Famous Chinese Directors

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 1 Chloe Zhao

Chloe Zhao.
Famous As: Film Director
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.

 2 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee.
Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973

An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.

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 3 Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-wai.
Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: July 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai

 4 John Woo

John Woo.
Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: May 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guangzhou

 5 Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei.
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhu, Anhui

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.

 6 Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
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.

 7 Wang Leehom

Wang Leehom
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.
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 8 Terence Young

Terence Young
Famous As: film director, screenwriter, soldier
Birthdate: June 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shanghai
Died: September 7, 1994

 9 Hou Hsiao-hsien

Hou Hsiao-hsien
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meixian District, Meizhou, China

 10 Kan Mukai

Kan Mukai
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dalian, Liaoning, China
Died: June 9, 2008

 11 Xie Jin

Xie Jin
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: November 21, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shangyu District, Shaoxing, China
Died: October 18, 2008

 12 Chen Yifei

Chen Yifei
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ningbo, China
Died: April 10, 2005

 13 Wu Tianming

Wu Tianming
Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: December 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sanyuan County, Xianyang, China
Died: March 4, 2014

 14 Dai Ailian

Dai Ailian
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: May 10, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: February 9, 2006

 15 Hong Shen

Hong Shen
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: December 31, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Changzhou, China
Died: August 29, 1955

 16 Zhang Junxiang

Zhang Junxiang
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: December 27, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zhenjiang, China
Died: November 14, 1996