Famous Chinese Directors

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Chloe Zhao
(Known for Her Independent Films 'The Rider' and 'Songs My Brothers Taught Me')
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Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao is best known for directing films such as Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider, both of which earned Independent Spirit Award nominations. Her film Nomadland won her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. She is also directing the Marvel film Eternals.
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Ai Weiwei
(Artistic Consultant for Design of the Beijing National Stadium)
Ai Weiwei
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Birthdate: August 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Named Art Review’s most powerful artist in 2011, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has become a symbol of resilience against the authoritarian Chinese government. Jailed and banned from leaving the country once, he is known for using various media, such as sculpture, photos, and documentaries, to reflect Chinese human-rights abuses.
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John Woo
(Film director and producer)
John Woo
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Birthdate: September 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
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Joan Chen
(Actress Who Gained Fame for her Role in 'The Last Emperor')
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Birthdate: April 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Chinese-American actor Joan Chen initially came to be known for the films Little Flower and The Last Emperor and later appeared as Jocelyn 'Josie' Packard in the series Twin Peaks. She also delivered a multiple-award-winning role in The Home Song Stories and directed Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.
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Zhao Wei
(One of the Most Popular Actresses in China)
Zhao Wei
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Birthdate: March 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhu, China

Zhao Wei is a Chinese actress, filmmaker, pop singer, and businesswoman. One of the most popular Chinese actresses, Zhao is also one of the highest-paid actresses in China. Renowned for her performance in popular films like Shaolin Soccer, Zhao Wei is widely considered the first national idol of Mainland China since the Chinese economic reform in 1978.

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Zhang Yimou
(Chinese Film Director Known for His Films That Explore Sexual Repression and Political Oppression)
Zhang Yimou
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Birthdate: November 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

Part of the Chinese Fifth Generation of filmmakers, Zhang Yimou is best known for his Academy Award-nominated films Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, and Hero. His most expensive film, The Great Wall, was, however, a box-office failure. He also directed part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

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Wang Leehom
(Singer-songwriter)
Wang Leehom
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Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.
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Terence Young
(film director, screenwriter, soldier)
Terence Young
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Birthdate: June 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shanghai
Died: September 7, 1994
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Hou Hsiao-hsien
(Film director)
Hou Hsiao-hsien
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Birthdate: April 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meixian District, Meizhou, China
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Jia Zhangke
(Chinese Film Director Regarded as a Leading Figure of the 'Sixth Generation' Movement of Chinese Cinema)
Jia Zhangke
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Birthdate: May 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fenyang, Shanxi, China
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Bruce Le
(Actor, Film director)
Bruce Le
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Birthdate: June 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burma

Bruce Le is a Macao actor and martial artist who became popular by appearing in several martial arts films. Many of his films were made to take advantage of the martial arts phenomenon which was started by Bruce Lee. Since Lee's death left a huge box office void, many filmmakers turned to Bruce Le in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Michael Hui
(Film actor and scriptwriter)
Michael Hui
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Birthdate: September 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Panyu District, Guangzhou, China
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Ann Hui
(Director and producer who has won Golden Horse Awards for Best Director three times)
Ann Hui
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Birthdate: May 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Anshan, Liaoning, Manchuria
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Wu Ma
(Actor, Film director)
Wu Ma
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Birthdate: September 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: February 4, 2014
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Xie Jin
(Film Director)
Xie Jin
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Birthdate: November 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shangyu District, Shaoxing, China
Died: October 18, 2008
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Wu Tianming
(Film Director)
Wu Tianming
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Birthdate: December 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sanyuan County, Xianyang, China
Died: March 4, 2014
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Chen Yifei
(Painter)
Chen Yifei
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Birthdate: April 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ningbo, China
Died: April 10, 2005
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Francis Mankiewicz
(Film Director)
Francis Mankiewicz
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Birthdate: March 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: August 14, 1993
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Dai Ailian
(Dancer)
Dai Ailian
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Birthdate: May 10, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: February 9, 2006
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Zhang Junxiang
(Film director)
Zhang Junxiang
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Birthdate: December 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zhenjiang, China
Died: November 14, 1996
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Hong Shen
(Playwright)
Hong Shen
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Birthdate: December 31, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Changzhou, China
Died: August 29, 1955