kanagawa, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021), Drive My Car (2021) and Asako I & II (2018).

51. Toon Wang

Director | Wu yan de shan qiu

Toon Wang was born in 1942 in Taihe-xian, Anhui, China. He is an art director and director, known for Wu yan de shan qiu (1992), Run Away (1985) and Strawman (1987).

52. Yasuzô Masumura

Director | Daichi no komoriuta

Born in Yamanashi, Japan, Yasuzô Masumura would become known as a maverick director whose main legacy was films portraying and promoting individualism, which was the opposite of the norm in Japanese society. He earned a law degree towards the end of World War II from Tokyo University, yet joined ...

53. Takahisa Zeze

Writer | Kindan no sono: Za seifuku rezu

Takahisa Zeze was born in 1960 in Tochigi, Japan. He is a writer and director, known for Kindan no sono: Za seifuku rezu (1992), Upcoming Scenery (1996) and Owaranai sekkusu (1995).



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